Green Grotto Caves Jamaica
The Green Grotto Caves in Jamaica has been traced back to the early days of the Arawak Indians who were the first inhabitants to settle on the island. The Arawak Indians (Tainos) history goes as far back as 600 A.D. The Arawak Indians used the Caves in Jamaica for various reasons and from time to time their pottery work-of-art has dug-up and surface in the caves. In the 17th Century, the Spaniards hid in the caves during their war with the British before they were driven off the island.
Green Grotto Caves Jamaica
The caves were also used during World War I and II. The caves were used as a hideout for smugglers and they were also used later by the Jamaican Government. Over the years, this natural attraction in Jamaica has had it’s fair share of name changes which includes: Dry Harbor Caves, Rum Caves, Cave Hall Caves, Runaway Bay Caves, Hopewell Caves, Discovery Bay Caves, Dairy Caves and today it’s the Green Grotto Caves.
This unique natural attraction to Jamaica is located on 25.9 acres and operated by two branch of the government which is the Urban Development Corporation and the St. Ann Development Company. These maze like limestone caves has transformed into a world class attraction that won the prestigious Green Globe 21 Certification in 2003. This certificate is an International Environmental and Social Management Certification Program design for Travel and Tourism Industry Sustainable Management Operations. When it comes to sustainability, in 2009, Green Grotto Caves in Jamaica has won the platinum certification award.
Green Grotto Caves Location
Green Grotto Caves are located between two major tourist cities on the North Coast of the island which is Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. But the actual location of Green Grotto Caves is between Discovery Bay and Runaway Bay. There are things to do in Runaway Bay and also things to do in Discovery Bay. Most visitors to these towns are there for the Caves, beaches and rich history in Jamaica.
Tours at Green Grotto Caves Jamaica
So when it comes to excursions in Jamaica, the Green Grotto Caves you definitely want to visit. The tour takes about 45 minutes and it’s perfect for the family. The Caves boast a crystal-clear underground lake. Also, as you go further into the Caves, it’s connected with nearby coastal waters which made it easier when it was used as a hideout by earlier settlers. Green Grotto Caves is also famous for the 1973 film by James Bond, “Live and Let Die.” The Green Grotto Caves is one of the main tourist attractions and things to do in Discovery Bay Jamaica and things to do in Runaway Bay Jamaica.