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Falmouth, Jamaica

Falmouth, Jamaica

Falmouth Cruise Port is the third most trafficked of Jamaica’s major cruising hubs. In terms of “annual passenger visits,” it falls slightly behind Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. During the past couple years, debate has occurred whether major cruise lines will be decreasing traffic to Falmouth. The reasons include “visitor harassment,” the “conduct of tour operators,” and inadequate craft vendors. The local representation in Falmouth has been striving to correct these issues and have made strides. As with all destinations, there are “plusses” and “minuses.” Falmouth has some excellent options for peacefully enjoying the beautiful Jamaican landscape. Compared to other Caribbean port destinations, Falmouth is known to have slightly elevated crime issues. So, please keep a heads up. You’re bound to come across locals trying to sell stuff or asking for money. Some are very young. Just keep your valuables in a safe place and use extra caution when exploring Jamaica. But please give Falmouth the benefit of the doubt. Expect the best and you’ll tend to find it!

What to do in Falmouth, Jamaica

Instinctively, one might assume that “the beach” is the best option while in Falmouth. While the Jamaican coast offers great options for a day in the sun, consider the island’s interior playground. Venturing into Jamaica’s countryside, you’ll find mountains, lush rainforests, caves and even waterfalls! This cruise port’s natural landscape makes it a truly unique experience. Here are some of the best options to do while in Falmouth.
Rafting

Rafting

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.

Caves

Caves

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.”

Dunns River Falls

Dunns River Falls

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.

Montego Bay

Montego Bay

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.

Get Cultured

Get Cultured

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.

Sugar Plantation

Sugar Plantation

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.

Reggae, Mon

Reggae, Mon

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.

Shopping in Falmouth, Jamaica

Your Falmouth Cruise Port will be a short walk to the city center and many retail options located within. While Falmouth isn’t as known for its shopping options, you’ll surely find most everything you’d hope to acquire, duty free! Note: Jamaicans are used to, and expect, haggling. Assume the listed price is not the final price and have fun seeing how low you can go. Here are the most popular shopping options available near Falmouth Cruise Port.
Downtown Montego Bay

Downtown Montego Bay

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.

Historic Falmouth Cruise Port

Historic Falmouth Cruise Port

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.

Beaches in Falmouth, Jamaica

The interior of Jamaica is spectacular with its caves, mountains and waterfalls. But, the surrounding shores are also inviting. Here are your options for best beaches near Falmouth Cruise Port.
Burwood Beach

Burwood Beach

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.

Bounty Beach

Bounty Beach

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.

Doctor's Cave Beach

Doctor's Cave Beach

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.

Jacob Taylor Beach

Jacob Taylor Beach

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.

Attractions in Falmouth, Jamaica

Falmouth Cruise Port is a quick walk to the downtown city center. There, you’ll find some options for sightseeing and shopping. To experience Jamaica’s beautiful landscapes, we advise booking an organized tour exploring its waterfalls, caves, and mountain features.

Of course, Falmouth offers some great beach options to spend your day in the Jamaican sun. Below are the best beaches near Falmouth Cruise Port.

Best cruise excursions in Falmouth, Jamaica

We've analyzed tens of thousands of cruise tours to find your ideal attraction while in port. Based on these reviews, here are the Best Cruise Excursions in Falmouth, Jamaica

Falmouth, Jamaica cruise port map

If you started at the very southern tip of Florida and swam south (not advised), you’d eventually get to Cuba. If you then continued directly south until you got to the other side, and hopped back into the Caribbean, you’d be another 150 mile swim (southeast) until you got to Jamaica.

Once you arrived on the island (tired we’d imagine), you’d find Falmouth on the northern coast near the center of the island. As it’s protected by Cuba to the North and Haiti to the east, the winds and waters are relatively calm at this port destination.

The other major Jamaican destinations commonly known to cruisers include Montego Bay (west), Falmouth (east) and Kingston (southern coast).

Falmouth, Jamaica Cruise Port Terminals

Falmouth Jamaica has one cruise port terminal. If this port destination is included in your itinerary, you’ll be docking at the Historic Falmouth Cruise Port.

Historic Falmouth Cruise Port

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.

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