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Directions to Reggae Falls Location
Reggae Falls Cost
Stay on the main road until you approach a fork with a bridge on the left; take the right at that fork towards Hillside community. Follow the snake-like road until you reach a small community church, where you’ll take a left. A house with an iron barrier will be before you, collecting an admission fee (J$300 as of Dec. 2019). This will grant access to a landfill (pictured in part here), where you’ll stay right and splash cross the shallow river bed to reach Reggae Falls.
The cool stream snakes from the powerful falls to cut through the shallow dirt banks, creating pools. If you look closely enough, the almost-clear water will reveal schools of tiny fish. As you step on the small stones of the river bed, the water level will typically elevate from the ankles to just above the waist, as you slowly get accustomed to its refreshing chill.
The wide waterfall is cradled by surrounding countryside sitting in the sunshine. Climbing the craggy paths to the side will grant different perspectives, and afford you opportunities to jump from varying heights (at your own risk) into the pool below if you dare. As you get closer to the attraction, the force of the water plummeting below sprays a mist. If you’re brave enough to inch behind the waterfall curtain, your senses will be covered by the rush of the river. The force is so great in fact, that against the rock wall it’ll seem like water droplets are defying gravity as they float upward, due to the breeze created by the force.
Though Reggae Falls was included on my original Jamaica travel list, the crowd of people I often saw in various photos of the area was enough to deter me, and ultimately lowered its rank on my priority list of 13 lesser known waterfalls. Even though there was a sizeable crowd there on my visit, I was surprised I was still able to enjoy the majesty of the refreshing Johnson river water (which for me is rare if more than 5 persons are present). I’m not yet sure how this differed from other community rivers visited, like ‘Unruly’ River (St. Thomas) and Penfield Falls (Kingston), but there seems to be something special about Reggae Falls.
St. Thomas Community Tourism
This river spot is a favourite among residents, who seem to regularly flock the area for weekend lymes and cookouts. Somewhat similar to the community of Treasure Beach, the growing popularity of Reggae Falls over the years has inspired residents of the otherwise quiet village to cash in.
For example? The land, the unofficial admission fee implemented by a resident whose house is along the route to the work site. Other residents make an income here offering services as tour guides, masseuses, and vendors. Stalls are set up on the river banks equipped with a range of drinks, snacks, and music bumping through the speakers.
How would you imagine spending a day at Reggae Falls?
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this is one of the places in Jamaica I’m dying to visit!
I don’t blame you Nick 🙂
Did Reggae falls today. The sign off the main says they are “closed till more notice” but there were people there today. Real river experience….No Amenities….carry everything….take an SUV or pickup if you want to drive all the way up near the falls….ask for Smurf when you reach(older Ras) he’s from the area. It’s best to ask for directions, there a no signs after the Good Year factory/Morant Bay round about.
I know some people who went that day as well. Thanks for echoing some of my points and adding some of your own Roby 🙂
Oh this is an interesting contrast to my trip nearly 4 years ago! I guess $300 isn’t bad though. I’d love to go back. Hopefully in 2020. Sometimes I get so caught up trying to see everywhere that I seldom revisit my favourites.
I know exactly what you mean.