With a beautiful harbour front and fantastic cultural attractions, it is easy to see why Jamaica’s vibrant capital is such a popular destination with holidaymakers. From soaking up the sun on one of the city’s beaches to visiting the Bob Marley Museum and immersing yourself in the city’s vibrant nightlife, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Kingston.
Kingston is served by Norman Manly International Airport (KIN) which is Jamaica’s principal gateway. The airport is situated just 19 km away from the city centre which means that it takes around 30 minutes for holidaymakers to drive from the airport to the heart of Kingston.
A direct flight from London to Kingston will take just over 10 hours. However, travellers can make some savings and gain access to a wider selection of flights if they are willing to make one stop along the way. Common stopping points include Miami and New York and an indirect flight which makes one stop can take as little as 13 hours.
While destinations like Montego Bay and Ocho Rios are better known for their beaches, Kingston has a great selection of beaches with soft, white sand. Two of the best beaches in the area include Hellshire and Fort Clarence which frequently hosts open air reggae concerts. Fisherman’s Beach, which is close to Fort Clarence, is another great local beach, this beach is lined by rows of colourful huts which sell drinks and local delicacies such as ‘festivals’ (a type of Jamaican dumpling).
Bob Marley Museum
Situated on Hope Road, Bob Marley’s former home and studio is Kingston’s most visited address. The museum showcases some of the reggae legend’s personal belongings including clothes and gold and platinum records.
Hope Botanical Gardens
Dating back to the late 19th Century, the Hope Botanical Gardens are a popular destination for holidaymakers. Among the manicured gardens you will find a maze, an orchid house and some sunken gardens. In addition the park has an aviary and a small zoo to explore. The zoo is home to more than 600 animals including indigenous and exotic animals.
Kingston is home to some of Jamaica’s most notable landmarks such as Devon House and Fort Charles. Built in the second part of the 19th Century, Devon House was built by the country’s first black millionaire, George Stiebel. The mansion has extensive grounds and number of well-preserved rooms to explore which offer a unique insight into 19th century Jamaica.
Fort Charles is located near Port Royal and features a number of interesting fortifications and cannons. In addition, For Charles offers some of the best views of the Harbour and the Blue Mountains.