Green Grotto known at various times as the Runaway Bay Caves, Cave Hall Caves, Discovery Bay Caves, Dry Harbour Caves, Hopewell Caves, Rum Caves and Dairy Caves, are among Jamaica’s most prominent natural attractions. They are of international repute and have been seeing visitors since the 18th century.
Situated on 25.9 hectares of the island’s beautiful North Coast, the Caves are located between the resort centres of Ocho Rios and Montego Bay and are precisely 3.2 km from Discovery Bay to the west and 4 km from Runaway Bay to the east.
The central feature of this natural attraction is the large labyrinthine limestone cave with its numerous rock formations, its stalactites, stalagmites and abundance of overhead ceiling pockets.
Our last visit to Green Grotto was a delight, we got the best tour guide ever – funny, attentive, and extremely educated on the history of the caves. He brought us through the grotto, through the Runaway Caves, the Arawak meeting place and even brother us into pure darkness.
Kids might be tentative at first because of the string of warning given before starting the journey, but I recommend convincing them to go as it is a fantastic trip. Don’t force the kid though, you want them enjoying their experience and not the opposite.