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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.

From Negril: YS Falls and the Pelican Bar

3. From Negril: YS Falls and the Pelican Bar

Leave your hotel behind and discover beautiful Jamaica. Nestled in a secluded valley on the less-travelled south coast, YS Falls is located on a working cattle and horse farm, the YS Estate. Set deep in the hills, this natural attraction boasts magnificent 7-tiered cascading waterfalls and an expansive wading pool fed by underground springs. Dive into the refreshing waters or relax in the cool mineral pools. Your next stop is at Floyd’s Pelican Bar, the local fishermen’s spot for relaxing with friends after a hard day of fishing. Built on a shoal over a kilometer out to sea, this bar is the ultimate place to hang with a cold beer, indulge in a seafood lunch, go snorkelling or simply take in the stunning panoramic view. Enjoy the ride as you pass seaside homes, guesthouses, and miles of sun-drenched beaches along the way.

Appleton Estate Rum Tour

4. Appleton Estate Rum Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Negril, your tour to Appleton Estate starts with the approximate 2-hour drive east along the south coast of Jamaica and into the Nassau Valley in St Elizabeth, where the estate has been making rum since 1749. When you arrive, your 45-minute guided tour will begin. Visit the distillery to see Appleton's copper pot stills, which gives the rum a distinctive flavor. Take a look inside the aging house, where the rum sits in oak barrels, some for up to 30 years. Learn about the prestigious history of Appleton Estate, one of the oldest distilleries in Jamaica, and hear about its fermentation process, during which sugar cane molasses and a special yeast culture combine with water that has been filtered naturally by limestone to create Appleton’s much-loved flavor. Next, it’s time for samples. In addition to 10 different types of Jamaican rum, try a bit of freshly pressed cane juice. Then spend a little time browsing the gift shop for souvenirs, pick up a bottle of the Appleton Estate Rums that is only sold within Jamaica, before boarding your bus back to Negril.

Shared or Private FD Appleton Rum, YS Falls & Pelican Bar

5. Shared or Private FD Appleton Rum, YS Falls & Pelican Bar

Rum, waterfalls and floating bars – this excursion has 100% Jamaica stamped all over it. A tour and tasting of the Appleton Estate rum factory gets the day off to a great start, followed by a refreshing dip in the famous YS Falls and a boat ride over to the one and only Pelican Bar. Kick off at the Appleton Estate and you'll tour the factory that produces what many consider the finest rums in Jamaica. Learn about the distillation process, juice your own cane and, of course, taste the honey-coloured rum. On to the cascading waters of the YS Falls, you'll cool off in the refreshing waterfall pools with a swim. After lunch, we board a boat and glide out to the Pelican Bar. This ramshackle hut on stilts has to be seen to be believed. Standing on glittering waters, it's probably the coolest bar in the world. Don't forget to carve your name into the wood and if you have a flag handy, bring it out to barman Floyd. With luck, you might spot dolphins too.

Ys Falls and Appleton Estate Private Tour

6. Ys Falls and Appleton Estate Private Tour

Join us on a scenic journey highlighting the rustic side of the South Coast of Jamaica to visit the Appleton Estate, home of the world renowned Appleton Rum, visit this historical Appleton Rum distillery located on the picturesque South Coast of Jamaica, take a detailed tour while your guide outline the secret behind one of the world’s best tasting rum. Sample freshly pressed sugar cane juice and “wet sugar”. Immortalize your experience at our Appleton Rum large size VX sign, and then sample different types of Jamaica rum liquors. On a tour designed for you to cherish and repeat. Then head over to Ys Falls. Having opened in 1992, YS Falls is one of Jamaica’s premier nature-based attractions offering our guests the opportunity to experience the beauty of the waterfalls, surrounded by lush gardens and magnificent trees. YS Falls is a seven-tiered waterfall, which cascades into natural pools for swimming, complemented by a natural pool. Our extensive lawns are perfect for family picnics or a day out. These are complemented by natural pools which are fed by underground and above ground springs for a refreshing swim.

From Negril: YS Falls and Black River Full Day Combo Tour

7. From Negril: YS Falls and Black River Full Day Combo Tour

Get the most out of your Jamaica experience with this fantastic bundle! Be picked up from your location in an air-conditioned vehicle by our friendly and fun drivers. During this tour, we will make three stops at Jamaica's Most Favorited Attractions: YS Falls, Black River Safari, AND Pelican Bar! Transportation & Entry Fees Included - Meals and Drinks can be purchased at additional costs from any of the three locations. This is a typical itinerary for this product Black River Jamaica Entry Fees Included! Cruise down the Black river and see alligators, tropical birds, and mangrove trees in their natural setting. Tour Provided By: Black River Safari Company YS Falls, 2 Market St. South Coast Jamaica Entry Fees Included! Set deep in the hills, this natural attraction boasts magnificent 7-tiered cascading waterfalls and an expansive wading pool fed by underground springs. Dive into the refreshing waters or relax in the cool mineral pools. Floyd's Pelican Bar, Caribbean Sea | 1/2 mi NW of Treasure Beach, Treasure Beach Jamaica Entry Fees Included! (Lunch & Drinks are Additional Costs) Built on a shoal over a kilometer out to sea, this bar is the ultimate place to hang with a cold beer, indulge in a seafood lunch, go snorkelling or simply take in the stunning panoramic view. Enjoy the ride as you pass seaside homes, guesthouses, and miles of sun-drenched beaches along the way.

Montego Bay: Floyd's Pelican Bar Private Return Transfer

8. Montego Bay: Floyd's Pelican Bar Private Return Transfer

Treat yourself to a drink at Floyd's Pelican Bar off the shore of Saint Elizabeth with a private return transfer from Montego Bay. Drive along the picturesque shoreline and board a boat to reach the bar. Relax in the laidback atmosphere and go for a swim or grab a drink and some seafood lunch. Get picked up from your accommodations in Montego Bay and meet your friendly driver for the day. Look in wonder out of your window at the breathtaking scenery of rolling mountains and picturesque coastline. Arrive at the sandbank in Saint Elizabeth and board the small fishing boat for the short trip to Floyd's Pelican Bar. Listen to the sounds of the ocean before arriving at the off-shore hut. Order a drink and let yourself totally relax. Swim in the crystal clear water, soak in the sun, and chat with the locals. Choose whether to get a lunch of fish, conch, lobster, or shrimp and head back to your accommodations when you're ready.

Montego Bay: YS Falls and Appleton Rum Private Tour by Van

9. Montego Bay: YS Falls and Appleton Rum Private Tour by Van

Take a ride through the mountains and over to Jamaica’s scenic South Coast to one of Jamaica’s most beautiful and spectacular waterfalls; the YS Falls. Nestled within a secluded valley on the less travelled South Coast, YS Falls is located on a working cattle and horse farm, the YS Estate. Set deep in the hills, this nature base attraction boasts a magnificent 7-tiered cascading waterfalls and an expansive wading pool fed by underground springs. Take a refreshing dive or just relax in the cool mineral pools. Floyd’s Pelican Bar is a local fisherman’s dream to get away with his friends for some relaxation after a hard day of fishing. This hut erected on a shoal three-quarters of a mile out at sea is the ultimate spot to hang with a cold red stripe beer, have a seafood lunch, go snorkeling or simply just take in the stunning three hundred and sixty degrees panoramic view. Enjoy a stop at the Appleton Estate where you learn how the famous rum is made and sample said rum.

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based on 8 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!

Shaldon was a great guide! Everything went great and it was well organized and timed. It makes sense to visit the NY Falls and the Pelican Bar early in the morning, because more and more tourists (groups) come from midday. Don't forget water shoes for the NY Falls. At the waterfalls, locals help you through the water. Tipping is not "obligatory", but is appreciated. Also by the boatman to the Pelican Bar. So it's good to have a few bucks in your pocket.

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.

wow! We really enjoyed this activity. Lots of tastings!