This stunning swimming hole tucked into the hills of Ocho Rios was one of my favorite spots I visited while in Jamaica. I was so glad that our trusty driver Mark suggested Blue Hole over the more popular and government owned Dunns River Falls. Unlike Dunns, Blue Hole is not owned by the Jamaican government so all of the money spent there is going directly back to the people. I urge you to stop by and take a few photos while you jump and rope swing off the cliffs. The water is clear as glass and the falls will take your breath away even if the chill of the water doesn’t!
When arriving at Blue Hole, you will pull up to a gravel parking lot filled with various vendors braiding hair and selling towels or water shoes ( I suggest you use the water shoes although David might disagree with you.) This is where we met our guide, Darren. It is not required to have a guide escort you, but if you are planning to jump off the cliffs I highly recommend it. Darren directed us on the best way to cross the falls by showing us the safest and least slippery path. It was also quite nice to have him take photos and videos of us on our phones while we climbed and jumped.
In total, there are five spots to jump each slightly harder to get to than the last. It was such an adrenaline rush step out of my comfort zone and try something completely out of my element. If you are planning a trip to this beautiful island, make sure you add this hidden gem to your itinerary! You will not be disappointed!
BLUE HOLE INFORMATION:
Location: about 2 hours from Montego Bay just outside of Ocho Rios
Admission: US $10
What to pack: water shoes, camera, tip money for your guide (optional), water, towel, and sunscreen