We found a company that combined a tour of Bob Marley's birthplace at “Nine Mile” with Dunn’s River Falls – the latter being the No. 1 tourist attraction for a visit to Ocho Rios. The company we used no longer runs this as a tour but there are many companies who do and, due to the ever-changing tourist industry, I would advise you find one through reviews on Trip Advisor – that is how we found ours.
Out of the entire two-week cruise, Jamaica was the place I was most excited to visit! I had heard so much about the beautiful landscape and its people and I couldn’t wait to experience it for myself.
It didn’t disappoint!
We both love reggae, and the king of this genre is, of course, the legendary Bob Marley who sadly left this world on 11 May 1981 leaving a massive void in the music industry.
Robert Nesta Marley was born in Nine Mile, a village in the Saint Ann Parish of Jamaica on 6 February 1945 where he lived until he was 13 years old, it is also his final resting place. Today, it’s a mausoleum dedicated to the legend.
Our driver took us through various parishes and a series of narrow yet scenic rural windy roads which provided fantastic views of the lush green landscape.
In our opinion, this is a must-see if you are in the area, fan or no fan!
About 45 minutes away from Nine Mile is Dunn’s River Falls – a 600 feet cascading terrace waterfall ending up on a beach.
He was right!
We chose to start the walk from the beach at the bottom or you can choose to enter at an easy-access point a little way up. Guides will offer their assistance (for a fee of course) and they will also take photos and video. We opted to do it ourselves as we had a waterproof camera! Some people take water shoes because it’s slippery but we were happy with our webbed feet! (NB: the rules may now have changed since our visit as I have since read reviews that you will have to buy water shoes).
The chain of people walked slowly and carefully all helping one another; man, woman and child (yes I had a child help me up – how embarrassing!!). The person behind or in front of you started off as a stranger but quickly became your friend, but I guess holding someone’s hand and looking up at people’s bottoms will do that for a relationship!
What Dunn’s River Falls did for me was show that sometimes in life, you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone, and you may just surprise yourself!
This post is to remember Bob Marley's birthday on 6 February 1945, and commemorate his passing on 11 May 1981.
Have you visited Nine Mile or Dunn’s River Falls? If so, what did you enjoy most about it and if not, is this something you wish to do? We want to know what you think so tell us in the comments below.
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