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Jamaica has some of the best rum in the world. The Appleton Estate Tour will give you an exclusive tour of an iconic part of Jamaica’s history and rich culture.
The Estate is located in Nassau Valley in the parish of St. Elizabeth, on Jamaica’s South Coast.
If you like rum, you will have a great time on this tour – guaranteed! The guides are very knowledgeable, funny and engaging.
Upon entering The Appleton Estate you will notice the grounds and buildings are beautiful and well maintained. First, you are taken to the reception area and offered complimentary rum punch – not the kind you get at the resorts, this is the real stuff!
Note: bottling of the rum does not take place on this property.
On this tour you will learn the historic production process of Appleton Estates’ Rums. You will see earlier methods used to remove juice from sugarcane, learn about the distillation process in their 200 year old pot stills and visit one of the Estate’s barrel houses where rums age to excellence. Throughout the tour you get to taste molasses and freshly squeezed sugar cane juice.
This tour is somewhat short. The tour ends showing you the aging process in the oak barrels.
Cash – there are two gift shops that sell Appleton products including rum, candies, polos, and gift sets
Water – consider walking with a bottle because it is hot inside the factory
Comfortable shoes – the tour involves a small amount of walking
YS Falls opened in 1992. It is a nature-based attraction offering the opportunity to experience the beauty of the waterfalls surrounded by lush gardens and magnificent trees.
There are seven waterfalls, several of which cascade into natural pools. Some areas are fairly rocky and do not allow swimming.
Lifeguards on site, indicate which areas are for swimming, however, being able to swim is a requirement. There is a natural pool, fed by underground and above ground springs, which is more suitable for children and others unable to swim.
More recent additions to the attractions at YS Falls include exhilarating canopy rides, which glide from the top of the falls to its base. These adventures are accompanied by experienced guides to take care of you along the way.
Rainy months are May and October and at this time the river generally comes down in spate and swimming may be suspended.
The Black River is one of the longest rivers in Jamaica. At a length of 53.4km (33miles). Its name refers to the darkness of the river bed caused by thick layers of decomposing vegetation. Over 100 species of birds have been recorded in the Black River morass and Crocodiles.
Enough mangrove trees, wild crocodiles and tropical plants to excite even the most stubborn of imaginations.
Visiting Floyd’s Pelican Bar in Jamaica is definitely something to brag about. Floyd’s Pelican Bar is a tiny bar made of driftwood stilted on a huge sandbar about ¾ mile out in the sea.
Floyd’s Pelican Bar is located in Parottee Bay on the South Coast of Jamaica and has to be one of the most unique places to eat and have a drink in the entire world – hands down the best bar in the Caribbean!
To get there you have to take a 20-minute boat ride to this rustic establishment in the middle of the ocean.
Once there you can sunbathe, swim in the shallow ocean water, drink a cold beer and eat some fresh lobster or fish (order food ahead of time).
Not a great swimmer? That’s okay because the water is only waist-deep.
The atmosphere at Floyd’s Pelican Bar is truly a local one.
Most times Floyd is just hanging out, drinking beer, and playing dominoes with his friends.
The décor inside is really one of a kind and very special. The inside is covered in relics from many parts of the world so do not forget to bring something personal to leave behind.
So, how did this all come about? Well, the owner of Pelican Bar – Floyd Forbes had a dream one night about a bar out at sea. With driftwood, palm fronds and coconut tree trunks driven down into the sand, Floyd’s dream became a reality in 2001 with Floyd’s Pelican Bar.
The bar’s name came about because large flocks of Pelicans rest on the sandbanks.
Please keep in mind, Floyd’s Pelican Bar is a man-made structure out in the middle of the ocean so there is no restroom – that’s where the ocean comes in handy.
Also, there is no formal dining area for you to sit and eat. It really is just a chill vibe.
On a good day, you may see stingrays swimming around and see dolphins from afar. Nature at its finest.
*Floyd’s Pelican Bar is not recommended for kids
Expect an amazing experience full of sightseeing, Historic landmarks, and great tasting food.