Bob Marley's Mausoleum

Bob Marley's Mausoleum, St. Ann's Bay

Bob Marley's Mausoleum
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Leiden, The Netherlands85 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
If Bob Marley means nothing to you, maybe this is not the thing for you. It's a long drive to a mountain in the middle of Jamaica and $30 a person entrance fee + tips for the musicians and guide. You walk through in abt an hour. But if the music speaks to you, it's pretty impressive to be at the mausoleum, and see where he lived as a child. The beer and marihuana are optional, although legal (and pressed upon) in the museum.
Written May 14, 2022
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IndraShiv
Jersey City, NJ58 contributions
May 2021
This is our second trip to Bob Marley Mausoleum but this time it included a tour of a little marijuana plantation. They charge you $15 per person to see about 10 plants then try to sell you reduced prices of the stuff, what a rip off but the Marley walking tour of the mausoleum and surrounding area was beautiful, hearing of his life and experiences, tour guide was excellent. A very long drive from Montego Bay but worth it. Used Best Jamaica Tours, very good air conditioned vehicle, driver was excellent, lots of turns and twists driving up and down the mountains.
Written June 9, 2021
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Mark S
Hereford, UK580 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
We hired a driver and car through a local recommendation (probably a mistake) - although was not willing to be ripped off by TUI and spend a day on a cramped bus. We wanted to go cross country to see some ‘real’ Jamaica - despite the uncomfortable car (our fault) the journey was interesting in so much as you see numerous villages and realise just how little the average Jamaican has. The museum itself is basically a very small house complex, populated by tip-obsessed ‘guides’ and unimpressive shops selling farcically overpriced trinkets (eg. a small bag of ‘out of date’ Marley coffee beans for $40). We enjoyed seeing where the legend was born, grew up, and where he is now laid to rest. Entrance/The tour cost $30 per head and takes about 15mins. We enjoyed it. Were underwhelmed as it could be so much more. I am none the wiser about Bob’s music for example!
Written December 19, 2021
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Maria F
7 contributions
Dec 2019
This was about 1.5h trip from the Runaway Bay Bahia Principe resort. We organized the trip through Bahia tours and it was a reasonable price for transportation and entry in to the compound. We had a small group of about 10-15 people and the van provided was very comfortable.

The drive up the mountains and into the country side of Jamaica is stunning. Narrow winding roads with local homes, marketplaces, remnants from mining operations and agriculture line the whole trip. So don't doze off on your trip up to Nine Miles.

Upon arrival at the Mausoleum entrance, our driver escorted us to a local selling joints, weed brownies and weed infused tea. They are nice people and will not force you to purchase anything. There are several gift shops and a bar to occupy guests while they wait for the tour guide to arrive. Again, no one is pushy at any of these establishments and will simply smile and want to chat with you.

The tour is fantastic and includes a walk thru of Marley's mother's home, a collection of his records, his small dwelling and Marley and his mother's final resting place. We were also treated to a live band singing some of Bob Marley's lesser known songs.

Ample time to take pictures where allowed and to ask questions. People do smoke while on the tour. This didn't bother me at all and even for someone who is averse to it, it's hardly noticeable.
Written January 1, 2020
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Lauren G
New Hampshire54 contributions
Feb 2020
I'm not a die hard Reggae fan, but my other half is. We did the Nine Mile tour and very happy we did! Long windy road to get there, but its a beautiful ride. I was worried about motion sickness, but it was fine. Local rastas outside the gates offering weed cake, teas and joints. No pressure to buy. We unfortunately arrived about the same time 2 large tour busses did and I found it to be way too packed for space.
Super cool to see the little one room house, the meditation rock looking out towards the sun ("rise up this morning, smile with the rising sun") and where he rests with his brother.

Julian Marley was there as well, playing with the band that plays near the little cafe. Everyone was taking pictures with him while he was drumming, and he was fine with it.

Great trip!
Written February 15, 2020
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David C
Nottingham, UK299 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Visited with my wife and felt a bit awkward getting there as there were loads of men trying to sell you stuff as you are entering the grounds but once in it is secure. You get put in a group and are shown round the house where Bob Marley was born and is buried. The guide was good but halfway through they stop and make you listen to a band and then offer you splifs or tea and cake made from weed and there is some growing there as well, that didn't bother me it's the expectation that you tip and/ or purchase the drugs but apart from that the tour was ok if very short as not alot there really. Something you have to do while in Jamaica but 60 mins maximum and you are done and the house is in the middle of nowhere so can take 90 mins to drive there along very steep and hilly roads.
Written November 27, 2021
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lisaprice_10
London, UK32 contributions
Jan 2020
I love Bob Marley and felt I had to visit his Mausoleum. I loved seeing his old bedroom with its single bed and of course where he is buried. The only things I didn't like were the band playing Bob Marley tribute songs badly and the elderly male tour guide that hurried us (my Mum & I) when we wanted to take longer. Both were just obsessed with tips and it ruined the experience. On the plus side the Rastafarians waiting outside the closed gates made me cry with their loyalty to Bob and one called out 'respect' to me as I drove past in the taxi.
Written January 19, 2020
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nigejus
Mansfield, UK164 contributions
Jan 2020
My wife and I aren’t really Reggae fans but felt like we needed to visit Bob Marley’s resting place, otherwise known as 9 mile, while we were in Jamaica. 9 mile is the place where Bob Marley was born, grew up and is now buried there.

9 mile is a long and bumpy road through the mountains of Jamaica. You pass through some fantastic scenery which is worth the trip alone.
When you get to 9 mile be prepared to be approached and offered Marijuana in all sorts of forms either cake, tea or smoke. It is accepted in Jamaica that you use it for personal use.

When you get in the estate you will be met by a guide who are usually Rastafarians. We had the good fortune of having Captain Crazy who is apparently famous and can be found on YouTube. He was truly crazy but certainly entertaining and informative.

Throughout the tour you pass through the parents house and then a band that played some of his songs with of course Captain Crazy leading the lyrics. We then passed through some gates and walked up a driveway to the Mausoleum itself. There are a number of buildings here including a church, Bob Marley’s bedroom, the tomb of his mother and then finally the place where Bob and his brother are buried themselves. Be aware you do have to take your shoes off when you walk around these final buildings.

It is within this area you spend a lot of the tour as Captain Crazy told us where Bob used to lay while he wrote his songs etc, resting his head in a famous rock that is still there today.

The tour is an eye opener and very worth doing even if you aren’t a Reggae fan. It is still one thing you have to do whilst in Jamaica and I’m glad I did it.
Written February 9, 2020
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KTP10-21
Agawam, MA20 contributions
Jan 2020
Tough to put into words how disappointing this was. The tour guide was useless, as we didn't learn one thing about the legend that we didn't already know. Be prepared for a lot of climbing...be prepared to walk around barefoot through his home...and be prepared to be offered pot numerous times on the tour. There was very little organization, as tour groups were running into each other throughout the entire tour. Just a bad overall experience...
Written January 31, 2020
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Jon R
Springfield, OR336 contributions
Jul 2021
What an amazing experience!! As a long time Bob Marley fan it was cool to learn about his past in such an immersive way including see where he was born and lived with his mother and then again the home he lived in during his career and where he fathered all 11 of his children!

We even got to see THE BED, you know the one from Is This Love? Yeah, super cool.

Realizing we were on Mt. Zion and able to smoke with Bob's spirit is something I can't even describe!

We visited both his and his mom's mausoleums, in both you could feel the energy of the hundred of thousands, if not millions, of people who have visited this shrine over the years and poured their hearts out in prayer. It was moving and the closest thing to a spiritual experience that I have ever had.

This is a must see!
Written July 21, 2021
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