Rivers and waterfalls of Jamaica. Time to splash around!

Rivers and waterfalls of Jamaica. Time to splash around!

Jamaica, Trelawny, Ocho Rios, Clarendon, Portland
Jamaica is the perfect destination for any beach lover, but the local rivers that flow from the mountain peaks into the valleys and into the sea are refreshing in their own right.

Jamaica is the perfect destination for any beach lover, but the local rivers that flow from the mountain peaks into the valleys and into the sea are refreshing in their own right. The cool chill of the river water is invigorating, especially on one of the island’s characteristically hot days. What makes the rivers and waterfalls here so special is that no two are alike. The drops and depths of the freshwater channels, the varying heights and intensity of the cascades, and the surrounding vegetation make each river excursion unique.

With dozens of streams flowing into the Caribbean Sea from all corners of Jamaica, they usually aren't very hard to find either. Whether you're running along a roadway, peering into jungle foliage from afar, or merging with the warm waters of a beach, these rivers and waterfalls are definitely worth a visit.

North coast

The North Coast is a beach lover's dream. There are plenty of swimming spots here, including some of the island's most popular water attractions. The Martha Brae River in Trelawny is famous for its relaxing hour-long rafting sessions.

The famous Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios attracts year-round visitors eager to reach the top. A number of other step-like cascades flow nearby, such as Konoko Falls and Turtle River Falls, close enough that water lovers can conquer all three in one day. Not far from this resort town, on the border of the neighboring parish, rafting and tubing can be enjoyed on the White River. Other attractions tucked into the hills, such as Island Gully Falls and the hypnotic Blue Hole, flow into the same tranquil body of water.

Portland's East Precinct boasts an abundance of pristine nature and less commercial splendor. The sloping cascade and marvelous water caves of Somerset Falls are popular attractions in the area. The Big Rio Grande, once a major food ship, is now a popular rafting destination. Another notable feature in the area is the Rich Falls collection of natural pools and underwater caves.

South coast

There are many rivers and waterfalls of varying sizes flowing through the Blue Mountains. The muddy blue Milk River in Clarendon is famous for its mineral content, which is said to have healing properties. Continuing west into St. Elizabeth's Parish is the multi-tiered cascading series of S.S. Falls, as well as one of the island's longest wetland safaris rivers, the Black River. The Roaring River is Westmoreland's watering hole, supplying water to many communities. In the hills lies Mayfield Falls, a series of cascades and natural pools that boast a variety of swimming options and a unique hiking experience.

Whether you're rafting, tubing, rock climbing or swimming, there's no doubt that Jamaica's rivers and waterfalls provide plenty of opportunities to enjoy our natural landscape. Take advantage of our healing waters on a leisurely trip or adventure!

Source: visitjamaica

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