Dunn's River Falls

Dunn's River Falls is a famous waterfall near Ocho Rios, Jamaica and a major Caribbean tourist attraction that receives thousands of visitors each year.[1][2][3]

Dunn's River Falls
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Tourists climb the falls, holding hands and following the directions of guides for safety. Guides are wearing blue shirts.
Dunn's River Falls is located in Jamaica
Dunn's River Falls
LocationOcho Rios, St Ann, Jamaica
Coordinates18°24′57″N 77°08′17″W / 18.4158°N 77.1381°W / 18.4158; -77.1381Coordinates: 18°24′57″N 77°08′17″W / 18.4158°N 77.1381°W / 18.4158; -77.1381
TypeMulti-step cascade
Total height180 feet (55 m)
WatercourseDunn's River


At about 180 feet (55 m) high and 600 feet (180 m) long,[4] the waterfalls are terraced like giant natural stairs though some incorporate man-made improvements. Several small lagoons are interspersed among the vertical sections of the falls.

The falls empty into the Caribbean Sea at the western end of a white-sand beach.[5]


Climbing the waterfalls is a popular tourist activity[6] and is often, but not exclusively, performed with the help of tour guides from the park. It takes about 1-1.5 hours to climb with short breaks for photographs and video recordings taken by the guides. There are also stairs alongside of the falls for those who do not want to get wet or are unable to manage the rocky, uneven terrain of the actual waterfall.

The falls are bordered by lush, green vegetation that shades the area from the sun and keeps the area, and climbers, cool. The climb can be relatively hard so is often undertaken as a hand-holding human chain led by a guide to make it easier.


Dunns River Falls plaque

The falls were the location where the Battle of Las Chorreras took place in 1657, when the British defeated a Spanish expeditionary force from Cuba.[7] A plaque placed at the bottom of the falls by the Jamaican Historical Society commemorates the event (see photo).


Dunn’s River, a short stream dropping only 55 metres (180 ft) from its source to the sea, is fed by spring water rich with calcium carbonate and deposits travertine forming a sequence of tufa terraces.[8] Such waterfalls are described by geologists as "a living phenomenon" because they are continuously rebuilt by the sediments in spring water.[4]

Dunn's River Falls is one of the very few travertine waterfalls in the world that empties directly into the sea.[4]


  1. ^ Wayfaring Travel Guide Archived 2009-07-06 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Dunn's River Falls Jamaica". dunnsriverja.com. Archived from the original on 2016-02-03.
  3. ^ "Waterfalls in Jamaica-10 Magical Falls to Explore". Snorke Land Hike. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  4. ^ a b c Geocaching. "Geocaching > Hide and Seek a Geocache > Premium Member Only Cache". geocaching.com.
  5. ^ "Dunn's River Falls Excursions". timeinjamaica.com.
  6. ^ "Jamaica-Tour - Dunns River Falls Tour". jamaica-tour.com.
  7. ^ Long, Edward (1774). Volume 1 of The History of Jamaica. T. Lowndes. p. 274.
  8. ^ "Dunn's River Falls". Wondermondo. Retrieved 19 December 2016.