Dunn’s River Falls

The Famous Waterfall

Dunn’s River Falls is a famous waterfall near Ocho Rios Jamaica. It is a major Caribbean tourist attraction that receives thousands of visitors each year. At about 180 feet (55 m) high and 600 feet (180 m) long, the waterfalls are terraced like giant natural stairs though some incorporate man-made improvements. Several small lagoons are interspersed among the vertical sections of the falls.

The falls empty into the Caribbean Sea at the western end of an attractive white-sand beach.


Climbing the waterfall is a popular tourist activity and is often performed with the help of tour guides from the park. It takes about 1-1.5 hours to climb. Along the climb, you may take short breaks for photographs and videos to show to friends back home. There are also stairs alongside the falls for those who do not want to get wet or are unable to manage the rocky uneven terrain of the actual waterfall.

The waterfall is bordered by lush green vegetation that shades the area from the sun and keeps the area and climbers, cool. The climb can be relatively hard so is often undertaken as a hand-holding human chain led by a guide to making it easier.