Discover one of Jamaica’s national treasures, Dunn’s River Falls. Visitors have been coming here since the 18th Century. The falls have an international reputation, situated amongst 25.9 hectares of land and reaching 600 feet tall (183 meters high) – the falls are breathtaking.
Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s most beloved natural attractions, known for its lush setting and its roles in the Tom Cruise movie Cocktail and the James Bond movie Dr No. Often referred to as a living phenomenon because it’s continuously rebuilt from sodium and calcium carbonate deposits in the river, Dunn’s River Falls is one of the only waterfalls on Earth that empties straight into the ocean.
When your cruise ship pulls into port in Montego Bay, meet your local guide at the cruise terminal and board your coach or minibus (depending on total group size) for your shore excursion to Dunn’s River Falls, about 60 miles (97 km) east of Montego Bay. During the 1.5-hour drive along Jamaica’s North Coast Highway, admire views of the Caribbean out the window.
After you arrive, listen to a quick introduction from your guide, and then enjoy 1.5 hours of free time to experience the falls however you wish. Put on non-slip water shoes (available for rental if you don’t bring your own) to climb up the 600-foot (180-meter) terraced falls, carefully walking up the ‘steps’ formed by the naturally chiseled rocks. Stop along the way to swim in one of the small pools that have formed on the different levels, and when you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with a nice view. Or if you’d rather relax, just hang out on the deck located near the river to admire the falls, or go swimming in the natural lagoon at the bottom.
When your time at the falls is up, head to a nearby restaurant for a 1-hour lunch break (at your own expense). Refuel with a traditional Jamaican jerk meal. When lunch is over, you’ll be returned to the Montego Bay.