When you arrive here you can see the lush nature surrounding Somerset Falls in Montego Bay (Jamaica), a local group encouraged the our hiking group to join in with the rhythm of a reggae tune. With just a guitar and maracas, the Rastafarians who inhabited that place welcomed us. It was time to take a breath, donning the suit and proper shoes to enter an intoxicating landscape full of raging water, lush mangroves and locals which swept out to sea in small ponds and waterfalls plummet. The experience was certainly worth it.
A curious river that flows south of Jamaica, near the town of the same name, Black River. About 500 crocodiles live here, and without a problem they will come up to the tourist boats to say hello. The striking thing about this river is the color, it's completely black as the name suggests.
We left Falmouth to go to Ocho Rios along the A-1, which runs along the coast, and after a while our driver and local guide, Mike, made a brief stop at the viewpoint so we could enjoy the magnificent views as from here you can see Rio Bueno. The view is spectacular, as the village at the bottom is surrounded by hills covered by green vegetation that contrasts with the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea. On the roadside we drank coconut water from the small van that also sold typical souvenirs. Rio Bueno is a small Jamaican village that has an historically important port, the deepest in Jamaica, and where Christopher Columbus arrived to. It has an old fort, several churches, and is the largest arts center in the north coast of Jamaica.
The Ocho Rios market is a good place to lose yourself for a while, mix with Jamaicans and incidentally do some shopping. It is in the center of Ocho Rios and you can find all kinds of crafts, as well as watch how they're made, plus you can also find all kinds of souvenirs
Martha Brae River is in the region of Trelawny, a few kilometers from the town of Falmouth and you can access a point on the river where we took a romantic bamboo boat ride which we steered ourselves. It was a fun experience.