So, everyone says you have to do it once, and I would agree. Climbing the 600 foot falls is quite an experience, and somewhat tricky. I had the tour arranged through our resort, Beaches Boscobel in Ocho Rios. It was $34 per person, which included your transportation to and from the falls. I went with two other travel companions, and we had one guide. Most of the groups climbing the falls were larger groups with multiple guides. They would climb up the falls in a single-file line, all holding hands.
Unlike most of the other groups our guide just went for it! We went up the opposite side of falls from the other groups. This side was more difficult, but it was nice to be away from the crowds. You have to make sure you step where your guide is stepping, to avoid endless black holes. It was well-worth the climb, though, which I would estimate at about 10 to 15 minutes. There is a marketplace after the falls which is a bit of a tourist trap, and would be somewhat scary to the inexperienced traveler.
We basically skipped this section, and went right out to our van waiting to take us back to the resort. Do be aware that you have to tip about three different people on your way down and through the falls- but hey- that’s Jamaica! At least the tourist Jamaica… I would say, you must do it once. It is a beautiful area, with amazing falls. Make sure to wear your bathing suit, as you will be fully immersing yourself into the river. Water shoes are a must, and several vendors sell them right near the falls. The river itself is surprisingly clean and clear.