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Tucked away in the lush tropical forests of eastern Jamaica, Reach Falls is a blissful sanctuary offering a harmonious blend of untouched natural beauty, relaxation, and adventure. Famous for their natural cascading waterfall and an underwater cave system, the falls are a well-maintained yet lesser-known gem to the outside world, making them a perfect escape from the tourist crowds.

History Reach Falls became popular when it served as a backdrop for the film ‘Cocktail’ in 1988, but its natural beauty has been admired by locals for much longer. The original settlers of the area were the Taino Indians who sought refuge in the hills of the John Crow Mountains that circle the falls.

How to Get There Reach Falls is located near the town of Manchioneal in Portland. It’s almost three hours drive from Kingston via Norman Manley Highway. The falls are also accessible by taxi or tours from the island’s key resort towns.

List of Attractions

  1. The Waterfall: The main cascading waterfall is the centerpiece attraction, inviting visitors to take a dip in its cooling waters.
  2. Mandingo Cave: Swim through a narrow waterfall-fed corridor to reach this hidden underwater cave.
  3. Heart-Shaped Jacuzzi: Discover this naturally formed jacuzzi for a unique and relaxing experience.
  4. Flora & Fauna: The surroundings are rich in diverse species of ferns, birds, and butterflies.

Ticket Information There’s an admission fee to enter Reach Falls, and prices differ for residents and non-residents. Resident adults pay a lower fee while children aged 4-12 pay half the cost. These fees include access to the falls and Mandingo Cave.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Wear swimwear and water shoes as the river bed can be rocky.
  2. Pack mosquito repellent, as they can be plentiful in this lush, wet environment.
  3. Visit early to avoid big groups and fully enjoy the serenity the place offers.
  4. Don’t miss the heart-shaped jacuzzi or the Mandingo Cave for a unique thrill.
  5. The permissible swimming area can be deep, so life jackets are recommended for weak swimmers.
  6. Always follow the signs and heed safety instructions to ensure an enjoyable experience.
  7. If hiring a guide, agree on a price in advance to avoid misunderstandings.

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