Dunn’s River Falls – Most Popular Attraction In Jamaica!

Fast Facts:

Entrance Fee $20 per person
Credit Card Accepted Yes
Handicapped Accessible Yes
Parking Available Yes
Changing Room Yes
Lockers Available Yes
Food Available Yes

Recommendations:

  1. Don’t forget to keep your GoPro or any other water proof camera.
  2. Since it’s a water related activity, don’t forget to keep your swimming trunk, towel and water shoes.
  3. I recommend starting the climb from the beach and making your way up to the top.
  4. While coming out of the park, local vendors will nag you to buy their stuff. Just ignore them or politely say no.
  5. Use the tour guide only if you’re in a large group. For solo or couple travelers, I don’t recommend guided tours.
  6. Since Dunn’s River Falls is just a few kilometers away from Blue Hole, you can hire a private taxi for a day and do both the excursions in a single day.

Getting there:

I think a private taxi is the best way to get here. There are a ton of options to choose from when it comes to taxi and tours services in Jamaica. We chose Rocky’s Taxi and Tour Services after going through all 5 star rating on theirTripAdvisor page. The decision turned out to be great as they were highly dependable and responsive. We used Rocky’s taxi for our airport transfers and excursions at Blue Hole, Dunn’s River Falls, Martha Brae RiverLuminous Lagoon and Negril. Wayne, our driver made sure that we had an awesome time, and we really had a blast! Thanks Rocky’s Taxi and Wayne!

Our time there:

We did Dunn’s River Falls excursion along with the Blue Hole on the same day. Since both the attractions are separated by just a few kilometers, it makes sense to do both the attractions in a single day. After having a blast at Blue Hole, we left for Dunn’s River Falls. The first impression of Dunn’s River Falls was completely opposite of Blue Hole. While Blue Hole was rustic and unspoiled, Dunn’s River Falls was very touristy with a lot of tourists, huge parking, and well maintained park. We paid $20 entrance per person to enter the park. It’s a short walk from the gate to the falls. You will find an option to hire a guide. We decided to climb the falls on our own and therefore, we didn’t hire a guide. I recommend climbing the falls down from the beach and then making your way up to the top.

 

Trying my hands at photography!

Trying my hands at photography!

Climbing the falls!

Climbing the falls!

Don’t forget your GoPro! 😉

Don't forget your GoPro! ;)

Falls in its full glory..

Dunn's River Falls

 

One of the several cascades.

One of the several cascades.

 

Small, but beautiful beach at Dunn’s River Falls.

Tiny, but beautiful beach at Dunn's River Falls.

You will find a lot of local souvenir shops and restaurants while coming out of the park.

Where did we stay in Jamaica:

We’d visited Jamaica for 5 nights and 6 days. Before getting there, I’d planned what all attractions we would cover during this trip. In a nutshell, these are the attractions we covered:

Doctor’s Cave Beach, Montego Bay

Blue Hole/Island Gully Falls, Ocho Rios

Dunn’s River Falls, Ocho Rios

Martha Brae River, Falmouth

Glistening Water Luminous Lagoon, Falmouth

Rick’s Cafe, Negril

Seven Mile Beach, Negril

From the list above, you can figure out that we’d planned to visit 4 different locations: Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Falmouth and Negril. We were flying in and out of Montego Bay airport. Since Ocho Rios and Falmouth is closer to Montego Bay as compared to Negril, we decided to stay in Montego Bay for first 3 nights. Out of these 3 days, we’d reserved one day to cover attractions in Montego Bay, and the other two days to cover attractions in Ocho Rios and Falmouth. Both Ocho Rios and Falmouth are located pretty close to Montego Bay and we’d used Rocky’s Taxi and Tour Services for the day trips there. On our forth day, we left for Negril and stayed 2 nights there.

For our 3 nights in Montego Bay, we’d stayed at El Greco Resort. Here are the reasons why we chose El Greco Resort over any other hotel in the area:

  1. We were looking for a hotel/resort with a kitchen. El Greco Resort provided just that.
  2. El Greco Resort turned out to be a good bargain. We paid $366.60 for 3 nights including taxes.
  3. El Greco Resort provided sumptuous breakfast which is included in the price.
  4. El Greco Resort is located right opposite to Doctor’s Cave Beach which is a paid beach. However, if you’re staying at El Greco Resort you get free daily passes for the beach.

Since El Greco Resort is so reasonably priced, don’t expect luxury.

For our 2 nights stay in Negril, we chose Catcha Falling Star. Here are the reasons why we chose Catcha Falling Star over any other hotel in Negril:

  1. Catcha Falling Star has a perfect 5 star rating on TripAdvisor.
  2. Catcha Falling Star is reasonably priced considering its location, reviews and service. We paid $350 (tax not included) for 2 nights in Gemini room.
  3. Catcha Falling Star is literally located right next to Ricks Cafe, one of the best places to visit in Negril.

Verdict:

I recommend visiting Dunn’s River Falls. It’s highly touristy but it is very beautiful, well maintained and a MUST DO in Jamaica!

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