Spread the niceness

Mayfield Falls has a rustic ambiance complete with spacious lawns, maintained gardens, hammocks, bamboo seats, gazebos and huts throughout. After crossing a wooden bridge, you’ll get the first glimpse of the turquoise water, before approaching a central area decked with staff members. In my opinion, it’s nowhere near as popular as it should be, as is 1 of 13 rivers I bet many persons haven’t been to.

Mayfield Falls Location

Off a 45-minute beaten path in hilly Westmoreland lies this refreshing series of cascades and pools. Speaker boxes blast reggae music and residents can be found enjoying the vibe by the marked ‘Reggae Style’entrance that leads to a steep stairway. Small stumps on the earthy walkway act as stairs, and bamboo benches are thoughtfully situated on plateaus to [thankfully] allow rest stops along the journey.

Providing directions to Mayfield Falls’ location is not that easy in words, but Google Maps’ pinpoint is pretty spot on in this instance. The entrance fee is J$1500 with a local ID, and US$15 otherwise.

Travel Tip: Travel in a SUV / 4WD / Coaster bus if able
Travel Tip: Carry a valid Jamaican ID (if able) for the local rate

Swimming at Mayfield Falls

Slip on your water shoes (yes, you’re gonna need ‘em), and a trained tour guide will accompany you along Mayfield River; water shoes are J$500 for rental. The crystal-clear water boasts over 20 small mineral pools to immerse yourself in! The tour guides all seem personable and very knowledgeable about every dip and crevice of the river. They’ll show you where to dive, find shelter beneath a water canopy, and enjoy the force of the water massaging your body.

Travel Tip (females): Wear swimsuits with wide, sturdy straps to reduce disrobing under the falls

Being situated in the hills, I had expected the water to be much colder but my body quickly adapted to the temperature. The video clips below can probably show you just how lovely it is much better than I can tell you 🙂

It was such a refreshing experience, but with a travel time due to the road conditions plus getting ready for Reggae Sumfest, the time at Mayfield Falls was just not enough. The next time I visit, I hope to have more friends with me and more available time to spend! The spacious grounds provide the perfect atmosphere for a large group chill.

Travel Tip: Carry bug repellant

Mayfield falls is the picture of a cool relaxing escape.”

– Tamar Henry


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