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“If you want to climb waterfalls this is the best!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Turtle River Falls and Gardens

Turtle River Falls and Gardens
Eden Bower Road | Ocho Rios, St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica (Formerly The Enchanted Garden)
876-974-5114
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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“If you want to climb waterfalls this is the best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Our driver (Joe Cool) advised us to visit Turtle River Falls and Gardens. It was a great experience. The first positive thing is that it is not so touristic here. It is authentic and some people might call it "old". We enjoyed every second of our stay. The Gardens are nice and feeding the birds is great fun (esp. for young children). The tour we got was a private tour as there are not much people coming here. Most go to the Dunns Waterfall. There are over 14 waterfalls and we climbed 6 of them with our guide. great fun and great unique pictures. Definitely worthwhile going to this place!

Visited January 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Better than Dunn's Falls!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Beautiful Place to visit even 4 days after Hurricane Sandy! They were still cleaning up from. We did go and see Dunns Falls and this is so much better! They were still cleaning up from the storm but they let us in. The waterfalls were breath taking. Our guide Jordan let us climb in the falls and toke pictures of us. He knew a lot of the plants and told us about them. He was even patient enough to wait while I toke lots of pictures of a humming bird! Then we went into the bird aviary. It was as great as I hoped. Jordan kept giving us seed and the birds were all over us! Scotty the Macaw never left us! We toke lots of pictures and Jordan toke a lot of us! If you can only see one thing this is the one! Thanks Jordan you really made or vacation to Jamaica!

Visited October 2012
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Randolph, New Jersey
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“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

This place is awesome! It is not well known but it is worth the trip. Be prepared to do a lot of walking up stairs in order to view the multiple (7-10) different waterfalls. Your tour guide even allows you to take dips at your leisure in the waterfalls that you can get to. I am so glad I found this place. The tour of the garden ends at the aviary, where friendly birds land on your head and shoulder while picking at your hand for food. This is not dangerous but it does tickle.....I would definately recommend this place and I will definately visit again. Lovely garden.

Visited October 2012
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“Therapeutic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

It has approximately fourteen waterfalls, each with its unique magnificence. There is an aviary as well, with some cheerful birds including a proud parrot and they will feed from your hand if you let them. Learn about a a variety of Jamaican plant species.There is also a garden area if you want to picnic or just relax on a bench or in the grass. Oh and there is a nice pool, if you ever get tired of the falls. If you spend a few minutes at the 'right' falls and just allow the water to 'have its way on your back' ... voila you're at the spa. Another good thing is, there is usually few people there so you have some of the falls all to yourself at some point. If you don't wanna get wet, you can walk the path along side them and take photos and just be awed by there awesome feel. What ever you do .... just have fun. You need to take your own food though if you intend to stay all day, cause there is only snacks for sale on site.

You should make sure you tour the entire property and try the falls that aren't labelled or pointed out in the tour. Overall very, very beautiful and peaceful place to spend the day, you won't leave there the same.

Been there this year and last summer and wanna make it an annual event. I love the place.

Visited May 2012
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“Breathtaking Gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Darryl, from the Blue House, very kindly drove us to Turtle River Falls and Gardens on one of our ‘free’ days, and it was a real treat. If you are a lover of nature, this place is a true gem, and not to be missed.

My friend, Amy, is an avid bird-watcher, so I knew that the aviary there would provide her with some special moments, but little did I expect that it would be the waterfalls that would enthrall her and capture her heart! They are spectacular!

Much like its neighbouring Dunn’s River Falls, which we also visited, we preferred this place a whole lot more; simply because the throngs of people, always present at DRF, were absent here; giving us a great opportunity to explore the attraction and relax in its captivating, and spectacular, abundance of beauty. We pretty much had the place to ourselves, and only encountered two other small groups for very brief times whilst there.

It was a hot and humid day, as Ochie usually is in July, but the slight mist generated by the force of the water gushing down to the sea, helped to keep us cool. The tropical trees and greenery form a canopy above, which shields you from direct sunlight, and provides a lot of shade. Also, there were openings in the railing, at each level, to allow access to dip one's feet in the sparkling water, which was fairly cold and very refreshing! The tiered path, ascending to the top, is designed for an easy climb, with observation decks, and benches to rest, along the way.

The sounds of the birds and the water were hypnotic and calming. I can understand why this place was called ‘Enchanted Gardens’ at one time, because it truly is beguiling. We grasped why there was an ‘Ooh’ and an ‘Aah’ Falls - they are aptly named - but were a bit puzzled by the name of ‘Brain’ Falls. They explained that it was so called because Bob Marley and Mick Jagger had come there together to meditate and collaborate. Whether this is fact or not, I thought it was a great story!

Then there is the aviary!

You have to be accompanied by a guide to enter, but oh, what fun! Our escort took us along a path dotted with gorgeous flora, and three separate ponds, one with koi, one with water lilies and one with turtles. Upon entering the aviary, the birds immediately flock to greet you – they are everywhere. As I recall, there were a variety of parrots, peafowl, babble doves, pigeons and chickens – and the star of the show – a brilliantly-coloured macaw named Scott, who knows he’s the main attraction and plays his role to the hilt! The guide supplies you with seed, at which point, the parrots, mostly, eagerly descend unto your hand and eat freely. The other birds gather around you to get the seed that has fallen to the ground. An enjoyable and entertaining experience, to say the least!

We both really loved this place and highly recommend it!

Visited July 2012
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