Xaymaca, Part Seven

I was told I couldn’t leave Jamaica without seeing Dunn’s River Falls, so that afternoon we drove to the falls. We were pleased and shocked to see the admission fees: lower for local residents (as it should beā€”locals should not be barred from their own treasures) be exorbitantly high for tourists (and why not, given all the ills that come from tourism?) But since I was getting more of the local tour of the island, Kei told me to get in line while he bought two local tickets for us.

As we walked to the falls I encountered some Banyan trees:

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Me striking a pose at the falls:

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And shot of the big waterfall behind me (yes, people actually climb this barefoot):

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Pretty shot a ways down the falls:

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Foamy:

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The water twinkled like crystal. Not sure if this catches it:

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You can climb the waterfall, by yourself, or on a guided tour. The tours make you wear special shoes and you hold hands in single file as you climb. They take your picture as you slide down rocks and fall into pools. You can tell who the locals are as they won’t be in a tour line and will be barefoot.

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The beach where the falls empty into the ocean:

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And here it is, the point where river water cascades over its last rocks to meet the ocean water. The river water is quite cold and refreshing, the sea water quite warm:

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My feet at the meeting point:

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Lots of local children play here as you can see:

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A diffferent angle, looking from the falls out to the sea:

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Kei came to find me, an inquisitive look on his face:

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So I made him pose:

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A breakwater:

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And I couldn’t visit the Caribbean without taking the requisite beach and aquamarine water shot:

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The beach to the east:

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The beach to the west:

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Jet skis:

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And me:

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Stay tuned for a hike and some flowers and gardens…