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Old 12-18-2014, 06:10 PM   #1
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I have never been to Jamaica....what is the best thing to do there for a family?
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Old 12-18-2014, 07:07 PM   #2
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My daughter and I did the slow tubing down the river. It was nice and slow and relaxing. It was This past August. If you are more adventurous, there is a faster tubing and white water rafting.
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Old 12-19-2014, 12:09 AM   #3
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Dunns Rivers Fall. It was amazing and we had so much fun. Families of all ages were there. I just spoke to two people today that have been to Jamaica for vacation (not on cruises) and one of there highlights were the falls and climbing up them
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Old 12-21-2014, 02:29 AM   #4
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Mystic Mountain Bobsled or Zip-line, and Dunn River Falls excursion if possible.

It is a 45 minute ride each way, but it's worth it, IMO.

Or the other items stated above.

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Old 12-21-2014, 02:46 PM   #5
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I have never been to Jamaica....what is the best thing to do there for a family?
How old are your children?

We were there in October and hired a private tour company to take us to the Blue Hole. It's a series of water falls...you climb up and then can 'jump' down from falls to falls. Each group is assigned a guide when you get there. (You don't have to jump for the higher falls...) Anyway, the youngest kids in our group were 10/11 years old and they had a blast. It's so beautiful...we would definitely do this again!
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we hired ionie mcbeam to take us to dunn river falls, tubing, and a beach. We really enjoyed ourselves
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:13 AM   #7
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Dunn River Falls

We just got off the Disney Magic (western caribbean sailing) and LOVED our Dunn River Falls excursion. It was a blast. Our tour guide said that it was the number 1 most popular tourist attraction in Jamaica, and I can see why.
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Old 12-22-2014, 11:22 PM   #8
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we rented a day room at the Hilton rose hall resort which included the room, food and beverage for the day. it was nice to have an extra big pool to play in plus there is a lazy river to float around in. I would only recommend this if your looking for a relaxing day. we all loved it and would do it again.
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Old 12-23-2014, 10:21 AM   #9
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Another vote for Dunn River Falls. My DS 9 and DS 4 climbed the falls with me and it was awesome.

I like Mystic Mountain as well. My DS 4 was too young for us to do the zip line, but it looked like a great time.
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Old 12-23-2014, 08:17 PM   #10
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Just got off the Magic on Sunday. We did the Dunn's River Falls and Jamaican Bobsleds. I work on the ships and have done a TON of excursions and I have to say this was one of the best!

Our guide at the Falls was Tammy (I'm pretty sure that's her name). She's the only female guide and she's amazing!
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Old 12-25-2014, 06:18 PM   #11
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We did a private excursion to Irie Blue Hole, aka Secret Falls through Liberty Tours. Note that none of the cruise lines offer this excursion, which I think is great.

Our guide met us at the the port then took us on an approximately 45 minute drive pointing out areas of interest along the way. When we arrived at the location, we were assisted by lifeguards who helped us down to the falls and took pictures of us with our cameras during our time there, approximately two hours.

The area was beautiful and secluded! There were a couple of other groups there as well, but nowhere near the crowds we've seen at Dunns River Falls. We had an awesome time jumping from the rope swing, swimming in the cool water and just hanging out in paradise.

After our time at the falls, our guide took us to Scotchies for some authentic jerk chicken and pork, rum punch for the adults! After lunch we headed back, stopping along the way for photo ops. We arrived back in Falmouth and had plenty of time for shopping.

Whatever you decide, I highly recommend a private excursion. The tour companies are very cognizant of the time, they don't want you the miss the ship any more than you do. Their tour business is how they put food on the table so the last thing they want are negative reviews on the internet due to not getting their group back in time. They offer a personalized experience that just can't be duplicated by the cruise lines. We walked right past all the huge groups waiting in the heat for their cruise excursion directly to our air conditioned private vehicle and were on our way to start our day.

If you would like more info, feel free to PM me.
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Just got off the Magic on Sunday. We did the Dunn's River Falls and Jamaican Bobsleds. I work on the ships and have done a TON of excursions and I have to say this was one of the best! Our guide at the Falls was Tammy (I'm pretty sure that's her name). She's the only female guide and she's amazing!
Have you ever done the Amazing Race adventure there? I think it sounds really fun.
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Old 12-26-2014, 05:09 PM   #13
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Have you ever done the Amazing Race adventure there? I think it sounds really fun.
My husband and dd(13) and her best friend(13) did the chukkas amazing race. They loved it. Jeep driver and different challenges including kayaking and zip lining.
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Are your kids adventurous eaters?
I did a tasting tour in Sept. and it was fun. It was a walking tour. You got to try local cuisine and hear a little history too.
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