Ocho Rios Excursions

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Brimmer Hall Combo w/ Dunn's Falls, Beach, & Lunch

Tour Description

Your tour begins with a 45 minute drive through the rural Jamaican countryside, after which you will arrive at the 4,000 acre Brimmer Hall Estate, a working plantation. You'll then be transferred to a tractor-drawn jitney, which will take you on a guided tour through the plantation.

You'll learn how numerous tropical crops are cultivated, including bananas, pineapples, coconuts, cocoa, pimento, coffee and sugar cane. You'll also sample fresh coconut and sugar cane, and be offered a cup of refreshing fruit punch or rum swizzle.

Following your tour of the agricultural areas, you'll be taken back to the Great House for a tour of the 19th century building. The house is a single story building with glass louvered windows and cooler boxes. The structure has high ceilings, polished wooden floors and a wide verandah. Inside you'll find a wonderful collection of period furnishings and other antique items.

Guests are encouraged to visit the gift shop, which is located in a building that once housed the Estate's stables. Here you'll find a good selection of handicrafts, including ceramics, art, straw goods, woodcarvings, rums, liqueurs and cigars.

The 30-minute drive back to Ocho Rios will take you past the erstwhile estates of Ian Fleming ("Goldeneye," now a luxury hotel) and Noel Coward ("Firefly," now owned by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust).

Arriving at Shaw Park Beach, you'll be greeted with a complimentary welcome drink and then be provided with a general orientation. Then it's your turn to have some fun.

The beach here is wide, the waters are calm, yet the sand on the beach is not as "silky" as you'd find on other beaches. The White River empties out into the ocean here at the east end of the beach.

At Shaw Beach you can enjoy the view from your beach chair, take a swim in the Caribbean, or even explore the waters of the White River and take a swim in the river's fresh waters.

If you're hungry, or looking for an adult beverage, just head to the Shaw Beach Hotel's Palm Garden Cafe or Terrace Bar. Restroom facilities and fresh water showers are located nearby.

At noon, you will be served a buffet lunch, featuring Caribbean BBQ cuisine.

After lunch, you will board an air-conditioned motor coach and take a 20-minute drive to the entrance to Dunn's River Falls.

Upon arriving at Dunn's River Falls Beach, you will meet your guide and be assigned into groups of approximately 20 to 30 climbers. If you've brought a camera, your guide will carry it for you. If you haven't brought aqua socks, you'll have an opportunity to rent a pair. In addition, storage lockers are available at the falls for a nominal fee. Then, joining hands, your guide will lead you into the entrance of the falls and you'll begin your ascent.

Climbing the 600 foot high falls will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour. You'll be walking on smooth limestone boulders as you make your way up through the cascading waters. You'll be able to chill out in some of the pools you encounter; however, jumping from the falls is not permitted (it's also not a good idea anyway). For those who brought a camera, your guide will periodically takes shots of you along the way (just to prove that you did indeed walk up the falls).

At the top of the falls you'll pass through a shopping area where you can purchase a refreshing bottle of water, soda or a beer. You can also buy souvenir from the local merchants.

As an alternative to hiking up the falls, an adjacent rustic stone pathway leads to the shopping area at the top of the falls.

After your climb, you'll walk back down to the beach, board a motor coach and return back to Ocho Rios and your ship.

Dunn's River Falls

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Excursion Length:

5½ Hours

Tour Prices:

Carnival: Adults, from $139.99; kids, from $89.99
Royal Caribbean: Adults, from $147; kids, from $99
Princess: from $129
Norwegian: Adults, from $119; kids, from $119

What You Need to Bring:

  • Comfortable shirt and pants or shorts
  • Wear your swimsuit under your clothes
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Biodegradable Sunscreen
  • Aqua Socks--Buy your own; you can use them in other ports
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Bring money for incidentals
  • Bring your camera

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What Else You Need to Know:

Transit to the site: You'll board an air-conditioned motor coach at the Cruise Terminal and take a 45-minute drive to your first stop, Brimmer Hall Estate.

Who should take this tour:

  • Folks who'd like to visit a working Estate
  • Folks who'd like to tour the Brimmer Hall Great House
  • Folks who want to see some of rural Jamaica
  • Folks who want to climb Dunn's River Falls
  • Folks who want to spend their day in Jamaica at a beach
  • Swimmers
  • Families
  • Fun seekers
  • Photographers

Additional Venue Information:

Brimmer Estate The Brimmer Hall Estate is located 21 miles east of Ocho Rios, in the hills above the historic town of Port Maria. Today the Estate is a working plantation, growing a number of crops, including bananas, sugar cane, pineapple, ackee (a Jamaican fruit) and coffee.

The centerpiece of the Estate is the Great House, built in 1817. The house is a single story building with glass louvered windows and cooler boxes. The structure has high ceilings, polished wooden floors and a wide verandah. The Great House lies on four to five thousand acres of land which was once a part of four adjoining estates: Tryall, Trinity, Roslyn and Brimmer Hall, all of which were owned by Zachary Bayley.

Visitors to Brimmer Hall make a tour the grounds of the Estate in a tractor-drawn jitney, viewing the tropical fruit trees as the guides explain the processes used to produce the crops. Visitors are also given a tour of the Great House, replete with period antiques. A typical tour includes a lunch that features a variety of typical Jamaican dishes. Guests are encouraged to visit the facility's gift shop, which features a good selection of ceramics, art, straw goods, woodcarvings, rums, liqueurs, and cigars.

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