Nine Miles

Overview

Introduction

If Nine Miles doesn't sound familiar, don't worry: It's a remote mountain village that doesn't even appear on some maps of Jamaica. It's about 48 mi/80 km northwest of Kingston and 25 mi/40 km south of Runaway Bay, between Alexandria and Claremont, on roads that become increasingly potholed and winding. This remote corner of Jamaica is notable for one thing only: Reggae legend Bob Marley was born and is buried there.

Whether you're a fan or not, the drive through unspoiled countryside is well worth the effort. The house where Marley grew up has a miniature chapel (painted in red, green and gold) that contains Marley's mausoleum (open daily 8 am-5:30 pm). It also has a stained-glass window depicting the Lion of Judah. Be warned, though: The Bob Marley Museum complex has been turned into a center of commercialism, and hustlers are everywhere.

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