Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Jamaican Attraction: Dunn's River Falls

Dunn's River Falls is a famous waterfall near Ocho Rios, Jamaica and a major Caribbean tourist attraction. The falls empty into the Caribbean Sea. It is one of the very few rivers in the world that actually fall directly into the sea.

The falls can be walked up with relative ease on the side closest to the board walk. This is often done by groups who form a human chain as they walk up the falls. These chains can be rather annoying as the attendants are more interested in getting their party up the falls, so if you are not in one of the chains, manuvering up the falls is troublesome. More adventurous climbers can attempt to scale the falls away from the edge, but this requires a greater degree of endurance. Be aware that this route is much harder and if you fall, a serious injury could occur. Several small lagoons exist interspersed between the vertical sections of the falls.

Special shoes can be rented, but are not required, to climb the falls. The staff at the falls, including the guides who take groups up the falls, will take photos of visitors posing on the falls with the visitor's own cameras.

There is a private beach, which is included in the admission price.

Parts of the James Bond movie Dr. No were filmed here. Most notably, the scene where Ursula Andress walks onto the beach.

Dunn's River Fall's Photo Gallery

See you at Dunn's River Falls

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