Martha Brae River
White-water enthusiasts can leave their need for speed behind—rafting tours on the Martha Brae River float along on island time. Float down river on a traditional bamboo raft and admire the surrounding wildlife, as a raft captain paddles and steers. Or combine a rafting trip with visits to the Luminous Lagoon—flush with bioluminescent phytoplankton—or the climbing course and natural water slide at Dunn’s River Falls. Most guided tours include refreshments, lunch, and round-trip transportation.
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Things to Know Before You Go
The Martha Brae River is a must-see for nature lovers.
The disembarkation area offers amenities such as a restroom, lounge area, and bar.
Luminous Lagoon is best seen after dark, so plan for a late-afternoon start if you want to see both attractions in one trip.
Private Martha Brae river-rafting tours offer a romantic and personalized experience.
Stop at Miss Martha's Herb Garden before boarding your raft to learn about Caribbean traditional medicinal and culinary herbs.
How to Get There
The small coastal town of Falmouth is the closest city to the Martha Brae headwaters, located just 3 miles (4 kilometers) away. Montego Bay and Ocho Rios are each roughly an hour’s drive from Martha Brae River, but many tours include round-trip transportation for ease.
When to Get There
Jamaica’s year-round warm temperatures make it easy to plan a trip during any season, with the exception of May, October, and November, which bring rain and hurricanes. Arrive early to enjoy the waters to yourself or visit in the afternoon if you hope to combine a river raft experience with the bioluminescent lagoon.
Natural Attractions in Montego Bay
After floating down Martha Brae River, pay a visit to the nearby Dunn's River Falls or head to Doctor's Cave Beach for a spot of sunbathing. From there, you're just a boat ride away from the Montego Bay Marine Park, home to coral, mangroves, tropical fish, and more.
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