Kingston

Travel Guide
Kingston showing heritage elements, general coastal views and building ruins

On the Caribbean coast, at the base of rolling mountains, is Jamaica’s distinctive capital, a place that has seen a turbulent history but where life is mostly lived with laid-back attitude.

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.

Where to stay in Kingston

R Hotel Kingston
R Hotel Kingston
4 out of 5
2 Renfrew Road , Kingston 10, Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica
The price is £128 per night from 7 Dec to 7 Dec
Located in the heart of Kingston, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Devon House and Bob Marley Museum. Little Theater and National Stadium are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (263 reviews)
"Apart from very tight parking spaces underground everything else was excellent."

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2021

R Hotel Kingston
AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica
AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica
38 Lady Musgrave Rd, Kingston, St. Andrew Parish
The price is £136 per night from 4 Dec to 4 Dec
Located in the heart of Kingston, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Peter Tosh Museum and Bob Marley Museum. Emancipation Park and Devon House are also within ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (167 reviews)
"Beautifully Inviting"

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2021

AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica
The Spanish Court Hotel
The Spanish Court Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 St Lucia Avenue, Kingston, Saint Andrew
The price is £154 per night from 5 Dec to 5 Dec
Located in the heart of Kingston, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Peter Tosh Museum, Emancipation Park, and Devon House. Bob Marley Museum is 1.3 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (985 reviews)
"I loved the set up in the lobby. It was very elegant and clean. The staff was amazing and very polite."

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2021

The Spanish Court Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Casa Tianna Guest Apartments
Casa Tianna Guest Apartments
3 out of 5
15 Montcalm Drive, Kingston
The price is £223 per night from 30 Nov to 30 Nov
Situated in Kingston, this apartment building is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Super Value Town Center and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Manor Park Plaza. Devon House and Bob ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (53 reviews)
great place to stay
"It’s was great I would definitely stay here again, the kids loved it even more."

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2020

Casa Tianna Guest Apartments
Kingston Luxury Condo Apartment
Kingston Luxury Condo Apartment
3.5 out of 5
60 Hope Road, Apt 15, Kingston, Kingston
Situated near the airport, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Devon House and Bob Marley Museum. Emancipation Park is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.
3.9/5 Good! (20 reviews)
"It was a nice comfortable place for me and my family"

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2020

Kingston Luxury Condo Apartment
The Oasis Golf Retreat
The Oasis Golf Retreat
3 out of 5
117B Caymanas Estate, Kingston
Situated in Kingston, this golf villa is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Caymanas Golf and Country Club and within 9 miles (15 km) of Sovereign Village Mall and Mandela ...
4/5 Very Good! (5 reviews)
IT WAS WONDERFUL
"IT WAS WONDERFUL.. VERY CLEAN , QUIET..JUST LOVELY.."

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2018

The Oasis Golf Retreat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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