Up for a day trip? The adventurous visitor will want to check out this majestic waterfall, known as the Niagara of Jamaica. ... More
Dunn's River Falls
Up for a day trip? The adventurous visitor will want to check out this majestic waterfall, known as the Niagara of Jamaica. Scale the 600-foot limestone rock formation as water cascades past you and splashes into the ocean below. Guides lead groups carefully, with group members linking hands for the steep ascent. Small pools of water and excellent photo opportunities will greet you along the way. Afterwards, relax at the beach restaurant or browse through the artisan market.
Okay I spent weeks reading reviews on Dunn's River Falls and the port of Jamaica. Every review was negative. I couldnt find one that was positive. I was a little nervous about this port and the Falls but we decided to book it anyway.......So after experince the port of Jamaica and climbing the falls it was AMAZING!!!!!! no one heckled us or cornered us or even begged us for anything....we even walked thur the shops and looked at there stuff for sale and in no way shape or form did we experince what we we read on here!! i didnt see anyone smoking weed or trying to sell us weed or even a hint of it in the air. yes the river was crowded but that was due to the four other ships that were also visiting Jamaica....the drive to the falls was intresting cause they drive crazy, but our tour guide and driver assured us that we were gonna be safe. our tour guide also was very imformative and gave us alot of information about Jamaica. So with all that said forget what you read on here and just go and find out for youself how fun this place is...the people are very friendly and i would defintley visit again.
The entrance was horrible. tons of beggars trying to tell you how you need the stuff you're selling for the hike. You don't need their $5 water or $17 shoes to go on the waterfall. you will be in deep water though so don't wear leather shoes or something. Along the way people constantly tried handing you things for 'free' and then asking for donations in the manner that if you didn't give donation you probably would be treated as 'stealing'. Then they charge you for $8 locker which we had to wait like half an hour for because they don't have enough lockers for everyone and someone had to return it. This split our group in half because our guide didn't wait so our group practically went by itself. (HORRIBLE IDEA). As being Active Duty in the service it was an alright hike up the falls for me and my wife but I wouldn't suggest doing any of it on your own if out of shape. There's no ropes, just some worn in ledges it seems. After the hike get into a large group of people that are exiting. Don't try the shops on your own!!!! My wife and I tried going through the shops and we got cornered in by some friendly 'not so friendly' jamaicans that wouldn't stop harassing us to buy their stuff. We got surrounded by like 5+ guys. My wife and I felt highly threatened, we only had $100 cash luckily so we hurried and just bought their crap and rushed out. Even when we were telling people we had no cash left they didn't believe us and wouldn't stop trying to pull us to their shops for junk and trying to guilt us with their sob stories. DO NOT TALK TO ANYONE, PUT OUR YOUR HAND OR ACCEPT ANYTHING THEY SAY IS 'FREE'. Every last Jamaican I met there was a low life. We skipped going on our second beach excursion because of how we were treated and hurried back to the cruise line. I accidentally left my bag when I got off (an empty shuttle). I had the lady immediately radio in to bring our stuff back but "there wasn't anything on the shuttle". Don't trust anyone you meet in Jamaica and don't travel with more than $20-$40. BTW the police there don't do anything useful. We didn't see a single security guard or police officer in the park by the shops and it is a very 'shady' dangerous looking area. It is like a labyrinth in enclosed areas. Nowhere is open and able to go directly to the exit. Also probably not good to confront them about it or be too impolite. They were all carrying their carving knife tool things and surround you in large groups. We were pushed by our backs and pulled and everything to come by their stuff so they will be forceful. Thieves, Beggars and Liars. Crappy island that we should sink.
we you went to the falls today and had a great day. Yes everbody wants to "help", with
unemploment running rampet and tourism #1 source of income for the island it is something you have to accept and we are all grown ups just say no, overall a great trip
and very affordable.
The falls were beautiful to look at, but climbing up them was quite treacherous. The guides couldn't be bothered to help you either, they were more concerned about taking video and photos. As you exited the falls, they would harass you for tips and want you buy video and photos they shot. Would not recommend this to smaller children and older, less agile folks. It seemed like they were asking for money every step of the way. First they want you to rent their water shoes (which I did not). Then you walk past a guy with a burro, who wants you to pose for a photo with it...for a price of course. Then you have to rent a locker for your valubles, which was $8, but u would get $3 back when you returned your key. I was really suprised at how dangerous climbing the falls were. The rocks were quite slippery and I was constantly trying not to fall down. As I lost my footing, I tried to grab onto a wall but the wall was slimy and I almost fell and managed to cut my finger as I scrambled to hold on. Further up the falls there was a large pool of water, and the guide tells me that its not deep and to just walk forward. I stepped forward and dropped down underwater. It would have been appreciated if he had warned me of the big drop, since it was hard to see how deep it was. As I fell I ended up scraping my leg on a rock, but that wasn't the worst of it! As you are leaving, you are forced to walk past these vendors who are harassing you and handing you things telling you that they are free...but remember, nothing is free, they always want money (or as they refer to it...a donation) for it! Would highly recommend walking through the area quickly and DO NOT make eye contact with any of the people!
I loved Jamaica in General, we stayed in Montego Bay, and I have been 3 times, although the last time was when I was 18,now 33!!! I went with my mum, and we both loved the atmosphere and the people. I will agree the locals can be agressive when selling things but in a third world country this is to be expected, everyone has to make a living. As for Dunns River Falls I thought it was amazing and thoroughly enjoyed it, along with headbutting the guy in front of me and almost exposing the guide as I grabbed his trousers at the waist when I slipped, it was a great experience, and a beautiful place. I also went to Kingston as I am huge Bob Marley fan, and visited his house, and was even accompanied with and armed guard at the shopping centre in Kingston, even whilst in the shops. This didn't bother me really, it's just the way of life there and as long as you know what to expect you take precautions, if you are worried then don't go. My other amaxing experience while in Jamaica was when my friend and her neighbour took us out into the country where we met her family, who lived in a corrugated tin roof shack. They made us so welcome, made us food and where so lovely, the nicest people you could meet, and across from the local church we stopped for a drink and the people came to look at us in the car as they had never seen 'white people' in the flesh before, but they were so lovely and very welcoming. It has been a long time since I last went but I definately will go back someday as Jamaica has fond memories for me, and is somewhere I will never forget and will treasure.
In my opinion this is the most beautiful island in the Caribbean but has the most unfriendly and downright rude people on it of anywhere in the Caribbean including the Dominican Republic. Yes there are nice friendly people but not many. Beware of anyone at Dunn's River Falls. They are only out to get your money. Do not talk to them or even look at them. Just ignore them and get into the falls. I know it feels bad to do but believe me you will feel worse if you stop and chat. Bring your own water shoes. you do not need a guide. Do it on your own. It is more fun. Walk to the bottom. Play on the beach and then if you are up to it head up the falls. If not go back up the walkway. My 84 year old father made it with no problems. Just beware of the poeple that are natives. It is worth the trip.
I loved it and my experience was definitely different from everyone else on here. We chose to forgo the guide and climbed the waterfall ourselves. I also didn’t bother bringing anything but a swim suit and a water proof camera to I didn’t have anything that could get broken or destroyed (and water shoes cost a couple of $). The base was crowded and full of people but as you went up, more and more people dropped out until we were pretty much isolated. The more difficult areas to traverse always had a guide to help us find the best route. I don’t think I ever had to ask someone to take a picture as the guides were more than willing to offer. Towards the middle, it started to rain heavily. We didn’t mind because it we were already soaking wet and it cooled us off, but it meant the last stretch of the waterfall was vacated. No guides asked for tips and no venders bothered us the entire walk back. It was one of my happiest memories of my trip!
LIKE-the weather and pineapples and the rasta boys from paccinoqui, if thats the spelling!!!!!!!
DISLIKE-the pineapple vendors were pissing off everyone on the bus to dunns..........dude threw up, and pineapples were sweet but off-budget!
March 17th, 2010-Family of Five from Michigan. Unlike anything we have ever seen. It is worth stopping at while in Ocho Rios. We climbed without a guide and took about 40 minutes to get to the top. (we did not start at the very bottom). Observers can walk up decks on the side most of the way.
Had very bad experience with two vendors, who would not take no for an answer. Posted Exit signs cleverly route you thru vendor areas. If we were to go back, I would climb the falls and then walk back down the decks along the falls and go out the way we came in. You would then miss most of the vendor areas. If you have younger kids, vendors will approach them and ask their name and immediately carve it into some trinket and then try to guilt you into buying it.
I was trying very hard not to be rude, but this one vendor would not get out of our way. Even though I politely declined since my wife had all our cash and she had already made it thru the gauntlet, this guy kept moving in front of me and my son, and would not let us go by. If there had been a police officer around, I would have been asking for some intervention. We finally got out of there after I agreed to buy a wood necklace for $3.00, since thats about all the cash I had on me.
Bad experience! The most frustrating thing is we were looking forward to picking up some souvenirs during our cruise, and I would have enjoyed looking at some things, and would have probably picked up something, had it not been for this experience. We did stop in downtown Ocho Rios near the ship pier, and did some shopping without any problems. Everyone there was very nice.
We were on a cruise with Royal Caribbean, but booked this tour (H'evan Scent Zip Line/ Dunn's River Falls) thru a company called Jaital Tours.
Would recommend them to anyone traveling to Jamaica. Even though they were late picking us up at the pier do to a miscommunication, they made up for it in their service. Our driver/guide (Sylvan) was awsome.
I hope my experience was the exception and not the rule. Jamaica was a beautiful country, and we hope to go back in a few years. Heard from others on the ship, that the snorkeling was spectacular there!
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