Court House, Falmouth © Jamaica Tourist Board
The rather derelict Georgian port town of Falmouth is about 23 miles (37km) east of Montego Bay, and makes for an interesting walking tour. The centre of the town is Water Square, which features the Albert George Shopping and Historical Centre, a market full of little craft stalls that dates from 1895. Also of interest is the former residence of John Tharp, a notorious slave-owner, and the town house of rich plantation owner Edward Barrett. St Peter's Anglican Church, dating from 1795, and the William Knibb Memorial Church (a chapel built in memory of Jamaica's enthusiastic Baptist abolitionist) are also worth a look. The best way to explore this historic town is on a walking tour with one of the well-informed local guides.
Also in the area of Falmouth are a crocodile farm and the Greenwood Great House, once owned by the family of well-known poet, Elizabeth Barret Browning. Besides all these cultural attractions there are lovely beaches to roam and laze on and, for the adventurous, there are river rapids and canopy jungle tours to be enjoyed just outside of the town. The famous Jamaican attractions of Dunn's River Falls and Dolphin Cove are also good excursions to combine with a trip to Falmouth.