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Falmouth, Jamaica

Quaint Falmouth was an economic powerhouse and centre 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, flavourful 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.

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Falmouth, Jamaica

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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 revitalisation 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 centre. 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 the sugar plantations covering the hills of the north coast of Jamaica. 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, you'll find yourself on a delightful exploration of 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 shop of its kind in the Caribbean - where you can purchase authentic art, carvings, books and souvenirs.
  • Venice may have its gondolas, but Falmouth has nine metre (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 tour 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 Centre. 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 mornings were made for the most dedicated of shoppers, as dealers fill the multitude of stalls with local produce and gifts that you won't find anywhere else on your journey.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

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 prawn 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 flavourful journey.

Local Currency

The Jamaican dollar (JMD) is the official unit of currency. US dollars, traveller's cheques and credit cards are widely accepted.

Weather in Falmouth, Jamaica


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 84° 28.89°
Average Low 72° 22.22°
Mean Temperature N/A N/A
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Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 1.91 in 4.85 cm

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