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Kingston
Travel Guide

Kingston featuring heritage elements, boating and a sunset

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

Altamont Court Hotel
Altamont Court Hotel
3 out of 5
1-5 Altamont Terrace, Kingston, Saint Andrew
The price is $130 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sunshine Amusement Complex and Emancipation Park. Bob Marley Museum and Devon House are also ...
3.8/5Good! (310 reviews)
"Nice and secluded"

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2021

Altamont Court Hotel
The Spanish Court Hotel
The Spanish Court Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 St Lucia Avenue, Kingston, Saint Andrew
The price is $152 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 19
Located in the heart of Kingston, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Peter Tosh Museum, Emancipation Park, and Devon House. Bob Marley Museum is ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (996 reviews)
"Clean and friendly staff front desk staff very helpful"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

The Spanish Court Hotel
AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica
AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica
38 Lady Musgrave Rd, Kingston, St. Andrew Parish
The price is $161 per night from Jul 16 to Jul 16
Located in the heart of Kingston, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Peter Tosh Museum, Bob Marley Museum, and Devon House. Emancipation Park is 1.2 mi (1.9 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (122 reviews)
"The Open Concept but it gets quite noisy most afternoon and evenings."

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica
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Norwood Studio
Norwood Studio
3 out of 5
2 Norwood Ave, Kingston, St. Andrew Parish
The price is $58 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
Located in the heart of Kingston, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sunshine Amusement Complex and Emancipation Park. Bob Marley Museum and Devon ...
4.3/5Excellent! (8 reviews)
"Very clean room with all around working amenities. Good low key get away spot."

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2020

Norwood Studio
Abacus Jamaica the Zana Suite
Abacus Jamaica the Zana Suite
3 out of 5
117 Constant Spring Rd, Kingston, Saint Andrew
Located in Camperdown, this apartment building is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Super Value Town Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bob Marley Museum and Devon House. Emancipation ...
4.2/5Excellent! (24 reviews)
"If I could give them 1000 that’s what they deserve. Tranquility feeling peaceful and quite very very safe I may add"

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Abacus Jamaica the Zana Suite
The Gardens
The Gardens
3 out of 5
23 Liguanea Avenue, Kingston 6, Kingston, Saint Andrew
The price is $78 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 18
Located in Barbican, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of United States of America Embassy and Bob Marley Museum. Devon House and Emancipation Park ...
3.1/5 (21 reviews)
"It was ok. Needs renovation. Sheets smell like bleach."

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

The Gardens
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