Martha Brae RiverCurrently Open
- Address: Martha Brae Rafting Village, Montego Bay, Jamaica
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +1-8769520889
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Outdoors, River, Family And Kids, Adventure, Nature
Martha Brae River - Review
A mere 20 miles from Montego Bay is the Martha Brae River. One of the top activities in Jamaica is to go rafting on this river. There are over 80 licensed and well-informed raft captains to guide you on bamboo rafts through picturesque sights along the banks.
Trips begin at the Martha Brae Village and end three miles downstream at Martha's Rest. Martha Brae village is a 6-acre horseshoe-shaped island. The village has been set up as the entrance to the Martha Brae rafting experience and features a bar, two gift shops, pool, gardens, picnic area and a herb garden named "Martha's Herb Garden". “Martha’s Rest” also offers a souvenir shop, bar, lounge area and restrooms.
There is adequate parking for buses waiting to pick up rafters at the end of their trip. The tour includes round trip transportation from your hotel.
Martha Brae River Information
- The raft captains expect you to buy their crafted items or a tip. It is not very expensive so have a look.
- Carry a Bathing suit.
- Dress in comfortable clothing.
- The river is only 4 feet deep except in the monsoons so don’t worry about it being dangerous.
How To reach Martha Brae River by Public Transport
- Most raft bookings include transfers from your hotel. You can also rent a car and drive up to the river village, as it is only 30 minutes from Montego Bay.
Restaurants Near Martha Brae River
- There are bars and restaurants at both ends of the journey.
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Things to Know Before Visiting Martha Brae River
87.55% of people who visit Montego Bay include Martha Brae River in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
43.02% of people start their Martha Brae River visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Martha Brae River
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Martha Brae River
Martha Brae River Trips
Martha Brae River, Montego Bay Reviews
Totally awesome experience! The waters are refreshingly cool so you can swim a little or simply ride along. The raftsmen do a really nice job of describing the old sugar cane and banana plantations that you travel through and their identification of local fruit trees is truly unique!! Highly recommend for all ages and all health conditions.
If you were partying all night, then this is the place for you to visit the next day. Take a travel back in time and row down the river. It was a cool, calm and relaxing ride on the bamboo raft. The ride was about an hour and the Captain kept us entertained with stories of the river's history. The ride was completely safe and the river wasn't too deep. There were also no dangerous animals around the area. There was rain earlier in day so the water was a little murky but still a great attraction to escape the heat for a bit.
Really fun. The ride itself is about 45 minutes and the launch site is about a 15 minute shuttle drive from the ship dock. The drive is rather hair-raising and you go through some tin shack poverty, FYI. The river runs along a road used by gravel trucks going to and from a quarry so there's a lot of loud rumbling and sustained honking. Captain Frank told us all about various flora and fauna that we passed and we learned of the myriad ways to prepare breadfruit. The river is spring fed so it's fresh water. It's cool and clean and there's nothing in it that will hurt you - no snakes, alligators, etc. There are vendors on the shore that holler to you. We just said "no thanks" and Frank didn't make us stop; he was extremely low-pressure, which we appreciated. We bought 2 bottles of beer at the bar at the launch site ($3 each, a great deal after how much things cost on the ship) and you're permitted to drink them on the raft. There's a lot of canopy so even though it was really hot, we weren't roasting out in the sun. Definitely recommend.
The rafting was very nice. It was relaxing as you float down the river. Just beware that all the way down the raft captain will prep you to buy crafts they say they carve...They Don't. These come from a wholesaler in Kingston and are sold at every shop and stall in Jamaica. They will beg for 10USD for items that are sold for 3 to 5 everywhere. Don't be fooled. This greatly diminishes the experience as they get very pissed if you don't buy.
Loved it! Had a lovely, long trip down the river, and our raft captain, Daley, was friendly and very informative! He made us feel very welcome!