Reach Falls in Portland is a great example of some of the breathtaking natural beauties that Jamaica has to offer. It’s a must visit while in Jamaica and is by far one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited, and because we don’t have the words to describe it, here are some pictures that will do the talking for us.
Reach Falls is an hour ride from Port Antonio’s city center. However, before you get to the falls you will reach a fork where you will be asked by a local whether you’d like to go to the government owned part of the Reach Falls or the locally owned part of the falls.
See, I know your initial thought would be to go with what you think is the “safer and better” option, i.e. the government owned part but you couldn’t be more wrong!
The local tour to the Reach Falls is worth it for several reason:
- You support the locals. The money goes straight to the locals and not the government who won’t give a dime to the locals.
- You get to interact with locals and get a real, authentic experience of the falls. When in Jamaica, do as the Jamaicans do. (Or something like that :D)
- The locally owned part of the Reach Falls is way less crowded with tourists than the he government owned part.
- It can be cheaper than the general admissions fee ($10USD) depending on your negotiation skills. Ben and I chose to go with a local guide and though he initially asked for US$10 per person, he was open to negotiate with us for a lesser price. In the end we decided on $7 bucks each. However, after the tour we felt like $7 wasn’t enough as he did such a great job guiding us and taking pictures, we gave him his $10 after all.
So support the locals and go with a local guide to the Reach Falls. #SupportTheLocals #TravelLikeTheLocals
General admission: $10 USD and comes with a free guide (Government entrance). At the local entrance the fee for the guide can be negotiated, though they ask for the suggested fee of US$10 per person.
Please note: If you choose to do the local tour know that you will not have access to the government owned side of the falls where the tallest waterfall is located but no worries you still get to see it :)
Getting there: It’s about an hour drive from Port Antonio to the Reach Falls and the cheapest way to get there is by route taxis. From the Texaco gas station at the city center in Porty, you take a route taxi to the Reach Junction (J$230) and from there grab another taxi to the entrance (J$100) for a total price of J$330 (~$3USD).
What to bring: Swim wear, water shoes for people that have soft delicate feet, mosquito repellent, camera and sunscreen.
Have you ever seen such natural beauty in real life? Any favorite spots? Share with us in the comments below.