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