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“Top notch - very interesting and fun”
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Croydon Plantation
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Croydon Plantation with Jamaican Lunch
Ranked #9 of 74 things to do in Montego Bay
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Its not ziplining and its not dune buggy riding but this is a tour that anyone going to Jamaica should see. What we got was a trip through the mountains to the plantation where you got to see a slice of everyday life in Jamaica or as much as you can from a moving bus. Our guide Winston C was able to fill in some of the gaps giving context and history to what we were seeing.

Once arriving at the plantation we were shown a variety of the trees and plants that are grown in Jamaica, we got to sample a few different varieties of pineapple as well as sugar cane, star fruit, jak fruit, ginger beer etc.You get to see breadfruit, mango lychee, cashew and macadamia (nut) trees - and lots more. The ginger beer was great.

Winston C was able to tell us a lot about Jamaican history and plantation past, recounting historical figures such as Samuel Sharpe and his rise to prominence.

For a half day of your trip to Jamaica this is definitely worth doing - its a lot more fun and interesting than it sounds.

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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Visited the Croydon Plantation in mid February. It is a wonderful way to see the real jamaica and learn facts about their culture. Beautiful grounds and prople. We got to sample several different foods and were also prepared an authentic Jamaican lunch, which was amazing. I want to send a big shout out to Alicia and Winston (our tour guides) who were very informative and made our trip FUN, with their singing and stories. And last but certainly not least, a HUGE high 5 to NINJA, our driver. Dude has some SERIOUS driving skills!!! Thanks for keeping us safe.

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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Once recovered from the bumpy journey, the experience was enjoyable and very informative. Never knew there are so many varieties of pineapple!

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Winston was our guide for the day. He had alot of knowledge to share. It was nice to walk about and hear about the pineapple and coffee plantation. The lunch we had was tasty. A very enjoyable morning!

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Took this tour on March 27, 2013 as a shore excursion from a Carnival Cruise ship. Our tour guide was a very nice young lady. The bus ride took about 1 1/2 hours each way but it was very interesting. The roads are very narrow and winding and riding on the left side of the road was a new experience. We got to see a very rural view of Jamaica, not at all what you see in the tourism ads. We learned a little about how rural Jamaicans build their homes. We saw several schools and some of the children in their school uniforms. I was most amazed by the fact that there were graves in several of the yards. When I asked the tour guide she said that you could indeed bury your family members in your yard but that once someone did that, they were not allowed to ever sell the land. It had to be passed on to the next generation of family.
When we reached the Plantation the change in scenery was very different. The grounds are very well maintained and the views are beautiful. Our tour guide, Winston, really knew his subject and gave us very interesting talks about the plantations day to day operation and he was very entertaining as he explained things. We had a real treat in that the plantation's owner was on site that day and we got to meet him. We sampled a wonderful pineapple drink and two different varieties of pineapple as well as fresh coconut, star fruit, ginger beer and a few other things. It was very interesting to see all the varieties of things grown on the plantation since they are so different than the plants we are used to seeing where I live. After the tour we were served a very nice lunch of jerk chicken, rice and beans and a dish made from spinach that I really enjoyed because it tasted a lot like the turnip greens we eat here in Alabama. We had to purchase our drinks which were reasonably priced and I tried a Red Stripe (Jamaican Beer) which was pretty good. We also got to sample some Jamiacan Blue Mountain Coffee which was really good and I bought some beans to bring home. It's very good and has a very smooth taste. All in all a very nice excursion. I always enjoy learning something new and I certainly did on this tour. I would not recommend bring very young children as they will probably be bored and become irritable nor would I recommend it if you can't walk a fair distance. It is an easy walk but an older lady in our group got a little winded but Winston called for a ride to take her where she could rest.

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