For a real life slice of Jamaican history, you must pay a visit to town of Black River on the south coast of Jamaica. The town grew up on the banks of the Black River and is one of the oldest in Jamaica. Black River found much wealth during the logwood boom, a wealth which was lavishly displayed in the town's buildings. Tours of the Black River are available from a range of boat operators at the mouth of the river offering crocodile safaris. Most guides have worked the river for many years and know where the great crocodiles are hiding out. Crocodile sightings are virtually guaranteed but the number you see may vary - on a bad day just one or two but on a good day you may see many more. It is estimated that 300 crocodiles live in the river.
Black River is the capital of St. Elizabeth Parish, in southwestern Jamaica. It developed as a port around the mouth of the river of the same name. Today the city is a centre of environmental tourism and a gateway to the Treasure Beach resort area. Treasure Beach and Crane Beach are to the south-east, with Luana Beach to the west. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, it was a thriving sugar port with a market for African slaves.
Growing prosperity in the sugar and lumber trade led to the construction of several warehouses. Some have been adapted as restaurants or as bases for eco-tours of the river.