Appleton Estate

Appleton Estate: Our most recommended tours and activities

Jamaica: Black River Safari, YS Falls, and Appleton Rum Tour

1. Jamaica: Black River Safari, YS Falls, and Appleton Rum Tour

This trip takes you to the town of Black River, where you will board a boat before traveling the longest navigable river in Jamaica. The Black River was very essential in the past when the island was a major producer of sugarcane. You will sail through the interior of the rainforest, before traveling through rural villages dotted along the coastline. You will be able to observe as you travel past exotic birds, plants, and wildlife such as the endangered American Crocodiles. There are plenty of crocodiles, so prepare your cameras to take snapshots. Soon you will be able to take a short break and enjoy a traditional Jamaican lunch, before journeying into the western side of the island passing through the historic Bamboo Avenue, a true masterpiece of nature. You will then head over to a nature-based attraction, YS Falls, which will give you the opportunity to explore the amazing waterfalls which are engulfed by lush botanical greenery and magnificent trees. You can change into your swimwear and take a dive into the crisp waterfalls, enjoying the splendor of this 120-foot-high marvel. Next, you can fascinate yourself into the operations of the Appleton Distillery, which has been producing the world-renowned Appleton Rum for decades.

From Montego Bay: Appleton Estate & Pelican Bar Private Trip

2. From Montego Bay: Appleton Estate & Pelican Bar Private Trip

Enjoy a scenic 2-21/2 hrs. drive through mountains and along the picturesque shoreline to the Appleton Estate. Walk into this modern world class facility where you get your tickets, complimentary drinks of your choice, sit, relax, and enjoy the ambience of the facility while waiting on your tour to begin. After being introduced to your tour guide, you will be escorted to a mini theater to watch a short documentary on the entire estate's history and rum production, after which your walking tour will begin. You will step out of the theater and step back into time as you are shown the old ways of how the estate operated back in the 18th century. You will meet Paz the donkey who operate the mill, then taken to the sugar cane station where you learn about the growing and the different types of sugar cane plant. You will also sample the sugar cane, sugar cane juice and molasses at the molasses station and learn of its benefits after which you will be taken into the factory where the modern production takes place. A tour of the aging house is next after which you are taken back inside the main building for a lesson on the different types of rum and get to sample them which brings the tour to an end and then you can do some shopping in the gift shop. Your second tour begins with a 40 minutes' drive from the Appleton Estate through the town of Black River to the community of Parotee to get to the Pelican Bar. Upon on arriving, you will purchase your tickets for the boat ride and board a local boat on the beach for a few minutes ride to the bar located on a sand bank in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. There you will enjoy total relaxation in a laid-back atmosphere where you can swim, sunbathe, drink beers and enjoy a sea food lunch of fish, conch, lobster or shrimp done any style. Your tour comes to an end when you've had enough fun and is ready to start your journey back to your hotel.

YS Falls & Appleton Estate Rum Tour from Montego Bay

3. YS Falls & Appleton Estate Rum Tour from Montego Bay

Your first stop on this small-group tour is YS Falls, where you’ll marvel at the 7-tiered waterfall, enjoy the thrill of a zip-line tour, and tube down the river. Once you arrive you can to explore the falls, swim in a spring-fed pool, enjoy the well-manicured picnic grounds, or shop for souvenirs in the gift shop. Next stop on this 7-hour is a journey through time at the legendary Appleton Estate Rum distillery located on Jamaica’s south coast. Experience firsthand the historic production process that begins with extracting juice from sugar cane. See the unique distillation process that takes place in 200-year-old pot stills and visit the barrel houses, where rums are aged to perfection. Your tour, which is designed for a group of up to 4 persons, is customizable and the tour operator will work with you to ensure that you make the most of your day’s excursion.

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What people are saying about Appleton Estate

Overall rating

3.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

It was a great day for us. The Appleton Estate is closed on Sunday and Monday, so we didn’t get to go into the estate. Getting there was long winding roads going thru several towns. The driver was so great. He gave us the information about each town and the communities. It was fantastic. The highlight was getting on the boat to the Pelican Bar. What a cool place in the middle of the Sea. We had a great time and would definitely recommend this tour and this driver. He is fantastic!

The tour guide was great. She was funny and very knowledgeable. As for the tour, if you get any motion sickness make sure you take medicine because the roads are very narrow and winding. The driver was navigated them very skillfully.