A perfect escape from the hot city, Shaw Park Gardens Falls is just one part of the entire park. Go for a walk in the shade, watch and listen to the falls, or jump into the water, this waterfall is a great way to get away from the city life without the long drive to the center of the island.
Do not not let the proximity to Ochos Rios deter you from this waterfall, it is located in a botanical garden and seems to a true tropical waterfall. Surrounded by dark green ferns and a lush forest, this sloping waterfall offers a quick escape for people visiting the city. The waterfall itself empties into a pool fit for swimming, and perfect for dunking your head under the fast flowing water from the falls. When you are done swimming, you can walk the garden trails and look at some of the beautiful flowering plants of Jamaica.
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This waterfall is located just outside the city of Ocho Rios, and as such it is possible to get lost in the city streets. The best way to reach the waterfall is to take A3 Milford Road South as if leaving Ocho Rios. When you pass Main Street and leave the business district you will cross over A3 East-West, entering into the residential part of Ochos Rios. After passing about two roads there will be a Church on the left and a high school on the right; taking the next left and staying right for the next two forks will take you straight into the Shaw Gardens.
Located on the outer parts of Ocho Rios, a few hundred yards south west of "downtown," Shaw Park Garden Falls invites tourists who are lodging in this part of the city or nearby. Whether or not you are staying particularly close, you should feel free to stop by for some fun in the sun.
Of course, one of the most enjoyable options while spending an afternoon exploring the area is sharing a meal at a restaurant within traveling distance of the waterfall. Little Pub Restaurant is a is a convenient bar and grill and the one of the fastest dining options to reach from here. and are a couple other refreshment choices nearby. At Whalers you and your companions will want to try a bit of Caribbean food and enjoy the Jamaica scene.
Those who are a fan of waterfalls, and would like to see others, should check out Milford Falls and Mahoe Falls; both are within driving distance of this waterfall. Other types of nearby attractions include Shaw Park Botanical Gardens & Water Falls, which is a few hundred yards away the vicinity of Ocho Rios. Also consider making the trip to , which is another attraction in the area.
If you can't wait to see as many of Jamaica's attractions as possible, take a look at what is closest in the following table.
|Shaw Park Botanical Gardens & Water Falls||--||0.2 mi. (3.2 km)||SW||2.0 mi. West-Southwest of Ocho Rios|
|Other Activities/Excursions||0.2 mi. (2.8 km)||N||Downtown Ocho Rios|
|Turtle River Falls and Gardens||--||0.3 mi. (3.1 km)||S||1.9 mi. West-Southwest of Ocho Rios|
|Coyaba River Garden and Museum||Museum||0.7 mi. (3.3 km)||S||2.1 mi. South West of Ocho Rios|
|Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios||--||1.6 mi. (4.9 km)||NW||3.1 mi. West of Ocho Rios|
|Dunn's River Park||--||1.8 mi. (5.4 km)||WNW||3.3 mi. West of Ocho Rios|
|Annandale Great House||Historic Site||--||--||Epworth|
|Cranbrook Flower Forest and River Head Adventure Trail||--||10.1 mi. (6.1 km)||W||3.8 mi. West of St. Ann's Bay|
To get into the park, there is a fee of $10. A tour is included with admission.
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