Falmouth, Jamaica has changed dramatically in recent years. If you've never visited or if it has been a while since you have vacationed in Jamaica, you might be surprised how much Falmouth has changed. It's now very a popular tourist destination offering plenty of family friendly activities.
Whether your family arrives in Jamaica on a family cruise or whether you choose to stay in a family friendly resorts in Jamaica, Falmouth is strategically located. It is situated about 18 miles from Montego Bay and a 30 minute drive from Ocho Rios.
Back in the 18th century, Falmouth was one of the most important and wealthiest ports in the Caribbean due to the sugar, rum, coffee and slave trade. It's economy supported many of the plantation owners of the Island. Most of the area's stately homes and official buildings were built reflecting Georgian architecture. Falmouth became a shining example of the British Colonies.
Despite it's wealthy history, Falmouth fell into economic decline in the late 1800's. Many of its heritage sites fell into disrepair over the years as its rich history faded. In recent years, Royal Caribbean Cruise and the Port Authority of Jamaica have worked together to return Falmouth to its former glory. Once again, Falmouth has become a thriving port visited by several leisure cruise lines. The new Historic Falmouth Cruise port offers tourists a one of a kind travel experience in a 32-acre living history museum. Many formerly significant historical sites have been returned to their former glory. Costumed guides and merchants transport visitors back in time to the colonial era of days gone past..
In addition, many fun and interesting local tours originate from Falmouth. Family cruise passeners will arrive directly in Falmouth port. Simply step off your cruise ship and you will be transported back into the history of Jamaica. Falmouth is close to family resorts located in both Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Negril family resorts are located an aditional hour away but still close enough to visit.
- History buffs will enjoy a visit to the Good Hope Great House. Built in the 1700's it have been fully restored and reflects what life was truly like in these 18th century great island estates. It is now home to many craftsmen and artisans. Visitors can purchase authentic art, carvings, books and souvenirs
- Visitors to Falmouth can float down the Martha Brae River on 30- foot bamboo rafts. River guides will navigate visitors past exceptional views and tropical island scenery.
- One of the world's largest concentrations of bio–luminescent micro–organisms exists at Luminous Lagoon at Glistening Waters in Falmouth, Jamaica. Boats leave from the Glistening Waters Marina, where there is also a restaurant and nightclub. Visitors can enjoy dinner at the Glistening Waters restaurant while watching the bioluminescent show on the water. As the water is disturbed, you'll see an eerie light illuminating the waters below. Wave your hands or drag a stick in the water to make the water glow in the dark. Those who wish can swim in the luminous waters as well.
- Take the scenic drive inland and visit Jamaica's Appleton Estate, where visitors learn how rum is made, sample wet sugar and have the chance to taste different-aged rums and dine on delcious island treats.
- Head east to Ocho Rios and tour Dunn’s River Falls, soar through the lush rainforest canopy on a zip line, wind down the mountainside on a real Jamaican bobsled or swim with dolphins at Dolphin Cove.
- Falmouth historical area is also home to many souvenir shops and galleries of craftsment and talented artisans. Shoppers can enjoy a refreshing drink at a local cafe and browse the many offerings from port stores. The Port of Falmouth features international brands, fine jewelry, designer boutiques, Duty Free Shops, and gift shops -- as well as themed restaurants, bars, and live entertainment.