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Kingston is Jamaica’s lively capital in the southeast. Nestled between the Blue Mountains and the sea, this city has a truly unique feel to it. From the uptown wealth to the poverty in the shantytowns, Kingston also offers an authentic insight into Jamaica’s diverse past and population, which you don’t get to see in the beach resorts and rural areas.
Begin your visit at Halfway Tree, Kingston’s main hub with its shopping, eating and cosmopolitan vibe. Then head to Bull Bay, also called Nine Mile, to mingle with one of the largest Rastafarian communities on the island.
The Bob Marley Museum offers a distinctive insight in life during the ‘70s, some of Kingston’s most turbulent days. The iconic Bob Marley spent his adult years here and before that he lived as a young boy in one of the poorest neighborhoods, Trench Town. He made his people proud by becoming the most influential reggae musician of all time, with his lyrics addressing the politics, social issues and religious culture of Africans in Jamaica.
Marley’s modest roots stand in stark contrast to the wealth of another historic figure, millionaire George Stiebel. Check out his 19th-century home with manicured lawns and Victorian antiques. For other impressive gardens, wander through the Royal Botanical Gardens or head to the public botanical gardens in Castleton.
Out on the harbour, on the Palisadoes, step back in time at this notorious 17th-century haven for pirates. The historic district of Port Royal was destroyed in 1692 by an earthquake, but you can still see ruins and firing cannons at Fort Rocky and the rubble of Saint Peter’s Church. At Port Royal Head, hop on a boat to the impressive sweep of white sandy beaches at the low-lying Lime Cay.
To get to Kingston, fly into the Norman Manley International Airport or the Tinson Pen aerodrome or book a cruise. Getting around the city is easy thanks to a bus system, mini buses and taxis that operate throughout the city. Be streetwise when walking through some of the poorer areas.
This family-friendly Kingston hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Sunshine Amusement Complex, Emancipation Park, and Centre Stage Theatre. Mandela Park and Little Theater are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Kingston, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Hope Botanical Gardens and Hope Zoo. Jamaica College and Bob Marley Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in New Kingston, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Centre Stage Theatre, Sunshine Amusement Complex, and Emancipation Park. Devon House and Mandela Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Kingston, this apartment is within 3 mi (5 km) of Manor Park Plaza, Tropical Plaza, and Kings House. Mandela Park and Devon House are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Kingston, this apartment is within 6 mi (10 km) of Manor Park Plaza, Tropical Plaza, and Mandela Park. Devon House and Kings House are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in New Kingston, this apartment is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bob Marley Museum, Jamaica College, and Independence Park. National Arena and National Indoor Arena are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in New Kingston, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Sunshine Amusement Complex and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from National Gallery of Jamaica. Emancipation Park and Centre Stage Theatre are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Kingston, this apartment is within 3 mi (5 km) of Manor Park Plaza, Tropical Plaza, and Kings House. Mandela Park is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.