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scales - Answered a Question by Smith (09 May 08 18:04)

At Ocho Rios is Dunns River Falls. We went in 2002. They are very touristy but wonderful, with lots of people around, linking hands, & some going it alone. We did not link up to a guide, but if you do, try & aim for the front of the line, those nearer the guide are more likely to follow his footsteps, unlike those at the rear who are stepping about somewhat blindly. There is a large ‘pool’ area, just before the falls proper if all you want to do is have a dip. there is a wood decking viewing area for those who do not want to venture in. Lots of people climbing wore trainers. Ship’s crew will take either your picture on their camera, or will take one of you with your own. They will have lots of camers around their necks, so if it is an expensive one, think about not handing it over. Beware! Touts around at the viewing platform offer to take your pic, & then demand money for it. The route back to the bus was a bit of an ordeal, through a winding craft ‘market’ A favourite scam is for the tout to ‘give’ you something for free, then ask if you will give them something ‘for free’ back in return ($$$!). They are very persistent!. On our visit, there was no alternative way to get back to the bus, other than through this ‘rat-run’, although there may be now. When we were there, the ship was berthed right by a beach, & after lunch, we walked off & onto it, $3 at that time to get in & fenced off, with security guards. I don’t know who it was stopping, as we saw & briefly spoke to – locals, who were very friendly. We went to Grand Cayman pre-hurricane & are now unsure what it is like, but when we went, a 'trip around the island' included a stop at a conch house & a Tortuga rum cake factory outlet, & a photo-stop @ Seven Mile Beach (Best known & busiest beach, it is beautiful, (you can get your tour guide to drop you off at the beach, there are minibuses that go to & from the pier & beach) then onto Hell (there is a postcard & touristy stuff shop which includes a post office where you can have your cards shipped out with ‘Hell’ franked on them), & onto the turtle farm.(separate entrance fee, $9 in ’02 but well worth it). We stopped off at a British pub & paid $15 for two pints! Heard about but no further knowledge of Stingray City for diving. On Cozumel, the best beach was Playa San Juan, just northwards of the Capital. Mentioned as 'the most beautiful beaches' but didn't get to either was San Francisco & Playasol beaches. If you do a tour around a great viewpoint is @ Punto Sur, stop & have a beer & take in the view. Diving/snorkelling site we heard about but didn't do is @ Chankanaab lagoon.

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