On our second trip to Jamaica, our friend Billy took me and Kate up to 9 Mile, the boyhood home town of Bob Marley, and more specifically, we went to the Bob Marley Mausoleum. It was quite the drive up to 9 Mile …. certainly not one of the better roads in Jamaica … and comparatively … there probably wouldn’t be a road like it in Canada! Its very wind-y, narrow, bumpy and the drivers still go at top speeds and pass each other as if they are on a highway! Sometimes I just prefer to close my eyes and go to my happy place when I’m a passenger in a car in Jamaica …. otherwise I think I might have a heart attack. We went from Runaway Bay, through Brown’s Town (where we stopped for lunch at Juici Pattis … this is the day our soy Juici Patti addiction started …. I’m not sure whether I should say thanks Billy or not!!) and finally we arrived at 9 Mile. I must say that although its a little stressful in a car at times, it is really fun to drive through all the small towns and rural villages found in the hills in Jamaica … its completely different from being down in the busier and more touristy beach areas.
The mausoleum is the birthplace and final resting place of Bob Marley. As you enter the site, there is a gift shop and restaurant where you can buy souvenirs, or grab food or drinks before your tour begins. The cost of the tour itself is about $18US per person … plus your tour guide will most likely ask you for a small tip at the end of the tour. All the guides are Rasta men … ours was a really great tour guide (I believe he called himself Captain Crazy lol) – they give you so much information and detail on Bob’s entire life, his philosophy and music. I don’t think there is a question out there that they couldn’t answer about the Marley family or Bob’s musical achievements!
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