Sun Valley Plantation
Enjoy a 45-minute scenic countryside drive as we take you to Crescent Oracabessa, east of Ocho Rios, where the Sun Valley Plantation is located.
This is a working plantation and botanical farm owned and operated by Lorna and Nolly Binns. It sits along the Crescent River. On this Ocho Rios excursion, you will be treated to personal service every step of the way, as Lorna and her staff take you through a piece of Jamaican history and culture you will never forget. They offer enjoyable garden tours in a plantation setting.
Upon arrival, all guests are greeted with a welcome drink made with the current fruit in season.
You will have fun meeting and leisurely strolling about with your host on lands that are steeped in history, and have been producing a vast variety of tropical fruits and food for over 250 years. The 90-minute tour of the plantation tells the story of the property from the slave era to present day.
Learn about tropical fruits and plants, and the therapeutic and medicinal values of the trees, herbs, and spices that grow plentifully on the plantation. Along the way, you can sample a variety of fruits straight from the trees, like the mysterious jelly (coconut), Otaheite apple and other exotic fruits (depending on what is in season).
Keep your eyes open for hummingbirds and other local birds. This tour is a treat for the eyes, ears, nose and taste buds.
At the end of your tour on the plantation, you will have the opportunity to taste several of the regional dishes, along with a variety of natural juices.
Please note: Tour takes place outside. There is no large plantation Great House as you might see in the southern United States.
Reviewer: Deirdre McCormack
Really enjoyed this excursion. If was off the beaten track and allowed us to experience, learn, eat and taste nature at its very best. Our tour guide was very informative, fun and held our interest throughout the tour. Learning about the medicinal use of every day herbs was enjoyable and a great way to test existing knowledge! Eating a grapefruit off the tree was a super experience as well as drinking fresh coconut water. I would highly recommend this tour. Something different, fun and informative. Well done Sun Valley Plantation. We wish you ever success for the future. Best wishes Deirdre & Maurice McCormack (Ireland)
Reviewer: Cheryl Dawson-Voight
We were so looking forward to this tour; especially after our experience with our Cartagena tour. Sadly, inclement weather prevented our ship from docking in Ocho Rios. When we returned home, I contacted Shore Excursions Group to request a refund since the port call was cancelled by the cruise line. I spoke with Jamie who refunded the cost without hesitation. She also refunded the portion of the travel insurance premium that applied to this trip without me asking! Customer service at its finest, which is why we love Shore Excursions Group!
Reviewer: Mimi Tomaric
What an unexpected surprise. This tour was interesting in that the owners son showed us the various trees and spices grown. He also shared how these were prepared and explained medicinal uses for some of the plants and trees. Then his mom prepared a number of food samples using these fruits, some which I was not familiar. I was happy we booked this tour.
Reviewer: Sue Lavoie
The tour was excellent. The family grows most of what they eat and it was fascinating to learn about all the different fruits and to see them growing. We were also able to sample many: coconut water, jack fruit, coconut, plantains, bananas, ackee, and several I've forgotten.
Reviewer: Charles R Smith
Ship's instructions for departure place and time were way off and we went to meet the van on the dock about two hours AFTER they left for the tour. The star rating is moot.