one word for this port: organized chaos. People with NCL excursions went through a building and on their way. I had a private excursion with a few other people booked through Know Jamaica tours. They told us to wait in this area, which was ... Read More
one word for this port: organized chaos. People with NCL excursions went through a building and on their way. I had a private excursion with a few other people booked through Know Jamaica tours. They told us to wait in this area, which was nicely shaded. Then they called my tour group, and put us in the dorect sun for the better part of an hour. It didn't seem like anyone knew what they were doing, but I think we all eventually found our way.
Our tour first went to Dunn's River Falls. It was really fun! We were one of the first groups up the falls that day, so we weren't dealing with huge crowds yet. I think I would have enjoyed it less had I been stuck in the crowds. I also think making everyone hold hands makes balancing harder. But rules are rules.
Once we finished that, we went tubing down the White River. It was a nice little area, really nice tubes, but boy was that water cold!! I do wish the tubing lasted longer.
A few people in our group wanted to buy some coffee at a grocery store or non-touristy place. Our driver took us to a "local market" instead, where he definitely got a payoff for bringing us.
One thing I didn't enjoy about Jamaica was how aggressive the vendors were about tips and if they felt you didn't tip enough.
Also, traffic there in the afternoon is no joke, so make sure you leave a ton of extra time to get back to port! What took us about 10 minutes to go one way, took 45 minutes to go back. Read Less