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