Jamaica’s waterfalls comprise some of the most beautiful natural features on the island, each one different from the next. Grab your swimsuit and seek out these stunning waterfalls in Jamaica.
Situated within an ecological sanctuary in Portland, these falls were first discovered by runaway slaves seeking refuge. Greenery circles the falls, and caves await those daring enough to explore them. A heart-shaped natural pool also lies near the falls.
Dunn’s River Falls
Considered one of Jamaica’s national treasures, this 960-foot-tall waterfall in Ocho Rios continuously renews itself from deposits of travertine rock. This comes from the calcium carbonate from the river flowing over the falls. Additionally, small, dome-shaped cataracts can be found within nearby limestone caves.
Located just five minutes from Ocho Rios, this waterfall includes a zoo, museum and koi pond. Take a guided tour near the waterfall to learn about the history of the island and its first inhabitants, the Tainos.
Mayfield features several waterfalls and natural pools, and Mayfield Falls provides the perfect escape for nature lovers. Its natural pools have a Jacuzzi-like effect from the churning currents from the falls. Mayfield Falls’ tallest waterfall, known as The Washing Machine, promises a thrilling experience.
One of Jamaica’s premiere, nature-based attractions in St. Elizabeth, YS Falls opened in 1992 and continues to draw visitors and locals due to its beautiful scenery. Surrounded by lush gardens and trees, this seven-tiered waterfall cascades into natural pools for swimming. Recent additions to the area include canopy rides, taking guests from the top of the falls to its base.
Benta Falls, a family-owned business, lies in Westmoreland, 9 miles from Negril. One of the country’s best-kept secrets, the attraction features waterfalls and a blue lagoon. At the falls, visitors can also explore acres of picnic trails and walk the orchards and farms showcasing local exotic flowers and fruit. Guests can climb the falls, bathe in the natural jacuzzi, relax in a mud bath and book a guided tour.
Island Gully Falls
Also called Blue Hole, this waterfall leads into clear, blue waters. A few of the waterfalls invite guests to climb, rope swing and leap from their tops. Located in the hills of St. Mary, the river flows into several sizes of natural swimming pools. Guests in the area can also find a few caves to explore.
From the windy tip of Malin Head in County Donegal to the colorful harbor town of Kinsale in County Cork, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way amazes at every turn. Feel the blast of fresh sea air with a lighthouse walk. Get up close to history, grab a fireside seat at a traditional music session, experience the world-famous Irish hospitality and explore some of Ireland's most exhilarating coastal scenery. It is a place that inspired dreamers and travelers, poets and painters with a landscape filled with stone walls, thatched cottages, deserted beaches and breathtaking views. Charming towns and villages, 1,500 miles of soaring cliffs, incredible landscapes and unique experiences await.
This spring/summer, Music City welcomes The Printing House, a new hotel celebrating the city’s rich legacy as a hub for creativity. Located at the intersection of Third Avenue and Peabody Street, The Printing House pays homage to the printing press’s influence in and dispersion of music in Nashville’s legacy, from printed sheet music to concert posters to songbooks.
If you think you’ve been to the must-see destinations in Japan, but your explorations haven’t really taken you past the major travel hubs, consider Setouchi. Or maybe you’ve never visited Japan before, but want somewhere off the beaten path, Setouchi fits the bill. A small region in the southern half of the country, the destination offers plenty to see and do, regardless of its size.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips.
Chautauqua Institution is a unique destination in western New York, which, every summer, hosts thousands of visitors who flock to the expansive grounds to attend a variety of programming all designed with “self and community betterment” in mind. Chautauqua Institution is nothing new; it was founded in the 1870s to provide wealthy Americans a more constructive and educational way to use their leisure time, and, this year, it’s celebrating its 150th anniversary, making it the perfect time to visit.