The opening of the new pier in Falmouth and the exciting response of the visitors on arrival Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas has shifted focus on this historic town which has much to offer its guests
There are many places of interest in Jamaica and one of them is Falmouth on the scenic north coast of the island. In fact most resort towns are on the north coast or within easy distance of day trips from it so if you are planning a visit to the island, you can consider setting base in any of the several Jamaica villas and cottages located here.
Here are some places of interest in and around Falmouth which you can visit.
The old courthouse: Erected in 1815, this is a beautiful building with Georgian design. You can appreciate the well proportioned vertical and horizontal grads crossing the building as also fanlights, shingled walls and jalousies. The courthouse was razed by fire in 1926 but was later rebuilt. It numbered among the first official buildings in the town.
Old town: You can also visit the historic Town of Falmouth and see the 18th century architecture. The old town is really lively and you can talk to the locals here to know more about its background and the culture.
Falmouth parish church: Built in 1795, the Falmouth Parish Church is the oldest public building in the town. Constructed in brick and stone, the Church is a good example of vernacular architecture derived from classical forms. It is today one of the largest Anglican churches in the island. The highlights of the church architecture are the four massive and monumental timber columns that support the roof. The monuments on the interior walls of the Church date from the early nineteenth century.
Good Hope Plantation: Jamaica is famous for its plantations and one of them is the Good Hope Plantation. This coconut and cattle plantation is best explored on horseback. This beautifully restored plantation traces its history from the 18th century. The main attraction here is the 18th century Great House named Good Hope. Located on 2,000 acres 600' above sea level, the house is set against the dramatic blue–gray mountains and is renowned for its exquisite gardens and country trails. The road up from Falmouth winds its way by 200–year–old stone fences past fields and orchards, cattle and horses, a living testimony to an era of grace and gentility.
Luminous Lagoon: The Luminous Lagoon is home to one of the world's largest concentrations of bio–luminescent micro–organisms that give the water its ethereal quality. This lagoon is surrounded by mangroves. It is best to plan your trip at dusk and then enjoy a boat ride on the lagoon. The microscopic organisms emit a phosphorescent light when the water is agitated. If you wish, you can swim in the luminous waters as well.
Those who wish to disembark from the cruise ships can consider staying in Jamaica rental communities such as Silver Sands Villas that offer a wonderful combination of great services, affordable rates and all modern amenities required for a comfortable stay.