Dunns River Falls is Top Jamaica Attraction
Dunn’s River Falls is a short distance from Ocho Rios, one of Jamaica’s fastest growing resort centers and cruise ports. A living and growing wonder of the world, it continuously regenerates itself from deposits of travertine rock, the result of precipitation of calcium carbonate from the river, as it flows over the falls. The small dome-shaped cataracts are usually associated with thermal spring activity found in limestone caves. Combined with its location near to the sea, Dunn’s River has the distinction of being the only one of its kind in the Caribbean, possibly in the world.
The name “Las Chorreras” has degenerated over the years to “Ocho Rios,” meaning eight rivers, although there are actually only four rivers in the area: Cave River, Roaring River, Turtle River and Dunns River. These “chorreras” are characterized by clear, unending flow and swift descent, accentuated by rapid cascades and waterfalls that empty directly into the Caribbean Sea. Dunn’s River Falls has an interesting history. It is believed to be the site of the famous battle of “Las Chorreras,” fought in 1657 between the Spanish and the English for possession of the island. The English won, and under British rule “Las Chorreras” was first owned by Charles Pryce. It later became part of the 276-acre Belmont property, acquired by the government in 1972, to allow for future development of recreational and park facilities.
The Belmont property was entrusted to the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) for the citizens of Jamaica. It is managed by the St. Ann Development Company (SADCo), a regional subsidiary of the UDC.
Together they have embarked on phased upgrading and development of the Dunn’s River Falls Park, to a standard befitting a premiere national attraction. The new Dunn’s River Falls Park is a mix of modern facilities with the rustic charm of a natural setting. New roads have been built for easier access to the upper reaches of the falls, increased parking and picnic facilities, as well as terracing and decks, which allow scenic views of the falls and the distant horizon.
Dunn’s River Falls Park is the perfect environment for fun and relaxation for the entire family. There is a delightful new discovery around every corner.
Climbing the falls is done in a human chain led by experienced guides. Pause at the “massage parlor” and feel the soothing effects of the water as it fills downward to the sea. The less brave can live vicariously by viewing the activities of the more intrepid from the “safe” vantage point of the terrace or deck.
Sun lovers can renew their pact with the Sun Goddess at the beach, on the golden sands lapped by the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Exercise buffs may jog on the beach or walk the property as part of their routine. For those who appreciate mother nature’s gifts, you can lose yourself in lush tropical foliage of ferns, bamboos, ginger lillies, crotons, orchids, a variety of palms and breadfruit trees. If you are a souvenir hunter with a genuine love for wood carvings, straw craft and intuitive art, browse through the shops in the craft park. Or, commission your own piece, climb the falls, and collect it upon your return.
The Cafeteria has dishes to please any palate, ranging from spicy jerked chicken, pork, or fish and curried goat to delectable snacks. Bring your own food and take advantage of the several barbecue pits around the park. Spend a day and do it all.
Dunn’s River Falls offers the chance for renewing the spirit. It is an remarkable experience and a must for your holiday itinerary. Visit the falls once, and we guarantee that you will return.
Dunn’s River Falls is a must see for every first-time visitor to Jamaica.