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Kingston in 2 days

Planning a trip to Kingston? Our experienced travel editors break down the town so you can make the most of your stay. Let these itineraries be your guide, whether you're here for a weekend or a whole week.
  • Day 1
  • 1 Enjoy a leisurely Jamaican breakfast of saltfish and ackee and a steaming cup of Blue Mountain coffee.
  • 2 Afterward, head to Emancipation Park, across from the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, to lyme with the locals (lyming is Jamaica’s version of shooting the breeze on the street corner) and snap photos of the famous Redemption Song bronze statues commemorating the end of slavery. For the fitness-minded, the park has a 500-meter jogging track.
  • 3 Adjacent to the park is the Liguanea Club; its old colonial buildings and tennis courts doubled as the Queen’s Club, where James Bond sipped cocktails on the porch with Dr. Dent in the classic spy-thriller "Dr. No."
  • 4 For lunch, Juici Patties won’t break the bank.
  • 5 In the afternoon, stroll through New Kingston and browse the many shops along Knutsford Boulevard and inside the Island Life Mall.
  • 6 For dinner, check the entertainment listings in the Gleaner newspaper to see who is playing at Red Bone Blues Café.
  • 7 Finish up with a nightcap at Mingles bar at the Courtleigh Hotel to toast the day.
  • Day 2
  • 1 Hire a cab or rent a car and head north from New Kingston up Hope Road to the Bob Marley Museum, with its red, yellow and green Rasta-painted exterior.
  • 2 After the tour, the gift-shop is a must-see for clever gift items like condoms and rolling paper wrapped in the Rasta colors of yellow, red and green, Marley T-shirts made of hemp instead of cotton and Bob's Honey, produced by a hive of bees still buzzing after Marley himself found them in the 1970s.
  • 3  Stop at historic Devon House for a dish of soursop ice cream in the shop that once housed the horse stables.
  • 4 Then take a walk about the courtyard lined with stores like Wassi Art.
  • 5 Farther east are the serene Hope Botanical Gardens and the University of the West Indies in Mona.
  • 6 For dinner, Norma’s on the Terrace at Devon House is worth the splurge.


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