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Your Guide to Visiting Dunn’s River Falls Jamaica

Your Guide to Visiting Dunn’s River Falls Jamaica

While in Jamaica, don’t miss the famous Dunn’s River Falls. These iconic falls are one of the top sights in the entire country. Here, you can climb the falls, go to the beach, or just relax in one of the many natural pools in the falls.

There are several waterfalls in Jamaica, but Dunn’s Falls is the best. Here is our guide to visiting Dunn’s River Falls.

Guide to Visiting Dunn’s River Falls Jamaica

Woman stands in front of Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica preparing to climb the falls

Dunn’s River Falls is different than most waterfalls in the fact that you can actually climb the waterfalls. The falls are 180 feet high and 600 feet long and lead out to the Caribbean Sea. This type of waterfall is called a travertine waterfall, and there are few in the world, and the only one in the Caribbean that empties into the sea.

Dunn’s River Falls is a living natural wonder. The falls are continuously growing and reshaping. Calcium carbonate from the river and travertine rock is deposited as the water flows over the falls. The result is hundreds of small dome-shaped cataracts or rock-like obstacles the waterfall flows around and over.

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Where is Dunn’s River Falls?

Dunn’s River Falls is located in Ocho Rios and was just less than a 10-minute ride from our hotel Sandals Ochi located in Ocho Rios. If you aren’t staying in Ocho Rios, a trip toDunn’s River Falls is worth it. Here is the distance to other popular Jamaica destinations.

  • 173 Km from Negril
  • 110 Km from Montego Bay
  • 110 Km from Port Antonio
  • 90 Km from Kingston
  • 63 Km from Falmouth
If you are on a cruise ship coming to Ocho Rios, you’ll have more than enough time to climb Dunn’s River Falls and explore the city. Those whose cruise ships dock in Montego Bay, Port Antonio, or Falmouth will also have enough time to visit the falls but just a little longer commute.

water flow down Dunn's River Falls outside of Ocho Rios in Jamaica

Dunn’s River Falls Tours

There are tons of Jamaica day trips heading to Dunn’s River Falls. We suggest booking them on your own for the best prices. Most of the hotels in Jamaica have a tour desk that can sell you a tour here or provide you with a driver to Ocho Rios. However, this would be an expensive way of exploring the falls. We suggest booking a tour on your own. Here are a few tours you can book online with Viator.

  • Dunn’s River Falls from Ocho Rios click here
  • Dunn’s River Falls Catamaran Party Cruise with Snorkeling & open bar from several Jamaica cities click here
  • Click here for all Dunn’s River Falls tours bookable online

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Shoe rental prices at Dunn's River Falls

Tips When Visiting Dunn’s River

It is required to wear water shoes when climbing the falls. Most tours don’t include water shoe rentals in the tour price. Water shoes are available to rent for $10 USD. For that same price, you can buy a cheap pair on Amazon for only $2.
I personally would rather have my own pair, and if it’s cheaper, it’s a no-brainer. Water shoes are good to have if you plan on visiting the Pelican Bar as there can be sea urchins.

Woman sitting in one of the many pools of Dunns River Falls

Dunn’s River Falls FAQ

Q: How tall are Dunn’s River Falls?

A: Dunn’s River Falls is a series of small cascading waterfalls that are 180 feet tall in total

Q: Can you climb Dunn’s River Falls?

A: Yes, You can climb Dunn’s River Falls, but water shoes are required for safety

Q: Can you visit Dunn’s River Falls when on a cruise in Jamaica

A: Yes, you have enough time to visit Dunn’s River Falls while on a cruise. The ports are very close to the falls.

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A Sign of rules and regulations at Dunn's River Falls Jamaica

Dunn’s River Falls Hours

They are open every day, and hours vary depending on the season and if there are cruise ships in port that day.

  • 8:30 am- 4:00pm non-cruise ship days
  • 7:00am-4:00pm cruise ship days

We suggest going right away in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the crowds.

Dunn’s River Falls Prices

If you decide to take a taxi to the falls, the admission rates are as follows:

  • $20 USD Non-resident adult
  • $12 USD Non-resident child
  • J$600.00 resident adult with a valid Jamaican driver’s license or ID card
  • J$300.00 resident child

You can pay with USD, local Jamaican dollars, or credit card. Bring a little extra cash, as there is a souvenir market and snacks available.

A view of the top of Dunn's River Falls

Best Time To Visit The Falls

If you are staying at a hotel in Ocho Rios, check the cruise port schedules to see how many ships will be docked in Jamaica.

Typically Saturdays & Sundays are the days with the least amount of cruise ships but more local tourists as it is the weekend. Avoid Wednesdays as this is the busiest cruise ship day.

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Friday 6th of March 2020

If you are unable to climb the falls are there other ways to enjoy your time at Dunn River Falls?


Sunday 5th of April 2020

You can still see and enjoy the main section of the falls without climbing. It is still worth visiting Dunn's River even if you don't plan to climb the falls.

nicole pimental

Tuesday 1st of October 2019

Once I climb up the falls how do u get back down do u have to jump to get down my 8 year old acres to jump we’re going next week can’t wait


Monday 7th of October 2019

No, you do not jump down, you climb out of the side of the riverbank at the top of the falls. Have a great trip!

Vicky Tedrow

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

Is there a way for people in the group that aren’t capable of climbing to get to the top and wait on the climber?


Monday 4th of February 2019

No the only way to access the top of Dunn's River Falls is to climb it.

rebecca blaine

Sunday 26th of August 2018

I will be staying at a hotel only minutes away and don't want to book a tour, so if I just take a taxi to the falls, how do I get a guide? Is one included in the $20USD admission price?

Hannah Lukaszewicz

Sunday 26th of August 2018

Yes you can just walk over and purchase a ticket there. You will go in groups there no need to purchase a guide it's included in your ticket. You then can stay as long as you want at Dunn's River Falls. Have a blast!


Saturday 9th of June 2018

Can you go down the falls or only climb up the falls


Monday 18th of June 2018

You can only climb up Dunn's River Falls and only with a guide.