Jamaica is known for its waterfalls and the most famous of them all, the ones you can’t miss no matter what happens, are the Dunn’s River Falls. It is no surprise that they should be one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island. Located near Ocho Rios, the waters fall directly into the Caribbean Sea, being among the few waterfalls in the world directly pouring their waters into the ocean.
Thousands of tourists visit them every year but this should not be a throwback—it’s a sin to go to Jamaica and come back not having visited this natural treasure. Spaniards named them Las Chorreras and the name eventually morphed into Ocho Rios, a reference to the rivers in the zone, which are actually four rather than eight. Legend has it that these waterfalls were the setting for a great battle that took place in the year 1657 between the English and the Spaniards who came from neighboring Cuba and wanted to keep the island for themselves. The English forces emerged victorious and subsequently the battle zone fell into private hands, the Belmont Property, which in the 1970s was administrated by the government and became an area of recreation and fun.
These waterfalls rise up 183 meters (just over 600 feet) and must be climbed going from stone to stone. It is advisable to wear swimwear or at least clothing that can get wet, and your footwear should also be suited for water, preferably with a rubber sole to prevent slipping. While climbing up, which is not a difficult task, you’ll come across many ponds inviting you to take a swim. The stepping stones you will find when going up the waterfall may seem artificial because of how perfectly they are placed, but they are entirely natural, the result of water erosion.
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