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- A bathing suit and water shoes are a must. In order to enjoy the Blue Hole without worrying about your belongings, be prepared to leave phones and wallets in the tour vehicle or with your tour guide.
- Swimming and cliff jumping at the Blue Hole is not recommended for kids under 10 years old.
- There are land-based walk-around options for those who don't wish to jump the cliffs.
- Life jackets are available for loan at the site.
- The gallery and garden is suitable for all types of travelers, especially lovers of flowers, plants, and art.
- The admission fee includes a complimentary drink; lunch, water and other beverages are available for purchase at an additional cost.
- An on-site bar serves fresh juices, beer, and bottled water.
- Neither garden nor gallery are wheelchair-friendly.
While there’s plenty of swimming, sunbathing, and sightseeing opportunities at the falls, many visitors make it a goal to climb the 600-foot (182-meter) terraced falls. You can do so independently or with a waterfall guide on a Dunn's River Falls tour. Guided options are popular for the safety precautions and assistance provided by the local guides during the trek. Stop at one of the lagoons, admire the natural wonder from the top, and be sure to take a dip to cool off.
Families will enjoy the swim; the water is mountain runoff and fairly cold, which is perfect on particularly hot days. The site is also close to Ocho Rios' land and sea attractions, restaurants, and the Caribbean coast. Many Dunn's River Falls tours combine a visit to the falls and park with river tubing, a shopping tour in Ocho Rios, a party cruise, or a stop at the Blue Hole or Luminous Lagoon.
- Those who don’t wish to climb the falls can hang out at the observation deck, made for sunning and viewing.
- You’ll find a snack bar and souvenirs for sale on the premises.
- Wear water shoes or sandals suitable for the slippery rocks.
- Bring cash for entrance fees (if visiting independently) and a waterproof camera.
How To Get to Dunn’s River Falls
Dunn's River Falls are about three miles (4.8 km) from Ocho Rios and about 70 (112 km) from Montego Bay. While it's a rapidly growing resort area and a popular cruise line excursion stop, the falls are relatively unspoiled, the hiking is spectacular, and both the wildlife and the rainforest foliage are abundant.
When to Get There
First thing in the morning is your best bet at this popular tourist attraction. While partying vacationers are sleeping off last night’s tropical cocktails, you can get a jump on the hike to the top without huge crowds. If you can avoid a day when cruise ships are in town, you'll be glad you thought ahead.
Time and tide have etched the limestone Green Grotto Caves, lined with the green algae that gives them their name. The caverns are home to bats and marine life, and over the centuries they’ve been a hideout for fugitives and runaway slaves.
Hidden away in an inner cavern is the crystal-clear Grotto Lake. Overhead, pockets in the limestone provide filtered light through the caverns’ forest of stalactites and stalagmites.
The Green Grotto Caves are on Jamaica’s north coast at Discovery Bay, west of Ocho Rios. They are 1.5 miles (3 kilometers) from Discovery Bay. To visit, you need to take an organized tour.
- Doctor’s Cave Beach is perfect for solo travelers, couples, and families.
- Admission includes access to some of the best reef snorkeling on the west coast. Rent gear or bring your own.
- Remember to bring sun protection.
- The Hip Strip is ideal for party-goers visiting Montego Bay. It’s a lively area, so it might not be suitable for those looking for a mellow, off-the-beaten-track experience or for small children.
- With so many shops selling similar souvenirs and t-shirts, feel free to gently haggle for better prices.
- Along the Hip Strip are access points to popular beaches like Cornwall or Doctor’s Cave. Some beaches have small admission fees that would be included if visiting as part of a tour.
- While safer than the downtown area of Montego Bay, use your discretion and stay in the more populated areas, especially at night.
- The official currency on the island is the Jamaican dollar, however US dollars are widely accepted.
- Keep an eye out for the stone cage in Falmouth harbour, it was built to hold drunk and disorderly sailors.
- The port is the pickup and drop-off point for many island-wide tours.
- Book in advance to guarantee access and ensure stress-free travel.
- Club Mobay lounge is available for arrivals, departures, and layovers.
- Kids can play games in a soundproof environment at Pickney Place, available only with Club access.
- The club also includes a spa, with beauty treatment packages available for purchase.
Columbus Park is in Discovery Bay in the Parish of St. Ann, west of Ocho Rios along the A1 highway.
- The Blue Mountains are one of the most popular natural attractions in Jamaica and a must-see for nature lovers.
- Temperatures are noticeably cooler in the mountains than at sea level; dress in layers.
- Although it’s possible to hike solo, it is recommended that travelers join a group for safety.
- Konoko Falls and Park is ideal for nature lovers and those looking for a deeper understanding of Jamaican cultural history.
- Remember to bring sun protection and water. If you would like to refresh yourself in the gentle cascades, bring swimwear and a towel, too.
- A wheelchair-friendly wooden walkway connects Ysassi’s Lookout Point, named after the last Spanish Governor of Jamaica, and the park’s cascade, Mahoe Falls.
- There’s an on-site boutique selling locally made crafts, a shaded courtyard café offering tasty lunches and locally grown coffee, and Columbus Cafe and Arawak Jerk Pit serving up delicious local specialties.