The Dunns River falls are really close to Ocho Rios, on the north coast of Jamaica.
They are a very well-known attraction of the Caribbean region and they are visited by thousands of tourists each year.
The name Ocho Rios comes from the Spanish locution “Las Chorreras” and, as time moved on, the name was reduced to its current form, whose meaning is 8 rivers. But, actually, the area only has 4 rivers, the Cave, the Roaring, the Turtle and the Dunn River. These flow straight into the Caribbean Sea and have a permanent and quick water flow.
It was near the Dunns River falls that in 1657 the legendary Battle of Las Chorreras was fought. In this battle, the English defeated the Spanish expeditionary force, who battled to own the island. As the English were the ones who were occupying Jamaica at that time, the first owner of the falls was an English man. It was only in 1972 that the Jamaican government acquired them and began to build a park.
The Dunns River falls were a stage of the movies “Cocktail” and “Dr. No” and, before that, of a reality show. They are indeed super gorgeous and super well-known.
They extend themselves for more than 183 meters and appear to be gigantic stairs, so it’s possible to climb them on foot with some effort, due to the water’s strength and taking into account the slippery rocks.
It’s a challenge that takes around 1 or 2 hours.
For those who don’t want (or aren’t able to) to climb them on foot, there is also the chance to use the stairs right next to them. No matter what your choice is, the walk is absolutely worth it, as the surroundings are amazing, with an astonishing natural beauty. You can also catch your breath and relax in one of their levels, while appreciating the view over the heavenly beach, to which the river runs to.
Jamaica is indeed a country that is worth a visit. Kind people with a “good vibe”, a wonderful weather, gorgeous landscapes and beaches which you just want to visit and visit once again. Don’t leave the country without visiting the Dunns River. I’ve loved it.
To know more on Jamaica read this piece as well.