Jamaica at 60 St Ann

NAME OF FEATURE | THE GLEANER | MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2022 9 NAME OF FEATURE | THE GLEANER | MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2022 8 Keisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer DUNN’S RIVER Falls is believed to have been the site of the famous battle of Las Chorreras, fought in 1657 between the Spanish and the English for possession of the island. It is characterised by its crystal clarity, unending flow and a swift descent, punctuated by rapid cascades and waterfalls which pour directly into the Caribbean Sea. The falls extends across more than 183 metres, or 600 feet, foaming as it collects into crystal-clear pools. Following the English victory in 1657, Charles Pryce became the first owner of the property under British rule. This site later became part of the 276-acre Belmont property, which was acquired by the Government in 1972 to provide for future development of recreational and park facilities. The Belmont property was then entrusted to the Urban Development Corporation, which manages the property for Jamaicans and visitors from all over the world to enjoy. Charles Johnson, an American tourist, and his family, were happy that they were visiting Dunn’s River Falls for the first time. They were excited to climb the falls, and indicated that they would tell their friends at home to visit the facility when they come to the island. “The place is so beautiful. First of all, we love nature! We have visited several countries, but Jamaica is the best. This is not our first time in Jamaica, or St Ann. We have always heard about Dunn’s River Falls, and it is just as beautiful as we were told,” Johnson said. An entire day can be spent at Dunn’s River Falls and Park, and it’s great fun for the entire family. Climbing the falls might be too lofty a task for most children under five. However, they can have their own fun in the splash pad, a mini water park designated for kids. It is complete with waterslides and an exciting feature where kids can get dunked with pouring water from the revolving buckets above. A Jamaican, Anthony Townsend, and his wife Gloria, were also visitors to the falls. They have visited several times, but have found each trip to be exhilarating. “Let me tell you something, this place is one of the best in the world. When we finish climbing the falls, we feel so fresh and peaceful. We go down to the beach afterwards and just enjoy ourselves. We really enjoy coming here,”Townsend said. Also high above the sun-drenched beaches and bustling fray of Ocho Rios, the lush Konoko Falls and Park are filled with innumerable species of tropical flora and birds, and streams that tumble into gentle waterfalls. The excellent on-site museum traces the history and culture of Jamaica’s original inhabitants, the Tainos. Konoko Falls at Shaw Park Estate is about five minutes from the town of Ocho Rios. It was previously known as the Coyaba River Garden. The property also has a wide array of facilities, including a petting zoo, botanical garden, koi pond, museum, mini zoo, aviary, restaurant, grill, souvenir shop, and, of course, amenities like clean restrooms and changing rooms. You can explore at your leisure. The waterfall has a staircase built alongside it, so you can walk to the bottom and get back to the top by climbing the falls instead. Similar to Dunn’s River Falls, this waterfall is made up of several cascades hewn from limestone rock, the power of the river carving out a picturesque path after several centuries. keisha.hill@gleanerjm.com DUNN’S RIVER FALLS AND PARK Konoko Falls in Ocho Rios. The kid-friendly section at Dunn’s River Falls and Park. Visitors climbing Dunn’s River Falls in St Ann. FILE PHOTOS Children enjoying the section that was created for them at Dunn’s River Falls. The beautiful Konoko Falls. CONTRIBUTED jamaica at Great fun for the entire family “The place is so beautiful. First of all, we love nature! We have visited several countries, but Jamaica is the best. This is not our first time in Jamaica, or St Ann. We have always heard about Dunn’s River Falls, and it is just as beautiful as we were told” JAMAICA AT 60: ST ANN JAMAICA AT 60: ST ANN

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