Dunns River Falls and Beach Travel Guide
Dunns River Falls and Beach
Climbing the Falls
End of the Falls
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...
Climb Dunn's River Falls
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...
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...
Don't forget a pair of rubber shoes because it's easy to slip. There are some stalls on the road before the entrance that sell these shoes, but they are a little expensive. Also a pair of old sneakers can be good.
You have to go down a path on the side of the river. Here you are in a beatiful tropical garden. If you want to try climbing you can see what expects you, so If you change your mind you can just stay along the river looking at the people going up. Also this can be funny.
A crowded place
The entrance of the park is on the top of the falls. In weekdays many people who are going on a cruise land at Ocho Rios and go to visit the falls. For this reason it's better to go on Saturday or Sunday when the place is not so crowded.The park is open daily 9am-6pm.
Haggle the taxi!!
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. =)
Written Sep 24, 2007
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- National/State Park
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
The Market: Beautiful wood carvings
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!
Updated Feb 14, 2003
Address: At the exit of Dunn's River Falls
Take care don't fall!!
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.
Updated Feb 14, 2003
Not too Touristy
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...
Right side of the falls
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...
Favorite thing: 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).
Written Feb 25, 2003
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- Adventure Travel