Dona Juana Waterfall – Easy & Beautiful

Dona Juana Waterfall

Waterfalls are fascinating — they are beautiful, powerful and natural. With a mountain range (the Cordillera Central) that runs through the middle of the Puerto Rico, we get a lot of rain that falls on those peaks, resulting in a number of waterfalls across the island. Many of them require hiking in forests and wading rivers to get to see them. But Dona Juana Waterfall is right along the road. How much easier can it get?

Dona Juana Waterfall it is a beauty! Called a number of different things by the locals (salto, charro or cascada), Dona Juana is probably the largest waterfall I have seen in Puerto Rico up to this point in time. If I had to guess, I’d say it is about 100 feet tall from the top. It’s actually composed of a series of 3 waterfalls.

There is a pool at the bottom of the falls where people swim,but you have to climb down on either the right or left-hand side of the bridge. Water was pretty clean and clear.

Unfortunately, there was a some trash around from past visitors. I would expect these falls to be crowded on weekends and in the summer.

This waterfall makes a nice stop on the way to Jayuya to see the Taino sites or hiking in Toro Negro Forest.

How to Get There

The falls are located on Route 149 at KM 41.5, in Orocovis (near Villalba). On a Monday morning, it took us 1½ hours to drive from Rio Grande to Exit 91 (Juana Diaz) off of Route 52, then another 45 minutes (on twisting/turning roads) from the exit to get to Dona Juana Falls. There is parking on the right-hand side of the road just before falls.

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Yes, the road is clear and usable. Most of the island has been put back together. You will see some damage and destruction, but things are progessing nicely.

Comment by Gwenn on 22 Mar 2018

I found your site very informative and useful when we did our first trip back in 2015. Now we are considering returning sometime this summer. So I have come back to your site to put ideas together and see what updates there are on places we would like to see. I understand the island sustained alot of damage with hurricane Maria. Is the road to this waterful clear? Is it drivable? Thanks.

Comment by Milka Cruz on 21 Mar 2018

We've not seen people jumping here. We wouldn't recommend it.

Comment by Ray on 17 Jun 2016

Hi guys, Do you know if it is safe to cliff jump this waterfall? How deep is it. Do you know if people jump from it? I appreciate your reply.

Comment by Godzilla on 08 Jun 2016

I am not really sure what else to tell you- there is a map and the GPS coordinates in the article. You can print the map. It is on 149- not 149R- don't get off Rd 149. Stay on 149 for 45 mins- the waterfall is right on the road. If you have a phone with Google maps, bring the map up before leaving the main road and it should still show you where yo are even without service.

Comment by Gwenn on 20 Nov 2015

I had a terrible time coming from the South, I made it one 149 and saw a sign for 149R but then it led no where. It lead me into a town with tiny liittle roads and one-way streets. Tried to ask where to go but I was being led in circles so I ended up turning around and going back to Ponce because my gps wasn't working either and keep leading me to gated roads. Any help would be appreciated because I would love to see it!

Comment by Laura on 17 Nov 2015

Well, it is impossible to give directions from everywhere, so we give directions from San Juan (where the majority of people will probably be coming from). And we give GPS coordinates and a map and written directions with road numbers and by clicking on the GPS coordinates, it will bring you to Google Maps, where you can ask for directions from your house to the place. We try to make it as easy as possible for everyone to find these places.

Comment by Gwenn on 24 Aug 2015

Hey guys, I like your tours a lot, but I don't live on the north side where you always begin. How about giving directions from the south side like Ponce. Peter Q.

Comment by Peter Quinones on 24 Aug 2015


Comment by Gwenn on 21 Mar 2014

There are many other waterfalls in Puerto Rico! That is just ONE of the many beauties here. I'm a local and can tell you (or maybe SHOW you) many other waterfalls, caves, beaches and beautiful things our island has to offer! Let me know!

Comment by E. Santiago on 14 Feb 2014

Came up on this waterfall by accident on our trip to Juana Diaz last week and I must say it is beautiful. Just a word of caution: Getting down can be very slippery and you need to have some finesse to get back up. Just a caution for the older folks.

Comment by Chaz on 13 Jan 2011

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