It is the pre-summer period and a visit to Dunn’s River Falls and Park will attest to this natural attraction being the preferred recreational spot for residents and visitors alike. The entity is now a multiple-award winning attraction having copped the World Travel Awards for the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Excursion on three occasions, with the most recent being 2010.
Aware of the value and importance of the Falls and Park, the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and its associate company, the St. Ann Development Company (SADCO) are continuing the implementation of an upgrading programme to ensure continuous improvement at the attraction.
Dunn’s River Falls is undoubtedly one of Jamaica's national treasures. The Spaniards called the area “Las Chorreras”, which means “the waterfalls or the springs”. The meaning of “Las Chorreras" has evolved over time to "Ocho Rios" which means eight rivers. There are however only four rivers in the vicinity. These four rivers are known as, Cave River, Roaring River, Turtle River and of course Dunn’s River. These "Chorreras" as they were called are characterised as an endless flow and quick descent of water, with very swift cascades and waterfalls which flow straight into the Caribbean Sea.
Improvements to Dunn’s River Falls and Park have included the creation of a central garden and picnic areas, construction of a ticket office and entry courtyard, bus and car park, administrative office, staff and nurse’s facilities. A jetty and ticketing office was also constructed to facilitate arrivals by boat. Infrastructure upgrades including water, electrical and telephone distribution systems have also been carried out.
The rates for non-residents to access Dunn’s River Falls and Park are US$20 for persons ages 11 years and over and US $12 for children between the ages of 4 – 10 years. The rates for Jamaican residents are J$600 for persons ages 11 years and over and J$300 for children between the ages of 4 and 10. The attraction opens daily between the hours of 8:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m. and on cruise ship days from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m.