Exploring Jamaica’s South Coast

When people think of places to visit in Jamaica they usually think of Montego Bay or Ocho Rios or Negril, however, if you are looking for some more off the beaten path eco or adventure tours outside of these popular resort areas, check out the following list of our Top 3 Jamaica South Coast Tours:

1. YS Falls Adventure Tour

YS Falls - Rope Swinging

YS Falls is located in YS Estate in a carefully managed ecosystem 50 miles east of Negril and 50 miles south west of Montego Bay in the ‘breadbasket’ parish of St. Elizabeth. YS Estate was originally a sugar cane farm with a factory. YS Estate was also a supplier of logwood for export to Europe. The heart of the logwood tree was used for the purpose of making dye. 

By 1887 the property had changed hands many times and was the official property of the Encumbered Estates Court in London. At the time Great Grand Uncle John Browne of the present owner, Tony Browne, had traveled from London to purchase a property in St. Ann. However upon arrival in London, that property had been sold. John Browne wanting a property with a river running through it bought YS Estate, sight unseen. Simon Browne, youngest son of Tony Browne, opened YS in 1992 to the public, living out his lifelong wish. However, Simon Browne only wanted to admit 25 persons a day, but the popularity of YS Falls exceeded that. So Simon monitored the number of visitors to ensure that the natural beauty of YS was not destroyed by inquisitive feet.

Your tour starts with a ride through Jamaica’s countryside and upon arrival you will be driven by a tractor to the falls. The fall is 120 feet and flows over seven levels. Steps are erected by the side so visitors can view the falls without getting wet. There are seven river pools on property where you can just wade or swim if you do not wish to climb the falls. For more information about this tour please visit our YS Falls Adventure Tour page.

2. Appleton Estate Rum Factory Tour


On our Appleton Estate Tour you will get a chance to experience up close how Jamaica’s legendary Appleton Estate rum has been proudly made since 1749. During this tour you will gain historical knowledge while witnessing rum production at the distillery. After you tour the manufacturing and bottling process, and learn about rum making, you can taste complimentary samples of cane juice, high wine, and all of the flavorful rums they produce. End the day with lunch and unlimited tasting of Appleton’s most famous products. The tour can be scheduled Monday through Saturday. However, the Appleton Estate Rum Factory is closed on Sunday. You can learn more on our Appleton Estate Rum Factory Tour page.

3. Black River Safari and Pelican Bar Tour


Black River is the capital of the parish of St. Elizabeth on Jamaica’s south coast and is a very popular haven for ecological tours owing to the vast swamplands and rivers which flow through the area. Discover the beauty of the hidden side of Jamaica by exploring the natural wonders and pristine white sandy beaches. 


Once you reach Black River your tour starts with a 1 1/2 hour motor boat tour, exploring Jamaica’s largest navigable river and through what is Jamaica’s largest wetland area, the Black River lower morass. This educational boat ride includes frequent sightings of wild animals. Learn all about the river’s history and wildlife and watch as your boat captain hand feeds the river’s alligators! If you are a nature lover, this is the perfect trip for you.

Following the boat tour, we will go to Floyd’s Pelican Bar, a local fisherman’s dream to get away with his friends for some relaxation after a hard day of fishing. Floyd’s Pelican bar is located on a shoal three quarters of a mile out at sea, off the shore of Parottee Bay. This is the ultimate spot to hang out with a cold Red Stripe beer or your favorite Jamaican drink, have a seafood lunch, go snorkeling or simply just take in the stunning 360 degree panoramic view. We suggest that visitors bring a sharp object or a dark marker so you can carve your name wherever you find a space on the bar to do so – yes it’s allowed! Enjoy the ride as you pass seaside homes, guesthouses and miles of sun-drenched beachfront along the way. For more information about this tour please visit our Black River Safari and Pelican Bar Tour page.


About Travel Around Jamaica Tours

Travel Around Jamaica Tours is dedicated to providing fun and affordable Jamaica adventure and sightseeing tours to all tourist destinations in Jamaica, including popular tourist destinations, such as Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Negril, and Falmouth. We guarantee 1st class, round-trip private Montego Bay airport transfers to all hotels and resorts in Jamaica, starting at $54! To learn more, visit www.travelaroundjamaica.com.