Alligator Hole

Located within the Canoe Valley National Nature Reserve, Alligator Hole is a small mangrove-lined river famous for the three beloved manatees who call it home. Once in captivity, the manatees were thankfully released into Alligator Hole where they continue to dwell.

Although it is not guaranteed that you will encounter one of the manatees, they usually surface near a man made dam around 5 p.m. to be fed. However, if they are not there, a local attendant will be happy to take you by boat to see them up close, and you should tip them for this generous service.


Located in Manchester Parish, northwest of Round Hill, Alligator Hole invites residents and vacationers lodging in this part of Jamaica. Even if you are not staying nearby, you should consider dropping by to check out the sights. Mandeville is to the northwest.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most enjoyable possibilities while spending a few hours exploring the area is having food at a restaurant within traveling distance of this river. The most frequented nearby place to eat to Alligator Hole is Domino's Clarendon, which plates up Italian fare. Murray's Fish & Jerk Hut and Little Ochie are some of the additional dining options close-by. At Little Ochie you may try a bit of Jamaican dishes and experience the flavors of Jamaica.

Nearby Attractions

If you'd like to find out more about visiting a second river, seek out Gut River, located a little ways off, but can be reached in the car. Other kinds of nearby attractions include Bloomfield Great House, which is within driving range in Mandeville. You might also think about heading to Mandeville Park, which is another attraction nearby.

Rivers are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's more to visit in Jamaica. The following list contains attractions that are nearby.

Attractions Near Alligator Hole
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Bloomfield Great House Historic Site 14.0 mi. (1.5 km) NW Mandeville
Mandeville Park -- 14.1 mi. (0.7 km) NW Mandeville
Odeon Mandeville Other Activities/Excursions 14.3 mi. (0.6 km) NW Mandeville
Oaklawn Memorial Gardens -- 14.4 mi. (0 km) NW Mandeville

Location: Manchester Parish, Jamaica


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