Entering the Green Grotto Caves is a journey into a hidden underground world. Descend into a rocky cavern and discover a huge labyrinthine limestone cave with rock chambers and light holes. The Green Grotto’s subterranean lake, of 118 feet (36 meters) deep, is a beautiful sight.
The caves are on the north coast of Jamaica, close to where explorer Columbus first landed in 1494. The underground system has an interesting history. The indigenous Taíno people once used the spot for shelter, pirates hid in its passageways and the Spanish fled here when the English invaded. In the 20th century, smugglers used the caves to transport armoury to Cuba and in World War II Jamaican rum was kept safe here. Most recently, the lake in the caves was a scene in a James Bond movie.
A 45-minute tour is a must-do and the guides are knowledgeable and entertaining. The walk includes a refreshing drink upon return. You’ll learn that the caves are called Green Grotto because of the algae lining the walls. The system of caves and tunnels is 5,000 foot (1,525 meters) long and 39 foot (12 meters) deep. Despite this, it is not a very claustrophobic experience, with plenty of room to move.
See the underground rock formations and stalactites and stalagmites. Look up at ceiling pockets and down sink holes when you follow the interweaving passageways. Kids will love the bats dangling from the rocks and the small fish darting about the pools. Visit the snack bar and gift shop if you want to browse a bit longer.
Green Grotto Caves is situated off the main coastal road, 2 miles east of Discovery Bay and 2.5 miles west of Runaway Bay. The quickest way to get there is by car, but there is limited parking, so a bus or taxi trip is an alternative. Some island tours also include a visit to the caves. Wear appropriate footwear for walking over rough surfaces. The caves are open daily. Go in on a Sunday to avoid the crowds.
Ensure you have heaps of time at Green Grotto Caves. Below are the most popular activities:
Want to know what other things there are to do at this fascinating attraction? We highly recommend purchasing a Green Grotto Cave Excursion.
For even more things to do, peruse our Discovery Bay things to do page.
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