One of the top things to do in Ocho Rios is climbing the Dunn's Falls. So when my Carnival cruise made a stop in Jamaica last month, my friends and I decided to give that a whirl. I've seen quite a few waterfalls in my life time, but I'd never actually climbed one.
We decided not to book one of the exorbitantly priced excursions that Carnival offered, and to just wing it. We disembarked and made our way to the taxi rank at the dock where after a little bit of haggling, we were swiftly driven to the falls.
When climbing the Dunn's River Falls, you're gonna get wet, so locking all your valuables like phones and cameras in lockers is a very good idea. Also, the falls can get pretty strong and the rocks pretty slippery, so buying water shoes is a smart thing to do as well. Or even smarter; bring your own as buying them on site, will cost you an extra ten USD. I did see a few people wearing flip-flops, but people have been helicoptered out after breaking their back and my dad is still suffering from vertigo after tumbling down a few meters at these falls. Be warned.
After we put our stuff away and our newly purchased water shoes on our feet, we made our way to the bottom of the falls. Here we found pretty much everyone who was sailing on our cruise as well as cruisers from several other ships getting in line to make their way up. Off the beaten path, these falls are not.
We followed the queue of hand-holding Americans that was snaking its way up the rocks. We managed to overtake them while wading through pools, climbing some very steep rocks, and conquering strong cascading shoots of water. I only fell on my bum once.
After we finished the climb, we celebrated our conquest with a freshly grilled jerk chicken and a cool bottle of Red Stripe. A well deserved treat.