Kingston

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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

The Spanish Court Hotel
The Spanish Court Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 St Lucia Avenue, Kingston, Saint Andrew, 5
The price is $157 per night from Sep 10 to Sep 11
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Kingston. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in our ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,000 reviews)
"This property is conveniently located in New Kingston - close to shops and many other locations. The room was very clean, quiet and comfortable. The staff is amazing! I will definitely stay here again!"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

The Spanish Court Hotel
R Hotel Kingston
R Hotel Kingston
4 out of 5
2 Renfrew Road , Kingston 10, Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $180 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 16
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Kingston. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (447 reviews)
"Stay was great! Great customer service!"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

R Hotel Kingston
AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica
AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica
38 Lady Musgrave Rd, Kingston, St. Andrew Parish, 5
The price is $179 per night from Aug 27 to Aug 28
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Kingston. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (308 reviews)
"Very clean property with an excellent staff from the front desk to the restaurant and cleaning staff. Hotel is decorated by beautiful art pieces on each floor and main lobby. Definitely a must stay when I’m in Jamaica. Stayed here with my family and the kids also loved it."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica
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Abacus Jamaica the Zana Suite
Abacus Jamaica the Zana Suite
3 out of 5
117 Constant Spring Rd, Kingston, Saint Andrew
The price is $66 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 13
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Kingston. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the WiFi and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (36 reviews)
"Clean & Nice"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

Abacus Jamaica the Zana Suite
Cattleya's New Kingston Guest Apartment
Cattleya's New Kingston Guest Apartment
3.5 out of 5
12A Kingsway, Apartment #3, Kingston, Kingston Parish
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Kingston. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (21 reviews)
"Good location great service"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

Cattleya's New Kingston Guest Apartment
Casa Victoria Golf Retreat
Casa Victoria Golf Retreat
4 out of 5
85C Caymanas Estate, Kingston
The price is $97 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
Stay at this 4-star golf villa in Kingston. Enjoy free WiFi, a children's pool, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Caymanas Golf and Country Club and Sovereign ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (73 reviews)
"I am not sure why Expedia told us we could have use of the Cubana for a party, but it turns out a party was not allowed. The host worked very hard to help us to get a place for the event. The villa is above expectation and the host is a very warm and empathetic gentleman. Mr Anderson, thank you for ..."

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2022

Casa Victoria 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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