Green Grotto Caves


Green Grotto CavesSettled on Jamaica’s beautiful north coast landscape, the Green Grotto Caves are located in Runaway Bay, St. Ann. Green Grotto Caves is a natural attraction with its large elaborate limestone walls and numerous rock formations of stalactites, stalagmites plus an abundance of overhead ceiling pockets. Named for the green algae patterns that cover the walls, the caves posses a long and illustrious insight into Jamaica’s rich history.

Step inside the Green Grotto Caves 1,525 meters long and 12 meters deep chambers to view the amazing light holes and bottomless lake. The Green Grotto Caves and lake are among Jamaica's most famous natural attractions that allow you to explore the history of the first inhabitants on the island. The Tainos Indians first lived in these caves and upon your visit you will see fine examples of this era. From the multiple fragments of pottery and writings on the walls, the Green Grotto Caves is where you can unearth timeless artifacts from the 16th century.

While exploring the caves, you will also see that Green Grotto was also where the runaway slaves called home. Because of its unique structure and perfect hideaway spot, the caves many chambers were well utilized by these slaves. On your guided tour you will learn that caves had many other names before the existing one. Names such as Runaway Caves, Rum Caves, Hopewell Caves, and Dry Harbor Caves are just a few.

Enjoy your tour of the caves, while viewing the Big-Eared Bat, the Mustache Bat, and the Jamaican Fruit-Eating Bat. They are very harmless as the bats go about its daily routines without disturbing their guests. However, the highlight of the tour is walking down 60 steps to the depths of this natural phenomenon. While there you will be amazed at the stunning sight of the caverns and the pristine waters of the underground lake.

The Green Grotto Caves are well worth your visit, it is extremely interesting as you go through the chambers of the caves to an exciting grotto at each turn.  Visit one of Jamaica’s most wonderful natural attractions and on your way, wear comfortable shoes, preferably sneakers. You will be given a hard hat and a tasty fruit punch when the tour is over, which lasts for about 45 minutes.

The Green Grotto Caves are open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, every day of the week.