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Falmouth is a town in Jamaica.
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Falmouth, Jamaica is Royal Caribbean International's newest cruise port, being the first ever thematic cruise port destination. Falmouth is located in between two popular tourist destinations in Jamaica, Montego Bay and Ochos Rios. Falmouth was founded in 1769 and its waterfront district is a National Heritage Site that contains many Georgian-era buildings dating from the 1760s to 1840. In the 1800s Falmouth was known as "the wealthiest New World Port south of Charleston". It was known for its wharf, sugar, rum and coffee. They used the port to export many goods and to bring in African slaves and other fine goods to serve the colonial life of the 18th century. Falmouth was one of Jamaica's original ports and 200 years ago was one of the busiest trading ports in the Caribbean. Falmouth is located in the Trelawney Parish which was the most important region of Jamaica for the sugar and rum trade at the time. The town has a rich heritage with many historic buildings and churches.
Jamaica and Royal Caribbean have been working together in revitalizing and transforming the town of Falmouth to be the first ever historic destination. Due to hundreds of years of tropical heat and humidity, hurricanes, and neglect the town of Falmouth has seen this region of Jamaica suffer. Royal Caribbean and other agencies are working to restore Falmouth and the historical buildings to become historical attractions. It is also being transformed into a host city for the growing cruise industry. This port will accommodate many Royal Caribbean cruise ships along with the Oasis of the Seas, which is one of the world’s newest and largest cruise ships. Falmouth is the gateway to all of the best tour experiences on the north coast of Jamaica.
It is encouraged to see the town on a tram or walking tour so you can be informed by a local tourguide about all the historical things that Falmouth has to offer. Walk through the Historical District to see the 19th century Georgian architecture and learn about all of the history of the buildings from 18th century that are still intact. Visit the town squares, houses of famous historians, churches, and parks to be fully educated about all the historic events that happened in the early 18th and 19th century.
Since Falmouth is a newer cruise port, many excursions will take place just a short distance away from Falmouth. You can also book a shore excursion that will take you to beautiful beaches outside of Falmouth, in Ochos Rios or Montego Bay. Take a shore excursion where you will leave Falmouth and travel either 45 minutes to Ochos Rios or 30 minutes to Montego Bay. There you can go to beaches, snorkel, scuba dive, swim with dolphins and much more.
Good Hope Great House- located fifteen minutes outside of Falmouth. It is one of the most sought after Great houses of the 18th Century that used to be a Jamaican plantation. It contains many amazing views of the Queen of Spain Valley and Cockpit mountains. Guests can choose from the new horse and carriage ride, river tubing, ATW exploring, and other fun activities.
Dolphin Cove & Dunns River Falls- is forty five minutes outside of Falmouth in Ochos Rios. Dunns River Falls is an adventerous 600 foot waterfall that can be climbed. You can also swim with dolphins, zipline through the rainforest or Bobsled down Mystic Mountain.
Rafting on Martha Brae- Take a raft ride on a 30 foot bamboo raft that can be either romantic or adventurous down the Martha Brae River. The raft captain will guide you down, explaining some of the islands tropical scenery.
Experience the culture of Jamaica by sampling their famous cuisine. Jamaica is known for its signature dish, Jerk Pork or Chicken, and the island's naturally grown fruits. The cuisine is a mix of Western African, English, East Indian, French, and Chinese with a touch of Spanish. Falmouth is famous for its variety of jerk recipes that are cooked locally. There is over 300 variations of the jerk recipes. Try shrimp, lobster, chicken, and pork jerk to experience the signature foods of the city. Fruit goes great with your jerk foods. Sample the local fruits such as the ackee, breadfruit and star apple. Curried Goat, Callaloo and Salt-fish are also popular dishes. A popular dessert is called Blue Draws, sometimes called Duckunoos, which is a dessert brought over by the slaves of West Africa. It is a combination of sweet potatoes, coconut, bananas, vanilla, and brown sugar that is coooked into a thick puddling and tied in banana leaves and boiled.
The national beer of Jamaica is Red Stripe Beer. Ting Ginger beer is also popular.
Falmouth is home to many local merchants, artisans and local planters who have a variety of unique products to sell. You can find produce and many native products, such as local craftwork, that make great souvenirs. Many vendors offer handmade arts and crafts, jewelry and paintings, fabrics and clothing that are filled with culture and history. While you’re in the historic district of Falmouth, shopping can be done in Water Square. Famous for its shops, the Albert George Shopping and Historical Center is located in Water Square. The Trading House is also a very popular store where you can purchase authentic artwork. There are also a lot of shops and vendors at the pier and in the open market. Prices at many of these shops are negotiable and you can bargain with the vendors.
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