My boyfriend and I went on this tour Sept. 4th. It cost us $70Us each from our resort, The Holiday Inn in Montego Bay. Along the way, we picked up three other couples from three other resorts. One couple was in their 20's (from US) another in their 30's (from Belgium) and we're in our 40's and 50's (from Canada).The oldest couple in the group (from US) were celebrating their 24th wedding anniversary. The lady is 75 years old and her husband, 85 years old (second marriage for both). Everyone (all varying age groups) enjoyed the tour very much although towards the end of the tour, the older couple had to get shuttled down to the pavilion where they waited for us. This is also where an authentic Jamaican lunch was served. (I'll go into more details regarding lunch later in my review). There was a lot of walking on this tour. Kudos to the older couple for coming and especially travelling to Jamaica by themselves.
The ride to the plantation was about an hour and a half. There were two tour guides as well as the driver. One tour guide, Alicia, talked about Jamaican culture as well as things we saw along the way and back from the bus. Winston, the other tour guide, did the actual tour on the plantation. Both were excellent although we were a little annoyed with Winston for always hinting about tipping. 'Us tourists get it!' ( You have to tip them separately. We tipped the driver, the two tour guides and the ladies that prepared the lunch). The roads along the way were rough, bumpy and narrow. The journey to the plantation was an adventure on its own, we feared for our lives (LOL)! We went through the rural areas and countryside and passed through some small villages. Because tourism is slow this time of year and there were only a very small group of us, Alicia stopped at one of the small towns on the way back and let us out to walk around. She wanted us to get a feel of how real Jamaicans live.
The tour of the plantation was very enjoyable, educational and leisurely. Everybody on the tour became fast friends and joked and laughed along the way. There were three stations to sample fresh fruits and drinks grown and made on the plantation. The many varieties of pineapple was something else. Who knew that there were this many?!?!? I only know one type . . . Dole! There were also a couple of cooling stations along the way to cool you off with a blast of cold mist. You may want to bring some insect repellent. We were bitten (alive) along the way, some more than others. Also, the bathroom facilities were very clean. The plantation was beautiful and award winning.
After the tour, we went to a pavilion to enjoy lunch and coffee. Other beverages were available as well but at a cost. You can also buy souvenirs there. We found that you can buy the coffee cheaper outside of the plantation. The lunch consisted of bbq chicken (tasty but a little dry), pickled cucumbers, rice and peas, collard greens and plantain. A nice change from the resort food. My boyfriend is a big fan of Jamaican patties. He asked everyone if it was okay to stop at Juicy Patties on the way back . Everyone agreed and the tour people obliged. On our tour bus, fellow travelers had not heard of Jamaican patties before. They all enjoyed them.
All in all, this tour was very enjoyable! It was a nice outing to get out of the resort for almost a full day. We strongly recommend it only if you don't mind walking, enjoying beautiful scenery and learning about Jamaican culture! Cheers and Happy Travels!
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