Green Grotto Caves
Green Grotto Caves in Jamaica
Known by several names describing the use of the caves over the years, Green Grotto Caves is a large labyrinth cave system with a history just as long as its tunnels. Measuring 1,525 meters in length and 12 meters in depth, the Green Grotto Caves are the island's most prominent natural attraction.
From the pier, your guide will take you on an approximately 30-minute scenic drive to the opening of the caves. Once you have arrived at the Green Grotto Caves, you will descend below ground to view magnificent stalactites, stalagmites, and other unique limestone formations. Look up into the ceiling pockets to find several species of Jamaica's bats, including the Mustache and Jamaican fruit-eating bat. The Green Grotto Caves have several sunlight holes that help illuminate the numerous chambers. Keep an eye out for various life forms, including snails and snakes. This extensive cave system also boasts a river and Grotto Lake, a crystal clear underground body of water.
Discover the Green Grotto Caves' diverse cultural history, starting with the Arawak Indians, whose pottery shards are still unearthed from time to time. Learn how the Green Grotto Caves were used as a hideout by the Spaniards during the English invasion of Jamaica in the 17th century, and then used to smuggle arms to Cuba in the 20th century. At one point, the Green Grotto Caves were used by runaway slaves, as well as a storage place for rum barrels by the government during the Second World War.
If you like mystery and adventure, you will love this chance to discover Jamaica's hidden underworld. Book this scenic tour now and be sure to bring your camera.