Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril, Jamaica
We joined the tour at Montego Bay. An enjoyable day, the Falls are lovely and you can either climb up them or just admire from the viewing decks. There are a couple of places to get drinks and snacks. We were there for about 1 1/2 hours. There is a local craft market at the exit, which whilst pleasant if you want to shop, it is unavoidable as you have to walk through it to get to the coach park. The locals were polite although rather pushy as they tried to get you to look at their stalls etc. Take care if you walk down to the beach area, there are various boat trips offered and also 'other' things on offer as well. The lunch stop was decent and we had jerk chicken with rice. Bob Marley's Nine Mile - it takes a while to get there, in fact a couple of hours, scenery is pretty along the way. Bob's house is interesting, albeit a tourist trap. You are able to buy various souvenirs and there is also a bar which offers a Bob Marley cocktail for $10 (you get to keep the glass). There is also 'other things' on offer from a window, and this was made clear by the tour guide, who described it as 'everything is legal'. Well it isn't so caution required! There is no pressure to partake in the smoking, we didn't, however most on our tour did and smoked it around the complex. In summary, a pleasant day trip, long journeys involved , would I have done it if I knew what it was like? I would have done the Falls but not the Nine Mile.
Costa del Sol, Spain
The pros - Gibraltar is lovely, excellent for duty free and worth a visit.
The cons - The bus took 3 1/2 hours to get there from Torremolinos by the time we had made all the pick up stops, so we got to Gibraltar at midday and we had to be back on the coach at 4pm. Booking it as the shopping tour, you basically just get the bus fare included and that's it. We were dropped at the bus station but not given any map or directions of where to walk to the town, which is a 10 minute walk each way to the square. We just about had time to do the cable car ride up to the rock, lunch and a quick look around the shops, which actually closed at 3pm on a Saturday.
Summary: Whilst we had an enjoyable afternoon, it was a rush in the 4 hours we had there. More information would have been appreciated.
Tips: Do not go on a Saturday as the shops close at 3pm. Get a map from the tourist office for free rather than paying £1 out of the machines. If you are not an independent type of traveller, book this trip with the rock tour etc included. Finally if you want more than 4 hours in Gibraltar, consider other options.
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