From stunning spots to go for a dip to secluded rivers in the mountains, there are tons of spellbinding waterfalls in Jamaica just waiting to be explored. Here’s a quick guide to the best falls this island has to offer.
The North Central Coast
Below are a few of the most astounding examples of natural beauty located along the northern coast:
Blue Hole River
Along the White River, you’ll find a series of spectacular waterfalls and natural pools. They’re an absolute must-see.
Dunn’s River Falls
This is the most well-known of all the waterfalls in Jamaica. Over 300,000 people visit this gorgeous place each year, and are one of the island’s biggest attractions. The waters are clear and you can swim (although be warned, the water’s a little cooler than you might expect).
A stream flows from the mouth of the river and splashes down to join the sea. You’ll find a beautiful sandy beach where you can relax, unwind, and enjoy the views. The rocks surrounding the falls are easily climbable if you’re feeling energetic. Handrails have been installed for your safety and to make it easier to scramble up and down.
Located east of Dunn’s River Falls and Pearly Beach, these waters are astounding. The combination of cascading water against the striking golden sands makes a pretty picture. It’s one of the best waterfalls in Jamaica. However, it isn’t just famous for its beauty; it also features in the first James Bond film, making it the perfect place to visit if you’re a film buff.
If you’re after a waterfall surrounded by luscious greenery, then a trip to Nature Falls is ideal. They’re a little off the usual tourist track, making them unspoiled and mainly visited by locals and a few tourists in the know.
The Eastern Coast
Alternatively, if you want to explore the best falls on the Eastern coastline, check out the following:
Located in a charming river valley in the lower foothills of John Crow Mountains. The river splashes down a succession of falls. You can climb these from the main pool of water, and gradually make your way to the top.
This ascent takes you past a variety of smaller lakes. If you spend time enjoying each of these, you could easily spend an entire day here. This hike takes roughly two hours in total (if you don’t stop at the different pools along the way).
You can locate Roselle Falls just east of White Horses. This is the perfect place to visit if you want to chill out with the locals. It’s completely unmanaged, so it isn’t commercial in the slightest; which is excellent if you want a secluded dip in a tranquil location. This waterfall stems from a reservoir along the Morant River and creates a fabulous pool at the bottom. The best place to swim is behind the waterfalls.
The Southern Coast
If you’re travelling along the southern coast, pop in and see these glorious waterfalls:
This paradise is created from underground streams and two magnificent waterfalls.
Perhaps you’d prefer a waterfall that’s a little more organised? If so, a trip to YS Falls is needed. In addition to the picturesque scenery, you can enjoy food from the bar and grill. Here you can sample authentic jerk chicken, the perfect meal to refuel before heading back into the pool for another dip. There are also a few gift shops for you to browse. They’re fantastic if you’re on the hunt for unique souvenirs and gifts.