Dunn’s River Falls is one of the national treasures of the country of Jamaica. The site is as well known throughout the world as reggae, and is just as stimulating. There are only a handful of places where the name “Xayamaca,” the Arawak name for “land of rivers and springs,” is more suitable. The Spaniard called this area of the island “Las Chorreras,” the springs or waterfalls. Dunn’s River Falls is one of the island’s most beautiful sites.
Located just a short distance away from Jamaica’s quickly growing resort center of Ocho Rios, Dunn’s River Falls is truly unique. The site is described as not just a living, but also a growing phenomenon. The spot regenerates itself continuously with deposits of travertine rock, which results from the precipitation of calcium carbonate from the river, as it flows over the falls. The dome-shaped, small cataracts are typically associated with the activity of thermal springs found inside limestone caves. In combination with the location near the sea, this provides Dunn’s River Falls with a distinction of being the only falls of its kind found in the region of the Caribbean, if not the only one like it in the world.
The Dunn’s River Falls Park is a great place for visitors of all ages to relax and fun as they explore an area that features new discoveries around each corner. Visitors can enjoy a thrilling experience of climbing the falls as part of a human chain that’s led by an experienced Falls Guide. For those not feeling brave enough to climb the falls, they can watch those who are from a “safe” vantage point on the deck or terrace. For a more laid back experience, guests can take a break at the site’s “massage parlor” to enjoy the water’s soothing effects as it cascades down to the sea. Lovers of sunshine can relax at the beach and enjoy the rays, resting on the golden sands that are lapped by the Caribbean Sea’s aquamarine waters.
Visitors who love to exercise can walk through the property or take a job on the site’s beach as part of their visit or regular routine. Nature lovers can choose to lose themselves in exploring the tropical lush foliage around Dunn’s River Falls, including breadfruit trees, varios palms, orchids, crotons, ginger lilies, bamboos, and ferns. Visitors who love to hunt for great souvenirs from the places they visit will love browsing through shops at the site’s craft park, where they can intuitive art, straw crafts, and wood carvings. Guests can even commission their own piece of art, climb the Dunn’s River Falls, and then collect their souvenir on their return.
The Cafe at Dunn’s River Falls serves a variety of delightful savory dishes, such as spicy jerked pork, fish, or chicken, curried goat, and various delectable snacks. Visitors can also choose to bring their own picnic lunch and use one of the many barbecue pits that can be found throughout the park. Dunn’s River Falls Park provides the perfect opportunity for renewal.
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