We’re all accustomed to the usual beach flex, but what about those days where you’re not too thrilled about hot sun, sand and overcrowded venues? For those who appreciate the occasional river outing to help “clean your heart”, the trip to a refreshing, natural stream may not be as far as you may think…
Bowden Hill/Falling Edge Falls – Kingston
Located near the Hermitage Dam in Stony Hill, be prepared to do a bit of riding/hiking if you seek out this majestic treasure.
Mountain River Cave – St.Catherine
Located in the lush green terrains of Cudjoe Hill, it houses a large collection of art of Jamaica’s native inhabitants, the Tainos, and shows clues to their early existence.
Salt River – Clarendon
A favourite among residents of the town for a cool dip. After the highway toll booth, turn left at Sandy Bay and be blessed.
Gut River – Manchester
A river, beach and small hamlet together on an isolated stretch of south facing coastline. Situated just on the border of Manchester and St. Elizabeth.
Breadnut Valley Falls – St. Elizabeth
From its entrance you wouldn’t imagine all this hidden beauty inside. It starts as a small, tucked waterfall flowing into a natural pool but as you hike just a few yards upwards you’ll find bigger, deeper cascades.
Mayfield Falls – Westmoreland
A nature lover’s paradise! Two beautiful waterfalls, twenty-one natural pools, fifty-two types of ferns and lots of exotic flowers, plant species, birds, butterflies and wildlife native to Jamaica.
Discovery Falls – Hanover
Nestled within a secluded mountain setting on the western part of Jamaica, Discovery Falls is situated in Silver Spring, fifteen minutes outside of Negril. Palm trees, waterfalls and beautiful gardens line lagoons from natural springs nestled on the edge of the mountain with 1000 feet of zip lines through the canopy of trees is the setting created.
Great River – St. James
The Great River is one of Jamaica’s major rivers,and forms the boundary of the parish of St James with Westmoreland and Hanover. It is greatly used for a relaxing rafting experience, along with zipling and river tubing.
Dornoch Head -Trelawny
The source of the Rio Bueno river. Off to the left side the spring water comes from a rock, and off to the right side of this pool the Rio Bueno river begins its descent to the sea.
Konoko Falls – St. Ann
Nestled in the hills of St. Ann overlooking the resort area of Ocho Rios, just five minutes away from the town centre.
Kwame Falls- St. Mary
If you ‘re up for a hike, swim, and discovering some beautiful parts of Jamaica via a peaceful, scenic and not-too-difficult path, this is for you. A mostly deep pool beneath the falls, with some very warm spots, is great for a refreshing dip.
Nanny Falls – Portland
Located in Moore Town, the falls are about a half hour to forty-minute hike and said to be worth it. Tucked away, the secluded waterfall plunges into a deep pool which is great for swimming in.
Cane River Falls – St. Thomas
Tucked behind huge boulders, is a serendipitous find. It is a local favourite and where Reggae legend Bob Marley is said to have washed his dreadlocks regularly. Recommended to visit outside of drought season, as the falls and water level significantly decline during such time.