If you are planning a trip to Jamaica, there is lots you can see and do. For starters, you can make your trip really special by staying in Jamaica villas. If it is indulgence, relaxation and rejuvenation that you want, choose Jamaica villas as your accommodation option. These villas are your home away from home and combine the best of services and hospitality with all the privacy and space that only a home can provide.
Jamaica is home to some great natural wonders and Green Grotto Caves is undoubtedly one of them. Besides, these caves are well entrenched in the history of the island. Read to find out why.
Located on Jamaica’s north coast between two towns of Runaway Bay and Discovery Bay, the Green Grotto caves are named for the green algae that cover its walls. History has it that the island’s first inhabitants, the Taino people, used the caves for shelter, a fact that is substantiated by the many artefacts that have been found at the site. Further, it is believed that the Spanish sought protection in the caves when they fought the British for control of the island in 1655.
The caves also provided a perfect hideaway for runaway slaves and smugglers who ran arms to Cuba. More recently, the caves were utilized as a place to store rum. They have also been used as the backdrop for the submarine scene in the James Bond thriller, Live and Let Die. During their long history, the caves have been known by many names including Runaway Caves, Dairy Caves, Rum Caves, Hopewell Caves, and Dry Harbor Caves.
You can take a guided tour and learn about their history, geology, and plant and animal life. Jamaica is home to 21 species of bats, nine of which live in the Green Grotto Caves. The descent down 60 steps, some 37 meters, into the innermost cavern, where visitors will see a crystal-clear underground lake is the highlight of the trip.
If you are planning to visit the Green Grotto caves, you can stay in Silver Sands villas, conveniently located on Jamaica's famous North Coast, about 30 miles from the airport, midway between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. These villas also provide convenient access to some of Jamaica’s other well-known attractions such as Dunn’s River Falls, and the Dolphin’s Cove etc.