Nine Mile offers different view of Jamaica
When people go to Jamaica they're usually headed for its sandy beaches, or to take a walk up the ultra touristy Dunn's River Falls. Or to sip some of Jamaica's Blue Mountain Coffee. Or maybe all of the above.
What most people don't do is head into the hinterlands. Two hours from Montego Bay, nestled in the mountains is Nine Mile, a small village in Saint Ann's Parish. This is the birth place, and final resting place of Bob Marley who died on this day in 1982.
The compound which includes a small bar, a gift shop selling Marley stuff, a small abode Marley lived in and the church like building that contains his crypt, is owned by the Marley family.
Visitors can see his crypt and view exhibits dedicated to telling his life story. In one area, they can lay their heads down on the rock pillow.
The tin roof house gives visitors a glimpse of how Marley lived while at Nine Mile.
Marley's life in Nine Mile was simple. Some of the elements to the room have been added, but this bed is supposedly the same one he slept on.
Outside, one of Marley's favorite things is peddled by residents, some barely teenagers. Marijuana has recently been decriminalized in Jamaica, but prior to that it was illegal everywhere in the country. For years the only place it was not enforced was Nine Mile.
Marley's final resting place is also easy to reach from Ocho Rios and Falmouth, two popular cruise ship stops. Most cruise lines offer excursions and so do a few outfits in both cities. Some tours are offered in an authentic Zion Line bus with Marley's music cranked up over the PA system the entire way. While the music is fun, and seeing the countryside is interesting, this is a bumpy ride on a bus with zero creature comforts though the destination is well worth the trouble.