Dunn's River Falls and Park (Ocho Rios)#1 in Best Things To Do in Jamaica
If you're staying in Ocho Rios or just visiting for the day from a cruise ship, travelers insist you allot a couple of hours to climb the Dunn's River Falls. You can take a guided climb of the waterfall, hike a trail alongside it or just recline and relax on the beach at the bottom.
Vacationers say that climbing along the rocks to the top of the falls isn't rigorous, but it can be slippery. Recent visitors said you can keep your footing by wearing water shoes. Given that you'll be splashed, then soaked by the cascading water on the ascent – and some say it's a bit dangerous – it's best if you leave your young kids (or any vacation buddies who aren't strong swimmers) at the foot of the falls. The attractions recommends allotting 45 minutes to an hour to climb the falls.
Dunn's River Falls and Park, which sits less than 10 minutes from port in Ocho Rios, is open every day from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. On days when cruise ships are in port, the park opens at 7 a.m. To enjoy the beach, explore the area and climb the falls adults will have to pay $23; admission for children (ages 4 to 12) costs $15. Tickets are sold at the front entrance and include the option of a guide to lead you up the falls (though guides do expect tips). Dunn's River Falls and Park's website provides further details.
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#2 Seven Mile Beach (Negril)
Check your calendar before taking your tots to the cumin-colored sands of this western beach in Negril. Like its name suggests, Seven Mile has plenty of space for you to find a spot, but you'll share the area with a few adults-only resorts, as well as those who like to sunbathe in the nude. When the sun goes down, the sandy spread becomes a popular party spot.
Recent travelers said Seven Mile features the clearest water they've ever seen, with others calling it perfect. Still similar to a lot of Jamaican beaches, Seven Mile sometimes has vendors who can often be persistent in hopes of selling everything from crafts to beer to fresh lobster. A simple "no, thank you" will often suffice, but don't be surprised if a vendor is unrelenting.
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