The past few weeks have been a blur. I have been working on so many different things and everything seems to be flying by. I was sent home sick today so I figured that I can at least get the Jamaica post up.
One of the first cruises that I went on with my family ported in Ochos Rios and this was probably about 10 years ago. I remember Jamaica being very impoverished and not being that impressed. So when we discovered that we would be porting in Falmouth, Jamaica, I wasn’t sure what to do. Royal Caribbean had excursions to Dunn’s river falls, some snorkeling and other activities. I was really trying to find something that was a little unique.
I spent months’ googling what to do in Falmouth. I ended up concluding that although it is a new port that there wasn’t much to do in Falmouth as the city itself isn’t very developed. I looked through some youtube videos and discovered Liberty Tours. I went to their website and was instantly hooked. There were so many options to choose from. I ended up deciding on the Blue Hole and Rivertubing excursion.
We were told to get off the boat when it docked 7am. We reached the taxi area at 7:30am and met our driver Rose Marie. Our group of 5 had our taxi up and back. It was about an hour and fifteen minute drive each way. It was definitely worth getting up early. We were the first group to arrive at the Blue Hole. Our guide Ricardo helped us all up the falls and we got to jump off of different cliffs and falls. There was a rope swing and a grotto under the waterfall was absolutely breath taking.
After we finished at the Blue Hole we went on down to Calypso River Tubing. It was a real live lazy river experience on the White River. It was about a half hour ride down the river. Our guides would occasionally serenade us and would jump down from trees into the river.
Needless to say by the end of all these activities, we were starving! Our guide suggested this local place called Scotchie’s that was on the way back to the port. The restaurant felt like you were eating in a backyard gazebo. Don’t let the menu price scare you, it is in Jamaican. Our bill was over $10,000 which is only about $100 in USD. Our favorites were all the jerked meats (pork was my personal favorite), the rice and beans, festivals and the bams. Festivals are like a fried dough which was very tasty. The bams are like a deep fried corn meal. It is really amazing and there are not any words to describe it.
This whole thing completely changed my view on Jamaica. If I ever port in Jamaica again, I will definitely be looking up Liberty Tours again!