Kingston (Jamaica)

Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, is located on the southeastern coast of the island. There are two major sections to this city: 'downtown' and 'uptown,' also referred to as 'New Kingston.

35 things to do

All Places Jamaica

Port Royal

Once known as the "Richest and wickedest city in the world", Port Royal is a notorious 17th century pirate haven. The most famous pirate who operated from Port Royal was Sir Henry Morgan who plundered Spanish vessels travelling in the Caribbean. The city prospered as the pirates gathered riches, but a strong earthquake struck the area on June 7, 1692 sinking the ships in the harbour and killing many people as the earthquake moved much of the city into the sea. It has been said that the earthquake was caused by God himself to punish the evildoers of Port Royal. This disaster helped to establish Kingston as the new capital, and many of the survivors of the earthquake moved to Kingston. Although most of the buildings at the port today are not the original buildings, the walls of '''Fort Charles''' have been preserved since the rebuilding two years after the earthquake, '''Saint Peter's Church''' built in the early 18th century, and the ruins of '''Fort Rocky''' remain. There is also a museum to learn more about the history and see artefacts from its heyday.

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Lime Kay

Beach off the coast of Port Royale must take a boat from Port Royal fisherman or the hotel to island. Island is famous as the location for final scene in The Harder they Come. Crowded party spot on the weekends with food and drink available for purchase, much more sedate and often deserted on weekdays. You can camp overnight if you pre-arrange a next-day pickup time, but be careful, as you can't exactly swim to shore!

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National Gallery of Jamaica

The museum features artwork by Jamaicans from throughout its history, from the native Taino Indians through the colonial period to works by modern artists. The gallery hosts its annual National Visual Arts Exhibition, which began in 1963 as a way to promote post-colonial art and to showcase the works of rising artists from Jamaica. Entrance fees are waved during the exhibition period.

SEE   —  +1 876 922-1561 —  12 Ocean Blvd

Devon House

One of the best example of Jamaican architecture, the Devon House was built by George Stiebel, the nation's first black millionaire. Much of the interior furniture is not original, but it upholds the 19th Century mansion style. The courtyard has craft shops, a few restaurants, and the most famous ice cream shop on the island.

SEE   —  +1 876 926-0815 —  26 Hope Rd

Bob Marley Museum

Filled with tons of memorabilia and Bob Marley's personal belongings, this museum was Bob Marley's recording studio and was his home until his death in 1981. The house is a preserved historical site; even the bullet holes from the attempted murder of Bob Marley remain. Every visitor will be added to a tour upon entry.

SEE   —  +1 876 927-9152 —  56 Hope Rd

Spanish Court Hotel

New hotel, with gym, swimming pool, etc. The architect seems to have almost forgotten windows in some of the rooms at the back, however, and others are a bit noisy if you want an early night. A business rather than a tourist hotel. Excellent internet, both Wi-Fi and cable, and a good restaurant.

Hope Botanical Gardens

The Largest Botanical Garden in the Caribbean. The garden gets its name from the man Richard Hope who helped capture Jamaica for Great Britain and was given the property to reward him for his faithfulness to the Crown.

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Courtleigh Hotel & Suites

Mahogany furnishings in a traditional Caribbean style. Usual amenities for business travellers. Mingles Pub is a popular meeting place and Alexander's restaurant has a good reputation. Offers handicapped access.

Wyndham Kingston

Reports suggest that it has seen many better days and lost it's former Hilton franchise. Breakfasts not included in price and are expensive. Internet extremely unreliable.

Terra Nova Hotel

Definitely a splurge hotel the Terra Nova advertises itself as an "All Suite" hotel. Convenient location, good service and a highly regarded kitchen.

Norma's on the Terrace

Excellent upmarket restaurant with a fusion of Western and Jamaican cooking. Eat outside at large tables with very decorative flower arrangements.

EAT   —  Devon House

The Liguanea Club

38 rooms, air conditioned unit, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, fitness room/gym, 8 tennis courts, 6 squash courts and a swimming pool.

Arawak Museum

A small museum with artefacts and information about the original inhabitants of the island, the Arawak (or Taino) Indians.

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Redbones Blues Cafe

Jazz & Blues themed Caribbean Fusion Cuisine restaurant & bar. Cultural Watering Hole with Live Music & Art Gallery


Indian food served in a wonderful calm atmosphere. Sister Thai restaurant next door with equally pleasing menu

White Bones Seafood

Highly recommended, but expensive, fish and seafood joint. Tuesdays are all-you-can-eat shellfish nights.

EAT   —  1 Mannings Hill Rd

The Deck

Popular watering hole mainly patronised by those over 30. Disco and live music and excellent bar snacks.

Hope Gardens Vegetarian Restaurant

Basic vegetarian food with menu that varies daily. Nice garden setting. Excellent juices.

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Christar Villas Hotel

Fascinating mid-range Jamaican hotel with a wide range of facilities and Jamaican mojo.


Arguably Kingston's major hotel. In the New Kingston area close to most offices.

SLEEP   —  +1 876 926-3691 —  81 Knutsford Bvd

QUAD Nightclub

the only multi level nightclub in Jamaica. jazz, reggae, dancehall, r & b, soca.

People's Museum of Craft and Technology

A small museum with pottery, instruments, and farming tools used in Jamaica.

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Emancipation Park

Offers free concert occasionally in the summer and during the Christmas.

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Putt and Play

Offers miniature golf and pool tables for a nice round of pool.

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The Knutsford Court Hotel

170 room, newly refurbished.

Indies Hotel

Guest house.

Hope Zoo

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About Kingston (Jamaica)

Kingston was for some time Jamaica's only city and is still the commercial and cultural capital. You will notice that the city is assigned the equivalent of postal codes, (Kingston 5, Kingston 10, etc.) which is a good representation of how truly large this city is, especially for an island such as Jamaica. As of 2011, the city had 937,700 inhabitants.

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