Although considered a fairly quiet spot in Jamaica, it’s actually fairly easy to create a list of the top 10 things to do in Falmouth, Trelawny. Falmouth is a major stop over for cruise ships, and passengers have some great options once they dock. The birthplace of the fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt, Trelawny is a parish that’s rich with history and has plenty of old world charm on display along with beautiful beaches and a memorable excursions for the entire family.
Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon
This is one of the few places on earth where you can swim with billions of microscopic organisms which glow an iridescent blue when the water is disturbed. A short boat ride out into the bay at night brings the phenomenon to life where your captain will allow you to enter the water and glow-in-the-dark! There’s a restaurant at at the dock to grab a bite while waiting on your tour.
Walking Heritage Tour
Falmouth was laid out in the 1700s perfectly to accommodate trips around the city on foot and this still holds true today. Grab a walking tour in the city centre that will take you around to some of the buildings that exist today straight from the plantation days.
Add food to the above itineraries and you’re in for a treat! The perfect way to sample a few of Jamaica’s favourite foods including both world famous as well as little known delights.
If you’re not in the mood for walking then catch the bus! A trolley to be exact. The Braemar Bus tour combines history, geography and culture into this tour around the city and gives you a chance to see a side of Jamaica not normally well-known.
Good Hope Plantation
A part of Chukka Tours offerings. Take a tour of a great house that was once one of the wealthiest plantation properties in Jamaica. Frolic at the jungle adventure park or simply picnic on the 110 feet of beachfront with soft white sands and family friendly swimming available. Chukka will also take you on a thrilling adventure whether you want to ride an ATV through the muddy hills of Trelawny, fly through the air on a zip-line through the foliage, go horseback riding in the sea or take a nice easy canopy tour over the city.
Burwood, Fisherman’s and Jacob Taylor Beaches
For a little more of a laid back interactive experience with locals, head to one of the nearby beaches for an afternoon. Jacob Taylor Beach sits right next door to Fisherman’s Beach, home to a fishing village and craft market. This is a good place to meet local fishermen and artisans and just chill out and enjoy good Jamaican vibes. Burwood Beach is a stunning public beach that is reminiscent of the postcards of the past of visions of the Caribbean. Fresh fish, authentic Jamaican food and charming locals on a beautiful beach is definitely a ‘must do’ on a cruise ship stopover in Jamaica.
Burwood Beach – Jump in a taxi and head east. Almost everyone offering public transit will know how to get to this spot just 15 mins east along the main road from the cruise ship pier.
Jacob Taylor & Fisherman’s Beaches
Just before the entrance to the Silver Sands villa community is the entrance to Jacob Taylor & Fisherman’s Beaches
You and a group of friends beneath the warm Jamaican sun tackling each other in a paintball obstacle field? Yes please!
Hampden Estate Rum Tour
Like the Appleton Estate Rum Tour in St. Elizabeth but not as well known, all who’ve visited have nothing but great things to say about the educational tasting tour. Let Island Routes whisk you to the nearby tour, only 30 minutes away from the cruise ship, to where the makers of Rum Fire and Gold Rum here in Jamaica demonstrate how they make their rum and of course you get to sample the product!
River Rafting or Tubing
Whichever suits you better, a trip down a refreshing tropical river on a 30 foot long bamboo raft or in a tube is a delightful way to round out your Falmouth experience. Hear the history of the river and the surrounding flora and fauna and be entertained by guides who’ve been at this for many years.
The Birthplace of Usain Bolt, Miss Lilly Bolt's Bar & Windsor Caves
For those seeking a truly unique, Jamaican off-the-beaten-path adventure, head out to the township of Sherwood, Content where the fastest man alive was born and grew up, and where his parents and family still reside. If you wanted to check out Windsor Caves, on the way there stop at Coxheath and have a drink at his aunt’s bar and hang out for a bit before heading on to explore the caves.