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Green Grotto Caves - Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Green Grotto Caves

Jamaica's most prominent natural attraction is the caves on the island's north coast. The huge labyrinthine limestone cave is characterized by stalactites, stalagmites, overhead ceiling pockets, numerous chambers, light holes, and in its depths a subterranean lake.

The Green Grotto Caves are Jamaica's most prominent natural attractions with visitors of international repute dating back as far as the 18th century.

Known at various times as the Runaway Bay Caves, Cave Hall Caves, Discovery Bay Caves, Dry Harbour Caves, Hopewell Caves, Rum Caves and Dairy Caves, are among Jamaica's most prominent natural attractions. They are of international repute and have been seeing visitors since the 18th century.

Situated on 25.9 hectares of the island's beautiful North Coast, the Caves are located between the resort centers of Ocho Rios and Montego Bay and are precisely 3.2 km from Discovery Bay to the west and 4 km from Runaway Bay to the east.

Green Grotto is 1,525 metres long and 12 metres deep and is characterised by numerous chambers and light holes and a subterranean lake – the Grotto Lake – occupies its bowels.

The cave is rich in history and can be identified with different groups of people. The first Jamaicans, the Arawak Indians (Tainos) found shelter in the caves initially. Proof of this is evident in the multiple fragments of pottery and adzes that are unearthed from time to time. During the period of take–over by the English, the caves were used as a hideout for the Spaniards who were being driven out of the country.

The caves can also be identified with that period between the two world wars where they were used by smugglers running arms to Cuba. In the latter years during the Second World War, the Government of Jamaica used the entrance of the cave as a storeroom for rum in barrels. In the 1960's Green Grotto Caves fell into the possession of the Kirkner family. Today, they are owned by the Urban Development Corporation and operated by the St Ann Development Company and the attraction is being developed to include a nature park and reserve.

Opening Hours: Daily 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Green Grotto Caves Sightseeing Tours and Shore Excursions

Ocho Rios Bay

Ocho Rios Full Day Tour

  • Dunns River Falls
  • Green Grotto Cave
  • Lunch at Ocho Rios Jerk Chicken & Pork Center
  • Fern Gully and Ocean on the Ridge
  • Duty Free Shopping

Duration: 6:30 Hours

Booking Enquiry or Call: +1876 359 9023

Green Grotto Cave

Green Grotto Cave and Shopping Tour

  • Green Grotto Caves
  • Duty Free Shopping
  • Craft Market Shopping

Duration: 4:00 Hours

Booking Enquiry or Call: +1876 359 9023

Dunns River Falls

Green Grotto Cave and Dunns River Falls Tour

  • Dunns River Falls
  • Green Grotto Cave
  • Duty Free Shopping
  • Optional Craft Market Shopping

Duration: 4:30 Hours

Booking Enquiry or Call: +1876 359 9023

Ocho Rios Beach

Green Grotto Cave and Beach Tour

  • Green Grotto Cave
  • Relax on one of Jamaica's beaches
  • Duty Free Shopping
  • Optional Craft Market Shopping

Duration: 4:30 Hours

Booking Enquiry or Call: +1876 359 9023

Green Grotto Cave

Green Grotto Cave and Scenic Tour

  • Green Grotto Cave
  • Fern Gully
  • Ocean on the Ridge
  • Ocho Rios Town

Duration: 4:00 Hours

Booking Enquiry or Call: +1876 359 9023

 

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