Situated in the Caribbean Sea, and neighbour to Cuba and Haiti, Jamaica’s pristine beaches and casual, laidback vibes are enjoyed by over 2 million visitors every year. However, this island country offers so much more than crystal clear waters and coconut rum.
Find peace floating down the river on a bamboo raft or spend the day driving through lush rainforests, visiting tropical fruit farms and sampling the local cuisine (spicy jerk) from roadside shacks along the way. Spend the evening discovering the island’s musical feast, which is more than just Bob Marley – from live jazz and roots poetry all the way down to rowdy dancehalls.
This vibrant island paradise can be found on the itineraries of Disney Cruise Lines, Holland America Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International and Princess Cruises.
Jamaica has four ports; however, Falmouth Port is the newest and can accommodate the largest cruise ships in the world. Falmouth Port is north of the island and east of Montego Bay.
The other ports, which also see cruise ships along its shores, are located at Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. All of these ports are located along the northern coast of the island, and stretch from west to east respectively (Falmouth sits between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios).
Upon disembarking from your ship, everything that you could need for a smooth transition is within walking distance.
Facilities nearby include:
Shops, including duty-free shopping
Souvenir stalls and craft vendors
How to Get Around
A 3-minute walk will get you into the centre of town and most of the city’s immediate sights can be found on foot; however, the island’s major destinations such as Dunn’s River Falls and Montego Bay will need to be reached via taxi. Taxis can also be hired for a full day if you’re planning to visit several sights.
Travel times from the port:
It is a 2 minute journey to the Falmouth Courthouse
It is a 3 minute journey to Water Square
It is a 5 minute journey to the centre of Falmouth.
It is a 15 minute journey to Good Hope Great House
It is a 40 minute journey to Montego Bay
It is a 58 minute journey to Dunn’s River Falls.
Currency – The Jamaican Dollar (J$) can be found in 1 cent, 10 cent, 25 cent, J$1, J$5, J$10 and J$20 coins. Banknotes appear in J$50, J$100, J$500 and J$1000 denominations.
Time Zone – All year round, Eastern Standard Time is observed in Jamaica, which is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
Weather – Jamaica typically experiences hot, humid weather all year round. Falmouth in particular sees temperatures around 29 degrees Celsius during the day, and 20 degrees Celsius at night. The months between May and November receive the most rainfall. As you head further inland, temperatures tend to fall slightly and the air is typically drier.
Dunn’s River Falls – Located roughly 60 kilometres west of Falmouth is the island’s number one attraction. The Dunn’s River Falls flows down 183 metres of travertine steps, which are continuously rebuilt by nature from sediments in the water. The falls are one of only a handful of falls in the world that flow directly out into the sea. You can either don your swimmers and climb these steps or, if you prefer to stay dry, walk up the man-made stairs along the side. At its base you can enjoy a picnic lunch or lie on the white sandy beach stretching out into the Caribbean Sea.
Montego Bay – You could easily spend a full day at Montego Bay. Take a break on one of the picture-perfect beaches (Doctor’s Cave Beach is the most popular option), spend the afternoon shopping for souvenirs along the Hip Strip or head into town for some serious duty-free spending. Snorkelling and diving are also popular pastimes - coral reefs growing in protected waters guarantee some amazing underwater sights.
Good Hope Great House – Good Hope Estate once belonged to the island’s largest land and slave owner of the 1700s, John Tharp. With a little bit of controversy and scandal in its past, the house sits on a 1,000 or so acres of lush greenery with a plethora of activities within its borders. Visitors can book a tour of the fancy estate, coupled with a gourmet lunch or high tea, head out on a horse and buggy tour, tumble down the Martha Brae River on a river-tube or fly through the jungle canopy on a zip-line.