Would love to get to Dunn's falls but am traveling with my mother who is 79, just wondering if this would be something she is able to do, heard there are steps to take instead of the falls, any info would be great, also wondering if a person should book this or just hail a cab and do it on your own. Also want to pick up some shopping and wasn't sure if theres enought time to do both.
Unless your mom is in excellent condition, I wouldn't recommend the falls. I have seen young folks falling but when you are twenty, falling can be half the fun but 79...that's another story. However there is a set of real stairs that follows along the falls and she can climb those and watch you if she wishes. I have a bad knee and was unable to climb the falls with my family but I watched them from the stairs and had many a laugh especially at my husband's expense!!! Hope this helps.
I just posted this for another person. My wife and I asked the same questions on this chat 2 years ago. You and Mom might enjoy Peat Taylor tours. (www.peattaylor.com). Two years ago the cost was $30.00. You need to e-mail Peat on the date and time you are arriving. He is waiting for you at the port. He has a small "van like" bus. He takes you through the town, through some deprived areas, the rain forest, through a mountain village and to Dunn's River. (Included in the price). During the tour, Peat is singing to you! In addition, you stop at a 1 room school house of young children. We went inside and they sang to us. It was really neat. After about 1 hour at Dunn's, Peat will take you where ever you would like to go. (We went to Margarittaville. Wow. What a wild place).This was well worth the money and cheaper than the excursion. If you would like, e-mail me at KLJive@comcast.net and I will send you a few photos. If you go to Dunn's, be sure to get cheap water shoes and take a water proof dispossible camera. By the way. I felt very safe. The only issue is the vendors that you need to walk through after Dunns. They bug you to buy trinkets. Mom can watch you as you are climbing.
I would not recommend climbing the falls at 79, heck my hubby is 59 and has had a knee replaced. I wouldn't let him climb them. It is a wonderful experience, and I'm glad I did it when I was in my mid 30s. I might chance it again now that I'm mid 50s, but definitely not late 70s. There are some pretty good step ups and some slippery areas. It's a ball to do, but have your mom watch. She'll enjoy watching and taking pictures of people busting tail. The guides are great and keep you as safe as possible, but mother nature has her own mind at times. It is really a beautiful site as well. Have a great time! There's plenty of time to shop, just make sure you stay around fellow passengers. Jamaica is a beautiful island, but very poor. Be street smart there. Best wishes and have a wonderful cruise!
I am glad to hear, Kjlive, that your experience was a pleasant one with Peat (pronounced Pete) Taylor.
I would never in a million years recommend him to anyone. Our cruise stop in Montego Bay was quite the opposite with him. For starters, he urinated, in plain sight, outside of his van in front of our 2 daughters.
Second, he misrepresented his quote to me on-line, versus at the end of our day, when it came time to pay up.
Peat Taylor jumped on this formun a couple of times a few months ago pretending to be cruisers recommending him to drum up business. So with A'ndrea's story plus the false recommendations, I would not advise any one to book though him.
As the falls goes, if you are docking in Ocho Rios, the falls are close enough to grab a cab and do them on your own. If you are in Montego Bay, you may want to stick to a ship tour and the ride to the falls is about an hour. If you can't get back in time, you will be watching the ship sail away from the pier. The cost to get into the falls is $15 (I am pretty sure) plus the cab ride, so you can judge from that on the ship booked excursion.
No, I would not say that someone at 79 could climb the falls. Unless they were in excellent shape exercise quite a bit. Even then it would be a challenge. Although if they think they are equal to the task, they can start up and see how it goes. There are stairs out of the falls periodically and they can always get out and finish the climb from the stairs.
Dunn's Falls is worth seeing, but that's all I would do with a 79 year old. We booked our excursion through Carnival and ended up waiting for the rest of the group for quite a while while they hiked. We took our young children (1 & 3). We all loved seeing the falls, but there is no way that I would climb it with elderly or small children. I would take a cab to the falls, look around a while and tour the island a little bit. They had some fun things for sale, but were so pushy that I was ready to scream at all of them by the time I was done. Ocho Rios is beautiful and worth seeing, but I don't think I need to go back! definately my least favorite of the ports on that trip.
I did it last year with 3 other 49-51 year olds and we were OK, but I saw several people drop out at 1/2 way point and some fall on the rocks. My mother at 75 could certainly not do it. We took a shore excursion that included some kind of botanical garden I think. It was OK. Our 18 year old sons didn't care for the garden, but loved the Falls.