Jamaica’s Unique Phenomenon, Dunn’s River Falls

The Dunns River Falls was featured in the James Bond Movie “Dr. No”.

James Bond with Dunn’s River Falls in the background.

Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s national treasures. There are few places where the Arawak name “Xayamaca” – land of rivers and springs – is more apt. The Spaniards called the area “Las Chorreras”, the waterfalls or springs and it is truly one of the most beautiful spots on the island.

A stone’s throw from Ocho Rios, one of Jamaica’s fastest growing resort destinations, Dunn’s River Falls is unique. Described as a living and growing phenomenon, it continuously regenerates itself from deposits of travertine rock, the result of precipitation of calcium carbonate from the river, as it flows over the falls. The small dome-shaped cataracts are usually associated with thermal spring activity found in limestone caves. This, combined with its location near to the sea, gives Dunn’s River the distinction of being the only one of its kind in the Caribbean, if not the world.

Dunn’s River Falls is one of the very few travertine waterfalls in the world that empties directly into the sea at the western end of a white-sand beach.

CaribbeanDays can take you here. Check out our villas at Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

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