Cool Places in the Caribbean Falmouth


Falmouth1Falmouth is a lovely old seaside town that is filled with history on Jamaica’s north coast. It is situated 18 miles east of Montego Bay and is noted for being one of the Caribbean’s best-preserved Georgian towns. Step back in time to enjoy a historical tour, ride a buggy tour, see the lovely Georgian buildings, and learn about the former slave trade. Falmouth is capital of the parish of Trelawny and one of the main towns in the parish.

At first glance, the appealing old town may not seem appealing, but once you enter the heart of Falmouth, you will notice the dramatic change of this colonial town. Falmouth also serves as the gateway to the best Jamaica has to offer, admire the 19th century Georgian architecture, go river rafting on the Martha Brae on a bamboo raft, visit the art and craft shopping areas, taste the flavors of islands from  a sidewalk vendor, and then take a horse and buggy ride through town for more adventures.

Falmouth has a number of interesting historic buildings to see, visit the Falmouth Court House, St Peter's Anglican Church is one of the largest in Jamaica. Its supporting columns are of solid mahogany while the floor is built with crosses of mahoe and mahogany. The Falmouth All-Age School is where Fort Balcarres once stood. You can visit there to see unique army barracks still on the school grounds. The magnificent Greenwood Great House lies on the outskirt of the town. This plantation house is where you can view the largest collection of rare musical instruments in the island.

In Falmouth, you will also experience the revitalization of one of the first shipping ports in the Caribbean, with a rich heritage dating back more than 240 years. Travel west to reach Montego Bay and the beautiful beaches of Negril, a mere two-hour drive from Falmouth. Just east of Falmouth is Ocho Rios, known for its impressive Dunn’s River Falls. Thanks to its central location, Falmouth gives you the best tour experiences on Jamaica’s north coast.