It’s summer time and I decided to take my post back to where it all started… travel experiences around the island. The first adventure takes us to a beautiful off the beaten path gem called Cane River Falls.
I visited Cane River Falls earlier but the change in my schedule did not allow me to make the post when I visited. However, I think all things happen for a reason because now that it is summer, this may be a good excursion to take with friends or family members.
Located in the hills of 9 Miles, Bull Bay, St. Andrew sits a unique almost untouched Jamaican gem. After seeing numerous photos and Social media posts from friends visits to this off the beaten path attraction I knew I had to visit.
So on a Sunday morning, myself & 2 friends headed to discover this beauty for ourselves.
Based on the journey and the area I would advise anyone visiting the falls to drive, charter a taxi, rent a car or use a tour company like the Taylor Trio Tours, Down Di Road Tours or Being Jamaican. The area is truly off the beaten path & I don’t recall seeing one route taxi on the journey up the hill.
The drive up the hill was pretty easy for the majority of the journey and the scenery was beautiful!
The falls was easily identified because there was a lot of signage along the road way and at there was a noticeable sign at the falls entrance.
The admission cost was $200 for adults and $100 for children. I am not sure if that was a Jamaican nationals price or a general price because I didn’t see any signs indicating otherwise.
The venue entrance was well kept and clean and there was a bathroom facility. I opted to wear my bathing suit before hand.
To get to the falls itself we had to go down a flight of stairs carved out of the rocks in this area. The journey down wasn’t so bad and the rocks actually had various murals.
The walk down those stairs was well worth it! The Cane River Falls itself is small but breathtaking. I had to stop and appreciate the sheer beauty of it.
The water was cold at first but after a few minutes when my body got acclimatized, the water was rather refreshing. I was able to stand in the pool. I was also able to walk from one end of the pool to the waterfall. The bottom of the pool seemed leveled across the pool based on observations so the area is swimmer and non-swimmer friendly.
Initially, my friends and I were the only ones at the falls so we were a tad bit on uneasy but then we were joined by a family of five and later some community members.
Even though you pay at the gate there is a clear signage stating that drivers park at their own risk.
I personally don’t suggest female travelers to visit this area without a male companion. When we were leaving the car to head down to the falls a gentleman on the property inquired if “3 females were venturing to the falls alone.” That statement left me VERY uneasy so it made it hard to truly relax and enjoy the falls.
Despite that hiccup I still recommend a visit to the Cane River Falls to anyone who enjoys “off the beaten track” adventures BUT BE VERY AWARE OF YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY.
The “park” is not as advanced as a Dunn’s River Falls or Konoko Falls so the amenities that you would find there are not available at this spot such as lockers and a shop but it has potential.
After spending a few hours at the falls, we decided to finish the day off at a beach. We decided on Little Copa Beach Club also in Bull Bay, St. Andrew. This area though I would not advice weak swimmers or non-swimmers to attempt to maneuver as the waves proved a bit rough. None the less, it was a nice end to a fun off the beaten path excursion.
I definitely recommend this spot if you just want to chill with friends or your spouse.
As with most excursion, I made a little vlog of the trip to Cane River Falls:
Thanks for reading this post & I will see you in the next one.
Until next trek…