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Green Grotto Caves
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A 40 minute drive from the pier along the coastline provides some insights about Jamaica’s culture and lifestyle. Your guide will unfold Jamaica’s history in a lively and interactive conversation en route to the Green Grotto Caves in Discovery Bay. Located just 3 km from where Christopher Columbus landed in 1494, it is said to be the place that the Arawak (Tainos) Indians first found shelter. It was also known to be a place of refuge for runaway slaves in the 18th century. Estimated at over 5 million years, it’s the first historic cave worldwide to receive the Green Globe 21 certification, a global affiliation working with travel and tourism companies and communities to develop and maintain good environmental practices. The caves are characterized by coastal limestone and feature a series of interconnected passageways and chambers, light holes, stalactites and stalagmites, as well as two lakes.
Their most striking features are rock formations and the small ‘grotto’ lake at the innermost cavern. Take a 3/4 mile guided stroll through a maze of exquisite dripstone formations and learn about the sensitive eco-system found within and around the caves. See limestone formations that have been christened after the individuals they resemble, including Abraham Lincoln, Freddie Krueger and the cartoon character, Scooby Doo among others. Your attraction guide will also demonstrate the cave’s musical stones and be sure to toss a coin in the wishing well before your departure. A refreshing beverage is provided at the end of the tour.
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Note: Participants must be at least 4 years of age and a maximum weight of 300 lbs. This is a walking tour and visitors will be guided through areas that are paved, uneven surfaces with gravel and rocks. Visitors need to be sure footed and must be able to bend to negotiate small access ways. Slippery when wet caution signs are posted through the caves as a reminder to visitors. There are 62 steps throughout the tour. All visitors are fitted with a sanitary helmet liner and hard helmet and offered a spray of mosquito repellent prior to the start of the tour.
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Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.
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