It is hard to plan a day that makes SEVEN people happy.....but I did it with the help of Courtney Taylor! I emailed a few months before our cruise arrived in Jamaica and asked lots and lots of questions to try and plan our day. SAMANTHA was responsive, friendly, and super helpful. Because some in our group had mobility issues and/or had previously visited Jamaica, we ruled out Dunns River and the Blue Hole. For our easy going tour, we chose tubing on the White River, a little shopping, a great lunch, and a beach stop.
Arriving at port was simple. We followed directions given and were quickly in a bus and on our way. VERY congested at port, so I was very thankful I had a plan and could just get started on it. Our guide for the day, DEAN, was very friendly and did a perfect job the entire day. Everyone loved him. His van was a tad old but that adds to the adventure.
Tubing was easy and fun. The people taking the money weren't friendly so it was great to have Dean with us. Tubing lasted maybe 45 minutes and was easy and great for all ages. Wished it lasted longer. Dean took us on a short drive up in the hills so we could have a great view and told us about Jamaica long the way. After that, he took us to a shop that he is familiar with and we spent half an hour buying a few things at a good price (including coffee!). Headed to lunch at SCOTCHIES and everyone loved the food. Better than I expected and very reasonable for the portion size. Next stop was Bamboo Blu Beach which is in front of a hotel and appeared that you have to pay to enter. We didn't -- we were with Dean. Very very nice sandy white beach and we spent at least 90 minutes there. We never felt pressured, rushed, or stressed.
We would HIGHLY recommend a private tour with Courtney Taylor Tours. We were able to negotiate a great price for our group of 7. Far better than what I was quoted by Liberty Tours. We went with a base rate per person that just included transportation. Any food or activities we chose were an additional expense (ie tubing and Scotchies). Dean was GREAT and we gave him a really nice tip at the end of the day.
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