The transportation picked us up right outside of the private neighborhood where we were staying about an hour from the plantation. Although the vehicle wasn't one of the official ones for that tour company, it was fine. The driver was friendly and pointed out several things even though there was no guide on the van with us. The plantation is run by the same tour company that provided transportation. We arrived before ten am and found plenty to keep us busy until we left at 3:30 pm. We had the cultural tour and there was a lot of freedom to time things so they were comfortable for you as well as to roam and take photos around the property. The other people on the van had one of the adventure packages. They were also happy, although they didn't have enough time to take the house tour. Normally not a huge fan of carriage rides, but you get a lot of historical info you don't get elsewhere. If you have kids old enough to understand and listen to what guides say, be prepared to answer their questions. The details of slavery on Jamaica are particularly disturbing. The guides aren't graphic, but anyone who can understand was more than a little appalled and slightly queasy at the history. The tour of the house is wonderful. We had our own guide. The view is wonderful and several movies were filmed on the property. The food is "tourist" Jamaican and decent enough. Prices for food are comparable or less than other tourist spots. All of the adventure sites looked well built and safe. The only slight negative was confusion about tipping. The first person on the property told us to turn in anyone who asked for tips and then every person thereafter asked for one. Happened to us everywhere in Jamaica - it's a systemic issue, but left us feeling awkward and guilty either way. From what we read and heard about other plantation tours on the island, this is probably the best - especially if you want to learn about Jamaica. Would def. recommend it.
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