Rhodes Hall Plantation is a magnificent 18th-century estate and working fruit plantation on the coast near Negril. The beautiful and diverse terrains allow for myriad nature-based activities: explore the grounds on horseback, hike among thick banana groves and coconut palms, sunbathe on private beaches, and spot crocodiles in the mangroves.
About 8 miles (23 kilometers) up the coast from Negril, this 550-acre (223-hectare) property offers a peaceful retreat promising special encounters with nature and island culture. Ride horseback through the flowering grounds on trails that lead to crocodiles in a mangrove reserve or to the serenity of empty sandy beaches. Browse the archival photos in the great house, and spot artifacts like a rusty cannon and old cauldrons that slaves used to boil down sugar cane. As you ramble on, keep an eye out for the neon blue feathers of the resident peacocks.
All manner of tropical fruits—plantains, pineapples, mangoes, ackees, breadfruit, and avocados to name a few—grow on the grounds, which keeps the fresh juices flowing. While on a day-trip, have lunch at the restaurant, or even better, stay overnight at the on-site hotel.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Rhodes Hall Plantation is ideal for solo travelers, couples, and families with children seeking a lovely day in nature.
- Horseback riding is available for riders of all levels, from beginners to experts.
- The entrance fee includes a horseback ride. Hotel guests receive a day pass to enjoy all the plantation activities.
- Remember to pack swimwear, a towel, and sun protection.
- In addition to the hotel and restaurant, the plantation has a gift shop.
How to Get There
Rhodes Hall Plantation is just north of Bloody Bay at Green Island, about a 30-minute drive north of Negril. Inquire with your hotel about the best way to get there. If you are visiting the plantation as part of a tour, round-trip transportation from your hotel is included.
When to Get There
The plantation is open daily 7:30am to 5pm. Horseback rides depart at 9:30am and 1:30pm.
Tour Arawak Caves
Use Rhodes as a jumping-off point to explore a limestone cave once inhabited by Arawaks, the original inhabitants of Jamaica. Climb underground into the former cave home, passing sparkling stalactites and stalagmites en route to a subterranean lake. Don’t worry, the thousands of bats hanging from the ceiling won’t bite.