Myself, wife, infant (10 months), my mom and dad will be in Ocho Rios. My wife and I have been there before but did not climb the falls. This time I would like to do this but now we have added a baby to our equation. Common sense tells me that we cannot all climb the falls together. Meaning that I keep the baby strapped to my chest with a carrier.
I have read that there is a trail or something on the side of the falls for a non-participant to watch the activities. Is this true? Does it go along the ENTIRE side of the falls or are there just areas that you can stop and look into? Is this side trail or side area large enough to take a stroller along?
Also, how long does it take to climb the falls? The only other way I can figure for all of us to participate and not place the baby in danger is to go in groups. Group one being me and my mom and group two being my wife and my dad. If we do it this way, where would group one meet up with group two to take over the baby duties and how do we get there?
Any suggestions on a way for us all to enjoy this?
There is a stairway alongside the Falls, not a walkway. If you book the excursion thru the cruiseline, only one group will be able to climb the falls. They take one group up, everyone returns via the stairs to the beach and waiting boat to take you back to the ship. The other group would have to book a later (or earlier) excursion, if there is more than one offered. I don't see how you can all go on the same excursion, there just isn't enough time. If I recall correctly, it took at least an hour to climb the entire Falls, maybe another poster can help you with this. If you go by bus, the same sequence of events would occur, the entire group from that bus would climb the Falls together. I don't know how they handle private bookings. I had a similar situation a few years ago when traveling with my daughter, son-in-law and grandson. My grandson was too young to climb the Falls so I stayed on the beach with him and let my daughter and her husband experience the Falls.
there are stairs that run alongside the falls, there are viewing areas along the stairway. There is a large arched bridge about half way that allows for a great view of the falls. Book a tour either ships sponsored or with a reputable tour guide like Peat Taylor(he is very good) One parent could climb the falls while the other took the stairs with the baby,if you like.