THIS IS A LONG SHOT - I was in Jamaica and did the Dunn's River Falls tour on Jan 11th, 2013. We asked a lady to take our picture with our disposable camera and she gave us HER camera back instead of ours..now they have all our pictures and I'm desperately trying to get them back! If you somehow know someone who was in this similar situation and...more
One of the most popular things to do while in the Ocho Rios area is climb Dunn's River Falls. You can climb the 6oo feet falls with a group, holding hands as you go. I would have preferred being able to climb on my own, using my hands to balance. The rocks are slippery and you most likely will fall. I backed out of the group and waited on dry land...more
Now you are ready to climb the falls. You have to be careful not to fall. There are guides who can take your hand and in the difficult points people form a human chain, called 'daisy chain' and so all togther cheerfully reach the top after about 30 minutes. On the top you'll feel like an explorator that lived an adventure!!more
When you are trying to catch a cab be sure to haggle for the best price! If you want round trip offer them half up front and the other half when they come back to pick you up. We went up the Falls one and a half times in about 2 hours and when we went out our cabbie was there. =)
At the exit from the park there is a wide open air market of local crafts. It's worth it to take a look.
What to buy: There are beautiful wood carvings and paintings and obsiouvly the usual inevitable t-shirts. I bought one with a Smile logo with the typical dreadlocks. Very very nice!!
What to pay: Bargain over the price and don't worry if the seller looks like angry. At the end he'll thank you with a radiant smile!
To climb the falls it's not so dangerous, but take care don't fall. The stream could be strong and you know the risks. There are notices that remember you are climbing at your own risk. Anyway there is a first aid point.
Typically conventional to visit Dunns falls, but I have the experience of taking a tour where it was just my girlfriend and I, in a vehicle with a tour guide who took us around the Ocho Rios area, where he showed us various history and lifestyles of Jamaica, some of his work companions and friends, and even caught up with people along side the road...more
There is a section on the right side of the falls that you can clim, ask for someone to show you, you should be at least a decent swimmer because some sections between the rocks are a little deep and you need to swim across. Also the water is rushing at you at a decent rate but there are steps/ladder type under the water and it can be climbed. NOT...more
Your task is to go up the falls taking care where put your feet. It's not so easy because the rock is slippery and you have to go upstream. If you think don't make it you can come out sideways. In spite of this every day many people try to do it.
Fondest memory: Climbing the falls is great fun and the place is beautiful. Here you are sorrounded by the jungle (that you can't admire, so engaged don't fall).