What to see in South Coast

South Coast Attractions

The south coast of Jamaica is more rustic, rural and unspoilt than the other top travel destinations on the island. It is less developed and commercial, and the region's natural attractions and sleepy villages have remained charmingly authentic. You will struggle to find glitzy resort attractions like spas, private beaches and glamorous restaurants, but the attractions of the south coast will delight those who prefer to explore off the beaten track.

The south of Jamaica boasts a trinity of best-known attractions: tours of Appleton Rum Estate, considered by many to produce the best rum in the world, attract visitors from all over the island; wildlife safaris on the Black River and into the Great Morass are very popular; and the award-winning YS Falls attraction is a big draw for those who enjoy hiking, tubing, swimming or zip-line tours over pristine waterfalls and pools. These three top attractions are often combined in package tours of the region.

Exciting outdoor activities that draw visitors to the south include swimming with dolphins, 4x4 off-road safaris, bamboo river rafting tours, and catamaran cruises. Alligator Pond is an interesting fishing village where travellers can witness the daily routines of locals, enjoy great scuba diving and snorkelling, and indulge in some nude sunbathing. The south also boasts two Jamaican Great Houses: Marshall's Pen is an 18th-century Great House and wildlife sanctuary; and Invercauld Great House, built in 1894, is a popular attraction in Black River.

Appleton Rum Estate

Appleton is considered by many to be the best rum in the world, but even for those who don't drink it this tour is interesting…

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Black River

Black River town in St Elizabeth parish still displays relics of the days when it was one of the most influential in…

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YS Falls

Trips to YS Falls are usually included in organised Black River tours, but the falls are an attraction in their own right…

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