Buddy The Traveling Monkey Dunn's River Falls

Dunn’s River Falls: An Oasis In Paradise

No visit to Jamaica is complete without a trip to Dunn’s River Falls. It’s cascading waters will leave you breathless and wondering how nature could create such beauty.


Located just outside of Ocho Rios, Dunn’s River Falls are arguably Jamaica’s most popular attraction. We planned our trip to the falls ahead of time with Real Tours Jamaica. I knew it was going to be a great tour because of the interaction we had before we had even arrived in Jamaica. Through emails and even a phone call, RTJ let me know how much they cared about the experience their customers had. It all felt very personal and after reading some of RTJ’s reviews on TripAdvisor, I knew I wasn’t the only one that felt that way.


We were picked up from our hotel by Norris at 11:30 am and we set off on the hour long drive to the falls.


Buddy The Traveling Monkey Dunn's River Falls

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Dunn's River Falls


Along the way, Norris pointed out different landmarks and told us about some of Jamaica’s history and culture. He also made an effort to get to know us, which I really appreciated. We were laughing and having a good time within the first few miles. We also made two quick stops along the way to take some pictures. The first stop was to Discovery Bay and the second was to Columbus Park. This open-air museum has relics that date back to the Spanish Colonial period.


Buddy The Traveling Monkey Dunn's River Falls
Discovery Bay

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Dunn's River Falls

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Dunn's River Falls

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Dunn's River Falls


Soon after, we arrived at Dunn’s River Falls. We left everything but the camera in the van and made our way through the park entrance. Norris stayed behind, but we agreed on a time to meet back at the van.


Buddy The Traveling Monkey Dunn's River Falls


Just a few minutes later and there they were. We could see others already enjoying the water so we quickly joined them. There are a few different areas with wooden stairs that you can use to step down into the water. Then it’s up to you whether you want to head down or up the river. We initially started heading down but decided to turn around because the water was getting a little rough and I was worried about getting my camera wet. If we had kept going, we would have gone all the way down to the beach.

Fun Fact: Dunn’s River is one of the few rivers in the world that flows directly into the Caribbean Sea.

So we turned around and made our way all the way to the top of the falls. It was a lot of fun climbing around the different cascades and wading in the pools.


Buddy The Traveling Monkey Dunn's River Falls

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Dunn's River Falls

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Dunn's River Falls

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Dunn's River Falls
You want me to get in there??

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Dunn's River Falls

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Dunn's River Falls

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Dunn's River Falls
Congratulations, You have just completed the climb of the World Famous Dunn’s River Falls


We spent about an hour at the falls. You could easily spend more than that though. From the top, there is a path that leads back to the entrance of the park.


A few tips:

  • – There are lockers available inside the park. However, I didn’t notice the price since we didn’t use them.
  • – I highly recommend wearing water shoes. Some of the rocks can be slippery and the people I saw struggling were the ones that were walking around barefoot.
  • – Bring a waterproof camera. We could have done a lot more exploring if I wasn’t so worried about my camera getting wet.
  • – Try to go on a weekend because it will be less crowded. That sounded crazy to me at first, but it makes sense once you realize that cruise ships dock nearby during the week.
  • – You have to pass through a craft market on your way out. Sellers can be a bit insistent, but if you’re not interested I suggest you just walk on through.


Our trip to Dunn’s River Falls was SO much fun. And one of the best parts was taking the trip with Real Tours Jamaica. We’ve all had good experiences with tour companies. But how many times can you say you left feeling like you actually made a friend? That’s how we felt. So much so, that we ended up also touring with RTJ to the Chuck Norris Secret Falls (aka the Blue Hole) and the Rose Hall Great House (a mansion that is haunted by a witch!). So seriously, I can’t recommend these guys enough.


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Have you visited Dunn’s River Falls? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂


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**A big thank you to Norris and Real Tours Jamaica. We were offered the tour at a discounted rate, but as always, all opinions are our own.**


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  1. Sounds amazing and I always love hearing about new places. I don’t know much about Jamaica at all. Your tip about the waterproof camera also comes at a time when I am considering getting a go pro because I just missed out on some great photo opps on a trip I was on. Great photos, makes it really inviting as a destination.

    1. Yes, I’ve been considering a go pro for a while now. It really would have come in handy for this trip! 😉

  2. I finally went to PR a few years back and it is one of my favorite places. We stayed in relatively deserted areas, so didn’t see many of the typical highlights of the country, but loved it all the same. Oh, until I lost my wedding ring in the undertow – that wasn’t a highlight 🙂

    1. Sometimes the best vacations are the ones where you don’t do very much at all 🙂

  3. I’d love to visit Jamaica some day! Discovery Bay looks absolutely breathtaking! Dunn’s River Falls looks like so much fun. Thanks for the tips!

    1. I hope you’re able to visit Jamaica one day. It’s a beautiful country!

  4. I had a friend from Jamaica who told me about the falls and the bay, but now that you show me the images I really understand what he meant! Great trip and experience!

    1. They really helped us from slipping and sliding lol

  5. Joe Ankenbauer says:

    The falls look beautiful! A great time was had by all! I think I’m in love with Discovery Bay!

  6. I have always wanted to visit Jamaica!! The falls looks beautiful! I would love to spend time hanging out and hiking there. Looking forward to reading about the Chuck Norris secret falls 🙂

  7. Amazing photos! And that falls definitely looked cool and refreshing. Looks like Buddy had a good time in Jamaica! 🙂

  8. I love such pools and falls – a lot of fun for a day activity!

  9. Awesome review! Congratulations on your climb. Visit the recently opened mini water park at Dunn’s River Falls the next time your in town.

    1. Hi Melissa! Thanks for letting us know, we’ll be sure to check it out! 🙂

  10. Your photos brought back wonderful memories of the two times I have climbed Dunn’s River Falls. For those considering climbing with children, I’ll mention that my son was 5 years old on his first climb, and my daughter was 9. Both did fine and we were cautioned about the areas that were slippery, which is good for parents and kids alike!

    1. Aww, thank you Alecia. Appreciate the additional information!

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