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Posted on March 10, 2014

Dunns River Falls Ocho RiosBeat the cold New York weather by heading to Ocho Rios, where you can relax on the beach, climb a waterfall and check out live reggae. This north-coast Jamaican paradise is just a four-hour flight from JFK Airport and then a 90-minute drive east of Montego Bay.

It’s name is Spanish for “eight rivers,” but the city doesn’t actually have eight rivers. Ocho Rios is best known for Dunn’s River Falls, a 600-foot limestone staircase of lagoons and spring-water cascades.

This is not a natural wonder simply to be admired. Bring your swimsuit and jump right in. Tours are available, in which guides lead you up the falls, telling stories and pointing out the local vegetation, and even filming the ascent to edit into a DVD within the hour (if you want to hand over $40 for a copy). It’s an amazing experience to interact with such an awesome spectacle.

The falls end near James Bond Beach — in the nearby town of Oracabessa — where scenes from the 1962 film “Dr. No” were filmed. Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels that inspired the movies, loved Jamaica. His old estate, Goldeneye, is now an exclusive resort in Oracabessa.

Just a short drive from James Bond Beach (about 25 minutes) is Dolphin Cove (, which offers the chance to swim with dolphins and interact with exotic birds and iguanas. Visitors who don’t have a car can get there by taxi; they are affordable and responsive and can be called by most hotel front desks.

Read the rest at the New York Daily News.

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