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“Secret Falls & Tubing - Unforgettable!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Barrett Adventures

Barrett Adventures
Ranked #12 of 104 Tours in Montego Bay
Certificate of Excellence
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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 young children, Activities for older children
Montreal
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Secret Falls & Tubing - Unforgettable!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

We are so happy we decided to go with Barrett Adventures for our excursion in Jamaica on July 1st. The driver, Shawn, was prompt, courteous and accommodating. He got us to Secret Falls quickly and safely (the drive was exciting, though!).

When we arrived at the Falls, our guide, Kevin truly made the experience unforgettable. He kept our valuables safe, took great care of our 18 month old and 4 yr old and took many pictures for us with our camera.

The falls were beautiful, with incredible bright blue pools of water and cliffs for jumping into the water and a rope for swinging. I could not recommend this excursion more ( much quiter than Dunn's, we were told).

After our adventure at the falls, Shawn drove us a few minutes away to the lazy river for some tubing. It was a blast, with some bumpy parts that got us all wet and many relaxing, windy parts to just enjoy the scenery. Our 4 year old, although a little nervous to go in a tube by himself, quickly got over his fear and loved every minute of it. The two guides who came along for the ride helped us feel even safer.

We wouldn't hesitate using Barrett again for other excursions down the road. Everything went smoothly, from payment to drop-off back at the resort. Carolyn was also a great help and easy to get ahold of.

Visited July 2013
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New Jersey
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85 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Fantastic day with Barrett Adventures!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

We were in Jamaica just for the day, and cruised into Falmouth. Carolyn picked us up for the tour right at the pier, and kept us entertained with wonderful history and stories about Jamiaca for the longish trip to Ocho Rios. We spent the first part of the tour at the "secret falls" which was truly more beautiful in person than the photos. Kevin was our most excellent guide, He kept us all safe (as well as our cell phones:). Just be aware that one should be in decent physical condition to make the hike up the falls; the lower pool is something anyone could enjoy, but the upper falls, especially jumping off, is not for the faint of heart! I don't think my nine year old could have done it, she and I stayed in the water and watched my older kids and husband jump off the fallls. They had a blast!

We then ate lunch at Scotchies at Discovery Bay, which was really delicious. After a quick lunch we did the Rio Bueno rafting. We had a very personable guide for a lazy ride down the river. It is very pretty, but not very exciting. The best part about it was chatting with our guide and some of the other young fellows; we felt like we got an honest glimpse into the life of a young Jamaican. That really made this part of the tour worth it.

Carolyn was prompt, friendly, and had a genuine love and affection for her Jamaica. It was so interesting to talk with her, while not having to worry about anything in terms of the travel and safety. We were most impressed that she was very careful to keep us on our time schedule so as to not have to worry about missing the ship....very important as quite a bit of travel is required when docking in Falmouth. With Barret Adventures, we totally felt " no worries", and were totally happy!

Visited June 2013
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best way to see Jamaica”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

Traveled to Jamaica with our two teenagers and booked two separate tours with Barrett Adventures. This has to be the best way to see the authentic Jamaica. Loxley was our guide for both days. The tours are highly personalized and tailored to your needs. Loxley was great with our teenagers and gave us a wonderful running commentary of life in Jamaica and its unique history. The great thing about Barrett Adventures is that you don't have to deal with big crowds and you are not herded to the typical tourist destinations. Our tours included Carolyn's Secret Falls, tubing on the White River and the zip line. I would do each of these tours again and I would absolutely recommend Barrett Adventures and Loxley. Completely safe and a wonderful way to experience this fabulous island.

Visited June 2013
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Maryville, TN
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36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Cannot write a positive enough review!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

Wow. Carolyn Garrett and everyone associated with Garrett Adventures exceeds expectations. Unbelievable. Danny, our host for the day, drove us throughout the Montego Bay region. He allowed us to see the non-tourist portions of the island, told us about the country's history, and hosted us graciously. . He also stopped to take our picture in some beautiful areas, drove us to a gift shop to find some local items, and introduced us to his favorite jerk chicken stand.

We went down to River Adventures and rafted Rio Bueno - great experience for people of all ages.

Visited June 2013
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Austin, TX
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Best way to see Dunns Falls by far!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

I was told you must see Dunns River Falls on our trip to Jamaica. I found Barrett Adventures on the web and thought the write up on their site was a good idea. That was to see Dunns early, when noone else was there and then go on and see the real Jamaica and the "secret falls". And it was the BEST! Shawn was our guide. He was knowledgable, fun, bought us fruit along the way (Jack fruit is the best). Dunns Falls was nice but very touristy. You must wend your way through too many vendors to leave the place. The good thing about being there so early was the vendors were just setting up and not ready to bother us. At the secret falls a local boy took over and took probably 200 pictures of us at the falls, he took us under the falls, walked down the falls, climbed through rocks under the falls! It was fabulous! Shawn took detours on the way back and showed us so much more than we expected. There were only the 4 of us in our party, and we felt as if we were with a good friend taking us around to see his island. Best tour co. In Jamaica. When you go to Jamaica in general, take lots of 1 dollar bills. Tipping is expected everywhere! But you'll want to give the guides on this tour a huge tip, it is just that good!

Visited June 2013
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