Dunns River Falls is undoubtedly one of Jamaica's national treasures. The Spaniards called the area “Las Chorreras”, which means “the waterfalls or the springs”. The meaning of “Las Chorreras" has been reduced over a period of time to "Ocho Rios" which means eight rivers. Keep in mind however that there are not really eight rivers but only four rivers in the vicinity. These four rivers are known as, Cave River, Roaring River, Turtle River and of course Dunn’s River. These "Chorreras" as they were called are characterized as an endless flow and quick descent of water, with very swift cascades and waterfalls which flow straight into the Caribbean Sea.
Dunn’s River Falls has a very fascinating history. It is said to be the location of the legendary battle of "Las Chorreras". This battle was fought in the year, 1657 and took place near Dunn’s River Falls. It was between the English and the Spanish Expeditionary Force from Cuba. The battle was in fact for ownership of the island. The outcome of the battle was in favour of The English who won. Also under the leadership of the British, Charles Pryce was the first owner of "Las Chorreras". It some time after became a part of the 276 acres Belmont property. The Belmont property was attained by the Government in the year, 1972 to make way for potential expansion of leisurely activities and park amenities.
Dunn’s River Falls is an astounding flowing falls that extends across more than 183 metres or 600 feet. The falls is frequently featured in tourist advertisements that endorse Jamaica. These ads make Dunn’s River Falls one of the most well liked travel destinations on the island. Another remarkable point is that the Dunn’s River is one of the few rivers in the world that flows directly into the Caribbean Sea. The most popular activity is climbing up the falls and then hanging out in one of the several lagoons or pools along the way.
Dunn’s River Falls was also featured in the James Bond Movie “Dr. No”. Ian Fleming, who is the author of the James Bond movies, fell in love with Jamaica while visiting the island for a naval meeting and spent several winters there at his property. The movie included the well-known scene of Ursula Andress walking out on Jamaica’s famous Dunn’s River beach. The waterfalls are located near to the town of Ocho Rios.
The climbing of Dunn’s River Falls has been done by the locals as well as so many tourists for so long that it is quite easy to believe that the waterfall was made for climbing. However, in truth and in fact, Dunn’s River Falls is totally natural and all of the structures, crevices, and natural pools of water were made by the actual flow of the water's current.
Over the years going to Dunn’s River Falls has become an important Jamaican tourist activity. Of course no stay in the region of Ocho Rios, Jamaica is fulfilled without a stop over by Dunn’s River Falls. Even though it may sound like just another of the numerous rivers and waterfalls that line up the small island of Jamaica, Dunn’s River Falls is unlike anywhere you will ever experience.
The world famous Dunn’s River Falls is one of the many attractions that are found nearby Ocho Rios. It is however without any doubt the best known of all the attractions available in Jamaica. Over the decades Dunn’s River Falls has offered millions of tourists and locals an immediate bond to nature and has intrigued and mesmerized families for many generations.
So, where do you go if you decide you want to go shopping in Ocho Rios?
Island Village, Soni’s Plaza and Taj Mahal Shopping centers are the top three places for duty-free shopping in Ocho Rios.
As is predictable, these stores are crowded on cruise ship days.
Most of the stores have your typical souvenirs. Vendors are less pushy than at the craft market. Don’t expect unique finds. You can find some nice pieces of jewelry. The prices for jewelry are negotiable so some haggling is expected.
Island Village has Margaritaville, which is always a draw with its beach, pool, slide, and bar. There is a movie theatre. There is also Reggae Explosion, which, with its exhibits of Jamaican music, is great for music lovers. Some stores do not open when cruise ships are not in port so consider that as you plan your visit.
Ocho Rios Craft Market … This experience can be hit or miss.
So what’s the deal? If you love to haggle, you will be in heaven. You will likely enjoy the back and forth that goes into a price. If you don’t like to haggle, make sure you understand what to expect; otherwise, this experience might be a miss for you. On the other hand, you could miss some great bargains. If you care about helping the local economy, you should visit. There are multiple craft markets in Ocho Rios.
**Quoted prices are from negril and are for 1-2 persons ( each additonal person is $20 USD )**
**Quoted prices do not include entrance fees**