Hike To Epic Waterfalls At This Stunning Caribbean Destination

When one thinks of Jamaica, images of pristine beaches, street stalls serving jerk chicken and fresh coconuts, and all-inclusive resorts with a daiquiri in hand might come to mind. These things are all true and really do exist in the oasis that is Jamaica, but there are also plenty of adventurous activities to be had here. Whether it's scuba diving, swimming in the Blue Hole, or hiking, Jamaica can certainly keep an active traveler entertained. Nearing the top of the list of fun physical activities to be had in Jamaica is hiking a waterfall.

Dunn's River Falls is approximately a one hour thirty-minute hike, and it's one of the most popular tourist attractions in the resort-heavy town of Ocho Rios. Well worth leaving hotel premises for, a day out to Dunn's River Falls guarantees to get your adrenaline pumping. While many might think of Jamaica as a relaxing paradise, it's not mutually exclusive with being a destination filled with thrilling adventures, and for anyone seeking a quick thrill, hiking Dunn's River Falls is simply a must.

What to expect at Dunn's River Falls

If you're ready to embark on this physically and mentally exciting hike, here's what you'll need to do to prepare for Dunn's River Falls. First and foremost, you'll need waterproof shoes. This is a waterfall, after all, so be prepared to get wet. Speaking of getting wet, don't forget to wear a swimsuit.

You'll want to capture the epic hike, so a waterproof camera (such as a GoPro with protective housing) is a great call. This hike certainly isn't for the faint of heart, as you're climbing against the current of a waterfall. It can get quite slippery and you'll need to pay close attention to where you're walking, as there can be random dips. Because of its strenuous nature, hiring a guide is the way to go. A local reputable tour guide is Island Routes, and they combine the day with a catamaran boat tour, so after your hike, you can sip rum punch and listen to tunes while riding along the pristine blue waters of Jamaica.

Where to stay and how to get there

With the Dunn's River Falls hike only lasting approximately 90 minutes, there will be ample time for you to get your strenuous hike in and still have plenty of time to relax back at your resort. One of the best nearby places to stay is Sandals Dunn's River. The resort is new and offers the unique Rondoval Butler Suites with a private pool. Sandals is a sought-after brand for a reason; it's well known for being one of the best resort brands in the Caribbean, and floating in one of their many pools (or up to one of their swim-up bars, which Sandals Montego Bay is credited with bringing to the Caribbean) is a surefire way to relax after your strenuous hike. Sandals Dunn's River is especially perfect for those who want an adults-only all-inclusive.

While there is technically an airport in Ocho Rios, flight routes are limited, with the only direct flight being from Turks and Caicos. To get to this part of Jamaica, you'll want to fly into Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport for your time spent in Ocho Rios. The drive is close to two hours from the airport to Ocho Rios, but pro-tip: ask your driver to stop for some roadside jerk chicken or fresh coconut along the way.