This is totally our speed. Your rafting options while in Falmouth allow you to lay back and take in Jamaica’s natural scenery. A guide will narrate your trip down the river as you relax and take it all in. You’ll pass through lush, tropical landscapes and learn about Falmouth’s rich history from a small, sugar-town to thriving tourist destination.
Take “sunburn” off of your to-do list while in Jamaica. We may need to check the thesaurus, but pretty sure “caves” is the opposite of “beaches.” You’ll have plenty of options to explore these dark, mysterious cavernous wonders while in Falmouth. One of the most popular options is via inter-tube. Just hold on tight and make sure the flash on your camera is working. And feel free to title your image, “We came for the coconut oil and stayed for the stalagmites.”
Also extremely popular is the Dunns River Falls excursion. From Falmouth, it takes roughly an hour to get to Dunns River, but well worth it. Spend the day climbing up waterfalls and splashing away in Jamaica’s natural waterpark. You’ll feel like Mowgli as you hop from rock to rock and hug wild animals. Wait, maybe don’t do that.
From Falmouth, you’re roughly 45 minutes (22 miles) from Montego Bay. There, you’ll find a number of entertaining options including great bars, shopping, and historical attractions.
Exploring Jamaica’s rich cultural history is encouraged while in Falmouth. You’ll have the option to do this “on foot” or through a number of guided shore excursions. Downtown, you’ll find St Peter’s Church (built in 1795), the Falmouth Court House, and Rose Hall. Take the historic journey from a time when “sugar was king” to today’s thriving tourist ecosystem.
Jamaica once thrived off of its sugar production. You’ll be transported to the days when “sugar was king” at Good Hope Great House sugar plantation. The 2,000 acre site dates back to the 18th century, which is easier to picture while taking a horse & buggy tour offered on-site. If new-age attractions are more exciting to you, here you’ll also find zip-lining, dune buggies, and ATV rides. Take in a little of the old with a bit of the new.
Yup, we used “mon” and it didn’t feel right. But, we wouldn’t be doing Jamaica justice without mentioning “reggae.” Many people associate “Jamaica” with the iconic “Bob Marley.” While in Falmouth, take a tour of the museum dedicated to this legend and learn all there is to know in the best setting possible for such.
Montego Bay is located roughly 30 minutes west of Falmouth and offers a more abundant shopping scene. The epicenter of this shipping mecca is Gloucester Street where you’ll find boutiques with everything from gold to leather goods. If looking to make a high end (duty free of course) purchase, we recommend making your way to Montego Bay.
The port area was completely re-developed in 2011 and includes all of the desired amenities and shopping options one could hope for in a cruise terminal. From local crafts to high-priced jewelry, an abundance of stores will serve your needs. You’ll also find numerous eating and drinking establishments within the retail development. We recommend visiting Margarittaville for a frozen cocktail while relaxing in the pool. Another cool venue to check out is the Bob Marley store paying tribute to the local legend.
In 2016, this public beach experienced a significant improvement effort costing $26 million. The developments consisted of amenities including changing rooms, fencing, gazebos, children’s area and a stage. It now offers all of the modern conveniences cruisers could hope for in their beach plans. Located just 4 miles from Falmouth cruise port, Burwood Beach is a quick and cheap 10 minute taxi ride from the port.
The is a dream-beach for kitesurfing enthusiasts. The public beach is free to access and you’ll enjoy watching (or participating in) the kitesurfing adventures.
Located in Montego Bay, this beach option is a bit of a trip from Falmouth. The drive will take approximately 30 minutes, but worth it if looking for a more “party vibe.” The beach was named after a prominent local doctor who one accessed the beach through a cave (now gone). He donated the land to the city and its become a hip, beach destination. Here you’ll find all the amenities you’d need (for a price). Also consider some organized shore excursions to Doctor’s Cave Beach including transportation and other stops if desired.
Named after a local civil servant, Jacob Taylor is a public beach option located just 9 miles from Falmouth Cruise Port. You’ll mix and mingle with Jamaican locals on this beach known primarily for fishing. You’ll find an abundance of small, local shops with entrepreneurs selling goods native to the island. While free it’s not known as the nicest option and quite a bit more “rustic” than Burwood Public Beach.
In 2011, Jamaica teamed up with Royal Caribbean to build out the beautiful cruise port facility known as the “Historic Falmouth Cruise Port.” Why is it called “historic” when it was constructed less than a decade ago? Good question. We don’t know. The triangular-shaped terminal structure can house the world’s largest cruise ships and is conveniently situated near the heart of Falmouth. While approaching, it’s exciting to watch massive cruise ships make the full, 180-degree turn and back up into its respective pier. Upon exiting your ship, there’s one major plaza area serving all ports. There, you’ll find plenty of options for shopping, drinking and eating (including Margaritaville with pool). Try not to get trapped with all of the conveniences offered in this plaza. Once exiting, downtown Falmouth is a very quick walk to the city center.