A little piece of paradise, The Blue Hole near Ocho Rios

Yesterday I went on a road trip with a load of the 4th year medics I’d met on A&E at UWI. An amazing day out, we hired a minibus and went to The Blue Hole near Ocho Rios. These stunning freshwater waterfalls and azure pools are a relatively hidden gem and certainly a far cry from the tourist trap of the nearby Dunn’s River Falls.

The journey from Kingston was spectacular in itself, traversing up the gorge of the Rio Cobre (and stopping to look at a local highlight – a rock formation resembling female genitalia known affectionately as Pum Pum Rock) and across Mount Diablo. Then, whizzing round blind corners, we drove through Fern Gully which is a marvel of unspoilt tropical vegetation.

Spent a good few hours at the waterfalls themselves.

ImageThere are various jumping points into the deep blue pools, some more adrenaline pumping than others, or you can just chill in the cool water with the sunlight dappling through the trees. Most of us also climbed clambered and waded our way up the waterfalls to reach the topmost pools, partly for the view up there and partly for the hell of it.

There’s really nothing better than chilling in a little piece of paradise with good company and a rum and soda in hand. Understandably the bus journey back was a little more spirited than on the way out… Thoroughly enjoyed the party bus!

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Yesterday I went on a road trip with a load of the 4th year medics I’d met on A&E at UWI. An amazing day out, we hired a minibus and went to The Blue Hole near Ocho Rios. These stunning freshwater waterfalls and azure pools are a relatively hidden gem and certainly a far cry from the tourist trap of the nearby Dunn’s River Falls. 

The journey from Kingston was spectacular in itself, traversing up the gorge of the Rio Cobre (and stopping to look at a local highlight – a rock formation resembling female genitalia known affectionately as Pum Pum Rock) and across Mount Diablo. Then, whizzing round blind corners, we drove through Fern Gully which is a marvel of unspoilt tropical vegetation.

Spent a good few hours at the waterfalls themselves.

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There are various jumping points into the deep blue pools, some more adrenaline pumping than others, or you…

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