We arrived late in the night at Montego Airport and we already booked a hotel for our first night in Jamaica. Our plan was to skip Montego Bay and travel to Ocho Rios the next morning. After research on the Internet and reading reviews we decided Montego was to crowded and touristy for us.
The next morning, we were very tired of the long trip from Amsterdam and with our backpacks on our backs we knew we wanted to take a route taxi and not a normal taxi, because these were very expensive. We ask a few drivers what it cost to drive us to Ocho Rios and the cheapest price was 12.000 JMD (approximate €85,-). We were shocked about the price, but we didn’t care. We just wanted to Ochi. The taxi driver took us to Ochi in 1,5 hour to our B&B which we already booked for 2 nights. This was the first and the last time we took a route taxi for a long ride. A few travelers from the US informed us about the Knutsford bus and from Ochi we traveled the island with this bus.
When we arrived, we just wanted to chill at the beach and find some food. Just a small walk from our B&B we find a cute little outside bar located near the street where we buy some take away seafood with plantain which was very tasty. We walk along the road, but we couldn’t find a public beach for a swim for now. Lots of beaches are private on the island and where you don’t have acces to.
The next day we visit the Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios. These falls are a popular attraction in Jamaica and we wanted to see it with our own eyes. We take a route taxi and together with some other travelers we were the first visitors, yeah! It was not even open. The entrance fee is US $25 and for Jamaican residents 1000 JMD (approximate €7,-). The falls are about 180 feet (55 meters) high and 600 feet (180 meters long).
Dunn’s River falls is a natural waterfall that is fed by underground spring water and the water is flowing directly into the sea. The water is very cold and you really need to wear water shoes if you want to climb the falls. Jamaican workers scrape the algae off the rocks in order to ensure the rocks aren’t too slippery. We saw tourists in groups climbing the falls with a guide holding each other’s hands in a chain as support.
The falls and his surroundings are very beautiful, but very touristy. If you want to do the climb, your guide expects a tip at the end and there will be a photographer who will take some photos. Bring a waterproof camera or a waterproof pouch to put your phone in and make your own pictures. If you don’t want to do the climb, there is a staircase next to the falls. Also, you can relax at the beautiful beach and enjoy the views. After seeing the falls, you have to exit through the ‘market’ with all kind of shops. Be prepared to be hassled a lot. It is so annoying we had no desire to look at the shops and just wanted to get out the parc.