Quaint Falmouth was an economic powerhouse and center for dramatic social change during the English Colonial Period. In today's Falmouth, visitors still enjoy 19th-century Georgian architecture as well as river bamboo raft rides, arts and crafts shopping, flavorful local fare and horse-and-buggy rides. Falmouth is the gateway to the best Jamaica has to offer. Just east of Falmouth is Ocho Rios, known for its spectacular Dunn’s River Falls. Travel west to reach Montego Bay and the beautiful beaches of Negril. Thanks to its central location, Falmouth gives visitors the best tour experiences of the north coast of Jamaica.
Bringing History Back To Life
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is working with the Port Authority of Jamaica on a multi-phased plan to develop historic Falmouth into one of the premier, modern ports of call in the Caribbean. Visitors to Falmouth will be among the first to experience the revitalization of one of the first shipping ports in the Caribbean, with a rich heritage dating back more than 240 years. The first phase of development, which is nearing completion, includes a two-berth pier, retail and restaurant services and a transportation center. Subsequent phases will include onsite attractions and experiences, hotel and residential components and additional retail and restaurant options.
The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
Founded as Martha Brae Point in 1769 by local English planter Thomas Reid, Falmouth became the shipment hub for sugar plantations covering the hills of Jamaica’s North Coast. From the wharfs of Falmouth, sugar, molasses, rum and coffee were sent to England, while ships making their way from across the Atlantic dropped anchor in the bustling port town to deliver other necessities of 18th-century life. Take in this history with a stroll through Falmouth's Historic District where visitors can explore an impressive collection of 19th-century Georgian architecture. Many of the buildings are still intact and renowned for their unique gingerbread woodwork. From small wooden houses to brick Georgian mansions to plantation complexes, visitors will find themselves on a delightful excursion into the 18th and 19th centuries.
Other Fun Things to Do
•If you like history, culture and scenic beauty, then a visit to the Good Hope Great House is a must. Built in the 1700s and entirely restored, it’s one of the most sought after Great Houses of the 18th century, featuring amazing views of the nearby Queen of Spain Valley and Cockpit Mountains. Visit the pottery house to see the work of the resident potter and then the trading house - the only store of its kind in the Caribbean - where you can purchase authentic art, carvings, books and souvenirs.
•Venice may have its gondolas, but Falmouth has 30-foot bamboo rafts that offer romantic and adventurous rides on the Martha Brae River. Sit back and relax as a raft captain guides you through an exceptional view of the island's tropical scenery. Visitors can also take a trip through time on a horse-and-buggy ride through town.
•Enjoy a scenic drive through Jamaica's interior to Appleton Estate, where visitors learn how rum is made, sample wet sugar and have the chance to taste different-aged rums. Purchase a souvenir available exclusively at Appleton and enjoy a Jamaican-style lunch.
•Travel east to Ocho Rios where you can climb the spectacular Dunn’s River Falls, soar through the lush rainforest canopy on a zip line, wind down the mountainside on a Jamaican bobsled or swim with dolphins at Dolphin Cove.
•Feel the warmth of sun and sand on your skin as you steal away on a beach getaway at the Breezes Grand Resort in Negril or Cornwall Beach in Montego Bay.
Shopping for Bargains
The pulse of Falmouth radiates from the heart of Water Square where you'll discover the Albert George Shopping and Historical Center. Pick up local craftwork wares that showcase the history and culture of the area and make memorable souvenirs for visitors and those back home. Wednesday morning was made for the most dedicated shoppers, as dealers fill stall after stall with native produce and gifts you won't find anywhere else you journey.
Get a Taste of Local Flavor
A trip to Falmouth, Jamaica, wouldn't be complete without sampling one of the more than 300 different jerk recipes that are cooked locally. From shrimp and lobster to chicken and pork, the jerk recipe is the signature of the city's tasty fare. Complement this culinary adventure by sampling local refreshing fruits like the ackee, breadfruit and star apple, a sweet finish to your flavorful journey.
The Jamaican dollar (JMD) is the official unit of currency. U.S. dollars, traveler's checks and credit cards are widely accepted.
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