"No problem maan, feel irie in Falmouth, Jamaica." Falmouth by shizzler
Falmouth Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 59 photos
One of the main reasons people visit Jamaica is to relax and enjoy the tropical sunshine and the warm Caribbean sea with white sand beaches all around the island. Falmouth is on the north coast of the island and has some fabulous beaches there and nearby. You have the private/part public beach at Breezes hotel resort & spa, if you drive along the coast to the east you have runaway bay and Ocho Rios. If you head west you'll soon arrive in Montego bay with amazing beaches.
I stayed in breezes Trelawney, just outside of Falmouth. On pulling up to the resort I thought it looked a dated hotel and needed a refurb, but once inside it was clean, had all the amenities of a newer resort and the food and restaurants was amazing. You chose from main buffet with themed nights, Jamaican al a carte, Japanese al a carte, Italian al a carte and bbq's. All of it was amazing but you have to try the Japanese for the entertainment and singing from your chefs, the food was amazing(have the snapper and beef). The steak in the Italian was great as well as the calzone. Jerk pork and chicken from Jamaican night was also great and seafood on the BBQ was awesome.
The hotel offered great amenities such as 2 large pools, with swim up bar, cold water jacuzzi, 4 hot tubs in secluded palm trees to get out of the sun, crazy golf, trapeze, tennis and football courts, arcades/mini casino, gym, spa, football (premier league and championship) on big screen, good entertainment including circus acts, live reggae bands and beach parties. You get all the normal watersports and pool activities. All non motorized watersports are included on the all inclusive. The staff in the hotel are lovely and helpful, the guests are families, couples and some groups of singles too. Expect comfy rooms, a bit dated but clean, big beds and fridge with free mini bar. If you head to the beach there's a man made island tgat you can walk to in about waist depth of water and you can relax on the recliners there and have time away from the kids and families. The beach and this island are stunning. Further down the beach you have hutts owned by locals selling local crafts, aloe Vera, beer cups (good to get to save multiple journeys for beer in small glasses from hotel) and if you're 40 or under you'll probably be offered weed. Some people seem to take offence but if you say no thanks they're fine. It's much cheaper here than hotel shops and gives money to the locals.
If you head into Falmouth, you'll see the docks where the cruise ships moor and you can look around the small, old town and see the real Jamaican lifestyle. Get a taxi guide if you are unsure of going out. They charge you a set rate and take you on foot to look around then drive you back again. Very cheap. These guys are good for excursions too, often cheaper. Get a card from the hotel or other guests so you know it's an official cab and safe.
On wednesdays they have the bend down market, called this as everything is on the ground and you must bend down to get it. This is a really good experience and be prepared to haggle a bit and get great bargains on clothes, leather goods, carvings and sculptures and arts. All the locals will point you in the right direction for the market.
If you like busy and bustling areas then Falmouth isn't for you, its more of a farming town but the locals are friendly, there's plenty of shops etc. there and with the market and club Cali just down the road from the hotel it offers plenty. Club Cali was an open air nightclub and plays varied music but mainly dancehall and reggae and is a real Jamaican club. When we were there Beenie man was playing there. Breezes hotel also has a small nightclub in the hotel and this stays open until the last person leaves.
Rumours go around that it is unsafe to travel out in Jamaica, although like anywhere in foreign travels you must keep your wits about you, I feel a lot of what people say is blown out of proportion. When you go out you will be approached from sales people and sometimes offering weed, but you say no thank you and they're fine and leave you alone. Sometimes you can get really good bargains out and about from the locals selling crafts etc. You also know you're giving money to those who need it. I didn't see any crime whilst there and if any it's opportunist crime like somebody left their camera on a bar and it got snatched. When travelling further from hotels etc. it's advised to get a taxi from your hotel or pick up a card from another guest that recommends one.
Visit Dunns river falls, where you start off on Ocho Rios beach and walk up the waterfalls to the top where you can get a drink and take in the local market. There's a route for up for those less mobile and viewing platforms for those who don't want to get wet. Approx cost £22.00
Luminous lagoon (glistening waters) takes you to a lagoon just off the beach in Falmouth. You set off in a boat with rum punch and beers, watch the sunset while floating at sea and when it gets dark you are taken to the lagoon which is 3-4 feet deep. You can jump in or watch from the boat as the water glows in the dark as people move or splash around in it. It's due to a bacteria/algi that grows in the water where the fresh meets sea water and the energy it releases omits light. This is truly amazing and a must see. There is apparently only 4 places in the world to see this. You also go past the docks where the worlds biggest cruise ships are moored, Usain Bolt's birth place and the place where they shot the scene of Roger Moore running across the crocodiles in the James Bond movie. Approx cost £25.00
Bob Marley mausaleum. You can't visit Jamaica without doing the Bob Marley tour. Through chukka tours we booked this all day excursion where you take the Zion bus, playing reggae all the way up the 2 hour drive into the mountains of St Anne's and half way up you stop off for a patty (inc in excursion price) and beer, you then continue up the mountain side until you get to the village of nine mile. This is the birth and final resting place of Bob Marley. Your guide takes you into the mausaleum and introduces you to the infamous captain crazy (you tube this guy, haa haa haaaa). You look around the original home of the reggae legend and see memorabillia and after a good look around you are taken past Bob's grandparents graves, to his mothers and finally the man himself. Capt. crazy makes the day fun although you do have to be open minded as it's an excursion by rastas. It's a spiritual experience and you get to sing and dance with the rastas while they beat the drums. You learn a lot on the bus on the way up to Bob's but captain crazy will give you many more stories on the tour. If you're open minded and a reggae fan you will simply love this tour. On the way back down you can visit the shop and buy t shirts etc. then the Zion bus takes you back to the restaurant for a traditional jerk chicken meal with rice & peas (included in the price) with refreshments and toilet stops. Your guide will give you more information about Bob and his family and other reggae artists in between reggae songs. Finally you're dropped off back to your hotel. Price approx £60.00
You must also try and visit Dolphin cove and swim with the dolphins, see the other creatures like iguanas, snakes, spiders, hermit crabs, parrotts, nurse sharks and stingrays. This is just over the road from Dunns river falls and we did the morning in Dunns river and the afternoon in Dolphin cove and both together cost us approx £70.00 pp with a touch experience with the dolphins and snorkelling with the stingrays.
Jamaica is my favourite of all places I've been to on my holidays. I'm in love with the island and I'm getting married there in 2013. It offers something for everyone from nightlife and bustling busy cities and shopping, to quiet coastal towns and villages offering a glimpse at what real Jamaican life is about. It offers some unique days out like luminous lagoon and Bob Marley tour that you simply can't do elsewhere and tropical retreats that are beautiful and worth travelling for. If you love food I believe Jamaican and west Indies food is amongst the best in the world and of course the rum helps wash it down. Blue mountain coffee is the best in the world and you can visit the plantation and factory and see it being produced. With a year round climate of around 30 degrees you can't go wrong.
There are many other excursions to do including visiting Montego bay for shopping and nightlife and Margeuritaville, Ricks cafe for food, drink, music and enjoying the Negril sunset whilst watching daredevil Jamaican cliff divers. You can go to Kingston and see the other Bob Marley museum, shop and have great nightlife. Go to the blue mountains and visit the home of blue mountain coffee, raft on the martha brae river, take a raft or boat trip down the black river and see the crocodiles and tropical birds. Visit the Appleton rum distillery, do zip whiring in the rainforest and also get into a bobsled on a rail and speed through the rainforest with tours from mystic mountain. You can take the cool runnings booze cruise and join the party on the boat, take off road safari's and plenty of other days out.
- Pros:Friendly, not far from airport, bargains, relaxing but plenty to do.
- Cons:Not much to put here.
- In a nutshell:Amazing place, chilled out but with nightlife, great food and culture.
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