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MrM1's Port Reviews of Key West, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios
Carnival Freedom cruise in April 2013
Member Name: MrM1
Cruise Date: April 2013
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: MrM1's Carnival Freedom Review
Key West
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Walked the few blocks and rented hybrid road bikes from Eaton Bikes shop. Spent the day doing a 12 mile road bike tour around the total key. Had a great day just riding Key West. Wish I could have had my road bike. May go back just for a riding vacation.

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Grand Cayman
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
All we wanted to do was Snorkel. And Snorkel we did ... the entire time on shore. No need for a excursion for this if you have basic gear. Take the tender boat to the port piers, walk out the gate. Turn left toward 7 mile beach and within 4 minutes you will come to a beach area and can walk right off the beach to the wreck of the Gamma sticking up out of the water.

Walk half way back and you are at Burger King. Go off right there and this is Cheese Burger Reef. Another nice spot.

But the high light is found at the Eden Rock Dive shop ... just a 4 minute walk in the other direction from the pier. There just 30 yard or so off shore in about 30 foot and less of water is both Edens Rock and the Devils Grotto reef. Great spots.

Note that all beaches in Grand Cayman are public, so as long as there is a public access you can be there. There is much snorkeling just about anywhere, but from what I understand, the best is right there around Georgetown and the closer you get to 7 mile beach the less pleasing the "right-off-the-beach" snorkeling gets.

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Ocho Rios
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Met local Friends and did a food and driving tour around Ocho. If you get a chance to eat, Scotchies is an absolute must for Jamaican Jerk. Great place.

Also, wanna see falls but dont like the idea of wet body to body climbs up Dunns River Falls? Try out Turtle River Gardens and Falls (formerly Enchanted Gardens) Just upstream from Dunns River Falls (and actually closer to town). This is a true Jamaican Gem that the tours have yet to find because it has recently reopened. Google it ... what a beautiful place, and we had it all to our selves. No one else there but the 4 of us and the tour guide. Cost was $20 US per person.

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