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The Martha Brae River, located in Jamaica, is one of the top travel destinations in this Caribbean paradise. Famous for its tranquil beauty, the 20-mile river allows visitors to indulge in a calming and charming rafting experience.


The river lies in the northern region of the island near Falmouth, about a 40-minute drive from Montego Bay. It flows from the mountains of Trelawny in Cockpit Country, eventually reaching the gorgeously turquoise Caribbean Sea.


Here’s what you can enjoy at the Martha Brae River:

  1. Bamboo Rafting: Take a leisurely trip down the river on a 30-foot bamboo raft, which offers a unique and serene way to experience the surroundings. A knowledgeable local guide rows the raft and will regale you with folk stories and legends tied to the river.
  2. Rafter’s Village: Before starting your rafting excursion, you can explore the 6-acre ‘Rafter’s Village’, which includes a souvenir shop, a herb garden, picnic grounds, a swimming pool, and modern restrooms.


Rafting tours are available daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


  • Being a popular attraction, it’s advisable to book in advance to secure a spot, especially during peak season.
  • The raft ride takes approximately 1-1.5 hours, so don’t forget your sunscreen and hat.
  • Do bring a swimsuit if you plan on taking a dip in the river.
  • There aren’t many food vendors along the river, so prepare by bringing snacks and drinks with you.

Food & Shopping:

There’s a bar and lounge at Rafter’s Village for refreshments. The Village also houses a souvenir shop where you can shop for local arts and crafts.

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