Dunn’s River Falls – one of Jamaica’s iconic destinations and the ultimate in escapism.
Live in the moment as you climb the 600 foot waterfalls, stepping in the tracks of tens of thousands of visitors each year. Dunn’s River Falls has also played host to Hollywood – both 007’s Dr No (Sean Connery) and Tom Cruise (Cocktail) have used Dunn’s River Falls as a location shot in their films.
From my hotel in Montego Bay, the 2+ hour bus ride seemed a little much as the climb itself would take only 45 minutes. The drive along the coast, through villages and past many resorts proved to be more than worth it as the guide spoke of the history of Jamaica and pointed out resorts, golf clubs and points of interest along the way. We arrived at the falls to the sound of the rushing waters. Our guides greeted us and explained how the climb would go – alternating between men and women, hand in hand as we climbed the rushing waters.
The power of Dunn’s River Falls was incredible – you could not help but be in the moment! The guides had a photographer and videographer to record your climb. They were happy to sell you the photos after the trip and equally open to taking pictures with your camera if asked! Be sure to bring a water proof camera – as the guides suggested – this is a wet tour – you will be wet from head to toe.
The guides were hilarious. Before setting off, they shared some insight into the video they would be making – “ladies” they said, “be certain to have your bathing suits tied on tight – the power of the water can wipe those bikinis off your shoulders if not tied on! Our videographer is happy to capture all aspects of your trip! Same goes for the guys – tie up your shorts, and remember, the water is cold!”
What you need:
Water shoes – the limestone base can be hard on bare feet – I sported my trusty teva’s for the climb. If you don’t have your own, there is the option to buy or rent shoes on site.
Waterproof camera – Dunn’s River Falls is gorgeous – the tropical canopy, so lush and green, make for some spectacular photo opportunities. Needless to say, climbing the falls – only a waterproof camera will do! Not to worry if you don’t have one, photos are available after the climb for purchase. The guides were happy to take photos with your camera if you asked.
Before going on this trip, I had heard stories of the pushy sales at the craft market as you exit the falls. I did find them to be very pushy, and I wasn’t interested in buying anything. The experience of climbing Dunn’s River Falls made the trip worth while – you can always skirt the markets and get out of there unscathed! If you are looking for trinkets – there are plenty to choose from. You can always get your photo taken with the donkey – while no price was given, tips are assumed and welcomed!
Climbing Dunn’s River Falls has been described as the quintessential Jamaican experience. It is available for all levels of thrill seekers, with shortcuts out of the falls if the rushing waters are too much. Walking up the cascading waters, shaded by the tropical forest and 200 year old Banyan trees – I couldn’t agree more – an outing to Dunn’s River Falls is a quintessential Jamaica experience! The mineral laden waters at Dunn’s River Falls – what a rush – it is a trip not to be missed. Get out there and live in the moment – it’s a great day out.
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Looking for a great day out in Jamaica – I hope you enjoy Dunn’s River Falls as much as I did!