A short guide to Falmouth

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From the middle of the 17th century until the 1960’s Jamaica has been under British rule, and even today the heritage of British colonial times is quite obvious in Jamaica. While that doesn’t mean that the local culture isn’t powerful, fascinating and unique, there are lots of places in Jamaica where you feel like you’re in a tropical version of a small town in the UK. Falmouth is one of these places, which at a cursory glance look like a very well preserved Georgian town. Falmouth is a great destination for anyone who wants to see as much as possible of Jamaica, and it is worth spending a few days in this charming city. Even if you only have time for a day trip, Falmouth is guaranteed not to disappoint you! Here is a short guide to Falmouth for those who are curious about what they can expect here.

History

Falmouth was founded in the 18th century by an Englishman, Thomas Reid, who planned it meticulously so as to become a successful market and port town back in the days when Jamaica was the largest exporter of sugar in the world. This is why the town is so organized, with streets arranged neatly in grids, and public buildings in strategic places – it was all thought out before Falmouth was built. The town even had water piping before cities like New York! The historic heritage of Falmouth is extremely rich, and there are loads of buildings that date back to the town’s earliest days. If you’re interested in early Jamaican architecture, then Falmouth is a real treasure trove.

Accommodation

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Falmouth is not a very touristy city, and many people prefer to see it on a day trip from Montego Bay. But staying in Falmouth definitely has its advantages, especially if you are not in the mood to mingle with the tourist crowds. The city is pleasant and very scenic, and the attractions are too many to see in one day! There are a couple of luxury all-inclusive resorts in Falmouth, like the N-Resort All Inclusive for Adults, or the Breezes Trelawny Resort and Spa, but if you want to stick to more modest accommodation you can stay at a friendly bed and breakfast (Yvonne and Can B&B is a great choice) or a villa (Villa Victoria Jamaica is a good option).

Dining

If you want to dine on traditional Jamaican food right on the beach, try Time’n Place, a great little restaurant on the beachfront, where you can enjoy delicious local fare like jerk chicken and fresh grilled fish. For excellent atmosphere, affordable prices and awesome food on the beach you can try the Rock Wharf Grill. For seafood, check out Leon’s Lobster Hut, which makes some of the best lobster in Jamaica.

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