Lace up your shoes, trek uphill, along the river, through lush green forest until you arrive suddenly at the water’s edge. The sun shimmering over the turquoise of a deep fresh, cold, clear pool. The soothing sounds of crashing waterfalls and birds color the background. This – many would suppose – is what paradise looks, sounds, and feels like: a hidden pocket of nature in the middle of an Ocho Rios forest.

Blue holes are underwater caves or sinkholes, but this is not that. Instead, they are cascade fed pools that offer both serenity and adventure, whether by lounging near the water’s edge or diving from the tree tops.

Unlike the more popular Dunn’s River Falls, the blue holes are less crowded locations because they are non-commercialized and the government earns no profit. Perhaps, this is the most appealing feature of these secret treasures.

Vast parts of Jamaica, such as this/these, are relatively unknown to tourists and perhaps even to some locals. Some people from the area, who know the area well, serve as tour guides for those interested in discovering the  blue holes.

No news story could ever navigate the untouched natural beauty of Jamaica, and while Ocho Rios has a lot to offer, this is perhaps the most remarkable, undiscovered waterscape of Jamaica.

Featured Image Courtesy of Jacalyn Engler/Flickr Creative Commons License

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