Bob Marley, Ocho Rios
This is a must see if you are into Bob Marley. The tour is approx 4 hours from ocho rios. The jeep ride to the tour takes about an hour +, but well worth it. You get to see how the non coastal jamaican's live. The actual tour is kinda touristy, but put aside that and you will enjoy yourself.
This place was big on Robs list of must do's. He is a big Bob Marley and Reggae fan so no matter how far this was, we were going. I am a Bob Marley fan too and I wanted to come here also but I did find it alittle overrated. As soon as we parked, we were bombarded with guys trying to sell us weed or just asking for money. Our driver almost got in a fight with one guy who was pretty aggressive.
This place is popluar with tourist and there are tons of buses that come here to see the place that Bob Marley was born and grew up at. There is an entrance fee of $15 and as soon as you come in, they want you to buy a candle to light up at the mausoleum. Its not mandatory but if you want to do it, it cost $1. There is a bar up there in case you want to have some drinks and the tour guide will take you to another place we another guy is singing and playing the guitar. We were told that he taught Bob Marley how to play the guitar. Everyone gets all excited and he expects a tip. You will also pass by the place were Bob Marleys grandparents are buried.
Bob;s mom is also buried here. She passed on last year but prior to that she would be here also greeting people. You will get a little history regarding the place and meet some people that are either related to or knew Bob as he was growing up. There is also Bob's house, his bedroom, his kitchen, and outside his rock that he used to either sit on or use as a pillow.
I have to admit that being here I can relate alittle better to some of his songs especially when he talks about his life at home.
Then you go into the mausoleum. You can take pictures everywhere except in here.
Taking the tour of Bob's place was the best trip during our stay. Not only do you learn a lot about his life, but the tour guides are very knowledgeable of Jamaica's history. Ganja is available from the street vendors and we were told to smoke it if we got it, but be respectful of the people around you.