At the Appleton Rum Estate near the village of Maggoty, a resident donkey demonstrates how sugar cane used to be crushed by turning the teeth of a mill. The estate?s vast acreage is still planted with sugar cane, and visitors are shown how it is harvested, crushed, fermented, distilled and aged in handmade oak barrels. Then blending is explained, before the bottling is demonstrated. You can end your visit at the tavern to sample the estate?s rums and liqueurs and they hope you will buy some to take home with you..
You can book a tour from someone in Black River or drive there yourself. Which ever you choose don't miss going to the YS Falls. It is a lovely place to relax, do some swimming, or look at the birds.
This is one of the few places in Jamaica that you can visit with out being hassled. The property is privately owned and not allowed here.
You park your car at the car park or get off the tour bus and then get on a tractor pulled jitney and taken back to a grassy area where there is a picnic area and a tree house. This is a good area to sit and observe the birdlife. The falls are surrounded by towering trees, ginger, and orchids.
Be sure to take one of the 2 hour river tours. You will pass by the mangroves where you will catch a glimpse of a saltwater crocodile. You may also see jacanas, egrets, and osprey's. As you go down the river you will be told of the history of the area and they will probably feed one of their favorite crocs. Be sure to keep your hands inside the boat!
We had been told that we shouldn't drive around Jamaica on our own but we did. We rented a car at the airport and drove across the island to the south side. We had no problems at all until we went to turn the car back in and someone said we had an accident while driving it.
Luckily , we learned long ago to take before and after pictures of the cars we rent to show the insurance company if there is a question.
A fun thing to do in Jamaica is to go river rafting. There are many places to do this and many kinds of rafts to do it on. We went down a small inlet in back of the Black river. It was very calm and the raft was built to hold 4 people, just what we needed.
Parottee Ponds. Located southeast of Black River along the coast, these large salt ponds are one of the best places in Jamaica to see waterfowl and shorebirds like plovers, sandpipers, pelicans, terns, and frigatebirds.
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