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

1. 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.

Appleton Estate Rum Tour: Full Day from Montego Bay

2. Appleton Estate Rum Tour: Full Day from Montego Bay

Head out on a fantastic full-day excursion to the Appleton Estate and Distillery on the south coast of Jamaica, where they’ve been hand-crafting rums since 1749. Appleton produces a wide variety of aged rums, as well as the standard golds and whites. Located in the heart of the country's sugar cane belt, it is the oldest sugar estate and distillery in Jamaica. Sugar cane on the estate is harvested both by machine and in the old-fashioned way, with men wielding machetes. The Appleton Rum Estate parent company also produces the popular Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum. On the tour you’ll gain a unique insight into part of Jamaica's history and rich, complex culture. Experience firsthand the historic production process of Appleton Estate rums. See some of the earliest methods of extracting juice from sugarcane, learn about the unique distillation process in the company’s 200-year-old-pot stills, and visit one of the barrel houses, where the rums age to perfection. By the end of the rum tour and having tasted the products you’ll have a better understanding why Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum is the finest in the world. Our dedicated driver will meet you at the agreed-upon location and accompany you to the activity. Following the conclusion of your adventure, our driver will ensure a safe return to your original pick-up point.

Shared or Private FD Appleton Rum, YS Falls & Pelican Bar

3. Shared or Private FD Appleton Rum, YS Falls & Pelican Bar

Rum, waterfalls and floating bars – this excursion has 100% Jamaica stamped all over it. A tour and tasting of the Appleton Estate rum factory gets the day off to a great start, followed by a refreshing dip in the famous YS Falls and a boat ride over to the one and only Pelican Bar. Kick off at the Appleton Estate and you'll tour the factory that produces what many consider the finest rums in Jamaica. Learn about the distillation process, juice your own cane and, of course, taste the honey-coloured rum. On to the cascading waters of the YS Falls, you'll cool off in the refreshing waterfall pools with a swim. After lunch, we board a boat and glide out to the Pelican Bar. This ramshackle hut on stilts has to be seen to be believed. Standing on glittering waters, it's probably the coolest bar in the world. Don't forget to carve your name into the wood and if you have a flag handy, bring it out to barman Floyd. With luck, you might spot dolphins too.

From Montego Bay: Appleton Estate & Pelican Bar Private Trip

4. From Montego Bay: Appleton Estate & Pelican Bar Private Trip

Enjoy a scenic 2-21/2 hrs. drive through mountains and along the picturesque shoreline to the Appleton Estate. Walk into this modern world class facility where you get your tickets, complimentary drinks of your choice, sit, relax, and enjoy the ambience of the facility while waiting on your tour to begin. After being introduced to your tour guide, you will be escorted to a mini theater to watch a short documentary on the entire estate's history and rum production, after which your walking tour will begin. You will step out of the theater and step back into time as you are shown the old ways of how the estate operated back in the 18th century. You will meet Paz the donkey who operate the mill, then taken to the sugar cane station where you learn about the growing and the different types of sugar cane plant. You will also sample the sugar cane, sugar cane juice and molasses at the molasses station and learn of its benefits after which you will be taken into the factory where the modern production takes place. A tour of the aging house is next after which you are taken back inside the main building for a lesson on the different types of rum and get to sample them which brings the tour to an end and then you can do some shopping in the gift shop. Your second tour begins with a 40 minutes' drive from the Appleton Estate through the town of Black River to the community of Parotee to get to the Pelican Bar. Upon on arriving, you will purchase your tickets for the boat ride and board a local boat on the beach for a few minutes ride to the bar located on a sand bank in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. There you will enjoy total relaxation in a laid-back atmosphere where you can swim, sunbathe, drink beers and enjoy a sea food lunch of fish, conch, lobster or shrimp done any style. Your tour comes to an end when you've had enough fun and is ready to start your journey back to your hotel.

Ys Falls and Appleton Estate Private Tour

5. Ys Falls and Appleton Estate Private Tour

Join us on a scenic journey highlighting the rustic side of the South Coast of Jamaica to visit the Appleton Estate, home of the world renowned Appleton Rum, visit this historical Appleton Rum distillery located on the picturesque South Coast of Jamaica, take a detailed tour while your guide outline the secret behind one of the world’s best tasting rum. Sample freshly pressed sugar cane juice and “wet sugar”. Immortalize your experience at our Appleton Rum large size VX sign, and then sample different types of Jamaica rum liquors. On a tour designed for you to cherish and repeat. Then head over to Ys Falls. Having opened in 1992, YS Falls is one of Jamaica’s premier nature-based attractions offering our guests the opportunity to experience the beauty of the waterfalls, surrounded by lush gardens and magnificent trees. YS Falls is a seven-tiered waterfall, which cascades into natural pools for swimming, complemented by a natural pool. Our extensive lawns are perfect for family picnics or a day out. These are complemented by natural pools which are fed by underground and above ground springs for a refreshing swim.

From Negril: YS Falls and the Pelican Bar

6. From Negril: YS Falls and the Pelican Bar

Leave your hotel behind and discover beautiful Jamaica. Nestled in a secluded valley on the less-travelled south coast, YS Falls is located on a working cattle and horse farm, the YS Estate. Set deep in the hills, this natural attraction boasts magnificent 7-tiered cascading waterfalls and an expansive wading pool fed by underground springs. Dive into the refreshing waters or relax in the cool mineral pools. Your next stop is at Floyd’s Pelican Bar, the local fishermen’s spot for relaxing with friends after a hard day of fishing. Built on a shoal over a kilometer out to sea, this bar is the ultimate place to hang with a cold beer, indulge in a seafood lunch, go snorkelling or simply take in the stunning panoramic view. Enjoy the ride as you pass seaside homes, guesthouses, and miles of sun-drenched beaches along the way.

Appleton Rum Factory and Black River Safari Tour

7. 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.

Appleton Estate Rum Tour

8. Appleton Estate Rum Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Negril, your tour to Appleton Estate starts with the approximate 2-hour drive east along the south coast of Jamaica and into the Nassau Valley in St Elizabeth, where the estate has been making rum since 1749. When you arrive, your 45-minute guided tour will begin. Visit the distillery to see Appleton's copper pot stills, which gives the rum a distinctive flavor. Take a look inside the aging house, where the rum sits in oak barrels, some for up to 30 years. Learn about the prestigious history of Appleton Estate, one of the oldest distilleries in Jamaica, and hear about its fermentation process, during which sugar cane molasses and a special yeast culture combine with water that has been filtered naturally by limestone to create Appleton’s much-loved flavor. Next, it’s time for samples. In addition to 10 different types of Jamaican rum, try a bit of freshly pressed cane juice. Then spend a little time browsing the gift shop for souvenirs, pick up a bottle of the Appleton Estate Rums that is only sold within Jamaica, before boarding your bus back to Negril.

Montego Bay: YS Falls and Appleton Rum Private Tour by Van

9. Montego Bay: YS Falls and Appleton Rum Private Tour by Van

Take a ride through the mountains and over to Jamaica’s scenic South Coast to one of Jamaica’s most beautiful and spectacular waterfalls; the YS Falls. Nestled within a secluded valley on the less travelled South Coast, YS Falls is located on a working cattle and horse farm, the YS Estate. Set deep in the hills, this nature base attraction boasts a magnificent 7-tiered cascading waterfalls and an expansive wading pool fed by underground springs. Take a refreshing dive or just relax in the cool mineral pools. Floyd’s Pelican Bar is a local fisherman’s dream to get away with his friends for some relaxation after a hard day of fishing. This hut erected on a shoal three-quarters of a mile out at sea is the ultimate spot to hang with a cold red stripe beer, have a seafood lunch, go snorkeling or simply just take in the stunning three hundred and sixty degrees panoramic view. Enjoy a stop at the Appleton Estate where you learn how the famous rum is made and sample said rum.

YS Falls & Appleton Estate Rum Tour from Montego Bay

10. YS Falls & Appleton Estate Rum Tour from Montego Bay

Your first stop on this small-group tour is YS Falls, where you’ll marvel at the 7-tiered waterfall, enjoy the thrill of a zip-line tour, and tube down the river. Once you arrive you can to explore the falls, swim in a spring-fed pool, enjoy the well-manicured picnic grounds, or shop for souvenirs in the gift shop. Next stop on this 7-hour is a journey through time at the legendary Appleton Estate Rum distillery located on Jamaica’s south coast. Experience firsthand the historic production process that begins with extracting juice from sugar cane. See the unique distillation process that takes place in 200-year-old pot stills and visit the barrel houses, where rums are aged to perfection. Your tour, which is designed for a group of up to 4 persons, is customizable and the tour operator will work with you to ensure that you make the most of your day’s excursion.

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I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Appleton Rum Estate in Jamaica with Claude as our driver. While he did not give the tour, he provided us with a safe and comfortable drive from Montego Bay to the estate. The drive itself was a scenic and enjoyable experience, as Claude pointed out various landmarks and shared interesting facts about Jamaica's history and culture. As we left Montego Bay, we passed through small towns and villages, and Claude pointed out the various types of crops being grown in the area. Upon arrival at the estate, we were greeted by our tour guide who took us on a tour of the facilities, including the distillery and aging rooms. We also had the opportunity to taste several different varieties of Appleton Rum and learn about the different flavors and aromas that are unique to each blend. If you ever get a chance to take this tour ask for Claude as he is the best and he made us feel so comfortable, when I return to Jamaica I will ask for Claude

The rum tour itself was really interesting and informative. Our Driver (Mr. Claude) however, was the main highlight. He was on time, very courteous, made sure we had everything we needed and even took time to tell us about some of the areas on the way to and from the Appleton Estate. Will definitely recommend.

Super fun excursion, and YS Falls is beautiful. Damian was an amazing tour guide- highly recommend the private tour as it gives you more flexibility and options along the way.

We had quite the adventure with Claude! He was so helpful, kind and taught us about each area we drove through. The tour itself was FANTASTIC!

All three things were great, more time would have been nice...