Bob Marley, an ambassador of Reggae Music, is known across the world for his contribution to the Rastafarian community. Learn about the man himself, the work and accreditation he has received throughout his music career and even after death.
The Bob Marley Mausoleum, also known as Nine Miles, serves as his birth home and final resting place. Located between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios is the small village of Nine Mile, where visitors can tour the birth home and burial grounds of legendary Bob Marley.
It is a day trip of the journey to Nine Mile Town, leaving the highway at Falmouth and traveling on the back roads past sugar cane plantations, old plantation houses, sugar mills and townships. One interesting township is Browns Town, especially on market day, showing crowds of people throughout the area.
From any direction, the trip is along one narrowed, pot-holed and winding roads that are shared with trucks, buses and the ever-present, impatient cab drivers.
After paying an admission price, visitors are guided up to several floors of stairs into a bar and restaurant area. The bartender, with entertaining advice, encourages visitors to purchase either a three-layered, multi-colored Jamaican rum or the island beer, Red Stripe. Visitors are parked in this area to wait for the next tour guide.
Before the tour begins, musicians and even the Rasta tour guide serenades visitors with the Rastafari principles, peace and love. Huge, wooden gate welcomes guests into the compound. Keep your eyes open for mysterious “cigarettes” being poked through any gaps in the outside walls.
A section showcases all of Marley’s achievements in the music world, especially the gold records. Fans and even those who don’t know Marley’s music catch a glimpse of how he penetrated the whole world with his philosophy. It gave newbies more insight into the Rastafarian culture and beliefs. The property is well maintained and overall beautiful.
The guides are all Rasta men and provide a detailed, in-depth look at the legend’s humble beginnings, his philosophy and music. The houses where he was born comprises two rooms. One a gathering room, the other a small bedroom — both totaling no more than 300 square feet. The kitchen is outdoors and consists of rocks piled in a circle to contain the open fire.
Tour guide will joke to women about not touching the bed of Marley because he had 19 children during his short life of 35 years.
There are two mausoleums. The first entered is Mama Marley’s. The second entombs Marley. No photography nor video taping is allowed in either building. Don’t forget to touch the inspiration rock, a place of meditation for Marley.
Getting to the site can be a treacherous drive, though, if your hotel offers guided excursions, then opt to venture out on one of those tours. If you have children in town or prefer not to be exposed to smoke, know that the site allows the use of marijuana by staff and visitors. You can visit the Bob Marley Center and Mausoleum daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
Bob Marley Mausoleum
Nine Mile, between Claremont and Alexandria
Tel: 1 876 999 7003
Tip #1: No videos or photos are allowed in specific places on the property.
Tip #2: Just be aware that you will come into contact with Marijuana even if you don’t smoke yourself.
Tip #3: If you have time, wait for Captain Crazy as a tour guide. His laughter is contagious.