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Green Grotto Caves
Green Grotto Caves

Green Grotto Caves

A3 Highway, Discovery Bay, JMCAN10

The Basics

Named after the glistening green algae that lines the cave walls, the grotto is filled with stalactites and stalagmites. Guided tours take you through a network of caverns that stretch over 64 acres (25.9 hectares), during which you’ll learn about the caves’ geological and historical significance. Visit the caves as part of a half- or full-day tour from Falmouth or Ocho Rios, which sometimes include a stop at Dunn’s River Falls and lunch.

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Green Grotto Caves plus Dunn's River Falls Combo
Green Grotto Caves plus Dunn's River Falls Combo
star-4.5
$145.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A terrific combination for those staying in Montego Bay
This is a great combination of activities. If you're coming from Montego Bay, I recommend you bundle them since both are a meaningful distance and they're fairly close to one-another (so no backtracking). Dunn's River Falls is exhilarating and a highlight of any trip to Jamaica while the Green Grotto Caves was truly unique and filled with interesting historical and ecological information. The transportation was smooth and pleasant.
Mark_T, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Ocho Rios

star-5
Fascinating experience
Elizabeth_M, Nov 2020
Green Grotto Caves Excursion from Ocho Rios
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the green grotto caves. Our guide was so informative and funny too. The history of the caves is fascinating. We learned a lot.
star-5
Amazing natural experience
Kathy V, Jun 2018
Green Grotto Caves Excursion from Ocho Rios
The green grotto caves are certainly a place you do not want to miss. The 45 minute tour allows you to not only see spectacular things but also learn about Jamaican history. Our guide was amazing and very funny as well as knowledgeable and informative. I can not remember his name but it started with an O and he was an amazing 6 foot 4 tall. I would certainly recommend that if you are in the area., you do not miss this spectacular tour! My 18! year old son and I loved it!
star-5
Must do
Sarah_L, Mar 2021
Green Grotto Caves plus Dunn's River Falls Combo
The driver was amazing, kind, and knowledgeable about local culture and history. The tour guides were excellent and fun. Must see if you are in Jamaica.
star-5
Worth the $$$
Ashley_J, Feb 2020
Green Grotto Caves from Montego Bay
It was an amazing experience! Our tour guide was knowledgeable, energetic & funny! Would def recommend!
star-5
CAVES!!!!!
Adventure23459674152, Jan 2020
Private transportation from Montego Bay to Green Grotto Caves Attraction
We loved this tour. The green grotto caves were one of the activities that we were looking forward to our entire trip in Jamaica and we were not disappointed. Our driver was great!! He got us there on time. He hopped into pictures. Talked to us the entire way there and back about the culture and life in Jamaica. Our tour guide in the cave was GREAT! he made it fun, we laughed ALOT, who knew being in a cave would be so much fun. There's a lot of history to learn and its definitely a must go see the beauty and history behind these caves. I definitely recommend. My family we were a big group! size 8! AND it felt very personalized! loved this

Things to Know Before You Go

  • You must pay admission and enter with a guide; children enter for half price and admission fees are included in most tour packages.

  • Look out for little bats as well as the hidden, crystal-clear lake made famous by the James Bond movie Live and Let Die in 1973.

  • Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes as the floors can be uneven and slippery.

  • Photos and recordings are prohibited inside the caves.

  • There are snacks and souvenirs for sale on-site.

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How to Get There

The Green Grotto Caves are located right off the A1 road in Falmouth, on Jamaica’s north coast, just west of Ocho Rios and close to Discovery Bay. Because you must have a guide to visit the caves, most people visit as part of a tour that includes round-trip transportation.

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When to Get There

The cave is open daily all year round—including on public holidays—from morning through to the late afternoon. Visit early for a quieter experience.

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The Caves’ Long History

The caves were originally occupied by the native Taínos, and you’ll be able to see some of their paintings, tools, and pottery fragments at the site. Then the Spanish colonized the cave, hiding from the invading British in 1655; some even used the tunnel linking the caves to Runaway Bay to flee to Cuba. Escaped enslaved people have also used the cave to hide and, during WWII, rum runners stored their booze-filled barrels here for safekeeping.

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