The 10 Top Things To See And Do In Kingston, Jamaica
Kingston is the capital of Jamaica. It is the largest city in Jamaica. Here’s a list of the top 10 things to see and do in Kingston:
Set high on a Hill, dub club looks down over Kingston. There's a laid-back bar and I-tal food available. Gates open from 8pm, even though things don’t start to pick up until after 10pm. The huge sound system treats you to the deepest dub and rootsiest reggae you can imagine.
Bob Marley Museum
The museum is located on the site of Bob Marley’s home, in which the legendary reggae musician lived from 1975 until his death in 1981, and it was also the location of the Tuff Gong recording studio. On a guided tour, visitors can see a medicinal herb garden, press clippings about Marley, his stage costumes, photo gallery, and bullet holes in the walls from a failed assassination attempt on Marley.
This colonial house was built in 1881 by George Stiebel, the first black millionaire in Jamaica. Antique lovers will enjoy the visit, highlights of which include some very ornate porcelain chandeliers. Amid the grand surroundings, Stiebel even managed to discreetly tuck a gambling room away in the attic. Admission includes a mandatory guided tour.
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Hope Botanical Gardens & Zoo
Hope Gardens has gone through a massive renovation in recent years that definitely deserves to be appreciated, especially if you’re a nature-lover. The botanical gardens are two hundred acres of land that is split into smaller gardens, such as the Chinese Gardens. It is home to a plant nursery and several concert events that take place throughout the year.
The Blue Mountains are the longest mountain range on the island and include its highest point, Blue Mountain Peak, which is 7,402 feet high. Visitors to the peak have excellent views of both the north and south coasts of Jamaica. Birdwatchers, hikers, and botanists are attracted to the area, as are coffee lovers, for the Blue Mountains are home to Jamaica’s Blue Mountain coffee, considered some of the best coffee in the world.
Port Royal was founded in 1518 and acted as shipping center for the Caribbean region it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1692. It was once known as the richest and wickedest city in the world and was home to generations of pirates who plundered silks and gold from Spanish ships. The old pirate haunts have now been transformed into museums, and the area is served by cruise ships. Major archaeological findings are also on display here, and Fort Charles represents another tourist attraction.
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When Paint Jamaica founder Marianna Farag, a native of France, first visited Fleet Street in Kingston in 2014, she found herself at a gigantic abandoned warehouse bordering the fence of a local schoolyard. The neighborhood, Parade Gardens, is known to some as an impoverished inner city, and to others it is hardly known at all. Marianna had booked a trip to Jamaica for a vacation from her high-powered marketing job in New York City. On Fleet Street, however, she discovered that Jamaica felt a lot more like home.
The abandoned warehouse is now the site of Paint Jamaica, a street-art movement Farag launched to beautify the walls of Fleet Street and address the negative stigma surrounding this place. “I started to meet a lot of artists and realized that the art scene here is incredible,” explains Farag. “I thought, why don’t we use street art to uplift communities in need?“
Jamnesia Surf Club
Surfing is pretty unknown sport in Jamaica. But a hidden treasure near the border of St Thomas, is the Jamnesia Surf Club. Operated by the Wilmots, it is the mecca for surfers and wannabe surfers alike. On a clear beach at Bull Bay, you can learn to surf and about surfing in an open ambiance with food, music and like-minded surf-lovers.
Trench Town Culture Yard
This museum is an authentic place ,the first home of BOB MARLEY where he grew ,the place where he learned to play the guitar ,this is where it all began, this museum also offer alot of history about the place call Trench Town.
Last but not least! Nightlife in Kingston seems never ending, and there is always a party, ‘fete’, or ‘session’ happening. Major parties and events tend to be seasonal. Perhaps the best time of year to visit Kingston is between February and April, when the celebrations for Carnival are in full swing. The carnival season ends with the island’s biggest party of the year, where people take to the streets to celebrate in some of the most colorful, intricate, and revealing costumes you’ve ever seen.