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  • Location:Negril, Jamaica
  • Duration:6-8 hours

Best Black River, YS Falls and Appleton Rum Estate Day Trip from Negril

While Negril’s beaches are undeniably gorgeous, there’s more natural beauty to be found in Jamaica in addition to white-sand shores — discover the delights of the island’s less-visited St Elizabeth parish on this activity-filled day trip! You’ll take a boat ride down the Black River, looking for native birds, alligators and other wildlife; go for a swim at the bottom of YS Falls; and tour one of the country’s oldest rum distilleries, Appleton Estate, where tastings await. Lunch and hotel transport are included.


  • Day trip from Negril to the attractions of southwestern Jamaica
  • Explore the Black River by boat
  • Soak up the lush landscape and enjoy a refreshing swim at YS Falls
  • Soak up the lush, tropical landscape and enjoy a refreshing swim at YS Falls
  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Appleton Estate, one of Jamaica’s oldest and most esteemed rum distilleries
  • Enjoy a typical Jamaican lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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Best Black River, YS Falls and Appleton Rum Estate Day Trip from Negril

Black River, YS Falls and Appleton Rum Estate Day Trip from Negril

Your tour starts with hotel pickup in Negril by comfortable coach for the 50-mile (80-km) drive southeast to the parish of St Elizabeth, where the Black River — one of Jamaica’s longest — flows toward the Caribbean Sea.

Upon arrival, hop aboard a pontoon boat with your local guide for your 1-hour journey along the slow-moving river, bordered on both sides by trees, bushes and other vegetation that create a lush, tropical setting. Watch for native birds like herons and egrets, and as you cruise past the mangrove marshes, keep an eye out for the river’s most notorious inhabitants — crocodiles!

After your boat ride, enjoy a traditional Jamaican lunch of chicken, fish or pork before making the 30-minute drive north to YS Falls. When you arrive at the 120-foot (37-meter) waterfall, where water from the YS River pours down seven tiers of cliffs, use the changing rooms to put on your swimsuit, and then you’re free to enjoy the falls however you wish. Take a dip in the cool waters, walk along the river pathway or just relax on the riverbank and enjoy the scene.

Finally, return to your coach for the 25-minute drive to your last destination, Appleton Estate, one of Jamaica’s oldest distilleries, which has been producing high-quality rum for more than 250 years. Tour the property to see Appleton's copper pot stills, which give the rum a distinctive flavor, and get a look at the oak barrels, where some of the premium rums age for up to 30 years. You’ll also learn about Appleton’s prestigious history and fermentation process, during which water naturally filtered by limestone is combined with sugar cane molasses and a special yeast culture, which results in its much-lauded flavor.

Once you’ve discovered how and where Appleton rum is made, enjoy a tasting! Try different types of Jamaican rums and rum liqueurs, and then head back to Negril, where your tour ends with hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great Day. It is long though, bring a snack and water since the Appleton factory is last. There were only four of us booked that day, we had a great driver Scott and a super guideRalph who was very knowledgeable. I would recommend this as long as you can take lots of driving time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Dispite the long bus ride all three places were fun and inviting! We went to YS Falls in the past and were happy that they did not have drought conditions! We loved the Black River tour along with the Appleton Rum Plant!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Amazing service from Ralph our tour guide and as an added bonus we got to hold a baby crocodile at the black river Safari tour! The unlimited rum samples ended the tour with a bang! Definitely worth the trip can't wait to return to Jamaica!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

It was great. Not a lot of time at YS falls. Otherwiseit was amazing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour was great. We got to see the real jamaica. The ride was a bit long but the sightseeing was worth it. The lunch we got was amazing. I enjoyed the experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Amazing trip, awesome views and everything.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Excellent tour I love only to short in ys falls .guide was awesome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

My wife and I really enjoyed this tour! The guide was super nice! Like most people said, wish there was more time at YS Falls bc it was beautiful but all 3 stops were really fun!

Thomas C
United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Excellent tour! Lots of fun. A must do for anyone visiting Jamaica.

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