Jamaica is a Caribbean island enveloped with lush mountains, thick foliage, and tropical flowers. Still favoring their ancestors English rule, British customs still run strong on the island famous for jerked meats and soulful reggae. Jamaica’s beaches and waterfalls are a sun worshippers favorite, making them a big vacation destination. I found an alternative to their beaches and reggae by exploring the town of Falmouth, the newest cruise port in the country.
The Good Hope Plantation
My daughter Peyton and I chose an excursion with the cruise line to tour the Good Hope Plantation, which included a high tea. We gathered with the tour group and boarded a busy for the 20 minute ride. The plantation was located an hour from Montego Bay.
Our group was welcomed into the backyard for our high tea. While the waiters were very friendly and attentive, the food was not very tasty. The tea was just average and it was nothing like a British tea service that I have had many times.
After our lunch, we went on a guided tour of the Great House. Our guide did an excellent job as she explained the history and importance of this house. The house was built in 1755, has lovely views of the Martha Brae River and rugged Cockpit Mountains, and is settled on 2000 acres. It began as a sugar estate which was maintained by slaves. The Good Hope property was beautifully landscaped with hundreds of flowers, fruit trees, and birdlife. In fact, it is so noteworthy that fashion magazines, including Vogue, have filmed photo shoots there.
Cool and Interesting Furniture and Features
Good Hope is totally restored to its grandeur of days gone by. I thought the coolest thing there was the copper bathtub, which was the first hot water bath in the entire Caribbean. The floors, made of orange wood, were most impressive and in pristine condition. The house was adorned with welcoming pieces of furniture that made you instantly feel comfortable, despite its proper British influence.
Currently, Good Hope is farming exported citrus fruits and adventure tours are now available (though not when I visited) which featured ziplining, dune buggy and horse and buggy rides, and river tubing. Two movies have also been filmed there.
Jamaica is really high up on Caribbean cruisers list of places to visit but for me it is just an average island with delicious jerk meats and reggae legend Bob Marley’s legacy. For those of you new to eating jerk seasoning, it is typically made of twenty spices, often including scallions, allspice, and scotch bonnet peppers. Try the native Red Stripe beer along with your jerk meal.