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Black River, Jamaica

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Jamaica: YS Falls and Black River Safari Day Tour

1. Jamaica: YS Falls and Black River Safari Day Tour

Experience a different side of Jamaica and discover that the country is so much more than a beach! Begin this full-day tour enjoying a scenic drive through the hills of Jamaica. Continue on through the hills of St. Elizabeth to what seems to be a small shop on the side of a long country road. You’ll board a jitney that will take you through a forest into a landscape of waterfalls surrounded by lush gardens and magnificent trees. There are 7 waterfalls in all, several of which cascade into natural pools. Lifeguards on site will indicate which areas are open for swimming. There is a natural pool that’s fed by underground and above-ground springs that is suitable for children and those not able to swim. Once you leave this tropical oasis your tour continues to the Black River on the south coast. Stop en route for a local Jamaican lunch before boarding the boat for a nature expedition on Jamaica's longest river. As you cruise the Black River, you’ll see native wildlife, including various species of birds and the Jamaican crocodile. At the end of the boat tour you’ll board the bus for the scenic drive back to Jamaica’s north coast.

Jamaica: Black River Safari, YS Falls, and Appleton Rum Tour

2. Jamaica: Black River Safari, YS Falls, and Appleton Rum Tour

This trip takes you to the town of Black River, where you will board a boat before traveling the longest navigable river in Jamaica. The Black River was very essential in the past when the island was a major producer of sugarcane. You will sail through the interior of the rainforest, before traveling through rural villages dotted along the coastline. You will be able to observe as you travel past exotic birds, plants, and wildlife such as the endangered American Crocodiles. There are plenty of crocodiles, so prepare your cameras to take snapshots. Soon you will be able to take a short break and enjoy a traditional Jamaican lunch, before journeying into the western side of the island passing through the historic Bamboo Avenue, a true masterpiece of nature. You will then head over to a nature-based attraction, YS Falls, which will give you the opportunity to explore the amazing waterfalls which are engulfed by lush botanical greenery and magnificent trees. You can change into your swimwear and take a dive into the crisp waterfalls, enjoying the splendor of this 120-foot-high marvel. Next, you can fascinate yourself into the operations of the Appleton Distillery, which has been producing the world-renowned Appleton Rum for decades.

St Elizabeth: River Safari and Y.S. Falls with Lunch

3. St Elizabeth: River Safari and Y.S. Falls with Lunch

This trip takes you to the town of Black River, where you will board a boat and travel the longest navigable river in Jamaica, the Black River. This river was very essential in the past when the island was a major producer of sugarcane. You will sail through the interior of the rain forest then through rural villages dotted along the coastline. As you travel, you will be free to observe exotic birds, plants, and wildlife ,such as the endangered American Crocodile. There are plenty of crocodiles along this river, so prepare your cameras to take snapshots. You will later take a break, during which you will enjoy a traditional Jamaican lunch. Following lunch, you will journey into the western side of the island passing through the historic Bamboo Avenue, a true masterpiece of nature. After this, you will head over to a nature-based attraction, YS Falls, where you will have the opportunity to explore the amazing waterfalls which are engulfed by lush botanical greenery and magnificent trees. It will be here that you can change into your swimwear before taking a dive into the crisp waterfalls and enjoying the splendor of this 120-foot wonder.

Appleton Rum Factory and Black River Safari Tour

4. Appleton Rum Factory and Black River Safari Tour

Embark on an enriching journey through Jamaica's history and natural beauty with our Appleton Rum Factory and Black River Safari Tour. Begin your adventure at the historic Appleton Estate Rum Factory, where you'll delve into the fascinating world of rum production. Learn about the centuries-old process of crafting Jamaica's signature spirit, from the harvesting of sugarcane to the distillation and aging of rum. Explore the distillery facilities, marveling at the copper pot stills and oak barrels used to create Appleton's renowned rums. Sample a selection of premium blends, savoring the complex flavors and aromas that make Jamaican rum so distinctive. After your rum tasting experience, journey into the heart of Jamaica's south coast for a Black River Safari. Board a comfortable pontoon boat and cruise along the tranquil waters of the Black River, Jamaica's longest navigable river. Keep your camera ready as you glide past lush mangroves and spot native wildlife, including crocodiles sunning themselves on the riverbanks and vibrant bird species soaring overhead. Learn about the importance of preserving this unique ecosystem and the efforts being made to protect its biodiversity. Throughout your tour, knowledgeable guides will provide insightful commentary, sharing fascinating facts and stories about Jamaica's history, culture, and natural heritage. Whether you're a rum enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply curious about Jamaica's rich heritage, our Appleton Rum Factory and Black River Safari Tour offers something for everyone to enjoy. Book your tour today and embark on an unforgettable journey through the sights, sounds, and flavors of Jamaica. From the rum-filled halls of the Appleton Estate to the tranquil waters of the Black River, this tour promises an immersive and memorable experience in the heart of the Caribbean.

Black River Safari Tour from Montego Bay

5. Black River Safari Tour from Montego Bay

Enjoy a 6-hour tour by comfortable motorboat up Jamaica's longest navigable river, through Jamaica's largest wetland area, known as the Black River lower morass. You’ll be picked up at your hotel or your cruise ship pier and transferred to the boat. Learn about the area’s ecology and history from the experienced captain/guide. See many of the more than 100 bird species that have been recorded in the morass. Meet a few of the friendly crocodiles as your boat captain calls them by name. They’ll swim up to your boat and you pet them and feed them. Take in the wetlands vegetation, including different species of mangrove, palm and other plants that grow along the banks of the river. Enjoy a ride through Lovers Lane, created by the roots of the mangroves. At the end of your boat ride, you’ll return to your hotel or cruise ship.

Floyd's Pelican Bar Private Tour

6. Floyd's Pelican Bar Private Tour

Between Treasure Beach and Black River, you will be taken by a fishing boat to a rustic wooden bar built on a sandbar a quarter mile out to sea. The Pelican Bar is the perfect place to sunbathe, drink beer, swim and eat fresh fried fish. The Pelican Bar began as local fisherman Floyd Forbes dream of a bar built out to sea, resting on stilts. Large wooden planks were transported on his fishing boat. In 2001 the bar was completed, and it was named "The Pelican Bar" after the large flocks of Pelicans who rested on the sandbank. It soon became popular by locals and tourists as a place of picture-perfect serenity. Watch the beautiful sunset (weather permitting) as well as the cliff diving and listen to the Reggae Band. A perfect place to sit back, relax with a cocktail in hand. Boat ride is between 10-15 minutes but worth the travel.

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A surprising lovely day out. Robert our driver was fabulous in negotiating Jamaica's challenging roads!! He patiently waited for us- nothing was too much trouble! Ys falls was a little oasis, the falls were magnificent and very quiet. Lunch was included and really tasty. The guides at the falls are really helpful in walking you across the falls (for a tip) Zipwire a great option for $49. Lots of original pools at the falls - you could easily spend much longer here.The black river safari was far less commercialised than we anticipated - really tranquil cruise up the river- saw some firm favourites Phil, Chris and Victoria 🤣. A long day from negril but well worth it!

Our guide Rolando was basically our driver for the day. He drove us through some picturesque mountain villages / communities. The YS falls were beautiful and not busy in the slightest. We were greeted by our guide who walked us through the waterfalls and snapped a number of embarrassing photos of us! We then drove to st Elizabeth’s safari on black river and met a guide who was very knowledgeable and took us on a lovely little boat ride where we observed a lot of the wildlife including plenty of crocodiles, different birds and beautiful mangrove trees! It was a very enjoyable day and a must do if wanting to experience some of the abundant nature Jamaica has to offer!

Really nice day. Tony the driver was easy to get on with, and took care of me throughout the day. He has a lot of local knowledge to share and made the day really enjoyable. The waterfalls were amazing and the river safari was great to see crocs and birds… the guide gave a lot of interesting info pointing out the plants and birds.

Martin was very helpful and professional, he didn't let us miss anything and made us relax. YS Falls are beautiful (I prefer them to the more touristy Dunn's Falls). We also loved the ride on the black river and saw lots of crocodiles. I recommend it...

beautiful waterfalls with drinking, eating and swimming options and at Black River you can touch alligators while feeding.