Mayfield Falls: The Non-Dunn's River
Mayfield Falls is fairly remote, about 9 hair-raising, spectacular miles north of Savanna-La-Mar (which is about 30 minutes east of Negril). As you approach the falls, you'll find two competing outfits eager to guide you. We skipped the first one and tried the "original" tour, about 100 yards further up the road.
Once you walk down a formidible hill, you pay your $15 admission and order lunch (if you choose) which will be ready when you return from your climb. In the "village" you'll find a well-stocked bar and a lethargic group of locals who will sell you food, souveniers and trinkets. Wet-shoe and locker rental is available and recommended. Your guide will carry all your can't-leave-behinds in a "waterproof" bag. (Put your wallet, cigs, passport, rolling papers, etc. in the zip-lock baggie you brought with you for extra moisture protection!)
The climb looks easy. Most of the time it is. Some of the time you will be climbing up slick boulders, against a strong current. And suddenly it flattens out into a stunningly beautiful pool. On the way, you'll be able to enjoy a natural jacuzzi, slide down a rock, and swim through a cave! Only about a half-mile upstream (feels like more) you come to the eponymous waterfall. As my last girlfriend said, "I've seen bigger." But reward yourself with a dip under the falls before your trek (by trail) back to the village. You can get back into dry clothes in the changing rooms (free!), tour the village, and grab a bite and a Red Stripe.
Our eyes popped out when we ran into a couple we knew from our resort in Negril. They'd come over 30 miles and up the mountain on motor-bikes! I'd strongly suggest hiring a taxi or mini-bus instead. Organized tours are available, as always, at your hotel. Plan on half-a-day for this trip. Wear swim-shoes and bathing suit. Bring sun-screen & bug spray. Dry clothes for the long ride back are suggested.
- Hiking and Walking
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Water Sports
Most miss out on the Jamaican Jerk chicken and end up getting some high priced meal from a restaurant, when all they need to do is a pay a couple bucks over at the local eatery...where all the Jamaicans are at. Ask someone where the best jerk is...probably not on the water front..but on the main road.
As you travel the back roads and thru the curves and over the hills and construction you will finually arrive at the Falls. It has a lot less people than Dunns Falls. No people bothering you to buy things. When you first arrive you will ride a bus pulled by tractor back to the falls thru a field with cows in it, then thru the jungle. You will go thru a few gates so don't get jumpy. We watched a ffew people swing from a rope for a $1 into the water. You can too ! It's very quite and more like a picnic area. The trees hold many air plants. It is very beautiful. If your lucky there will be someone there to tell you what the plants are. We brought some snacks & drink of our own. There are nice restrooms to change. A shelter house and a fella was there selling beer and other drinks. There was a gift shop at the very beginning but not at the falls.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
sunsets are more beautiful on the clif!!!!!!!!!!!
negril's sunsets are amazingly beautiful. every afternoon around 6/7 pm, you can see how the suns sets behind the blue waters of the caribbean.
many tourists go to the beach a few minutes before dusk to enjoy this free show. every day the sun set is different. when there are clouds on the horizon, the show is even lovelier
Resort to Resort Trips
You can walk along the beach from resort to resort. There are guards at each station where a resort begins on the beach, but if you simply tell them you are walking through along the beach they have to let you walk through.
Roaring River and Blue Hole Garden
If you want to see the parts of Jamaica that the government there would rather you didn't, step outside the resort. A man on a motorcycle will stop and ask if you want something. Tell him you want a motorcylce tour of the mountains. The man is probably a young man by the name of Stephen. He will take you to Elvis'. A scooter and motorcyle rental shack on Norman Manley Blvd. Rent a Motorcycle, 175cc dual purpose bike, about $40 per ride per day. Then follow Stephen as you wind through the country side. He will stop and the local watering holes, not the tourist traps. You will refresh on Ting or Malta or Red Stripe at a very low price and you will continue on to Roaring River. There, he will show you were Bob Marley used to sit in the headwaters of an Artisian well, smoke Ganja, and write music. Then he will take you to Steve or one of the other many mountain guides who will take you on a three mile hike to explore the local flora and people. You will see how every day Jamaicans live, taste what they eat (the Ahky looks and tastes like scrambled eggs, but it is a fruit), drink what they drink, smoke what they smoke and see some of the most beautiful countryside I have every laid eyes on. Ask for the special tour of Blue Hole Garden. It is owned by a Rastafarian, and he will charge you a dollar to see it. It is so worth the time. All total we gave Stephen and Steve $200US and I would have paid twice that if I had known how beautiful the country and the people were.
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