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Step back in time in Falmouth, a city defined by old-school charm and Colonial Georgian architecture. Take it one step farther with a horse-and-buggy historical tour of the area or use Falmouth as a jumping-off point for exploration of nearby Ocho Rios, Dunn River Falls, or the other natural attractions which define this part of the Caribbean island. However you choose to enjoy the slow-paced city, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do in Falmouth.
Winter through early spring is the most popular time to visit Falmouth. December through March offers great beach weather and a number of annual festivals, including the island’s Carnival celebrations. Average highs dance around 86°F (30°C), and Jamaica’s famous offshore winds take the edge off the heat. The months of April through June have a higher chance of rain but are less crowded with visitors. Savvy tourists also come in November, once summer’s rainy hurricane season has passed, for beach-friendly temperatures and a short lull in the crowds.
Taxis are the way to go around Falmouth. Look for red license plates with the letters PP or PPV. Be sure to negotiate a price for the ride (or the whole day) before getting in. You can also join the locals on route-taxi minibuses. They are very cheap, and drivers will pick you up and drop you off almost anywhere; just be aware that they’re usually crowded. For longer excursions, rent a car or book guided tours.
Want to try Jamaica’s fresh lobster? You can’t do better than Leon’s Lobster Hut. Leon, the owner, sizzles the lobsters on outdoor grills and serves them with baked potatoes soaked in garlic butter—the perfect accompaniment. It’s not the Ritz, so expect to eat at rickety tables on the sands. But take note: You need to book your lobster a day in advance, allowing Leon 24 hours to order your meal from local fishermen.
Yes, Falmouth has lots of local color, popular street food, and fine dining. Not to mention, it’s a cruise port so it’s surrounded by ocean views. The port is also considered to be one of the safest and most hospitable ports in Jamaica for tourists to explore on their own....More
Falmouth has a large port and is a popular cruise ship docking point. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Falmouth was one of the busiest ports in Jamaica.The town is known for Jamaican cuisine, outdoor fruit and vegetables markets, and St. Peter’s Anglican Church built in 1795....More
Falmouth has forests, rivers, waterfalls, caves, and beaches, and the port has plenty of shops and restaurants. You can learn more about Jamaican culture on a guided walking tour. Or, take a bamboo raft ride along Martha Brae River, which has been compared to gondola rides in Italy's Venice....More
It depends on what you’re looking for. Ocho Rios is ideal for activities, so if you are looking for hands-on experiences, Ocho Rios is likely the better fit. Falmouth is more historical and peaceful and is great for those looking to immerse themselves in Jamaican culture....More
Burwood Beach is a popular public beach located near the cruise port in Falmouth. There are plenty of nearby beaches to choose from, including Gyllyngvase Beach, a 10-minute walk from the town center. Falmouth is known for its many white sand beaches and crystalline waters, so finding one is easy....More
Yes, you can walk around Falmouth. There are trails covering coastal paths, bridleways, and quiet lanes. Expect aggressive street peddlers if you leave the port, but Falmouth is known for being generally safe. If you want to venture out of the gated port without being hassled, take a guided tour....More