Dunn’s River Falls & Park
Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s national treasures. Globally, it is as well known as
reggae and equally stimulating. These are few places where the Arawak name “Xayamaca” – land of
rivers and springs – is more apt. The Spaniards called the area “Las Chorreras”, the waterfalls
or springs and it is truly one of the most beautiful spots on the island.
A stone’s throw from Ocho Rios, one of Jamaica’s fastest growing resort centers, Dunn’s River
Falls is unique. Described as a living and growing phenomenon, 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. This, combined with its location near to
the sea, gives Dunn’s River the distinction of being the only one of its kind in the Caribbean,
if not the world.
The name “Las Chorreras” later became “Ocho Rios” (eight rivers). There are actually only four
rivers in the area now – Cave, Roaring, Turtle are actually only four Roaring, Turtle and
Dunn’s River, as the others have gone underground over time. These “Chorreras” are
characterized by clarity, unending flow and swift descent, punctuated by rapid cascades and
waterfalls which pour 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, which was acquired by Government in 1972, to provide for future development of recreational
and park facilities.
The Belmont property was entrusted to the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) for the people 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 the standard befitting a premier national attraction.
Today, 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 provided, 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.
Climb the falls in a human chain led by experienced Falls Guides. Pause at the ‘massage
parlour’ and experience the soothing effects of the water as it cascades to the sea.
For the less brave – live vicariously. View the activities of the more intrepid from the “safe”
vantage point of the terrace or deck.
Sun Goddess at the beach, on golden sands lapped by the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean
Exercise buffs may jog on the beach or walk the property as part of their routine.
And for those who enjoy Mother Nature’s gifts, lose yourself in lush tropical foliage – ferns,
bamboos, ginger lilies, crotons, orchids, a variety of palms and breadfruit trees.
Opening hours (regular) 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cruise Ship Days 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Last Falls Climb begins at 4:00 p.m.
Fees: Resident Adults J$300.00
Resident Children (2-11 years) J$150.00
Non-resident Adults US$15.00
Non-resident Children (2-11 years) US$12.00
Location: 5km from Ocho Rios
110km from Montego Bay
90km from Kingston
110km from Port Antonio
116km from Mandeville
182km from Negril
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 on your
The Cafeteria has savoury delights to please any palate – from spicy jerked chicken, pork or fish and curried
goat to… delectable snacks.
Spend a day and do it all.
Dunn’s River Falls offers the chance for renewal. It’s an unforgettable experience and a must for your holiday
itinerary. Visit the falls once, and we offer a gilt edged guarantee… you will return.
The new DUNN’S River Falls Park… pure pleasure…
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