We visited Doctor's Cave Beach when our ship was docked in Falmouth on Thursday Feb. 28th. I believe there were only 3 ships in port that day - 2 at falmouth and 1 in montego bay, so I was hoping that it wouldn't be too crowded - especially since the cruise ship excursions were going to a different beach. It is a 30 minute ride from the falmouth port and the cheapest taxi fare we could get (with much negotiating with multiple people) was $40 one way! So be prepared for that. I wanted to avoid the organized cruise ship excursions, so I chose Doctor's Cave after research because I wanted a beautiful beach, restrooms available, and a bar to get drinks. This beach did not disappoint!
Yes, as others have stated, it is $6 to get in and $6 for each chair and an umbrella. So for two of us with entrance fees, 2 chairs and 1 umbrella, it was $30 and we felt like that was appropriate. (I was thinking maybe the fees would keep the crowds out!) They set your chairs and umbrella up for you at whatever spot you pick. We chose to go down far towards the other end, near the pier. We were away from everybody and felt like we had that part of the beach to ourselves! If you want to forego the umbrella, you could since there are a decent number of trees that offered shade. The beach itself is perfect - white sand, and crystal clear water - rivaled Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman which we had just come from!
The food we had from the restaurant was not good. But the Red stripes were cold and tasty. $5 each I think at Doctor's Cave.
Yes there are people trying to sell you everything from drugs to conch shells. Even the guy who set up our umbrella. But they are very friendly, and its Jamaica, so just a simple smile and "No thanks mon!" and they will move on.
We had planned to walk up to Margaritaville, but on the drive to Doctors Cave our taxi driver pointed out a place on the road called Scotchie's and said they had the best jerk chicken on the island. It looked like a hut with smoke pouring out of the roof and smelled delicious as we drove by. So instead of Margaritaville, we asked our taxi driver on the way back to the ship if he wouldn't mind pulling over at Scotchies, he was happy to oblige and he agreed it was the best jerk chicken on the island. For $13 we got two plates of chicken, a side of rice and beans, a side of roasted yams, and 2 red Stripes. Can't beat it!
Overall, a very nice day in Jamaica, I would go back!