YS Falls in Cornwall features a 7-tiered cascading waterfall, swimming areas and a large spring-fed wading pool for children and non-swimmers. Fed by underground springs, the water is cold but also very refreshing after the first time you swing over the water on a rope and drop in.
This is Jamaica’s second most famous set of falls, after Dunn’s River Falls. After paying the entrance fee, your visit starts with a 10-minute tractor and jitney ride to the falls, which are located on a cattle and horse farm. Lifeguards point out which pools are safe for swimming. Anyone using the pools must be able to swim except those using the wading pool. Changing rooms are available at the falls, which top out at 120 feet high.
Inner tubes are available on the down river section for those who want to relax and float. However, it may be difficult to ignore totally the zip-line activity across and down the falls. The only waterfall zip-line in Jamaica, YS Falls features five zip-lines of varying length that criss-cross the falls and other parts of the property. The longest lines are accessed by wooden walkway at the top of the hill. The most thrilling ride is also the longest line, which sends you soaring 40 feet above the falls for almost their entire length. Zip-lining is an extra charge, not included in the entrance fee.
Unfortunately, YS Falls is subject to the annual rainy season in May and October. When some sections flood and become unsafe, the pools close but the zip-lining may continue. When unsure about the conditions, call before visiting.
Off the beaten track, YS Falls is not the most convenient place to reach. It is located on Ipswitch Road off route B6. Estimated drive time from Negril is about an hour and 45 minutes and from Montego Bay about an hour and 20 minutes. Tours available through local operators and cruise ships.
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