Of the nine Caribbean port towns that we have visited, Falmouth Jamaica falls only behind Fort de France Martinique as my favorite. Per the advice of our cruise director and local police guarding the gates of the port shopping zone, we did not venture out into the city. The port shopping area, even though a sanitized version, was still an entertaining look into Jamaican culture.
Typical Caribbean port shops like jewelers, Cuban cigar merchants, and rum shops were present. The pleasant surprise was the local artisans, musicians, and a dude on stilts. The live music provided a carnival-type feel to the atmosphere that was quite infectious. The fares offered in the shops also made us smile. There were no aggressive sales people, nor were there any people hawking tours until you reached the exit into the town.
The configuration of the shopping area was somewhat unique, too. It is pie shaped with a a ship docked on each side, directly adjacent and overlooking the mall. All cruise passengers enter and exit through customs at the tip of the pie. Facing outwards from the tip of the pie, the Disney Fantasy was docked to the left and the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas to the right.
In addition to all of the above, the port also has the typical kitschy Margaritaville restaurant, beautiful flowers, and more to see.
I hope you have enjoyed our tour of the port at Falmouth Jamaica. This is a great port of call for your Caribbean cruise.