Kingston is a growing metropolis surrounded by mountains in the north and coastline in the south. Like major cities, the surrounding area is in extreme socio-economic conditions and has a violent reputation in some areas, but Kingston is well worth a visit. While you’re there, you’ll find that sometimes the harsh environment is an important source of inspiration for many Jamaican artists, musicians, writers and players.
Built in 1881, Devon House is one of Kingston’s premier landmarks and historic heritage sites. This represents Jamaica’s rich cultural diversity. Georgian Jamaican architecture is a typical plantation built by British colonists at the height of the slave trade. The house is adorned with 19th century furniture and recreates the scenery of the past. Both home and property tours are available to learn about the history of the home and the history of Jamaica today. There are many shops, restaurants and cafes on the real estate grounds.
Jamaica National Museum
The National Gallery of Jamaica is the largest and oldest public art gallery in the English-speaking Caribbean. Beginning in 1974, it will showcase contemporary and early art from surrounding areas such as Jamaica and the Caribbean. See everything from pre-Columbian art created by the indigenous community of the island to some of Jamaica’s most famous artists, such as Edna Manley and Mullica “Capo” Reynolds, using five permanent galleries.
Jamaica is surrounded by some of the warmest blue waters in the Caribbean, but Jamaicans don’t go to the beach as often as you might imagine. Beach days are usually booked on weekends. For some Kingston residents, it means bringing a “canoe” or ferry back to Lime Cay. The small cape is just off the mainland coast near Norman Manley International Airport. There are no sellers for cakes, so it’s a good idea to bring your own food, water and groceries. With its beautiful white sands and soothing water, it’s the perfect escape for anyone looking for a vacation from the city.
Hiking in the Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains cover the northern part of Kingston, covering it from the harsh Caribbean sun. Blue Mountains National Park is a great escape for anyone who wants to enjoy the wilderness and well-kept beauty while visiting Jamaica. A hike to the peak can take 4 to 8 hours from anywhere, depending on your starting point and your experience. On a clear day, the south coast of Cuba can be seen from the top. If you’re looking for something chill, head to Holywell National Park for an outdoor picnic.
Strawberry Hill Spa Day
Strawberry Hill is a hotel located on the hills of the lush Blue Mountain Range. The main house and surrounding cottages are typical of Jamaican colonial homes with simple, wooden antique furniture. It’s a complete mountain escape for anyone who wants to enjoy the luxury of the wilderness. They offer a wide range of services, but we recommend getting one of the massages. Leave yourself to your own coconut hydro scrub massage. It is wonderful for the body and mind.
Bob Marley Museum
Jamaicans often say that their biggest export is reggae music and the genre is nothing without Bob Marley. The museum is located in the old house of musicians. Introducing his incredible life, from the humble beginnings of Jamaica’s poorest community, still owned by his family, to the worldwide recognition of his contributions to music and society.
Kingston’s nightlife never seems to end. There are always parties, “fetishes” and “sessions”. Major parties and events tend to be seasonal, so the best way to know what’s going on is to talk to the locals. There are weekly parties where patrons dance and sing to dancehall, reggae music and more. The carnival season ends with the biggest party on the island. The people here celebrate in the most colorful and complex outfits you will ever see.
Attend a sports game
Jamaicans love sports, especially soccer, cricket and athletics. Jamaican sporting events will have the most lively and exciting fans you’ve ever seen-it’s a party no matter who wins. A soccer team called The Reggae Boys plays home games at the National Stadium, and the National Cricket Team of Jamaica usually plays at Sabina Park.
Tour port Royal
Known as “the most evil city in the world,” Port Royal is renowned as the capital of Caribbean pirates and shipping in the 17th and 18th centuries. Famous predators such as Captain Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, and Calico Jack visited the city on numerous events, seeking shelter from law enforcement agencies and collecting supplies for future trips. In 1692, half of the city sank after the catastrophic earthquake.