There’s nothing like seeing a tropical waterfall and feeling the refreshing, cold spray of jungle water as it splashes off the rocky precipice.
The Caribbean is one of the best places in the world to see luscious tropical falls. There are thousands of waterfalls in the Caribbean, and most of them are a sight that will knock your socks off (literally, because you’ll want to take a dip!)
So whether you’re headed to tourist-friendly Puerto Rico, the mysterious island of Dominica, or to the high hills of Jamaica, you’ll find some incredible waterworks to gloat about for years to come. Here are 8 gorgeous waterfalls in the Caribbean:
1. Salto la Jalda, Dominican Republic
Salto la Jalda, located just outside of the town of Magua in the Dominican Republic, is said to be the tallest waterfall in the Caribbean. You can find it in the National Park of the same name. It pours between two mountain slopes as one long, continues drop. At 400 feet, it is the tallest continuous fall currently existing in the Caribbean. To see it, visitors must hike about 7 kilometers from the park’s entrance. Sure, it’s a long walk (some do it on horseback), but it’s worth it!
2. Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
Although it’s not an island, Guyana is technically a Caribbean country. It is home to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Caribbean– and in the whole world, for that matter! Shown in this article’s main photo, Kaieteur Falls is the world’s largest single drop waterfall. You can find it in the Kaieteur National Park, which is in the Amazon rainforest in the Potaro-Siparuni region of Guyana.
To get to the falls, you’ll need to book a flight on a small charter airplane. You can do this through a tour operator, or at a travel agency in Georgetown.
3. Dunns River Falls, Jamaica
Dunns River Falls in Jamaica certainly isn’t the highest waterfall in the Caribbean, but it’s one of the most unique. Considered one of Jamaica’s national treasures, this waterfall cascades over a 1,000 feet down hundreds of slippery rocky steps. Currently it’s an extremely popular tourist attraction, due to the fact that it’s easy to climb up, and there are plenty of fantastic swimming spots. Therefore, you’ll want to head there early to beat the crowds.
4. La Mina, Puerto Rico
Hike through El Yunque National Forest to reach La Mina Falls, a majestic waterfall on the island of Puerto Rico. The hike is relatively easy, and the reward is sweet. La Mina features a tall, cool waterfall surrounded by luscious rainforest. In addition, there is a pool to swim in at the bottom. You can even duck behind the pouring water and sit in a tiny cave behind it.
Unfortunately, the trail to La Mina has been closed due to Hurricane 2017, but is scheduled to be reopened by 2020. Luckily, however, El Yunque National Forest features several other trails and other falls, including San Diego and La Coca.
5. Emerald Pool Falls, Dominica
A picture of Emerald Pool Falls in Dominica looks almost too perfect– almost as if it were one of those classic screensavers or desktop backgrounds. Nevertheless, we promise it’s not photoshopped in the least! It’s a real waterfall that looks as though it’s floating out of the rainforest canopy and into the midst of a mysterious pool.
Located in Morne Trois Pitons National Park, this 50 foot cascade provides the perfect place for hikers to relax and cool off after hiking under the Caribbean sun.
6. Concord Falls, Grenada
This 65 foot waterfall in Grenada, like several others on our list, has a crystal clear pool. However, it can be dangerous to swim in, because the pool is at least 50 feet deep. Local divers often jump from the top into the deep pool below to earn tips from tourists. This cascade is technically named “Fontainebleau” and can be reached after about an hour’s hike through the forest.
In addition, there are two other smaller cascades that you can get to after a shorter hike. These are called Concord and Au Coin. If you like, you can visit all three of the falls in one day, but you’ll need to bring a lunch along.
7. Diamond Falls, St. Lucia
Diamond Falls in St. Lucia is unique for several reasons. First, it is located inside Diamond Botanical Gardens, an alluring tourist attraction with colorful tropical flowers and mineral baths. It is one of the oldest botanical gardens on the island of St. Lucia. Secondly, Diamond Falls is probably the most colorful waterfall in the Caribbean! This is thanks to the mineral-laced waters that flow over it. The minerals come from volcanic deposits and can make the water appear to change color from time to time. The minerals include sulphur, copper sulphate, magnesium, iron, manganese and calcium. The cascade itself its 55 feet tall.
You can spend a day or two at Diamond Falls and enjoy the gardens, nature trail, restaurant, and mineral baths in addition to the waterfall. However, keep in mind that there is an entry cost of $7, and entry to the baths costs an additional amount.
8. The Falls of Baleine, St. Vincent
This 60-foot cascade plunges into a pristine pool surrounded by rocks and lush vegetation. It is located on the northernmost tip of St. Vincent’s leeward coast. People usually visit it via boat tour, since it is well-hidden among rocky cliffs and volcanic formations on the coast.
Access to the Falls of Baleine is increasingly restricted, due to the hazardous land falls that have blocked footpaths. This is why you must reach the area via boat and then complete a short walk to the falls from a nearby beach. You can make arrangements with several tour companies to get there.
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