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Green Grotto Caves and Ocho Rios Highlights

A journey into underworld charm… a speologist’s dream, a green cavern of mystery and adventure, a slice of Jamaica’s history… part of your vacation with a difference… such are the accolades that can be ascribed to the largely unexplored labyrinth of mystical underground caverns called Green Grotto Caves which is surrounded by thick vegetation and supplied with pristine waters flowing from its secret depths. Such privacy and solace were to be found in the Green Grotto Caves, that its rich history can be identified with diverse groups of people including its first inhabitants, the Arawak Indians (Tainos) who used the caves for various purposes. Proof of this is evident in the multiple fragments of pottery and artifacts that are unearthed from time to time. During the 17th Century when the English invaded the island of Jamaica, the Green Grotto Caves were used as a hideout for the Spaniards who were being driven out of the country. In the mid 20th Century, between the two world wars, they were used by smugglers running arms to Cuba. In the latter years during the Second World War, the Government of Jamaica used the entrance of the cave as a storeroom for rum in barrels. Known at various times as the Runaway Bay Caves, Cave Hall Caves, Discovery Bay Caves, Dry Harbour Caves, Hopewell Caves, Rum Caves and Dairy Caves, Green Grotto is among Jamaica’s most prominent natural attractions. Over time, the government of Jamaica has recognized the unlimited potential of this marquee of history and has placed in the ownership and operation of the Urban Development Corporation and the St Ann Development Company respectively Since that time the Green Grotto Caves has been transformed into a world class attraction winning Green Globe 21 Certification since 2003 and in 2009 achieving platinum-status certification. The central feature of this natural attraction is the large labyrinthine limestone cave with its unique rock formations, its stalactites, stalagmites and abundance of overhead ceiling pockets, and bats. Green Grotto is 1,525 metres long and 12 metres deep and is characterised by numerous chambers and light holes and a subterranean lake – the Grotto Lake – occupies its bowels. Tips Please observe the following while touring the caves: Plan your caving attire, so that you will be safe and comfortable Touring the cave without the protective headgear provided will be at your own risk Do not litter the caves Do not break off or disfigure the delicate cave formations Do not smoke in the caves Persons touring the caves must be accompanied by a tour guide Pets are not allowed on tour.

Our island of Jamaica has the best to offer. We are here to make sure you have the time of your life. By doing so we offer a tour we like to call, Ocho Rios Area Highlights/Sightseeing tour. This tour includes Fern Gully visit, Spice Mountain, a drive through the Local Village and Shaw Park look out, all of these stops are picturesque. Shaw Park look out is situated above the town of Ocho Rios; you will get to witness the great view and see the entire town all at once. On this adventure tour it gives you the chance to see how the natives live and go about their day to day activities. We will provide you with a fantastic time to fulfill your shopping fantasies. On this shopping adventure you will visit the captivating locations which Downtown Ocho Rios has to offer. Some of these locations include: Soni’s Plaza, Taj Mahal and the local Stall/Craft Market at Pineapple place. While you are indulging away in your shopping bliss; you are going to smell the amazing aroma of food in the air.