“Mountain magic Jan. 2013”
Hidden away in the rough and tumble of Western Jamaica is this gem. It may not have the publicity of Dunn River falls or the development of YS Falls but well worth the hour of rough roads to get there from Negril. We are a group of mature travelers with a fair amount of outdoor experience. Not mountain climbers but used to rough travel.
This attraction was impressive in its simplicity. More like large rapids than falls, although you are making some 1 to 2 meter ascents at a time. We had the opportunity to swim through a short underwater tunnel as well. This is available depending on water flows. The water was incredibly clear and comfortably warm.
You will have very good guides but also a photographer wanting to pose at regular intervals. I suspect the attraction makes a big chunk of its revenue off the photo franchise.
1. Be reasonably mobile, flexible enough to raise your knee above your hip, you will be making some big steps to climb wet rocks.
2. Wear water shoes or tight fitting water friendly sandals. Good traction is a must.
3. If you want to take your own photos use a water camera or ziplock bags to protect it. Our guides were willing to carry our cameras when things got iffy.
4. Be prepared to wait while photos are posed at various points during the hike. Remember you're in Jamaica, not in a rush.
5. CD was $35US we bought it.
Food is available at the bar/restaurant but limited variety and ordered before you begin your hike through the falls.
Just like Disneyland, you end the ride right in the store. There are a few crafts shops at the end of the trail. The vendors were not pushy and by the looks of it these are the people who make them.
All in all this was a good walk in the wilderness, perfect for our group.
My overall rating was excellent well worth the fees and taxi ride. Better than YS Falls (visited in 2012) in a rustic sort of way.
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