In my opinion, this is the most incredible place in Jamaica. The Luminous Lagoon or Glistening waters as they are more frequently known there is a gap in the bioluminescent microorganisms that are inhabiting there. You have to visit at night when everything is dark, you take a boat and you soon realize that this gap offers something special, look at the water (it is 100% black) and it turns phosphorescent blue as you step out of the boat. What happens is that these microorganisms that live charge their energy during the day and become discharged when you touch them. It is truly spectacular and beautiful to go there to bathe and see that everything is black and watch as the silhouette water turns blue. There are only four such places in the world, one in Indonesia, one in Puerto Rico, one in Costa Rica and one in Jamaica which is the only one to produce this effect during any season.
The Port of Falmouth is in the northern coast of the island of Jamaica and has been recently renovated. In fact when I first came across it in 2007 the project was quite outdated. In fact the year after my visit in 2008 the Government approved the revitalization of this port, which was great because the it lacked the infrastructure and the increasing the number of foreign tourists every year meant that it need to be improved. Today it is a modern cruise port which receives, and will from now on, the worlds best cruise ships such as: various ships of the Royal Caribbean International as the Oasis of the Seas ( the largest ship in the world) or Pullmantur. I think it was a great idea to renew this port, making the long awaited Jamaica Puerto History
Before ending our trip to Jamaica, we spent a bit of time at the (Fisherman's Beach). It is located west of Silver Sands, the "posh area" of Duncans. Here the beach is private and available only to people who rent or buy the luxurious villas. While we were on the beach we saw some people riding horses along the seashore, this must have been something that came with the tourism. Fisherman's Beach is located below the main tourist area where there is a public beach, not too big, with no more "amenities" than a bar-snack bar, but with the charm of its Caribbean nature: finite beach and white sand, clear waters and warm turquoise blue.
We left Falmouth to go to Ocho Rios along the A-1, which runs along the coast, and after a while our driver and local guide, Mike, made a brief stop at the viewpoint so we could enjoy the magnificent views as from here you can see Rio Bueno. The view is spectacular, as the village at the bottom is surrounded by hills covered by green vegetation that contrasts with the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea. On the roadside we drank coconut water from the small van that also sold typical souvenirs. Rio Bueno is a small Jamaican village that has an historically important port, the deepest in Jamaica, and where Christopher Columbus arrived to. It has an old fort, several churches, and is the largest arts center in the north coast of Jamaica.
Martha Brae River is in the region of Trelawny, a few kilometers from the town of Falmouth and you can access a point on the river where we took a romantic bamboo boat ride which we steered ourselves. It was a fun experience.