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

Negril, Caribbean
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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.
  • 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
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. 
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It was a fun trip with a very...
, Feb 2017
It was a fun trip with a very knowledgeable guide. We were nervous about being picked up because we weren't able to call within 24 hours, but they were there without any problems.
This tour was great! Lots of...
Katherine W
, Oct 2016
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...
Chris B
, Aug 2016
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.
Great our, friendly tour guide and...
Shane C
, Jul 2016
Great our, friendly tour guide and bus driver. I left my phone on the bus after being dropped off at our hotel and this was returned to me the next morning when I met the driver at reception. The crocodiles are great to see and the trip up the river is very relaxing. The Y.S Falls are amazing and very different to the Dunn's Fall which we visited the week previous. My girlfriend and I felt that more time at the falls, maybe 90 mins instead of the given 60 would be a good change. Time spent changing before and after getting wet takes time out of this already short time here at such a beautiful place. The Appleton rum tour was shorter than expected but still great to see and sample their large variety of rums after the tour. The price was far less than what our rep quoted is also, we wish we'd tried booking through trip advisor from the start.
This was an excellent excursion! It...
Jim S
, Jun 2016
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!
The boat trip was amazing and staff...
Anthony E
, May 2016
The boat trip was amazing and staff very entertaining. Won't dry to much as wouldn't like to spoil it for anyone. Would like to have had more time at YS Falls but it did rain the entire time we was there, think it has its own micro weather system due to the mountains. Rum factory great. Great day.
Good tour if you like to take in the...
, Apr 2016
Good tour if you like to take in the local scene. The ride is very long. The scenery along the ride is awesome. The black river tour was interesting but I could have lived without it. The falls weren't crowded when we were there. We only got an hour at the falls. But they are even more beautiful in person. The included lunch was awesome. Be careful at the rum factory. I mention that because there are a lot of opportunities to sample the products. Some people don't know when enough is enough. As i mentioned before, its a long ride back to your hotel.
We really enjoyed this tour, it has...
Joanna S
, Feb 2016
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!
Black river was cool but we should...
Victor P
, Jan 2016
Black river was cool but we should have gone up the river further. We kept kept looking for crocks at the bottom that didn't come out. We switched Appleton and YS which was good because after appleton you really needed a swim.
We waited for over 2 hrs and they...
Karalee F
, Jan 2016
We waited for over 2 hrs and they never showed to pick us up for our tour and we couldn't get a hold of a real person that knew anything about our tour, only someone at a call center that wasn't able to help us at all. I will not be using this company again.

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