This tour takes you to an unforgettable collection of beauty spots in and around Ocho Rios. First, you'll visit the island's premier attraction, Dunn's River Falls. It is a place of unique beauty, where the river cascades over a giant limestone staircase to a white-sand beach and the warm Caribbean Sea. You may choose to climb the icy waterfalls with the aid of an experienced falls guide, just simply relax at the base of the waterfalls, or swim in the sea. Next, you'll be taken on a guided stroll through the groves of trees and plants at the Shaw Park Botanical Gardens. The manicured grounds are beautified by a reflecting pond, gazebos and a natural waterfall. A final stop is made in the town for shopping before returning to your ship.
Note: Order of stops may be changed to avoid crowds. The Dunn's River Falls are the highlight of Jamaica and tend to be very congested. All guests participating in a tour that visits the falls should wear foot protection that can get wet. River socks are available for rent at the falls. The rocks at the falls are slippery. Climbing the falls is optional and at your own risk. Participants who do not wish to climb the falls may enjoy the small beach at the base. The walk to the beach is on a slope with many stairs, therefore participants should be in reasonably good health.
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2 of 4(50%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Be sure to use water shoes. It's a challenging climb up a lot of different levels of rock and falling water where you have to be careful of every step. Our granddaughter (5) didn't want to go any further than half way where one of the exits was available. When leaving you pass a lot of vendors - just keep going as the guide advised if you are not interested - no problem. We wanted to get a snack and drink but a $20 bill was not accepted so take smaller change. The gardens were so-so.
Beautiful area and the falls were great. My problem was the aggressive sales techniques of all the people encountered in Jamaica. I felt very pushed to buy something. The tour was very rushed and we really had no time to eat lunch. High rating for the beautiful landscapes but poor rating on everything else. I did not get a smile from anyone I encountered in Jamaica. Would not go there again......
As the description says, Dunns Falls is congested. Very. It was a long walk down to the beach & an even longer walk back up. I did not walk up the falls & the water is cold. The walk down is one direction; the walk up is another which talkes you through the "Jamaican mall" where you have swarms of people trying to sell you something. If you visit a restroom they expect a tip for nothing. I did get my hair French braided there for $10-a good deal. I did enjoy the Shaw Park; lovely place, a good deal of walking, but worth it. Have your camera ready w/fresh batteries. I recommend the Shaw Park.
I took this tour to Dunn's River Falls to see what changes had been done here. I climbed the falls 38 years ago & it was not so commercially developed then. The addition of the platforms from which to take photo's at various parts of the falls was great. There are several places to buy cold drinks & food throughout the area which came in handy as the day was very hot. You can climb stairs all the way down to the beach if you wanted to swim too. The falls are very beautiful & well worth seeing. Yes there are vendors here that are very aggressive at getting you to buy things but a few firm "no thanks" usually got them to leave you alone. There are some very nice items here that you can purchase at a reasonable price (they will barter with you) though so it is worth the look. From here we went on to the Shaw Botanical Gardens. The view of the harbor from the cliff here is wonderful. The gardens themselves are not very large so it doesn't take too long to tour the site. There is a very nice waterfall here too. There are vendors selling their crafts here & they were very nice people. You did not feel pressured by them at all. Our tour bus stopped in town for some shopping at the local stores before going back to the ship.