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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
The parish of Portland has some of the most beautiful beaches and waterfalls, and they are in no shortage either. So many are located in areas that are not well known or easily accessible by the general population and it requires guides from within the area to take you around.
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One such hidden gem is the Dry River Falls.
A treasure trove of rivers and waterfalls can be found in the neighbourhood of Comfort Castle, much to the benefit of the locals. There is a picturesque hidden Portland waterfall nearby that emerges from Dry River.
Prepare for a hike because the area is located off the usual route after a series of winding roads that must be crossed on foot.
The journey initially seems to come to an end when you descend a slope to meet flowing water, but it actually continues upstream to the primary destination: Dry River Waterfall.
From here, it is not possible to see the massive falls; however, some more rock climbing and hopscotching will take you to the cascade and its swimming hole.
The spot is in a ravine that is surrounded by cliffs and vegetation, and the afternoon sun glistened softly on the chilly river there. Its transparent water flows deep, revealing stone flooring and an emerald overlay that was probably painted by the surrounding vegetation.
The velocity of the falling water creates its own spray at Dry River Falls, which is hidden behind a narrow rock cave. Busso, a little river snail that many Portlanders eat as a part of meals, is a local delicacy that inhabits the stones bordering Dry River's bank.
Dry River Waterfalls is not a tourist destination so you won’t find any amenities there. But gather a group of friends and it makes a great day trip.
Reach out to On the Edge Tours at 876 894 3507 and they will plan your trip to Dry River for you, be your guide and even provide you with a bamboo rafting and outdoor cooking experience. They are one of the few, if not the only tour company that operates in that community.
Some of the more popular falls in the Portland area are:
Wondering what else you can do in Portland besides visiting these gorgeous falls? Here are some of Portland’s best attractions.
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