The Park

The World Famous Dunn’s River Falls & Park is Jamaica’s marquee tourist attraction and a national treasure.

Globally, it is as well-known as reggae music and equally stimulating. A stone’s throw from Ocho Rios, one of Jamaica’s major resort centres, Dunn’s River Falls is unique.

At 960ft tall, it is a living and growing phenomenon that continuously renews itself from deposits of travertine rock; the result of calcium carbonate from the river, flowing over the falls.

The small dome-shaped cataracts found on the falls are usually associated with thermal spring activity found in limestone caves for which the area is known. This, combined with being climbable and its unencumbered flow to the sea, gives Dunn’s River Falls the distinction of being the only one of its kind in the Caribbean, if not the world.

Dunn’s River Falls has an interesting history because it is believed to be the site of the famous battle of “Las Chorreras”, fought in 1657 between the Spanish and the English for possession of the island. The Spaniards called the area “Las Chorreras”, meaning ‘the waterfalls’ or ‘springs’. The English won the battle, and under British rule “Las Chorreras” was first owned by Charles Pryce. It later became part of the 276 acre Belmont property, which was acquired by the Government of Jamaica in 1972, to provide for future development of recreational and park facilities.

This property was entrusted to the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) to be held on behalf of the people of Jamaica. It is managed by the St. Ann Development Company (SADCo), a regional subsidiary of the UDC.

Things to Do & See

Together, the UDC and SADCo have embarked on developing the Park, to the standard befitting a premier national attraction. Today, Dunn’s River Falls & Park is a mix of modern facilities with the rustic charm of a natural setting. While there, guests can enjoy the gentle flow of the river while picnicking in Tranquillity Garden or spend the day by the splash pad and waterslide in Central Garden. For the adventurous, take the trek up our 960ft cascading world famous falls or try the zip line over falls before lazing on our beautiful beach front as the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea lap the golden sands. For the less adventurous – live vicariously. View the activities from the vantage point of the terrace or deck.

Dunn’s River Falls & Park is the perfect environment for fun and relaxation for the entire family. There is a delightful new discovery around every corner. Guests, who enjoy Mother Nature’s gifts, can lose themselves in lush tropical foliage – ferns, bamboos, Ginger Lillie’s, Crotons, Orchids, a variety of palms and Breadfruit trees.


Once you have experienced this great Jamaican adventure, don’t forget to buy your official Dunn’s River Falls memorabilia, and take a piece of Dunn’s River Falls home with you; available at our Adventure Depot or Craft Market.

It’s an unforgettable experience and a must do bucket list item.
Dunn’s River Falls & Park – Refresh. Relax. Recharge.