Even though Jamaica is famous for its gorgeous beaches, delicious food and excellent reggae music. Jamaica’s natural landscape is full of beauty and thrilling adventures to be had. Have you ever thought about caving in Jamaica? I know, it’s not as popular as going to the beach, but Jamaica has amazing cave exploration.
There aren’t many caves that are permitted to be explored by tourists, so please do your research. Caving in Jamaica can be an exciting and insightful thing to do. For example, one of our well known caves is over 200,000 years old. Those responsible have done a tremendous job in both preserving and protecting the environment despite the rapid visitors.
It’s amazing to see the gaping chambers hidden from the eye of the public. Any nature lover and explorer will love it. So make sure you get your plans ready and visit these 2 amazing caves to explore in Jamaica.
- Green Grotto Caves– Beginning our list is the most popular cave of them all. Green Grotto, located on the island’s North coast, the caves are located between Montego bay and Ocho Rios. These caves are rich in history. Many years ago, the Arawak Indians known as the Tainos used the caves for various purposes. One such purpose as a place of refuge for runaway slaves in the 18th century. Artifacts and pieces of pottery have been excavated from the cave.
That’s not all, the caves have been a crucial part of significant moments in Jamaica. During the 17th century, as a hideout for the Spaniards when the English invaded the island. The caves has also been used to smuggle arms to Cuba in the mid 20th century between the two world wars. As well as a storeroom for rum in barrels during the second world war. The caves also has a beautiful grotto with exotic waters. Green Grotto has many tales to tell, interesting discoveries being made, these caves leaves much to the imagination.
- Two sisters cave– Located in Hellshire St Catherine, the two sisters cave is a twin cave system that’s believed to be over 200,000 years old. It was once thought to be a single cave. But after the 1692 earthquake that devastated the island (and sank parts of Port Royal), the roof of the cave collapsed. This left two smaller open air caves separated by a pile of rubble. The caves are underwater, both with large pristine blue water pools. It is believed that the caves are connected to other caves through underwater limestone tunnels.
It’s also believed that Tainos used the caves for ceremonial purposes but show no evidence of them living there. The theory of why the cave is called “Two sisters” is quite interesting. One theory is obviously because it’s two similar looking caves next to each other. The other, even more interesting. Some say that two sister runaway slaves from nearby plantations stopped at the cave to rest. But leaped into the cave to their deaths after their pursuers were closing in on them. Such an interesting yet tragic tale simple adds to the mystery of the Two sister caves.