Historic Falmouth – cruise destination with a fascinating past

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Falmouth is the capital of the parish of Trelawny and is noted as being the island’s best preserved Georgian town with buildings from the nineteenth century. The town was founded by a gentleman by the name of Thomas Reid in 1769 and became important during a time when Jamaica was the world’s sugar producer, Falmouth was one of the first shipping ports in Jamaica and shipped sugar, molasses, rum and coffee bound for England.

Falmouth was very well planned from the start, with wide streets on a grid and, it is said, that the town had piped water before New York City.

After a period of decline, Falmouth is again making its mark on the history of Jamaica. The deep-water port was opened to the larger cruise ships in 2011, including Royal Caribbean International's Oasis class. 

Those who follow sport will remember that Usain Bolt was born in Falmouth and those who follow Jamaican politics and history will know that one of Jamaica’s prime ministers also came from Falmouth Hugh Shearer.

Cruise ship passengers get off the ship and can, in a very short time, find themselves walking in the heart of the town of Falmouth. Some may decide to take a taxi to a beach, only ten minutes away, or to Montego Bay, thirty minutes by car.

Those interested in history may want to take a guided walking tour of the town and visit some of the finely restored buildings, such as the Court House. You can also take the tour in a buggy drawn by a horse. 

Other places of interest include Greenwood Great House, which was once owned by the family Barrett, father of the poet Elizabeth Barrett-Browning. The Great House now houses a museum of musical instruments along with the original house furnishings. Some may want to visit Appleton Estate and learn how rum is made. 

Glistening Waters Inn and Marina, depending on when you arrive or how long you are staying, if you have a chance to take a boat ride at night on the lagoon near this Inn, you will be in for a surprise, as the water lights up and glows with phosphorescent creatures living in the water. Food served at the Inn is mostly seafood.

Good Hope Great House also has a beach, which is twenty-five minutes away from the Great House, other activities offered are river tubing, carriage rides, zip lining, dune buggies and tours of the 2 000 acre citrus and coconut plantation.  

For those who want to take it easy and float down a river on a bamboo raft you can go rafting on the Martha Brae river and enjoy the beauty of Jamaica.

So there is lots to do in or near Falmouth.

  • Duty Free Shopping - local Crafts, Souvenirs and Gifts.
  • Falmouth Heritage Walking Tour - exploring the history and architecture of the Caribbean's best preserved Georgian town.
  • Falmouth Food Tour - a culinary adventure into the belly of our history, for foodies and anyone wanting a real taste of Jamaican food and culture.
  • Falmouth Jewish Cemetery - an introduction to the history and heritage of Jamaica's oldest continuous community.
  • Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon - This marvel is only found in 4 places in the world, however, this lagoon is the brightest of them all due to more consistent climate.
  • Hampden Estate Rum Tour - home to one of Jamaica’s oldest rum distilleries.
  • Jacob Taylor Beach, Fishing Village, Craft Market - You can get some great items at a good price.They are not the mass produced carvings found at the big resorts. These are one-of-a-kind items.
  • Reggae Walk of Fame Museum - collecting and preserves artifacts, documents and reference material surrounding the diverse traditions of Reggae music.
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  • Airports: Sangster International Airport is 35 km form the port.
  • Anchorage: No available anchorage.
  • Facilities: Pilotage, water, provisions.
  • Medical Aid: Falmouth Hospital is 1.2 km from the port.
  • Pilot: Pick-up ½ mile (NE or NW) of the sea buoy at entrance to Falmouth harbour.
  • Pilotage: Agents alert Pilotage Depatment on ship’s ETA and ETD at least 12 hours before required time. Pilot boards and guides ship in and out of channel. Pilotage charges are calculated according to grt.
  • Position: 18°30N, 77°39W.
  • Tenders: Tender service is not available.
  • Towage: Not available.
  • Weather: NE winds prevail by day, SE by night. NE winds are stron-gest between May and October. Negligible tides.
Berth Usable length Depth alongside Max ship’s draught
Berth 1 1,180 ft 37 ft 33 ft
Berth 2 1,180 ft 37 ft 33 ft
Members / Attractions Contact person Phone no. Fax no. E-mail Website Address
Animal Farm & Nature Reserve Dr. Geoffrey Williams/Jason Calendar (876) 899-0040 (876) 979-8466 Email: rastafowl@yahoo.com www.animalfarmjamaica@yahoo.com Hanover, PO Box 34, Reading, St. James
Appleton Estate Rum Tour Tanisa Samuel 876-963-9215/7 876-963-9218 res.rumtour@appletonrum.com www.appletonrum.com Siloah, PO Siloah(St. Elizabeth), Jamaica
Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours Althea Bryan 876-974-7075 876-974-0635 info@bmtoursja.com www.bmtoursja.com 121 Main Street, Ocho Rios (St. Ann)
Braco Stables Moyra Fitzroy 876-954-0185 876-954-0434 bracostables@cwjamaica.com www.bracotours.com Duncans PO, Trelawney, Jamaica
Braemar Tours Judy Schoenbien 876-509-0454 braemartours@gmail.com www.falmouthtoursbytrolley.com Port of Falmouth, Falmouth, Jamaica
Captain Watersports Brian Langford 876-953-3048 876-953-3048 captain@cwjamaica.com www.captainsdivecenter.com Half Moon PO, Rosehall, Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica
Chukka Caribbean Adventures Marc Melville 1-877 4CHUKKA (1877-424-8552) info@chukkacaribbean.com www.chukkacaribbean.com Unit # 2, Montego Bay Freeport Shopping Centre, Montego Bay
Colourful Jamaica Monika Maitland Walker/Mandy Sprague 876-974-2323 876-974-5362 mmw@tourwiseltd.com www.colourfuljamaica.com 103 Main Street Ocho Rios, St. Ann
Doctor's Cave Bathing Club David Lindo 876-952-2566 876-952-1140 drscave@cwjamaica.com www.doctorscavebathingclub.com Gloucester Ave., Whitesands Bch. P.O. St. James, Jamaica
Dolphin Cove Marilyn Burrowes 876-974-5335 876-974-9208 info@dolphincovejamaica.com www.dolphincovejamaica.com PO Box 21 Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Dreamer Catamaran David Chung 876-979-0102 reservations@dreamercatamarans.com www.dreamercatamarans.com Unit #2 Cornwall Beach Suites, Cornwall Beach Gloucester Avenue, Whitesands PO Montego Bay
Dunns River Falls Jomo Pitterson 974-5944 974-4767 dunnsriver@udcja.com www.dunnriverfallsja.com PO Box 205, Ocho Rios, St. Ann Jamaica
Five Star Watersports Venella Pasmore (876) 974-2446/0164 876-974-4978 reservations@fivestarwatersports.com www.coolrunningscatamarans.com 121 Main Street, Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Glistening Waters Earl Bernard 876-954-3229 876-617-4625 info@glisteningwaters.com www.glisteningwaters.com PO Box 113 Falmouth, Jamaica
Green Grotto Caves Fabia Lamm (876) 973-2841/3217 (876) 973-9297 greengrottocaves@udcja.com www.greengrottocavesja.com PO Box 205, Ocho Rios, St. Ann Jamaica
Half Moon Equestian Centre Trina Delisser 876-953-2286 876-953-9489 r.delisser@gwjamaica.com www.horsebackridingjamaica.com Half Moon PO, Rosehall, Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica
Hooves Tom Williams 876-972-0905;0659 876-972-9204 hooves@cwjamaica.com www.hooves-jamaica.com 61 Winsdsor Rd. #5, St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica
Harmony Hall Peter/Annabella Proudlock 876-975-4222 876-974-2651 info@harmonyhall.com www.harmonyhall.com PO Box 192, Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Island Routes Caribbean AdventureTours David Shields 876-684-8672/1-877-768-8370 876-684-8610 info@islandroutestours.com www.islandroutestours.com 5 Kent Avenue , MontegoBay, Jamaica
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Andre Dixon 876-979-8041 876-979-8541 info@margaritavillecaribbean.com www.margaritavillecaribbean.com 6H Coconut Way, Freeport, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Kool Runnings Waterpark Shari Munroe 876-957-5400 876-957-5947 info@koolrunnings.com www.koolrunnings.com Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril, Jamaica
Mini Boat Adventures Dean Burrowes 876-974-5335 876-974-9208 info@infochan.com PO Box 21 Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Mystic Mountain Norma Bailey- Moore 876-974-3990 876-974-3992 sales@rainforestbobsledjamaica.com www.rainforestadventure.com/jamaica PO Box 259, Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Peir One Restaurant and Bar Anna Kaye Russell (876)952-2452 (876)940-5408 info@pieronejamaica.com www.pieronejamaica.com c/o Pier One, P.O. Box 1243, Howard Cooke Blvd. Montego Bay, Jamaica
Prospect Plantation Tours Marilyn Burrowes 876-994-1058 876-994-1465 info@prospectplantationtours.com www.prospectplantationtours.com Tower Isle PO, St. Mary, Jamaica
River Raft Ltd. Johnny Gourzong (876)952-0889 (876)979-7437 info@jamaicarafting.com www.jamaicarafting.com 66 Claude Clarke Avenue, PO Box 1178, Jamaica
Rose Hall Great House Beverley Gordon 876-953-2160 greathouse@rosehall.com www.rosehall.com Box 1, Rose Hall PO, Rose Hall, St. James, Jamaica
YS Falls Simon Browne 876-997-6360 ysfalls@cwjamaica.com www.ysfalls.com Middle Quarters PO Box 13, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
Zipline Adventures Brad Morse/Hermaline Ritchie 876-366-0124 876-912-0936 info@ziplinejamaica.com www.zipline-tours.com PO Box 7074, Reading P.O, St. James, Jamaica
Allied Members Contact person Phone no. Fax no. E-mail Website Address
Budget Car Rental Robin Delisser 1-877-825-2953 reservations@budgetjamaica.com www.budgetjamaica.com
Digicel Claudeen Grenyion
Port Authority of Jamaica William Tatham
Royal Marine Insurance Group Uton Bright