Remind clients of the Caribbean’s natural assets with Katie McGonagle’s pick of must-see cascades.
Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica
It has a reputation for being busy during peak times, but there are good reasons why tourists flock to Dunn’s River Falls – this impressive waterfall cascades over a series of travertine terraces, making for a picturesque day trip within easy reach of Ocho Rios. If clients are staying nearby, book a small-group or private tour and opt to visit at quieter times to see the falls without the crowds and appreciate why the Arawak people named the island Xayamaca, meaning ‘land of wood and water’.
“If clients are staying nearby, book a small-group or private tour and opt to visit at quieter times to see the falls without the crowds.”
Book it: Kuoni offers a full-day Ocho Rios tour including Dunn’s River Falls from £52 departing Montego Bay.
Trafalgar Falls, Dominica
These twin waterfalls – affectionately known as the Papa and the Mama – set in Morne Trois Pitons National Park show just why Dominica is dubbed ‘the nature island’. The larger of the two plummets 125 feet into hot sulphur springs, while the smaller, more accessible, Mama flows into a deep pool where visitors can swim, provided they’re happy to scramble over a few boulders first. For the less intrepid, there’s a viewing platform a 10-minute walk from the car park offering great photos of the falls. Pair it with nearby Emerald Pool, where the clear waters take on a distinctly greenish hue as they reflect their verdant surroundings.
“For the less intrepid, there’s a viewing platform a 10-minute walk from the car park offering great photos of the falls.”
Book it: Viator offers a half-day Emerald Pool and Trafalgar Falls Water Adventure from £71 per person.
Diamond Falls, Saint Lucia
Set within Saint Lucia’s oldest botanical gardens in the town of Soufriere, Diamond Falls combines lush scenery, exotic plant life and a host of tropical birds and insects flitting past in one peaceful, Eden-like setting. The kaleidoscope of colourful flowers is reflected in the falls too, where the waters take on different hues depending on the mineral content of the rocks below, so even if clients have been before, there’s every excuse to go back.
“Set within Saint Lucia’s oldest botanical gardens in the town of Soufriere, Diamond Falls combines lush scenery, exotic plant life and a host of tropical birds.”
Book it: Serenity at Coconut Bay can arrange a private excursion from $80 or complimentary with seven-night stay.
Argyle Waterfall, Tobago
Tobago’s highest waterfall actually consists of three separate falls, reached via a pleasant 15-minute walk along a well-signposted route. The sound of the rushing water signals your approach to the first tier of the falls, while those keen to climb further will be rewarded with the chance to take a dip in its natural pools and feel the water pounding on their shoulders from above.
“The sound of the rushing water signals your approach tothe falls, while those keen to climb further will be rewarded with the chance to take a dip in its natural pools.”
Book it: Caribtours can include a Waterfalls and Chocolate tour on Tobago trips, combining a swim in Argyle Waterfall with a visit to Tobago’s first chocolate factory.
Annandale Falls, Grenada
This Caribbean island is awash with enticing waterfalls that require a hike through rainforest to reach – Concord, Seven Sisters and Mount Carmel among them – but the easiest to access is Annandale Falls, where guests need only wander along a plant-lined path to get to the falls. The rushing water is bordered by walls of rock draped with moss and vines creating an ethereal scene, perfect for a swim on a hot day.
“The rushing water is bordered by walls of rock draped with moss and vines creating an ethereal scene, perfect for a swim on a hot day.”
Book it: Island Routes offers a half-day trip, Grenada Rainforest & Waterfall Dune Buggy Tour, with a drive through scenic spots including Morne Jaloux Ridge followed by a swim at Annandale Falls, from $140. Minimum age 16.
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