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Most travelers to Jamaica seek out the tranquility of Negil or the tourist port of Ocho Rios, but located halfway between both on the country’s North Coast is the ideal, but perhaps not as well-known destination of Falmouth.
The area is home to Dunn’s River Falls, a must-see for all first-time visitors to the island. Starting at the bottom, explorers climb the giant limestone stairs up the waterfall, stopping to take a dip in many of the tiny pools along the way before reaching the top to see amazing views of sea from 180 feet up. Nearby is the Irie Blue Hole, a 20-foot waterfall where you will spot the fearless diving, while kids take advantage of the Tarzan Rope Swing below.
The Green Grotto Caves can be found just over a mile where Christopher Columbus landed in 1494 and features lots of interconnected tunnels of stalactites and stalagmites.
Meandering down the Martha Brae
There are many other fun things to take advantage of here, too, like quietly drifting down the Martha Brae River in a tube, kayak, or a 30-foot raft, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, visiting former sugar plantations Richmond and Llandovery, or going for a romantic ride on horseback along Chukka Beach.
If you are a foodie (and who isn’t?), there are no less than 300 different jerk recipes to sample in the neighborhood, and don’t forget about the rum cake and locally grown coffee. at Falmouth, Jamaica