KingstonJamaica

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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

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Jack's Hill

3/5(5 area reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Jack's Hill and surrounding area, you can visit Bob Marley Museum and Devon House.

Jack's Hill
We prefer to stay cliffside instead of the beach in Negril. A lot quieter and the views go on forever.
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Rollington Town

When in Rollington Town, you can plan a visit to National Heroes Park and Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Rollington Town

Top Hotels in Kingston

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Spanish Court Hotel
The Spanish Court Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 St Lucia Avenue, Kingston, Saint Andrew
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$159
per night
Mar 14 - Mar 15

Located in the heart of Kingston, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Peter Tosh Museum, Devon House, and Emancipation Park. Bob Marley Museum is ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,718 reviews)

"The staff was very friendly and on point, the room and bathroom was very clean."…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

The Spanish Court Hotel
AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica
AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica
38 Lady Musgrave Rd, Kingston, St. Andrew Parish
$178
per night
Mar 7 - Mar 8

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (55 reviews)

"The room was very clean, but the pool area was uncomfortable, because there were people, who were photographing all the time in not propriate situations. The reception-people were slow. The security- people were excellent. Thank you."…"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica
Eden Gardens Wellness Resort & Spa
Eden Gardens Wellness Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
39 Lady Musgrave Road, New Kingston, Kingston, Saint Andrew
$109
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Independence Park, Bob Marley Museum, and Devon House. Emancipation Park is 1.3 mi ...

3.7/5Good! (437 reviews)

"Beautiful property staff displayed good customer service and the complementary breakfast was good."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Eden Gardens Wellness Resort & Spa

Popular things to do in Kingston

Bob Marley Museum
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Bob Marley Museum

4.5/5(133 reviews)

Learn how a poor Jamaican man from Trench Town became an international pop star thanks to his thought-provoking lyrics and feel-good reggae music.

Emancipation Park
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Emancipation Park

4.5/5(164 reviews)

Take a morning jog, enjoy pleasant tropical scents or admire the artwork in Kingston’s favorite park, a tribute to Jamaican residents’ journey to freedom. 

Devon House
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Devon House

4.5/5(244 reviews)

Explore the opulent home of Jamaica’s first black millionaire, go shopping and sample the famous ice cream in the mansion’s courtyard.

Top activities in Kingston

Club Kingston VIP Airport Lounge & Fast-Track Service
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Club Kingston VIP Airport Lounge & Fast-Track Service

$25
Per adult
Guided Kingston City Tour
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Guided Kingston City Tour

$175
Per adult
Journey into the Slaves, British & Spanish Invaders of Jamaica
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Journey into the Slaves, British & Spanish Invaders of Jamaica

$120
Per adult
Kingston Tour & Bob Marley Museum Admission
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Kingston Tour & Bob Marley Museum Admission

$81
Per adult
Friday Night Kingston Party Cruise, Sunday Beach Party or Charter Our Boats
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Friday Night Kingston Party Cruise, Sunday Beach Party or Charter Our Boats

$65
Per adult
Irie Blue Hole Adventure Tour
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Irie Blue Hole Adventure Tour

$63
Per adult

Reviews of Kingston

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
261
5 - Excellent 34.16230366492147%
4 - Good
355
4 - Good 46.46596858638743%
3 - Okay
118
3 - Okay 15.44502617801047%
2 - Disappointing
14
2 - Disappointing 1.8324607329842932%
1 - Terrible
16
1 - Terrible 2.094240837696335%

4/5 - Good

Panta

Feb 12, 2020

To tell the truth i was born in Kingston so i know the area well and i can say without a doubt that this hotel has everything going on for it and that includes the STAFF and the GREAT FOOD especially de breakfast that you should eat slow.

4/5 - Good

Audria

Feb 8, 2020

Devon house...Excellent ice Cream and great patties...Jade Garden restaurant was Excellent.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 4, 2020

For my first time, I enjoy it. The food is excellent

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 1, 2020

It was ok

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 30, 2020

This was my first time staying in Kingston and it was fun..

1/5 - Terrible

Glenn

Jan 27, 2020

Horrible traffic and driving conditions

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