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Black River
The Black River is one of the longest rivers in Jamaica, flowing west for 33 miles (53 kilometers) until emptying into the Caribbean Sea near Negril. Travelers explore the river and its energetic YS Falls on inflatable tubes, canoes, or kayaks surrounded by lush green jungle and mangroves.

The Basics
Adventure travelers visit the Black River and its natural swamp environment, which boasts the greatest biodiversity in the Caribbean, by tube, canoe, or kayak. Upriver at the YS Falls, one of the largest and prettiest waterfalls in Jamaica, water rushes over three levels of rocks landing in pools perfect for a refreshing dip.

A range of operators is available at the mouth of the river to set up a river tour or a crocodile safari to spot one of the hundreds of these large creatures who inhabit the mangroves. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Black River is suitable for solo travelers, couples, families with children, and nature lovers of all kinds.
  • Most boats can only travel a few miles upstream due to a low bridge obstructing the way, but some boats are able to pass under the bridge for deeper exploration. Ask your captain before you set off.
  • The river gets its name from its dark peat riverbed; the water is clear and clean and only appears black. 
  • Remember sun protection and swimwear.
 
How to Get There
The Black River is easily accessible from Negril by both taxi and rental car. Ask your hotel about the best transport to the mouth of the river where the tour operators are stationed. 

When to Get There
Any time during the year is a good time to enjoy the river; however, there are some things to take into consideration when planning: July and August are the hottest months, and the rainiest months are typically May, June, September, and October.

The Historical Town of Black River
Don’t miss the seaport town of Black River, one of the island’s oldest. Declared a Protected National Heritage District, the town has lavish wooden and stone houses of Victorian, Georgian, British colonial, and Jamaican vernacular architectural styles that flourished during the island’s lucrative logwood trade and rum and pimento booms. The Invercauld Great House, now a hotel, is just one of the fantastic buildings on High Street.
Address: Negril, Jamaica
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Half-day Tours

Black River Safari Tour from Montego Bay

Discover the Black River and rural Jamaica during this private tour from Montego Bay. After your hotel pickup, drive through the countryside and mountains and board a shaded open-air boat for unobstructed views of the Black River's bird life, crocodiles, and scenery. Hear commentary about the wildlife of Jamaica and its longest navigable river, and observe a part of the island that most visitors miss.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Ports of Call Tours

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Floyds Pelican Bar - GUIDED TOUR

A bar and restaurant in the middle of sea where you can chill and relax all day. A bar and restaurant in the middle of sea where you can chill and relax all day
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  • 60 to 600 minutes
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US$500.00
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  • 60 to 600 minutes
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Bus & Minivan Tours

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Black River Safari Tour from Montego Bay

Dwight Harvey Tours guarantee the best and most anticipated tour journey, taking on some of the top destination spots such as Black River Safari  on  the  South Coast . Visitors will get to experience their vacation of  a lifetime beginning with their professional and trained driver who ensures safety and satisfaction Expect to be gifted with decades of history, shops and amenities for vacationers as the tour goes along. Guest are number one priority,
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$63.00
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Full-day Tours

Black River Safari, YS Falls and Appleton Rum Factory Tour from Ocho Rios

Explore Jamaica's lesser-known St Elizabeth parish, home to the Black river, YS Falls and the Appleton Estate. During this12.5-hour tour from Ocho Rios, swim in the refreshing pools at the bottom of thundering YS Falls. Take a pontoon boat ride down the Black River in search of local wildlife like crocodiles, herons and egrets. Tour the Appleton Estate, where Jamaica's favorite has been produced for over two hundred years. Lunch, rum tastings and round-trip transportation from Ocho Rios hotels are included.PLEASE NOTE: The Appleton Rum Estate is currently undergoing renovations and is closed for all tours. The estate is scheduled to reopen in October 2017. 
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$150.00
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Black River and YS Falls Sightseeing Cruise from Montego Bay

Cruise down the Black River and swim in the YS Falls on this full-day tour from Montego Bay. With your local guide, explore the mangrove swamps during a trip down the longest river in Jamaica; keep your eyes open for native crocodiles in their natural habitat. Feast on a traditional Jamaican lunch, then take a rejuvenating dip in the YS Falls. This tour includes round-trip transportation from your Montego Bay hotel.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Nature & Wildlife

YS Falls plus Black River Safari from Negril

Check off two of Jamaica’s most impressive natural wonders on this full-day tour from Negril. Trek through the rainforest and cool off with a swim beneath the YS Falls, tuck into a typical Jamaican lunch, then spot wildlife such as crocodiles and egrets as you cruise along the Black River. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

Jamaican South Coast Private Sightseeing Tour

Explore the natural beauty of Jamaica's scenic South Coast during this private tour with a local guide. Stop at your choice of three local attractions: Appleton Estate, YS Falls, a pontoon boat cruise down the Black River, and Floyd's Pelican Bar. Enjoy the flexibility and personalized attention that comes with booking a private tour. Round-trip transportation in a private vehicle is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$107.00
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

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

Explore Jamaica's lesser-known St Elizabeth parish, home to the Black river, YS Falls and the Appleton Estate. During this 8-hour tour from Negril, swim in the refreshing pools at the bottom of thundering YS Falls. Take a pontoon boat ride down the Black River in search of local wildlife like crocodiles, herons and egrets. Tour the Appleton Estate, where Jamaica's favorite has been produced for over two hundred years. Lunch, rum tastings and round-trip transportation from Negril hotels are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$125.00
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Appleton Estate Rum, YS Falls and Black River Tour

From handcrafted rum and sugarcane juice to waterfalls and wild crocodiles, experience the treasures of Jamaica’s south coast all in one day on a private tour. See how the country’s most famous export is made on a tour of the Appleton Estate farm and distillery, complete with rum tastings. Cool off with a swim in the natural pools of YS Falls, and finish with a jungle safari down the Black River, known as the best place in Jamaica to spot wild crocodiles.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private South Coast Adventures - Entrance, Food & Drink Included

Spend a full day getting to know the south coast of Jamaica during this private tour from Montego Bay. With your dedicated guide and private transportation, zoom over YS falls on a zipline, take a safari boat tour along the Black River, and kick back with a cocktail at the famous Pelican Bar. This private tour ensures a flexible itinerary and plenty of attention from your guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Nature & Wildlife

YS Falls plus Black River Safari from Montego Bay and Grand Palladium

Discover the South Coast of Jamaica on a scenic tour that includes a stop at YS Falls and a pontoon boat ride on the Black River, home to crocodiles and abundant birdlife. This full-day tour includes lunch and round-trip minibus transport from Montego Bay hotels and the Grand Palladium Resort.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

Black River Safari and Y.S Falls Tour- 'Book Now' 2019

Visit the beautiful South Coast with this tour from Montego Bay. You'll take a trip along the Black River, one of the country's longest rivers, where you'll likely spot all sorts of birds and other wildlife. You’ll also stop by YS Falls, a beautiful natural attraction featuring seven waterfalls and beautiful natural pools.
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  • 1 to 5 hours
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  • 1 to 5 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private YS Falls and Black River Safari from Montego Bay and Grand Palladium

Take advantage of a flexible itinerary and personal attention from your private guide during this private tour to YS Falls. Departing from Montego Bay or the Grand Palladium, tour Jamaica's south coast in a private vehicle. Explore YS Falls and take a float down the Black River on a safari boat to see local flora and fauna. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Appleton Estate Rum and Black River Safari Tour

Experience the history, nature, and flavors of Jamaica on a private 6-hour tour from Montego Bay. Discover the rum making process at the Appleton Estate and enjoy samples along the way, including juice and molasses. After sampling a variety of rum, get up close to crocodiles and other local wildlife on an open-air boat safari through the Black River.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Black River Safari and YS Falls Tour from Negril

Combine two of the top natural attractions outside Negril—the Black River and YS Falls—on this multi-stop tour. Swim at the multi-tiered YS Falls, surrounded by lush jungle waiting to be explored. Hop on a riverboat for a cruise down Jamaica's largest river, keeping watch for crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks. Along the way, listen to commentary on the natural environment and local wildlife from your guide.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

Black river safari and Appleton estate tour

Experience Jamaica’s natural beauty and delicious rum on this combination excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel with a professional guide to the Black River, one of Jamaica’s longest waterways, and marvel at its abundant wildlife. Then, visit Jamaica’s oldest rum producer, Appleton Estates, and enjoy a tour of the property while learning about the country’s rich rum history.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$250.00
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private YS Falls and Black River Safari from Negril

Get personalized attention for your private group during this tour to Jamaica's south coast from Negril. Ride a safari boat down the Black River and visit the impressive YS Falls with your dedicated guide, which means plenty of time to ask questions. Round-trip transportation from Negril hotels is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

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Black River Safari & YS Falls (Private)

This excursion is a off the beaten part, less tourist and also it’s is very informative and beautiful scenery.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Full-day Tours

Black River Safari and YS Falls Tour from Montego Bay

Look for a crocodiles lurking beneath the surface on a Black River safari cruise. After this wild encounter, swim and splash in a natural pool created by seven different cascades at YS Falls. With a lifeguard keeping watch over the pool and included transport from Montego Bay, it's a safe and seamless way to experience Jamaica's natural attractions.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$200.00
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Nature & Wildlife

YS Falls plus Black River Safari from Falmouth

Check off two of Jamaica’s most impressive natural wonders on this full-day tour from Falmouth. Trek through the rainforest and cool off with a swim beneath the YS Falls, tuck into a typical Jamaican lunch, then spot wildlife such as crocodiles and egrets as you cruise along the Black River. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$119.98
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Appleton Estate & YS Falls Tour- 'Book Now' (2019)

*Private Tours from Montego Bay guarantee the best and most anticipated tour journey, taking on some of the top destination spots such as Appleton Estate & Y.S. Falls along the south Coast*The most affordable prices listed.*Visitors will get to experience their vacation of a lifetime beginning with their professional and trained driver who ensures safety and satisfaction at 100%. *Expect to be gifted with decades of history, shops and amenities for vacationers as the tour goes along. Guest are number one priority, hence whatever is requested shall be granted while on the tour. *Reliable, on time and guaranteed safety for a one of a kind Jamaican experience!!
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$50.00
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Nature & Wildlife

Private YS Falls and Black River Safari from Falmouth

Check off two of Jamaica’s most impressive natural wonders on this private full-day tour from Falmouth. Trek through the rainforest and cool off with a swim beneath the YS Falls, tuck into a typical Jamaican lunch (own expense), then spot wildlife such as crocodiles and egrets as you cruise along the Black River. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$330.99
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Multi-day Tours

3-Day Sightseeing Tour of Treasure Beach and Negril departing from Montego Bay

Jamaica Discovery 3-days sightseeing tour from Montego Bay to Treasure Beach and Negril is all things Jamaican with the full cast of Jamaican people – we are “a day in the life vacation” with an emphasis on showcasing the true Jamaica and its rich culture which will captivate and entertain.  Included are Appleton Estate Rum Tour, trip to Pelican Bar, Dolphin Quest & Black River Safari, visit to Rick's Cafe, Negril's Seven Mile Beach and more. “Change the World by sharing ours and we could never remain unchanged”
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  • 3 days
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US$400.00
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  • 3 days

Nature & Wildlife

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YS Falls, Black River Safari, Floyd’s Pelican Bar

Welcome to Jamaica!!!Ready to experience the REAL Jamaica? Catch A Cab N Tours is here with an experienced, local guide to provide transit and show you picturesque scenery in comfort and security. Whatever is on your bucket list, we are are here to help you cross it off!!!Lush waterfalls, secluded beaches, fresh local cuisine, 7 mile beach, hidden natural pools and more. Catch A Cab N Tours is keeping you safe and secure so you can focus on having the time of your life!Let us show you our language, food and genuine spirit. You’ll be part of the family before you know it! Your journey will start with transportation ready for you at the airport and/or your hotel.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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