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)
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).
3. Unnamed waterfalls in Penfield, Gordon Town (free, 10 minute walk from Penfield square).
4. The ones hidden along the Holywell trails (a trickle in low rainfall, about 45 minutes’ hike necessary)
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)
7. Sunning Hill River and Waterfall in Sunning Hill (the river was popularized by Jamaican dancehall artiste Popcaan)
8. Fish Dunn Falls in Silver Hill (free, can drive or cycle right up to it)
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)
10. Scatter Falls in Berrydale (rafting along the Rio Grande is involved)
11. Reach Falls in Manchioneal (commercialized) ❤
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
18. Tacky Falls in Islington (free, a guide is necessary so tipping may be involved, steep 15 minute trail).
20. Johnny Falls in Highgate (free).
21. Stewart Mountain Falls (free).
23. Little Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios (free).
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)
28. Liberty Falls (free)
29. Joe Hut Waterfall (free)
None to my knowledge, but feel free to enlighten me 🙂
30. Discovery Falls
31. 5 Finger Falls
32. Copper River, Mount Peace
33. Bayson River Falls, Pondside District
34. Mayfield Falls (commercialized)
35. Benta Falls (community river and waterfall, admission $500jmd for locals, $20US for foreigners)
36. Roaring River Waterfall
37. Breadnut Valley Falls (free, tipping is necessary, about 10 minutes’ walk from closest parking spot)
39. Unnamed waterfall in Christiana (free)
40. Noisy River Falls (also known as the Oxford River, free)
41. Unnamed waterfall in Sanguinetti (free)
42. Unnamed waterfall in Trout Hall, north Clarendon
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.