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Venga y disfrute de una plantación jamaicana en activo. La plantación Croydon está ubicada en las estribaciones de las Montañas Catadupa y podrá degustar las frutas tropicales de temporada y disfrutar de un delicioso bufé jamaicano rodeado de las exuberantes montañas verdes de St. James. Reserve ahora y disfrute de un día inolvidable en Jamaica.
We had a great time. I recommend taking Dramamine as the road is bumpy and windy. Our tour guide, Winston, was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.The tour included info about Jamaica and lots of samples of fruit and juices. Lunch was awesome and would highly recommend this tour for something unique.
The tour starts with a trip through the mountains, with narrow roads, lots of turns, large pot-holes, pedestrians, goats and no guard rails. 45 km takes at least 75 minutes. Once you reach the plantation you are given a very interesting tour of the history of the plantation and learn lots of facts. There is a 45 min stroll to see many plants, and a 3 rest stops on the way to sample some fruit. The Jamaican ginger beer can be way stronger than the bottled stuff, and clears out throat and nose congestion very well. Many of the items in the store are made by a local tailor and are very well made and way cheaper than in Montego Bay. I recommend this to all, including those with minor mobility issues. No stairs, the path is fairly level and the hill is not very steep to go from the tour to lunch.
I had an amazing time! The drive kept us safe and did an excellent job getting us there and back! The tour guide was funny and very educational! I learned a lot and the best part was the surprise of visiting a private elementary school! The food at the end that the lovely ladies cooked for us was THE best Jamaican food I have had all my life!!!!! I even got to meet the men on the plantation that worked there and they were very friendly! I would definitely suggest future tourist to book this tour because it was full or history, culture, comedy, and love!!!
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.
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.
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!
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.