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Dunn's River Falls

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Type  Multi-step cascade
Watercourse  Dunn's River
Height  55 m
Phone  +1 876-974-4767
Total height  180 feet (55 m)
Address  Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Number of drops  1
Dunn's River Falls
Location  Ocho Rios, St Ann, Jamaica
Hours  Closed now Tuesday8:30AM–4PMWednesday8:30AM–4PMThursday8:30AM–4PMFriday8:30AM–4PMSaturday8:30AM–4PMSunday8:30AM–4PMMonday8:30AM–4PM
Similar  Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica, Dolphin Cove Jamaica, Doctor's Cave Beach Cl, YS Falls, Rose Hall - Montego Bay

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Dunn's River Falls is a famous waterfall near Ocho Rios, Jamaica and a major Caribbean tourist attraction that receives thousands of visitors each year.

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Appearance

At about 180 feet (55 m) high and 600 feet (180 m) long, the waterfalls are terraced like giant natural stairs though some incorporate man-made improvements. Several small lagoons are interspersed among the vertical sections of the falls.

The falls empty into the Caribbean Sea at the western end of an attractive white-sand beach.

Tourism

Climbing the waterfalls is a popular tourist activity and is often, but not exclusively, performed with the help of tour guides from the park. It takes about 1-1.5 hours to climb with short breaks for photographs and video recordings taken by the guides. There are also stairs, alongside of the falls, for those who do not want to get wet or are unable to manage the rocky, uneven terrain of the actual waterfall.

The falls are bordered by lush, green vegetation that shades the area from the sun and keeps the area, and climbers, cool. The climb can be relatively hard so is often undertaken as a hand-holding human chain led by a guide to make it easier.

History

The falls were the location where the Battle of Las Chorreras took place in 1657, when the British defeated a Spanish expeditionary force from Cuba. A plaque placed at the bottom of the falls by the Jamaican Historical Society commemorates the event (see photo).

Geology

Dunn’s River, a short stream dropping only 55 metres (180 ft) from its source to the sea, is fed by spring water rich with calcium carbonate and deposits travertine forming a sequence of tufa terraces. Such waterfalls are described by geologists as "a living phenomenon" because they are continuously rebuilt by the sediments in spring water.

Dunn's River Falls is one of the very few travertine waterfalls in the world that empties directly into the sea.

In popular culture

  • Used for a location shoot for the 1988 Tom Cruise film Cocktail.
  • Used for location footage in the first James Bond film Dr. No in 1962, where Bond (played by Sean Connery) and Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) are in the river.
  • Used for location footage for the Reality TV show America's Next Top Model Cycle 19, wherein a photoshoot takes place on the falls.
  • References

    Dunn's River Falls Wikipedia


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