What’s your favorite part of Jamaica?
For many Jamaica veterans, Portland seems to stand out as a fan favorite and it’s easy to see why.
There is this rain forest like lushness across the parish and tons of caves and coves perfect for a relaxing and peaceful getaway.
One of the most memorable parts of my visit to Portland was the visit to Somerset Falls…
J and I woke up bright and early and made the 30 minute drive north along the coast from Frenchman’s Cove Resort to Hope Bay, the small beach town where the falls are located.
We arrived around 9:30am on a Monday morning (they open daily from 9am to 5pm) and were one of the firsts to arrive. The restaurant and bar weren’t open so we made our way to the falls.
To actually see all of the falls you have to take a short boat ride up Daniel’s river (included in your entry fee). You can also swim it.
As we rounded the corner, I spotted the one of the guides. He had climbed the walls of the falls and waiting for our boat to clear before he took a graceful dive into the cold water below.
After the boat ride, I swam back out with a few others to enjoy more of the refreshing waters. I sprawled out on the rocks, face down, to enjoy the pulsating massage from the water on my back. We took turns jumping from the much lower rocks and enjoying the view until I was completely worn out (I really need to get in better shape for swimming).
I left with bloody knees and shins from close encounters with the rocks and was completely worn out, but it was such a fun time in such a beautiful place. Though a lot smaller than Dunn’s and YS Falls, Somerset Falls did not disappoint and was well worth the trip.
Visit Somerset Falls
Rates: $JA 750/ $15 US
Hours: 9 am- 5pm daily