Things to do in Kingston, Jamaica
If you are taking a trip to Kingston Jamaica, you might be wondering what some of the exciting, entertaining and unique things that you can do in this bustling Jamaican city are. Kingston is the cultural capital of Jamaica and the birthplace of the world-famous reggae music genre. The city has a lot of activities to offer to the discerning and open-minded traveller; we will explore some of the more unique and alluring options.
Visiting the Bob Marley Museum
Reggae music is the most recognisable Jamaican brand internationally. This is to no small extent due to the success of Bob Marley, the iconic reggae singer that is known worldwide. The Bob Marley Museum was opened to preserve the legacy this great singer after his death. The museum is located at 56 Hope Road in Kingston, which was the home of Bob Marley until he died in 1981. The museum displays personal items of Marley, an 80-seat theatre, a photo gallery and a gift shop selling Bob Marley souvenirs and CDs of his many albums. You can do a guided tour of the facility where you will learn about the many achievements of the reggae legend and all aspects of his life. This is a great place to visit to learn about the history of reggae music and the contribution that Bob Marley has made to the development of the genre. You should not miss a trip here if you are in Kingston.
Devon House is a Georgian style colonial Greathouse build in the 19th century and is one of Kingston’s most renowned landmarks and historic sites. It represents cultural diversity in Jamaica and is a favourite hangout spot for Jamaicans and visitors alike. On the grounds of Devon House, there are restaurants, cafes and shops available, the Devon House cream and patties are tasty local treats that you should try when you visit this fascinating Kingston attraction.
Taking a trip to Port Royal
Probably the most historic town in Jamaica is Port Royal. Port Royal was up to 1692, the most prosperous city in the Caribbean. It was a center for shipping and commerce and was the home of the notorious Pirates. The city was regarded as the wickedest place on earth due to the actions and activities of the Pirates. In 1692, there was a massive earthquake that sunk approximately half of the city; this resulted in Port Royal losing its aura and status as a commercial hub, which led to the development of the city of Kingston. Visitors to Port Royal can tour St. Peters Church, Fort Charles, the Giddy House, and the Historic Naval Hospital which are all relics of the former city. Port Royal is one of the most important archaeological and historical sites in Jamaica; you will appreciate this place if you are into history and unique experiences. Guided tours are available; your tour guide will teach you about the notorious city of Port Royal during the Tour.
Going to Parties
Kingston is a hub for entertainment in Jamaica and as such host some of the most exciting parties in the country on a daily basis. There is a themed party at different venues all over the city nightly for you to get your groove on. You will enjoy the dancing of the locals, the upbeat reggae and dancehall tempos – dancehall is a modern spin-off of reggae and is the most popular form of music in Jamaica. You will have unending fun at these parties and will leave understanding why Jamaicans are regarded as some of the happiest people in the world. So, go out and attend one of these Parties, you will be talking about it for a long time!
Kingston is home to a vast array of restaurants from fine dining options to well-appointed sports bars. Some of the popular choices are the Spanish Court Café, Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records, Scotchies Jerk Centre and Triple Century Sports Bar and Grill. You should try the sumptuous local dishes on the menu such as jerk chicken, ackee and saltfish and oxtail; your taste buds will love you for it!
These are some of the exciting things to do if you are visiting Kingston the capital city of Jamaica. You will not have a dull moment there.
(Picture credit: Nigel Durrant)