I would only use a ship tour as well. Even with a ship tour in 96 I was offered to buy drugs 3 times. Not beating up on Jamaica, it is one of the most beautiful islands I have ever seen. But they have some problems there.
Example of differences in islands:
On Jamaica I asked a local to take our picture, he then said I owed him $3. Being a rather inexperienced cruiser at the time, I asked a local after on Grand Cayman to take our picture. I then tried to hand the lady $3 thinking that was what I should do. She said "Don't insult me".
Dwayne, just to add to your post... a good point that you made.
When we awoke in the morning in Jamaica and looked out from the ship, I must say that, geographically speaking, Jamaica is breathtaking. I couldn't wait to disembark the ship to sightsee and to get a better glimpse of the beautiful terrain of the country.
As we rode in our tour guide's van to Dunns River Falls I thought the shore line was magnificent.
To see the filth, garbage and disgust up close ruined it for me.
Just to clarify, Jamaica is a beautifully landscaped country.
tesi, I'm not sure. It is a loooong ride to D.R.F. I believe it took us 2 hours from Montego Bay. The Ochos Rios port is very close. Others on here may have taken a cab. Although, the cab fare may be a small fortune. You can always book through the cruise line.