Falmouth is located in between two popular tourist destinations in Jamaica, Montego Bay and Ochos Rios. Falmouth was founded in 1769 and its waterfront district is a National Heritage Site that contains many Georgian-era buildings dating from the 1760s to 1840. In the 1800s Falmouth was known as "the wealthiest New World Port south of Charleston". It was known for its wharf, sugar, rum and coffee. They used the port to export many goods and to bring in African slaves and other fine goods to serve the colonial life of the 18th century. Falmouth was one of Jamaica's original ports and 200 years ago was one of the busiest trading ports in the Caribbean. Falmouth is located in the Trelawney Parish which was the most important region of Jamaica for the sugar and rum trade at the time. The town has a rich heritage with many historic buildings and churches.
Jamaica and Royal Caribbean have been working together in revitalizing and transforming the town of Falmouth to be the first ever historic destination. Due to hundreds of years of tropical heat and humidity, hurricanes, and neglect the town of Falmouth has seen this region of Jamaica suffer. Royal Caribbean and other agencies are working to restore Falmouth and the historical buildings to become historical attractions. It is also being transformed into a host city for the growing cruise industry. This port will accommodate many Royal Caribbean cruise ships along with the Oasis of the Seas, which is one of the world’s newest and largest cruise ships. Falmouth is the gateway to all of the best tour experiences on the north coast of Jamaica.
Shuttles and taxis are available from the cruise port if you wish to go shopping or exploring on your own.
Here there are some companies that offer private transportation:
It is encouraged to see the town on a tram or walking tour so you can be informed by a local tourguide about all the historical things that Falmouth has to offer. Walk through the Historical District to see the 19th century Georgian architecture and learn about all of the history of the buildings from 18th century that are still intact. Visit the town squares, houses of famous historians, churches, and parks to be fully educated about all the historic events that happened in the early 18th and 19th century.
Since Falmouth is a newer cruise port, many excursions will take place just a short distance away from Falmouth. You can also book a shore excursion that will take you to beautiful beaches outside of Falmouth, in Ochos Rios or Montego Bay. Take a shore excursion where you will leave Falmouth and travel either 45 minutes to Ochos Rios or 30 minutes to Montego Bay. There you can go to beaches, snorkel, scuba dive, swim with dolphins and much more.
Dolphin Cove & Dunns River Falls- is forty five minutes outside of Falmouth in Ochos Rios. Dunns River Falls is an adventerous 600 foot waterfall that can be climbed. You can also swim with dolphins, zipline through the rainforest or Bobsled down Mystic Mountain.
Rafting on Martha Brae- Take a raft ride on a 30 foot bamboo raft that can be either romantic or adventurous down the Martha Brae River. The raft captain will guide you down, explaining some of the islands tropical scenery.
Falmouth Heritage Walking Tours
- learn about all the places in the Historic Distric that follow:
Town Hall and Courthouse- Here you can learn about the legal and political parts of Falmouth. You can see the courthouse which burnt down in 1926, but was remade in 2007 to look just like the Georgian inspired one that was built in 1815. This courthouse was also used as a social venue to hold balls and banquets for the elite in the 18th century.
The Barrett House-is the historical house of Edward Barrett who was one of the city's founding fathers. His family developed half of Falmouth. The house sits across the street from the Barrett Wharf, which is one of the major points for ships to offload. He was a wealthy plantation owner and also the great grandfather of the famous 19th century poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
The Tharp House- is the historical house of John Tharp who was once one of the wealthiest men in Jamaica. His house included his own wharf where ships arrived, carrying merchandise and slaves while other ships sailed off to England, transporting sugar and coffee grown on his plantation.
The Pottery House- look at the unique pottery and watch the work of the residential potter.
Vermont House- the building now serves as the Falmouth Post Office.
St. Peter's Anglican Church- is one of the best examples of the Georgian style architecture in Falmouth. It was built in the 1700s; it was the first sanctuary built in Falmouth. It is one of the island's largest Anglican churches that remains on the island. It is on land donated by John Tharpe and Edward Barrett. The Anglican church was religious center for the town's gentiles.
William Knibb Baptist Church—built in 1947 in honor of the Baptist minister and abolitionist William Knibb, he served as the pastor of the church from 1830 until his death in 1845. The Baptists were one of the most popular Christian denominations for slaves and freedmen in the 19th century.
Falmouth is home to many local merchants, artisans and local planters who have a variety of unique products to sell. You can find produce and many native products, such as local craftwork, that make great souvenirs. Many vendors offer handmade arts and crafts, jewelry and paintings, fabrics and clothing that are filled with culture and history. While you’re in the historic district of Falmouth, shopping can be done in Water Square. Famous for its shops, the Albert George Shopping and Historical Center is located in Water Square. The Trading House is also a very popular store where you can purchase authentic artwork. There are also a lot of shops and vendors at the pier and in the open market. Prices at many of these shops are negotiable and you can bargain with the vendors.
Experience the culture of Jamaica by sampling their famous cuisine. Jamaica is known for its signature dish, Jerk Pork or Chicken, and the island's naturally grown fruits. The cuisine is a mix of Western African, English, East Indian, French, and Chinese with a touch of Spanish. Falmouth is famous for its variety of jerk recipes that are cooked locally. There is over 300 variations of the jerk recipes. Try shrimp, lobster, chicken, and pork jerk to experience the signature foods of the city. Fruit goes great with your jerk foods. Sample the local fruits such as the ackee, breadfruit and star apple. Curried Goat, Callaloo and Salt-fish are also popular dishes. A popular dessert is called Blue Draws, sometimes called Duckunoos, which is a dessert brought over by the slaves of West Africa. It is a combination of sweet potatoes, coconut, bananas, vanilla, and brown sugar that is coooked into a thick puddling and tied in banana leaves and boiled.
The national beer of Jamaica is Red Stripe Beer. Ting Ginger beer is also popular. Dragon Stout is also made in Jamaica. Not as strongly flavored as many US stouts but very drinkable-
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