If you have any interest in the medicinal value of plants, if you enjoy scenic drives in the mountains, if you like to meet kind people then you will enjoy this tour. Hines was our fearless driver and Winston was our wonderful tour guide.
Winston knows Croydon Plantation very well and did an excellent job of including everyone in the group. Hines did not run over any goats and is the sweetest man! You also get to eat many delicious things!
The trip to Croydon Plantation was very good. Our guide, Alicia, was very knowledgeable as well as a delightful person to converse with. Our driver, Keith was very informative about the Montego Bay area and Jamaican life in general. One suggestion, give Keith a microphone so passengers in the back of the bus won't miss any of his interesting and humorous commentary. The drive to and from the plantation was equally worth the trip and it allowed us to see Jamaican life outside the All-Inclusive.
Outstanding! The plantation is beautiful, the lunch delicious, and the tour guide was very knowledgeable.
Entertaining and knowledgeable guide and bus driver. Enjoyed sites along the way, as well as, the fabulous plantation. This tour is for those who will appreciate Jamaican landscapes outside a resort town/city, getting up close and familiar with the plants, including fruits, nuts, flowers, herbs and spices, and coffee production on a plantation. It is also for those who would enjoy sampling freshly picked tropical fruits, and an enjoyable lunch with opportunity to learn while having fun.
one of the most informative tours i have ever been on.We tasted,felt and smelled everything that was grown on this platation.Alisha and Wnston , our two tour guides did a terrific job and we were introduced to the owner of the plantation and were free to ask him questions.I can't say enough about the informative nature of the tour and the hands on approach of the tour.
The Croydon Plantation Tour was such an educational experience. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour guide's presentation while on the plantation. The entire culture which is so different from ours, opened our eyes and we developed an appreciation for what nature can do at the expense of man's hands. We will never forget our experience. Tasting the different fruits was a bonus.
This was a great excursion - You start off by learning a bit about Jamaica and the plantation, and then they tell you about the coffee and honey production. You get to try fresh pineapple juice, like 10 different kinds of pineapple, and a fresh, hot lunch at the end (complete with Blue Mountain Coffee!). I don't really like pineapple but I loved almost every single kind I tried - it's so fresh here. If you're not into learning or trying new things this probably isn't for you. But otherwise, go for it. We even got to meet the plantation owner. :]
This trip was simply amazing! We were pleasantly surprised on how delightful the plantation was. The day started off with a wonderful bus ride by a very friendly and safe driver named Artwell. We then picked up some equally wonderful tour guides, Alicia and Winston...they were a blast....very knowledgeable and funny beyond belief! We arrived at the plantation to be treated to delicious treats, an education and a scrumptious lunch..(thank you Michelle)......we even met the owner...Mr. Hannah...what a sweetheart.All in all it was a marvelous day and we left feeling a little sad...knowing it would be awhile before we meet these lovely folks again...Go...you will be very glad you did!!
This tour was excellent .... we had good drivers, well versed guides and a good lunch on the tour ... the plantation owner greeted us and he chatted individually with most of the people that were on the tour.
From the moment our driver picked us up-we had nonstop fun. Our tour guides were so knowledgeable. The tour was such a hands on tour. You got to see, touch, taste and smell all the different Jamaican grown produce. I was pleasantly surprised when my eight year old son said how much he enjoyed this tour. I would highly recommend this tour.
This was the highlight of our trip...it was great to get away from the resort areas and see how the locals actually live, and the beauty of the countryside is incomparable.
The plantation itself way very fun. Lots of different fruit trees/bushes to see. You get to taste lots of different stuff along the way. Everything is clearly marked, clean, and easy to navigate. Our tour guide Alicia was excellent as well.
The reason for the 4 stars was because of a VERY awkward stop on the way up the mountain to the plantation. We stopped at a primary school to see how the local schools looked and how the kids learned. This in and of itself isn't bad, but the tour bus was split into two group and each marched in front of a class. The next 10 minutes were filled with awkward silence and blank stares from the children. Any attempted interaction from the tourists were met with silence from the kids. I could hardly blame them. If I were a 5 year old kid and a bunch of tourists suddenly came into my classroom, I wouldn't know what to say either.
Beyond the awkward stop at the school, I'd recommend the tour. The meal at the end was the best meal of our vacation and the coffee was top notch.
Only negative was the bumpy road getting there! Driver, Mr. Brown, was great guy and excellent driver - negotiated the narrow 2 lane roads with great skill and judgement. Tour Guide Winston and his lovely trainee Vanessa were wonderful people making the rip and tour enjoyable and informative.
Plantation was beautiful and interesting. Lunch was delicious. All and all a great half day!
Well worth a visit - small group tour - plenty of opportunities to sample a variety of fruits grown on the plantation. View from where we had lunch was spectacular!! Jerk Chicken was on the menu and quite delicious!!
We enjoyed this tour very much, however, as seniors we found it rather long. It was stated that it would be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It was close to 3:30 when we returned to our hotel. The tour guide was very informative and the lunch was excellent.
The Croydan Plantation was interesting seeing all the different fruits and plants that grow in Jamaica. The lunch was very good, wished that we could have had seconds. The negative is that the tour lasts 6 to 7 hrs but about 4 or 4 1/2 hrs of it is spent either going to or from the plantation. The roads are terrible, plenty of potholes and very winding roads on the way there. At the end of the day you will feel that you have been in a roller coaster for 4 hours. Our tour guide said to us are you ready for a butt massage today. That should be a forwarning of what to expect.
The tour guides were very imformative and knowledgable about the plants on the plantation. This trip is good if you want a lesson on botanicals. Or perfect for an education school trip, not for someone traveling on vacation looking for an adventure. We took our 11 and 14 year old boys and they were not impressed.( Complained of being bored).
Not bad, the property is a natural beauty. Saw some interesting plants. I think the best part was the car driver who picked us up to bring us to the plantation.
The bumpy road made me very dizzy. I was going to throw up. I have never had any motion sickness experience before, but this trip was a horrible experience for me. The bus kept moving left and right and left and right. I do not recommend this for pregnant women or elderly people who may not have the physical being for it. The bumpy road to the mountain was not safe at all. At times, I did not dare to look down at the bottom of the mountain. After the driver dropped me off at my hotel, I was dramatized that I had to cancel my plan for a tour for the next day. This was just my experience. Others may be okay with everything. When arrived at the plantation, it was soooo boring because you had to listen to the tour guide constantly talking for 1.5 hrs or who knows how long. They gave you some fruits, but I felt that were not enough fruits to serve everyone. They should make two stations/tables or whatever to expedite the line. Guests were just standing at the fruit table while others were waiting. The buffet was not good at all. The chicken was tasteless. If you like to listen to others for that long, this tour is for you. There twas nothing to see except for a nice quick look at the mountain that's all. It was a wasted of my time and not mentioning about money. 69 was too much for this trip. I prefer to stay at my hotel and read books than going on this tour. My suggestions to improve the tour are below.
1 I do not know how to improve the driving experience for guests. It gave me headache.
2 Include some other activities into this tour. Example: hiking, making coffee for yourself, etc..This tour itself is way overpriced.
3 It does not have to be a buffet. People would prefer quality over quantity.
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