Green Grotto Caves

Green Grotto Caves are located on the North Cost of Jamaica between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.

They are linked to the island’s history and are a major natural attraction for both local visitors and tourists who crave adventure. 

Learn about Jamaica’s history while you take an adventure through these mystical underworld charms.  Green Grotto Caves was also called Dry Harbor Caves, Discovery Bay Caves, Hopewell Caves, Runaway Bay Caves, Cave Hall Caves, Rum Caves and Diary Caves.

The enchanting guided tour of the caves will last about an hour taking you in this mystical underworld. The cave is 1525 meters long and 12 meters deep. You will see majestical stalactites and stalagmites along with other drip stone formation. Deep below you will find a subterranean lake “the grotto” – with the most beautiful body of water your eyes will ever behold. The caves are also home to thousands of bats.

History of Green Grotto Caves

The first inhabitants of the caves were the Arawaks (Tainos) who used the caves for different purposes.  Runaway slaves also used the caves as hideout.  In 1655, the caves were also used by the Spaniards as a hideout from the English who were taking over the island. 

Between the two World Wars in the mid 20th Century, the caves were uses by smugglers running arms to Cuba.  During the Second World War, the Government of Jamaica used the entrance of the caves as a rum storeroom.

Ever since the takeover by the Government of Jamaica, under the Urban Development Corporation and St. Ann Development Company, the Caves has been transformed into a world class attraction winning Green Globe 21 Certification since 2003 and achieved platinum status certification in 2009.

Make a wish at the wishing well on your out.  Throw a coin, wish for love, luck or whatever your heart desires.

There is a snack counter where you can have refreshments, while you lounge around.  The attraction is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily.  

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