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September, 2019

So, let’s get this straight. If the name of this town translates as “eight rivers”, shouldn’t we be talking about the best “rivers” rather than the best waterfalls in Ocho Rios? Jamaican history, however, tells us of a historical quirk following the English defeat of the Spanish in the Battle of “Las Chorreras” and their decision to claim their site with a Spanish name, resulting in a not-so-accurate translation of “waterfalls/rapids”.

Fitting name or not, Ocho Rios is home to some of the most stunning waterfalls on the planet, within close proximity to where Christopher Columbus is believed to have first set foot in Jamaica in the 15th century. Whether emptying into the picturesque Caribbean or leading to swimming holes befitting of romance novels, the array of waterfalls in Ocho Rios is as staggering as it is beautiful.

“Whether emptying into the picturesque Caribbean or leading to swimming holes befitting of romance novels, the array of waterfalls in Ocho Rios is as staggering as it is beautiful.”

Find an array of waterfalls just a short distance from your all-inclusive resort in Jamaica

Dunn’s River Falls

Imagine hiking up a gigantic hill of tufa (limestone) terraces resembling ski moguls, except replace the snow with water. Dunn’s River Falls are about 180 feet high and take about an hour to climb with a tour guide. If you follow the Dunn’s River all the way down to the Caribbean, you will come upon Little Dunn’s River Falls that empties into the sea at the aptly named Little Dunn’s River Beach. Popularity means that these falls can get a little crowded, but the breathtaking view makes it all worth it.

How to get there: Just west of Ocho Rios, Dunn’s River Falls is a five-minute drive on land. You can also arrive by water from tours that leave from many all-inclusive family resorts in Ocho Rios.

Island Gully Falls/Blue Hole Falls

Observing a majestic waterfall is one thing, but getting under it or, better yet, plunging off of it, is the real fun. That’s why Island Gully Falls, formerly known as Blue Hole, may be one of the best things to do in Jamaica. A variety of launch points abound, but listen to the advice of your tour guide to know where you should jump. The falls cut a swath through mountainous rock and empty into a mesmerizingly vibrant aqua pool more reminiscent of the best Caribbean waters than a lagoon.

How to get there: About 20 minutes’ drive west from Ocho Rios and inland, the waterfall can be reached via tour or private taxi. There are a variety of activities available including rope swings, photo opportunities, and more.

Enjoy the breathtaking views of Jamaica’s waterfalls with your family

Laughing Waters, Konoko Falls, and Turtle River Falls & Gardens

Laughing Waters
Just west of Dunn’s River Falls is the majestic Laughing Waters Falls, which empties out into the Caribbean, creating perhaps the most picturesque setting in Jamaica. Rolling hills and a quaint if not unforgettable waterfall reaches out and touches the Caribbean in a scene made for the movies. Maybe that’s why the makers of Dr. No used it as a backdrop to one of the most memorable scenes in movie history – Ursula Andress emerging from the Caribbean to meet Sean Connery’s James Bond.

How to get there: Head toward Dunn’s River Falls on the A3 from Ocho Rios, but keep going for an additional 5 minutes via cab and you’ll arrive at Laughing Waters. It is located on a private estate that is sometimes rented out and inaccessible, so call ahead of time to make arrangements.

Konoko Falls
Perhaps even more picturesque than Dunn’s River Falls, if not smaller, Konoko Falls provides another opportunity to climb a waterfall and take a dip in any of the several pools that form along its way. It’s not difficult to understand why the island’s original inhabitants, the Taino Indians, chose the magical spot to establish a settlement there. The property, known by some as Coyaba River Garden, also has a serene botanical garden with clear ponds full of koi carp and tilapia.

How to get there: Nestled in the hills of St. Ann overlooking Ocho Rios to the south, Konoko Falls is barely two miles from the center of town. The park will arrange transportation for visitors for a small fee.

Turtle River Falls and Gardens
Just a stone’s throw away from Moon Palace Jamaica and the center of Ocho Rios, Turtle River Falls and Gardens is easily reachable for those who don’t want to steer far away from the all-inclusive luxury offered by their vacation packages in Jamaica! Expanding over a 15-acre hillside, there are 14 cascading waterfalls on the Turtle River, in which you get the choice of either climbing or walking alongside on steps if you prefer a more secure ascent.

How to get there: Within Ocho Rios proper, Turtle River Falls and Gardens is less than a mile from the town center and can be reached via tours and cabs. And for those feeling adventurous, it’s only a 15-minute walk from the center of town.

As the warm Jamaican sun beats down on your tropical vacations you’ll certainly want to find the perfect spot to cool off, so why not make your dip ultra-refreshing at one (or all) of these beautiful watery settings


Swimming with dolphins was wonderful: they were humanely treated and not mobbed by tourists.

Overall great experience: the rooms, food (many options were available), drinks and service are all great. Grounds neatly kept. However, the beach and water has a lot of trash in it (beware, swimmers).

Indianápolis, Indiana

Marco, Sabrina and Oneis rock!

What a wonderful experience! Ask for Marco at the pool, Sabrina late afternoon and evenings for the shows outside and Onesis in Momo! Three of the most amazing people. They made our experience perfect! We have been twice in the last eight months because of these three people. Absolutely the best service you could possibly ask for.

Debbie G
Debbie G

Great all inclusive get away

The size of the moon palace in Jamaica is nothing compared to Mexico , but what they lack in size they make up in service, the people here are amazing and that speaks for itself; one notable mention is George (Front desk)