Climbing Dunn’s River Falls


I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Jamaica.  It has been on my bucket list since I was a kid (for real).  There is just something I love about the laid back island vibe that is portrayed in media.  As I was planning for the trip, someone told me that they particularly loved climbing Dunn’s River Falls.  Looking at it online it looked pretty but honestly not that exciting but I decided to check in out based on the recommendation.  I was pleasantly surprised that this was such a fun adventure.

20228737_10101268732941635_2264100842706064698_nArriving at Dunn’s River Falls, we were put into groups and assigned a guide.  Our guide explained the rules, which we enthusiastically agreed to with a “Yeah Man!”  We were all going to link arms and walk carefully up the waterfall.  I love meeting strangers but latching onto them doesn’t sound like my cup of tea.  I ended up sandwiched between my daughter and husband.  Our guide explained that they clean the rocks in the mornings and told us how we could safely climb the falls.


20106399_10101262852925235_2772280110390964457_nThe beginning of the climb was pretty challenging.  We all attempted to place our feet exactly where our guide stepped.  When it got hard, we helped pull each other up.  Yes, even the strangers I didn’t want to cling on to earlier.  Quickly we all became like family making sure that everyone could do the climb safely.  Our guide was also really attentive and jumped in to help as needed.  There were a few times when I thought we must be at the top but it just kept going.  I did notice an exit midway if you need to bail early but it actually gets easier after this point so if you make it this far, I’d suggested you just keep climbing.

The total climb was 600 feet but you are almost always moving vertically so it was really tiring.  Along the way, we stopped to free fall into especially deep spots and get aqua massages.  By the time we reached the end, we were all exhausted but also excited.  I loved the climb but I was really happy to have reached the top. If you have a chance to do this, I would definitely recommend checking it out.  Just remember to bring some non-slip shoes and wear something you don’t mind getting soaked in.





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