The Green Grotto Caves has an extensive history as a hideout. The Tainos (Jamaica’s first inhabitants) and 18th century ‘runaway slaves’ considered the caves a safe haven. Other people who hid in the Green Grotto Caves include: the Spanish during the English takeover in 1655 and smugglers transporting weapons to Cuba in both World Wars. In recent history the caves were used as a rum storehouse. The name “Green Grotto” comes from the green algae on the sides of the caves. An hour long tour of the site offers visitors the opportunity to view stalactites, stalagmite, and other dripstone formations. During the tour also be on the lookout for bats and marine life living there. The innermost cavern, which is 37 meters down, features the Grotto Lake with crystal-clear water. Near the end of the tour, be sure to throw a coin into the “Wishing Well” for good luck.
About 365 Things to Do, See and Eat in Jamaica
Jamaica has so many unique foods, places and events to offer. These things are often missed by visitors to Jamaica and even locals. Our goal is to have you try new things and see what Jamaica has to fully offer with something to do 365 days of the year. Please note that these are all our opinions and we are always open to suggestions.
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