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“Can't Wait to take another Tour!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Barrett Adventures

Barrett Adventures
Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Barrett Adventures is a company with more than 20 years of experience in showing our guests the real Jamaica. We specialize in doing excursions that either are done in ways to maximize your enjoyment of familiar attractions by doing them at times when we don't have to share them with the crowds, or offering tours to places that are truly 'Off the beaten path.'Our drivers are unsurpassed in their knowledge of our culture and our history. You will never find one of us at a loss for words when you ask a question.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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“Can't Wait to take another Tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2009

We just returned from a Holiday trip to Jamaica.

We had booked a tour with Barrett for a trip to the private falls. The tour consisted of a tubing adventure down a quiet river, swimming and playing at the private falls, eating at a small local restaurant and visiting a nearby beach.

We had a ball!!! It was just the two of us, another couple and Carolyn. Everything was wonderful. The tubing was relaxing and fun. The falls were so private, beautiful and exciting.

We cannot say enough about the tour. The Barrett Tour was like having a friend who lives in Jamaica show you the sites.

We really can't wait to come back to Jamaica just to take another tour with Barrett. It is the only tour group I will use in Jamaica.

We learned so much and had such a great time.

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Toronto Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2009

We just came back from Montego Bay on December 31 after one week vacation. We did go on a few trips from different companies and we can say that Barrett Adventures is the best.

What makes them so special is that they can customize your trip as long as you tell them what you want to do ahead of time. We told Carolyn that we want a full day adventurous tour and she recommended us to do a Zipline (ont of the longest one in Jamaica, they had this one just a few months ago. The scenes are beautiful), Horseback riding and bamboo drafting along the Great River. We save a lot of money doing three of these on the same day.

The Zipline is very exciting, they have 5 of them and we started out with the shorted and lowest to the Longest and Highest. The staffs were excellent.

After finishing the Zipline, Carolyn then took us on a very relaxing and enjoyable horseback riding. We rode along the rain forest and stopped at a river where we could swim and catch some shrimps. The scenes are beautiful, I will post the video when I have some time.

As soon as we are done with the Horseback riding, Carolyn then took us to the Great River where we could either do a tubing or drafting, we did choose the drafting on the bamboo boat since we were a little tired after the zipline and horseback riding. It turned out a good decision. We sit on the bamboo boat and our captain Everton took us through the river where we can take a lot of pictures and enjoy the beautiful nature.

Carolyn also took some pictures and recorded some videos for us while we do the Zipline and horseback riding.

Thank Carolyn for making it a very good one for us.

Uoc Le
Toronto Canada

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“Great time for the whole family !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2009

My family and I went on a Carnival cruise last week for Christmas ( won't be doing that again, for many reasons ) and my wife had set up our excursion in Jamaica with Barrett Adventures. We were traveling with three families and two of us decided to take this particular tour so there were ten people total.
We had heard that Dunns river falls were extremely crowded and my wife found this company through Trip advisor and boy are we all glad she did !!!
We followed the directions that were provided by Caroline ahead of time ( apparently there were some people on our ship who did not ) and were met by Caroline as promised and whisked off to what she called " private falls " a place on the White river that is used by the locals and was absolutely beautiful ! We were met at the falls by four teenage(?) boys who were to be our guides for the day along with Caroline, they were all extemely friendly and attentive. One of the young men, Kevin quickly became my three year old son's new best friend and any time my son made a sound like he wanted to do something Kevin was there to make sure he was having fun, and when we did our hiking from one fall to the next Kevin carried him the whole way, wow.
The falls themselves were beautiful, and I couldn't believe that we had them all to ourselves ! That's right., ten tourists, five guides, and a whole lot of nature, not another living soul, no other tour groups, no Carnival photographer in your face, etc.
After our time at the falls Caroline made sure to stop by a jerk stand so we could get some lunch ( we were all hungy after all the hiking , swimming, and jumping off rocks ! ) which was a bit of a challenge on Christmas day . She also managed to get us in for a bit of shopping and could have managed a bit more if we had wanted but we were all too tired to do any more that day : )

I'd say that is a good sign of a fun tour : )

I recomend Barrett Adventures to anyone who wants to have a good time on Jamaica with a company that is really going to take good care of you and make sure that you get what you want ! We had a lot more options than what we took, but because of our three year old we were a little limited. No worries though, we still had a great time, and thanks to Caroline we learned more about Jamaica than I ever learned in school !!

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“Some problems, but more good than bad.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2008

We enjoyed our time in MoBay, but there were 2 issues we had with Barrett. We would book with them again because our driver was great, but we were disappointed by the 2 problems below:

We booked a trip to Mayfield Falls in Dec 2008. We were met at the port as promised. Unfortunately, the other family booked on our trip (we did not know them) was not prompt about getting off the ship as instructed by Carolyn. As a result, we wasted an hour sitting in the van at the port waiting for the other family. After calling Carolyn, she agreed that we could finally leave without them, but again, we lost an hour of our day - a lot when you only have about 8 hours in port. Same thing happened with another family going to a different location with Barrett - they lost an hour too. There needs to be a cutoff time on this. The ship doesn't wait if you're late. Neither should the tour.

The brochure from Barrett says that it's a 45 minute drive to Mayfield Falls, which is why we picked it over some farther destinations. However, this was incorrect - it was 1 hr 20 minutes each way. (Actually it was longer outbound, but there was a wreck so I adjusted for this). So again, we lost time we thought we would have in port. No unusual traffic, etc. to account for this time. That's just how long it takes.

On the positive side, we absolutely loved Mayfield Falls. Our guide (not from Barrett - the falls provide the guide) was awesome! Really a fun trip.

Our driver/guide from Barrett was also awesome. Very nice, helpful, informative. We felt very safe with him and got a good look at the real Jamaica. We even stopped along the way to buy fresh coconuts from some locals and learn how to eat them straight off the tree. Delicious!

Overall, I would probably book with Barrett again. Not their fault that the other family was late, but we should not have had to wait so long. They also need to correctly state travel times. Their people were great (we met another driver too while killing time in port), which is most important.

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“Carolyn - Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2008

Back in November, she took me and my friend on a wonderful, full-day adventure. YS Falls was a blast. She did the rope swing with us, took pics and then she relaxed in the mineral pool with us. After that, the Pelican Bar. Too much to mention, you cannot go wrong with her.

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