Martha Brae River

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The legend of Martha Brae tells of an Arawak witch who lived on the banks of River Mitibereon. Greedy Spanish explorers had heard of gold along the river, and captured her so that she might lead them to the gold. As the story goes, she led them into a cave, then disappeared. She used her powers to turn the river, which then engulfed then men, killing them. From then on, the river became known as Martha Brae.

Interestingly, despite the slightly mythical story of how the river was named, Martha Brae is one of the most romantic spots in Jamaica. Couples often sign up for boat tours, and dine at the romantic Glistening Waters restaurant, which overlooks the bioluminescent lake that is a part of this waterway.


Martha Brae River is located 1.7 miles west of White Bay, a village in Trelawny Parish; it's a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers) to the east-southeast of Falmouth.

Nearby Restaurants

There are a multitude of eateries to select from in the area nearby Martha Brae River. The most proximate restaurant to Martha Brae River is Rock Wharf Grill, which plates up Jamaican meals. Also within a short distance, you and your party will have restaurants like Fisherman's Inn Restaurant and Glistening Waters Restaurant where you and your party should make it a point not to get up and go without taking a bite of their specialty seafood.

Nearby Attractions

Other kinds of nearby activities include Water Square, which is a mile away Falmouth. Also consider heading over to Fort Balcarres, which is another attraction not far away.

Rivers are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

Attractions Near Martha Brae River
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Water Square -- 1.1 mi. (0.7 km) NW Falmouth
Fort Balcarres Historic Site 1.2 mi. (0.8 km) NW Falmouth
Outameni Theme Park Museum 1.3 mi. (0.3 km) NW Falmouth
Albert George Market Historic Site 1.4 mi. (0 km) WNW Falmouth
Davidson House Historic Site -- -- Falmouth
Falmouth Court House Historic Site -- -- Falmouth
Good Hope Great House Historic Site -- -- Falmouth
Martha Brae Waterwheel Historic Site -- -- Falmouth

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