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Falmouth is a small town with a prosperous past. Once a key port in the sugar trade, many 19th-century buildings survive, preserved because there was little economic activity since then. Its collection of historic buildings is one of the largest in the Caribbean. Seat of Trelawny Parish, the Barretts (of Wimpole St. fame) were once the principal landowners. Water Square commemorates a municipal running water system that pre-dates New York City’s!
Montego Bay 22 mi./36 km. west of Falmouth, has the island’s busiest airport and biggest tourist trade. Known for its waterfront Hip Strip, quiet Cornwall Beach, and hoppin’ Doctor’s Bay Beach, “Mobay” is the jumping-off spot for most snorkel and scuba excursions.
Ocho Rios 45 mi./73 km. east of Falmouth, is one of Jamaica’s top destinations. Attractions include oft-photographed Dunn’s River Falls, excellent beaches, and scenic gardens. Mystic Mountain has a scenic chair lift, zip line, and bobsled adventure. Dolphin Cove offers dolphin experiences, animal exhibits, and “Little Port Royal” for pirate fans.
Negril: 68 mi./110 km., is nearly a two-hour drive. This resort area is widely known for its beaches, but it’s not the most practical choice.
River-based fun: The Martha Brae River flows into Falmouth. You’ve seen the photos of bamboo rafts being poled down a narrow stream while passengers sit in straight-backed chairs? That’s the place! Other streams, including Rio Bravo and White River, offer mild whitewater journeys by tube, raft, and inflatable kayak.
Great Houses: These estate houses record plantation life of years past. Good Hope Great House shows off its estate, serves-up food-focused experiences, and hosts a long list of adventure excursions. Greenwood displays its collection of antiques. Rose Hall, haunted by the White Witch, is inside a large resort. Croyden focuses on agriculture.
Beaches: There are no beaches within walking distance of the pier. Beautiful Burwood Beach is closest, 3.5 mi./5.7 km by cab. Facilities have been few, but things are changing fast. Beach excursions boasting a 10-minute ride from Falmouth come here to nearby Duncans. Several hotels offer beach breaks with full amenities, nearly every trip to Montego Bay includes a beach, and Shaw Beach is a stop on many Ocho Rios trips. Expect to pay admission to most, if you’re not with a tour.
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