A Complete List of Jamaica’s Waterfalls

When I visited my first waterfall in January 2016, I didn’t realize this would become the start of a new hobby (some would say obsession based on my Instagram account and I learnt recently that ‘waterfall girl’ is the name I go by in a few of my colleagues’ minds). I fell in love with Jamaica that much more, finally seeing the side of the island only tourists or the very adventurous post about.

Our Taino ancestors didn’t name  Jamaica ‘Land of Wood and Water’ for nothing, and there’s a lot to learn from our waterfalls too as I already wrote about here. Last month I reached halfway in my goal to see all of Jamaica’s two dozen waterfalls, a number which is subject to change. That’s not because Jamaica is spawning new waterfalls as we speak, but rather, many of these gems are still thankfully hidden, wild and free. Besides lists such as these, the only way you’ll ever hear about some of them is via word of mouth, or maybe social media. A few are tiny trickles while others are luxurious cascades with a large pool beneath for swimming. What can I say? Jamaican beauties come in all shapes and sizes (hehe).

Do, I beg of you. If you visit an uncommercialized waterfall because you heard of it from me, don’t spoil it for successive visitors. Without further ado, here’s the list of Jamaica’s waterfalls as I currently know them.

Kingston & St. Andrew

1. Cane River Falls in Nine Miles, Bull Bay ❤ (admission: $200, 5 minute walk through a cave down steps involved)

Cane river 2

2. Falling Edge Falls in Bowden Hill, Stony Hill (free, tipping may be required, 15 minute walk from closest parking spot in front of Bowden Hill Primary & Junior High School).

Falling Edge Falls, Saint Andrew

3. Unnamed waterfalls in Penfield, Gordon Town (free, 10 minute walk from Penfield square).

Gordon Town Falls

4. The ones hidden along the Holywell trails (a trickle in low rainfall, about 45 minutes’ hike necessary)

waterfall-holywell
This day was a trickle.. but there’s a grander one by the Oatley trail too

St. Thomas

5. Roselle Falls by well, the roadside quite literally (driven past but never stopped)

6. Reggae Falls in Hillside (free, tipping may be necessary, walk length and difficulty varies based on where you park)

reggae falls
Reggae Falls, St. Thomas

7. Sunning Hill River and Waterfall in Sunning Hill (the river was popularized by Jamaican dancehall artiste Popcaan)

Portland

8. Fish Dunn Falls in Silver Hill (free, can drive or cycle right up to it)

fish done falls-landscape shot

9. Cascade Falls in Cascade (free, 1 hour hike from Holywell or 15 minute uphill hike from B1. Contact JCDT for details + obtaining a guide. Contact info is in my blog post)

elle at cascade

10. Scatter Falls in Berrydale (rafting along the Rio Grande is involved)

11. Reach Falls in Manchioneal (commercialized) ❤

reach falls

12. Somerset Falls in Hope Bay (commercialized) ❤

13. The waterfalls from Spanish River in Chepstowe

14. Nanny Falls in Moore Town

15. Nonsuch Falls

16. Sacred Site Falls

17. Millbank Waterfall

St. Mary

18. Tacky Falls in Islington (free, a guide is necessary so tipping may be involved, steep 15 minute trail).

another look at tacky falls

19. Kwame Falls near Robin’s Bay (free, a 2 hour hike from the community or 20 minute walk by boat if you dock at the black sand beach. Also, one of my favourite places in Jamaica).

kwame falls-near robins bay st mary

20. Johnny Falls in Highgate (free).

21. Stewart Mountain Falls (free).

St. Ann

22. Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios (commercialized, one of my favourite places in Jamaica) ❤

dunns river ocho rios jamaica

23. Little Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios (free).

24. Konoko Falls in Ocho Rios (commercialized, one of my favourite places in Jamaica)

konoko falls-elle.jpg

25. Turtle River Falls in Ocho Rios (commercialized).

26. Island Gully Falls (now popularly known as Blue Hole, commercialized of late).

27. Laughing Water Falls, Mammee Bay (commercialized)

Trelawny

28. Liberty Falls (free)

29. Joe Hut Waterfall (free)

St. James

None to my knowledge, but feel free to enlighten me 🙂

Hanover

30. Discovery Falls

31. 5 Finger Falls

32. Copper River, Mount Peace

33. Bayson River Falls, Pondside District

Westmoreland

34. Mayfield Falls (commercialized)

35. Benta Falls (community river and waterfall, admission $500jmd for locals, $20US for foreigners)

36. Roaring River Waterfall

St. Elizabeth

37. Breadnut Valley Falls (free, tipping is necessary, about 10 minutes’ walk from closest parking spot)

breadnut valley falls

38. YS Falls (commercialized, on my list of favourite Jamaican places) ❤

YS Falls

Manchester

39. Unnamed waterfall in Christiana (free)

40. Noisy River Falls (also known as the Oxford River, free)

Clarendon

41. Unnamed waterfall in Sanguinetti (free)

42. Unnamed waterfall in Trout Hall, north Clarendon

St. Catherine

43. Mountain River Cave Falls (free)

If the waterfall name is hyperlinked with pictures below it, GREAT! It means I’ve already been and you can read all about it (my experience, directions, the cost etc.) in a separate post. Check back often for updates as I visit and write about new waterfalls.

Which waterfalls have you visited from this list, and which are your favourites? Tell me below in the comments. 🙂 If I missed any waterfalls too, don’t be selfish. Drop the name of the waterfall and its location in the comments. Or keep it to yourself. I understand.

Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time. Keep nothing but memories.

-John Muir

‘Til next time. ✌🏽


❤ = favourite.

*** August 2020 Update: This list has nearly doubled in size since the original time of writing, and I’m sure there are still other falls waiting to be discovered! Jamaica is truly a blessed and beautiful nation.


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Special thanks to the work of other bloggers in bringing attention to many of these waterfalls, namely @downdiroadja, @simplylocal.life and @naturessweetescapes. Check them out. 🙂

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Rochelle | Adventuresfromelle

Adventures from Elle is a blog for locals & visitors who want to experience the best of Jamaica, one adventure at a time. Also a budget travel blog, Adventures from Elle is written by Rochelle Knight, a junior doctor who began this blog as a student & wants to see the world, starting with her own country. She frequents off-the-beaten-path waterfalls, beaches and places with interesting history. Join her in Jamaica!

46 thoughts on “A Complete List of Jamaica’s Waterfalls

  1. Thank you for the lovely photos. Some of the falls are new to me. Important omissions include Roaring River Falls and Maggotty Falls, both depleted by hydro-power schemes, and Llandovery Falls which appear on Jamaica’s first pictorial postage stamps (1900 & 1901).

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  2. This list is not complete. Clarendon does have at least one waterfall I’m aware of. This is known as ‘Spring’ in Morris Hall, Rock River. In recent years, NWC has been harvesting water from it to serve the community. I’ve been there twice. Last time was in February, 2018.

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