Dunns River Falls
Dunn's River Falls is unquestionably the most popular tourist attraction in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
So, with that said it can get busy. I really enjoy Dunn's River Falls, but it so much better with fewer people.
I recommend finding out when the cruise boats will be in town and avoiding this attraction, when they are in, if at all possible.
Now...on to the good part...
The setting is truly breathtaking, and the cascading falls are incredible.
Usually people go up the falls with a tour guide and the group goes up the falls together, hand-in-hand, helping each other up. The trip to the top can take about 1 hour.
A guide is not required so you can definitely do on your own; it just depends on your ability and comfort level.
Keep in mind that water shoes/sandals are required and if you don't have any you can rent them. I can't remember the price for sure but I want to say around $10 USD.
There are some spots that are a bit tricky so the climb is not recommending for someone who has a hard time walking, especially up and down steps.
When you arrive you will follow a path and a stairway that will lead you down to the base of the falls.
If you do choose to climb the falls (you don't have to if you don't want to and can always take the stairs back up), then your adventure begins at the bottom of the falls.
For those not up to the climb up the falls, the views and spectacular sights are worth the trip alone, so don't feel that you will be disappointed if you can't or don't want to climb the falls.
There are also several points along the adjoining path where you can easily access the river and enjoy the cool water!
Here is a picture of my mom, Lana, and my nephew Nigel and niece Miranda, about half way down the path next to the falls.
With all the different breaks in the waterfalls there are some great photo opportunities.
Plus there are some really nice areas for young kids to be able to step into small pools of water. The water isn't moving fast in these area and they can at least splash around and get their feet wet.
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