We traded our normal routine of the beach and pool, and spent the day meeting some American crocodiles in the Black River – Jamaica’s longest river. The town of Black River, where the Caribbean Sea and the Black River meet, is about 25 minutes from Bluefields. The river cruise was perfect for our boys – there were plenty of boats so we didn’t have to wait long and the boats are covered. Plus there are trees full of egrets before you even get on the boat and we already mentioned how wildlife of any kind pretty much makes our kids giddy.
We saw four other crocs, including one sunning itself on a log and another rather large one that the guide tapped on the snout. Finnegan didn’t understand why he couldn’t “pet” the croc. The tour also passes through a really nice mangrove forest where they shut off the engine and demonstrate the absolute silence of the forest. This quietness really rattled Declan and he kept covering his ears – I guess he’s never experienced silence since he has a very loud older brother.
After the crocodile tour, we headed to YS Falls, which we would highly recommend for kids of all ages (and grown-ups too). The property is gorgeous and still operates as a working farm with cows and horses.
The falls are in a forest setting and it’s a pretty easy hike up to the middle level. The stairs get steeper (and wetter) towards the upper falls so we kept our guys at the middle level. There is a rope swing that Finnegan desperately wanted to try, but it’s probably not appropriate for kids of any age, as it would take some skill to actually get out to a point deep enough to fall in without some serious battle scars. You can also go zip lining and the last section goes right over the falls all the way to the bottom.
There are also two pools and the surroundings couldn’t be prettier. The sun wasn’t out while we were there so it was a little chilly, but our boys didn’t mind.
So if the Finley’s are still reading our blog, we highly recommend that you do both excursions. And for anyone else visiting Bluefields, it’s a great way to spend a day.