Ah, waterfalls – what’s not to love about them? Jamaican waterfalls provide that classic captivating, magical element with a tropical twist. Check out our ranked list of dreamy Jamaican waterfalls below, many which can be easily reached on a fun-filled day trip.
6. Reach Falls
Located four hours from Hilton Rose Hall, Reach Falls is your go-to getaway for the perfect day-long trip. Get ready to experience a secluded paradise where you can sip wine while enjoying the soothing sounds of the waterfall’s tranquil surroundings. Reach Falls has made special appearances in films like Cocktail and the iconic Lord of the Flies, so be sure to bring your camera along for the ride and snap some truly epic photos! When visiting this hidden gem, be sure to wear water or surf shoes as you’ll come across some slippery rocks along the way. There are only basic snacks and drinks available on site, so if you plan to spend the day exploring the area consider packing a lunch to enjoy a peaceful picnic at the falls. There’s a small entrance fee, so don’t forget to bring along cash or a credit card.
5. Somerset Falls
Head three hours east from Hilton Rose Hall for an adventure-filled day at Somerset Falls. Make the most of your time spent here by joining a guided boat tour that journeys up the Daniels River, where you can choose to go straight to the waterfall or make additional stops in places like the Blue Lagoon or Long Bay Beach. For what will certainly be the highlight of the day, wrap up your tour with a visit to the beautiful teal grotto at the Hidden Fall. While the waterfall itself is secluded and tranquil, there are shops, a bar, and a restaurant located just down the path when you’re ready for a cool drink to wash down the action of the day. While the restaurant is known for its delicious fresh seafood, Jamaican jerk and curried goat are also on the menu if you’re looking to taste some classic local favorites!
4. Mayfield Falls
Only an hour away from Hilton Rose Hall, Mayfield Falls has twenty different levels of rock creating a stunning tiered waterfall that’ll serve as the backdrop for the most scenic hike you’ll find in town. Walk upstream on the calmer, less steep rapids to avoid any falls. Make sure to bring along a pair of non-slip shoes, and if you don’t have your own you can rent them for a small fee once you arrive. With over 21 wading pools, you’ll have no issue staying cool and refreshed in the Jamaican sun all day long. When you’re all set hiking and swimming around the falls, treat yourself to some authentic Jamaican food at the on-site café. Don’t want to hang around in your swimsuit? There are lockers available for rent so you can bring a dry change of clothes to jump into prior to enjoying your lunch.
3. YS Falls
Less than two hours south from Hilton Rose Hall, YS Falls boasts 7 different tiers each cascading into the next. If you’re looking for a more relaxed experience, you can enjoy several calmer pools down below that are perfect for taking a refreshing dip on a warm day. If you’re exploring with small children in tow, lifeguards on duty make this an ideal spot for your peace of mind. After some well-deserved r&r, get your adrenaline pumping with rope swings and a zip line available to all visitors at the falls. YS Falls is one of the more popular destinations on the island, so expect crowds. As with most of the attractions on the island, have some cash or a credit card on hand to cover the small cost of entry.
2. Blue Hole Falls
Located just over an hour away from Hilton Rose Hall in Ocho Rios, The Blue Hole is one of the most popular Jamaican waterfalls, and for good reason. Feast your eyes on the mesmerizing 20-foot waterfall cascading into a vibrant blue swimming hole below. If you’re feeling adventurous, safely cliff jump off of one of the diving platforms for a thrill that’ll surely awaken the senses. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be shown around this local gem by a native expert, as they play a critical role in making the most of your time at Blue Hole Falls. Be sure to sport close-toed shoes for the day, as walking and hiking are part of the experience.
1. Dunn’s River Falls
Also in Ocho Rios, Dunn’s River Falls is one of the most popular Jamaica sightseeing destinations on the island. At 600-feet long and 200-feet tall, the waterfall will amaze you with its staggering size. Climb up the entire length of the waterfall to take in the mind-boggling view from the top. This is an immersive experience, so don’t bring anything that you don’t want to get wet! With a prime location next to pristine white sand beaches, plan to spend a full day playing in the falls and relaxing beachside.
A visit to the island simply isn’t complete without a Jamaican waterfall adventure, and fortunately most of these natural wonders are just a short drive away from Hilton Rose Hall. As you are planning your vacation, make sure that some of these “must-visit” Jamaican sight-seeing attractions make your list!