Dunn’s River Falls
A must visit attraction… the amazing Dunn’s River Falls , one of Jamaica’s most wonderful sights, as well as a national treasure, Dunn’s River Falls is about 180 feet (55 m) high and 600 feet (180 m) long. the waterfalls almost appear to be giant stairs created naturally and feature several small lagoons throughout the vertical sections of the falls.
Dunn’s River Falls was also the location where the Battle of Las Chorreras took place in 1657, where the British defeated a Spanish expeditionary force from Cuba. There is a plaque placed at the bottom of the falls by the Jamaican Historical Society which commemorates the event. Ocho Rios owes much of its fame to Dunn’s River Falls, but this is not all that the town has to offer and it has many other attractions to offer.
A stone’s throw from Ocho Rios, one of Jamaica’s fastest growing resort centers, Dunn’s River Falls is unique. Described as a living and growing phenomenon, it continuously regenerates itself from deposits of travertine rock, the result of precipitation of calcium carbonate from the river, as it flows over the falls. The small dome-shaped cataracts are usually associated with thermal spring activity found in limestone caves. This, combined with its location near to the sea, gives Dunn’s River the distinction of being the only one of its kind in the Caribbean, if not the world.