After pickup from your Negril hotel, settle in for the 50-mile (80-kilometer) drive to the St Elizabeth Parish, home of the Black River. One of Jamaica's longest rivers, this tributary eventually empties into the Caribbean Sea.
Upon arrival on the banks of the river, meet your local guide and board a pontoon boat for an hour-long cruise. As you glide through the lush tropical forest, look out for the many native species like herons and egrets that find their food in the shallows. Crocodiles favor floating among the roots in the mangrove marshes, so have your camera at the ready.
Back on solid ground, enjoy a traditional lunch of jerk pork, fish and chicken. Climb back aboard your coach will a full belly and make the half-hour drive to YS Falls. Hit the changing rooms and don your bathing suit so you can fully enjoy the splendor of these 120-foot (37-meter) falls. Cascading over 7 tiers of cliffs, the YS River pours into pools that are perfect for a refreshing dip on a hot tropical afternoon.
After swimming or relaxing by the falls, continue to Appleton Estate, approximately 25 minutes away by coach. This historic distillery is one of Jamaica's oldest, and has been producing the island's favorite rum for over 250 years. Tour the property, then see the oak barrels and copper stills that give Appleton rum its distinctive taste. Learn about the distillery's rich history and the rum-making process before tasting some yourself. Try several varieties of rums and rum liqueurs before hopping back on the coach for the return trip to Negril. Your 8-hour tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
This tour was great! Lots of crocodiles in the black river, the YS falls was neat, although strange - you basically get a guide that takes you around the falls and takes all sorts of pictures of you on your own camera. I wasn't expecting a bikini photoshoot that day but some of the pictures were actually really nice and I'm glad we did it! You couldn't really maneuver the falls without the guides' help/ I think this is better than Dunn's falls because your group gets their own guide, where at Dunn's falls you have to hold hands with a bunch of strangers! Appleton estate was great - a tour of the grounds and factory and then a rum tasting - they basically left us in a room with a bunch of bottles of rum and there was no limit to the number of tastings you could have! The tour also included lunch and all-you-can-drink rum punch at Appleton's, it was delicious! All in all it was a great day and I would do it again!
This was a really great tour, but expect it to take up the whole day. We left the hotel at 8:30 am. After about an hour and a half ride, we arrived at the black river. This tour was really fun. The guide was very knowledgeable and did a great job getting the crocs to come out and swim to the boat. He even reached over and fed one and grabbed her leg. see pics
The Appleton Rum Factory tour was very informative. The lunch was delicious and the chicken was not spicy at all. At the end they provided all you want samples of 9 different varieties of their rum, which everyone seemed to really enjoy. It was about a 2 and a half hour drive back to the hotel, so I would say it was about 10 1/2 hours total, but well worth it.
This tour was amazing!
This was an excellent excursion! It was quite the shuttle ride from Negril, but it was well worth it. I kept thinking that we didn't have enough time at the Black River and the YS Falls, but by the time you return to Negril, you are beat and it has been a full day. Our specific day lasted almost 11 hrs. The pictures and memories will be with us forever. This is a must see excursion if you want to see a wide variety of the culture Jamaica offers. Well done!
We really enjoyed this tour, it has a lot of variety and it was great value for money. Our tour guide, Ralph, was brilliant and answered lots of questions about Jamaican culture as we travelled to the first attraction. We really enjoyed the Black River boat tour. The guide was really knowledgable about the animals and plants which inhabit the area. YS falls is beautiful, we could only spend an hour there, which was enough time to check out the waterfall but you could happily spend an afternoon enjoying the different swimming pools. The Appleton Rum tour was really enjoyable and they are very generous with the free drinks which was a great way to end the tour!
This full day tour provided a great variety of experiences. The tour guide at Black River was extremely knowledgeable about the preserve and the animals and the boat ride was a great break from the beach. YS falls is gorgeous and with a picnic lunch you could easily spend half a day lounging and swimming in the falls, the cold pool and the warm pool. The tour guide at Appleton provided a great background into the history and process and their were great gifts to bring home from the shop.
This tour was amazing!
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.
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!
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!
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