We didn't go there, but they tried hard to convince everybody, joining the hotel animation in a few moments of great fun.
We believe that this cove is really a nice spot, but we have seen similar places, we had no children insisting we us... anything has to be left behind!
It seems that they are common in Jamaica, but we were not attracted.
Our hotel had one, located, as usual in the most remote section of the coast. It was close to the most beautiful area of the beach, but not suitable to swim due to the reefs.
It's a strange and pleasant sensation, swimming in dark water, that, with our movements brights with a strong green color.
The reason is an algae that, when agitated, becomes luminescent.
The short ride for the nearby port, even with the courtesy drink is expensive - US $20.
Staying in Runaway Bay, where the advertising promoted Martha Brae, in a free trip to Negril, we had included rafting. As I saw no advertising, I got the idea that it would be another river, and, reading about Big River, I thought it should be it.
Wrong! Checking the place, I verified thaat it would be impossible, due to the distance, so, I assume that it was a third place - Mountain Valley River.
It was nice, but missing any kind of emotion - the river flows slowly, in a kind of botanical parade.
The rafter gives the "official" explanations, and holds the conversation in a soft level, enough to fill the boring slow down in some parts of the trip.
Oh yes, we had fun in these falls. Better than any comment, I've just uploaded one of the 50 minutes we taped there. Crazy film, as crazy is the ambiance while we are moving up sliding here and there, and always getting wetter by the cold water.
Don't try to take your camera with you - just pass it to the hands of one of the guides, that in the expectation of a tip will follow you, taking your pictures by demand.
Don't worry about how to get there - I think that all the hotels will have a program including this mandatory visit.
Warm water, calm sea, reefs... it's Caribe.
I saw no superb beaches, no interesting cities, no remarkable highlights, but the beaches, nature and the care of the all-inclusive packages really allow good vacations.
The resort had the usual daytrips for sale but we had already done most of the usual ones including Dunn's River Falls so we selected a daytrip to Port Antonio since we had never seen that part of the island. It was a little too far from Runaway Bay, it took us 2 1/2 to 3 hours each way driving and there really wasn't anything out of the ordinary there. The trip took us through Port Antonio, a short stop at the Blue Lagoon just to take pictures, a stop at Frenchman's Cove for some beach time and lunch and the longest part of the trip was a raft trip down the Rio Grande river.
The trip was $120 per person through the resort, by paying cash we got a 10% discount and paid $108 per person. The website below lists it at $139 so there is no benefit to booking in advance.
I'll put the information on the sights on my Port Antonio page
The falls are a series of moderately sized falls that you can climb. Along the way their will be guides to take your pictures and help you get through the trek. Its beautiful scenery and is something that everyone in the area should do once (as is evidenced by the amount of people you'll see there).
Make sure to take a good pair of reef shoes. They rent them there but I consider renting shoes second only to renting a tooth brush.
For an even more fun way to do the tour look at my next tip.
We took the Chukka Jeep Safari on our last full day in Jamaica. They picked us up at the resort and for the next five hours we explored the high country around Ocho Rios.
Our driver, Richard, was excellent and taught us all about the land, the people, and the culture of Jamaica. Along the way you'll make stops to shop, check out some of the local fruit, and learn about the various herbs (not that kind of herb- its on the Marley tour!) that the Jamaican rastifarians use in their medicines, etc. At the end you end up at the Falls.
The tour itself was awesome, but an added benefit is that your driver stays with your stuff while you climb the falls. So, while everyone else has the option of either not bringing anything with them or carrying it with them up the falls, you can leave your stuff with the driver!
Dolpin Cove is a MUST, if you love nature this a great way to seeing it...We went in march 05, & really enjoyed our day out, We swam, kissed, danced with our dolpin, just breath-taking, almost like a dream, then it was over, Yoy can purchase Dvds, & photos of your day & gifts, if a little tacky, Also there are Parrots, A donkey, snakes ets, Fab day out & would recommend without doubt... Take plenty of cash, very pricey, But once in a lifetime trip.....
Very Distict and Attractive Waterfall that starts at the top of a 1000 foot mountain and ends right on the beach!!
To start it off there are security guards all over the entrance. Hell, there are security guards all over the place in Jamaica. They are literally everywhere. TRUST ME, You are Safe.
To begin, it is 10$ into the park. On the walk down you pick up a guide. Ours for the day was Howard Haye. He was a very nice chap and very much into his job.
Alot of the guides there do not get paid other than the tips they get so remember them. They will also let you know to remember them.
We bagan with a small hike down the mountain to the Beach where the Falls end. There your guide who has gathered a good crowd of people begins his speecha bout safety, Your guide will also carry your Digital Camera for you and take pictures of you and your partner, believe me they have done this enough that it will not get wet.
From there you are told to hold hands, everyone, and begin your climb. IT IS SLIPPERY NOW AND THEN. DO NOT GET OVERCONFIDENT, AS I DID. These are very powerful waters!!! BTW, The River Water is FECKIN' COLD!!!
When you get to the first landing your guide will point out many of the different areas and small water slides and wading pools. You get to stop for a whle and relax in the water or even play around a bit.
We have climbed 200 ft vertically and still have 800 to go!! Howard was very informative, and helped everyone at all of the few "WaterSlides". He was a very FUN person and really got the tourists into it.
Near the end of our climb, we got to take a break and Howard went around and talked to everyone in the group. It was a very personable experience thanks to him.
I definitely recommend Going!!! And if you can find him. I supremely recommend Howard Haye as your guide his Pic is here.
You just have to get out of the resort and meet the people! They are so friendly and the children in their school uniforms are so adorable.
Did you know that parents in Jamaica must pay for everything ... uniform, books, supplies, etc ... in order for their children to get an education? Some of their parents make less than $100 US a month and it costs close to $50 US just for the uniform. Makes you appreciate the free public education system in the US.
A striped jeep and a nice man named Gene Lilly provided me with the opportunity to photograph the beautiful people and mountain scenery of Jamaica. We had the time of our life on this tour. I had two cameras, one bw, one color, and also a digital and I took 3 rolls of film in each. The children climbing their way home from school in neatly pressed uniforms, the beautiful cold lagoon water racing over our sweaty tired bodies, the 100 year old jokes told by our driver, Gene and the bumpy ride over roads most Americans wouldn't even rate as ditches ... memories I hope my mind is never to old to relive. In 2003, we are taking another tour - it will he hard to ever match the wonders and the closeness of this one. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to see more than just a bunch of people climbing a waterfall!
If you like to SCUBA, you are going to love the all included dives at Runaway Bay. We got in about 8 dives in 6 days and snorkeled every morning. They provide all the equipment and it is all included. Ebbi and Richie were our Divemasters and they were great! The picture is one of our favorites - an anemone.
Although it's in every guide book, there is nothing to describe this experience, other than YOU MUST climb the falls at least once in your life!
First, you walk down quite a few flights of step down to the ocean. At the bottom, you emerge upon the most beautiful beach! Many locals come here just for this.
Then it's time to climb up the falls. Everyone joins hands in a "human chain", and several guides take you on up. The water is pretty cold, and you will get soaked. Don't wear anything that will be harmed by sea water. Be sure to wear watershoes or at least shoes with rubber soles, as it can be slippery!
It's quite a climb, but you won't notice it, as it is somewhat gradual. The guides will take pictures of you in the falls, so be certain you have a waterproof camera.
Very awesome, and definitely worth the $10 admission fee!