There is more to Jamaica than dreadlocks and reggae music. It’s terrain includes verdant mountains, tropical forest, cascading waterfalls, 120 natural rivers, and sparkling waters alongside it’s shores.
After leaving Haiti, we traveled to Falmouth, Jamaica during the 2nd port stop of our Western Caribbean cruise. Falmouth was once a major port in the 18th and 19th centuries, and grew incredibly wealthy off of sugar production. Ships laden with sugar and rum would leave for Britain daily, just as others would arrive with slaves. It was an age of prosperity and sophistication, marked by the splendid Georgian-style “Great House” still perfectly intact today. On the other hand, it was an economy entirely dependent on the slave trade- an age of inhumanity overshadowed by great fortune. All that came to an end with the Emancipation in 1840, and today, it’s as if time stands still in colonial Falmouth. One of Falmouth’s famous former residents is Olympic Gold medalist and track-star, Usain Bolt.
During an excursion in Jamaica we also visited Montego Bay. This fun- loving town is known for its white-sand beaches, palm-dotted hills, world-class golf courses, restaurants, bars, and boutiques.
Have you been to Jamaica? What has been your favorite sight(s)?