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Blue Hole Waterfalls, Jamaica




Better Than Dunn’s River!

I’ve been hearing about Blue Hole in St. Mary, Jamaica for years but had never made the journey to go find it. With some prompting from a fellow Canadian friend who was visiting me and also wanted to go we started out on a day trip from Montego Bay that turned into one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever done in Jamaica.

Blue Hole is in the parish of St Mary and is located up in the hills after turning off at the JPS power plant. It’s not very straight forward to find it but is WELL worth the search once you get there. Do not drive there in any kind of car that’s lowered because you’ll lose the bottom of it on the horrible road leading in. We scraped out the bottom of our rented Suzuki Swift more than once.

Once you arrive it’s a short hike to the bottom of the falls and a gorgeous icy blue pool with a small waterfall. I thought that was it and I was happy. There are a couple of locals who act as guides here that asked if we wanted to go to the top which indicated to me this wasn’t it at all! Of course I wanted to go to the top! So we began what was probably a 15 minute hike through some challenging terrain up the hillside further. Once we arrived it took my breath away (not just the hike, but also what I saw).

Watch the slideshow below for some amazing photos taken by my friend Demus, then continue reading.

Now that you’ve seen the photos there are some really cool parts I want to explain. Up at the big part of the falls the current from that waterfall is SO strong it’s like being on a treadmill – you’re paddling HARD to move forward but you either stay stationary or get pushed backwards. So the photo where I’m trying to grab the guy’s hand was no easy feat actually getting to him. Once he had me he pulled me hard and flung me underneath the waterfall into an awesome cave behind it. We chilled under there for a while marveling at where we actually were and I wished I had a waterproof camera to capture video under there. I’m so thankful my friend Demus came with us because I wouldn’t even have these photos if not for him. I didn’t even know he was up top shooting away!

I floated around on my back and tread water for a good thirty minutes or so. It was so refreshing and I never knew water this cold existed in Jamaica. It reminded me of glacier water from our mountains back home in Canada but of course I know it wasn’t THAT cold! Once we had our fill of the large falls and pool we began the hike back down. TIP: The hike is easier barefoot than with flip-flops. Once we reached back to the smaller falls and pool I jumped in again to cool off. There was another cool little cave down in this pool that we swam under and hung out on some rocks for a little while.

The two men who were at the falls this day are not employed by the place but they act as guides and assistants (for when you can’t manage the current LOL) and for the sometimes slippery hiking path. If you get up to Blue Hole and they assist you in any way, please make sure you leave them a tip. It’s how they make a living.

As I said earlier, I’ve been meaning to do this excursion for years and it was definitely worth the wait. I’ll be a repeat visitor for sure!

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34 Comments

  1. Way to go Kristi, you brave girl for jumping!
    Stunning photos … can’t wait to experience this someday too!

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  2. Girl I was scared like crazy to jump! I don’t do heights very well LOL. But it was all worth it and I can’t wait to go back.

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  3. Way cool, thanks for sharing this. You didn’t look a bit scared there.

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  4. This was BY FAR one of the the most stunning, breath taking, magical, rejuvenating and spectacular things I have ever done/seen in Jamaica. As many times as I have gone to that country it never ceases to amaze me with new and incredible things. I have been speaking about Blue Hole for years and it was my pleasure to have “convinced” you to go. I can’t believe it almost didn’t happen. Fate intervened and I am glad we experienced it together.

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  5. This has been one of my favorites places for some years now. Many of the locals call it Breadfruit tree blue hole ( because of the tree in the hole ). Very secluded and more then gorgeous!!!! Do they still have speckle the dog roaming around?

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  6. Erin, everything you just said I cosign! There was a reason you didn’t get on that flight that day!!

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  7. Thanks for a new post! I’m counting down the days ’til my Negril trip. How far from Negril is this?

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  8. why have i never been here? the foreigners are showing me everything! LOL this is great, i’ve added it to my to-do list

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  9. @Heather, it’s quite far from Negril. Opposite direction so would probably take you 3 hours to drive.

    @IrieDiva, you should go check it out!

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  10. So on the fence about whether to be a beach bum the whole trip or go balls-to-the-wall, Kristi-style while I’m there. If you had 8 nights in Negril, would you say there is time for both? I’ll be there with a friend and we’re both leaving hubbys and babies behind. I’ve been to JA a handful of times, it’s her first though. By the way, your living a dream, very cool of you to share it. It entertains me very much. You should write a good smutty beach read novel inspired by your adventures. Oh yeah!

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  11. 8 days in Negril – I’d say there’s time for both! Do a couple beach days and then head out on some excursions or link up with some locals and do it up Jamaican style!

    PS: Ideas for a new smutty book are under way!

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  12. On the to-do list to find that place! I wanna jump tooooooo!

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  13. I will definitely take you there! If I can’t I know people who can!

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  14. Beautiful pics. I am Jamaican and I didn’t even know about this beautiful place. I want to take my girlfriend there. Any more specific details on how to find it?

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  15. Do you know the Exchange area in St Mary? If you know where the JPS power plant is, turn right at the water tower and keep going up that road. It’s a terrible road, lowered cars won’t make it LOL. A little ways up that road it’ll be on your left.

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  16. Truly an amazing experience. The multiple waterfalls, the foliage and pleasant “guides” made the trip memorable. These are some of my images. https://www.facebook.com/mikeyspice69/media_set?set=a.10152172993909698.1073741849.555934697&type=1&notif_t=like

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  17. Thank you so much for sharing your pics Mikey. I’m going to check them out right now.

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  18. http://youtu.be/C93UKNRlb7A

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  19. This is actually in St. Ann. The White River forms a part of the border separating St. Ann and St. Mary. The river is scattered with several nice “water holes” this being one of the major ones.

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  20. Thanks for the info Fitzroy!

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  21. How do I get to the blue hole from Exchange. I will be staying at the Pineapple Court Hotel in Ocho Rios? Is there safe parking when you get there?

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  22. You won’t find it on your own so it’s best to ask a local to tell you or take you. It’s hard for me to tell you because there aren’t any street names.
    There’s a big JPS power station tower right at the road you need to take and the road is BAAAAAAD so don’t take a small or low car in there. It will bottom out. Once you get there you just park on the side of the road and walk in.

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  23. We just got back to texas last night from Jamaica and it was a blast, wish we never had to leave! If you want to go here, liberty tours can take you. It is also called the secret falls.

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  24. Glad you enjoyed your trip Karri!

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  25. Is the area on land large enough for about 30 people and can u bring food and make it a whole day thing?

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  26. Absolutely!! Right at the roadside where you park there’s a big open green field as you walk into the falls. Perfect spot!

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  27. How deep is the water? my friends and i are planning a visit. would you recommend non-swimmers?

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  28. I would say non-swimmers can go here and sit on the rocks in the water. There are lots of shallow spots to enjoy at all levels of these falls.

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  29. Exactly how do u get into blue hole? Is there a path?

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  30. I mentioned it in the blog post, the general directions. You would have to ask around for a driver that knows where it is. I can’t really explain it because there are no road names.

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  31. Is this a place that my elderly aunts would enjoy? They can walk short distances. I wanted to go and explore. Is there a scenic spot they can sit and enjoy while we play?

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  32. Melissa they can definitely enjoy and swim in the lower half of the falls and there is plenty of scenic open area to sit and enjoy. Although it’s quite a hike up to the big falls at the top.

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  33. Went there only yesterday. Awesome!!!!!!!!!

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  34. Excellent! Glad you loved it!

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