Kingston travel will bring you face-to-face with the vital culture of Jamaica. You can see Jamaica’s history in the faces of its people. Prepare to meet red-haired rastas with green eyes, a mix of German and African blood. Crossing the carpeted paths of an upscale hotel, y,ou’ll glimpse reminders of Jamaica’s landed white gentry. And everywhere throughout Kingston, you’ll see a people—black and white—with a hard-drawn lust for life. But you won’t just see it, you’ll also hear it in reggae, ska and dancehall music, and you’ll taste it in the spicy jerk cooking that the island is famous for. The proto-punk Clash is famous for revering reggae and dub music. When they finally arrived in Kingston, they huddled in their hotel room afraid to venture out. Instead, they ordered from room service and wrote the song pining for “My Safe European Home.” Don’t make the same mistake they did. In our opinion, Kingston has received an unfair rap. You can’t really know Jamaica without...See More knowing Kingston, and if you use common sense, you should be fine. Knowing that, the rest is up to you. Let this guide direct you to the best experiences in the city.See Less
Don't know where to go? Check out our 2 and 7 Day Itineraries to get an idea of what you could do in this great city!
2 DAY ITINERARY
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."
1 Start out the morning with a contemplative visit to the 100-year-old sand-floor Shaare Shalom, Jamaica’s only synagogue.
2 Then head to the streets surrounding St. William Grant Park, called the Parade and bustling with activity during the day. National Heroes Park is where the “corn ladies” sell their homemade treats to hungry locals and tourists. Browse Coronation Market, the largest and busiest outdoor market on the island.
3 Later, have an authentic Jamaican jerk meal at one of Kingston’s informal eateries: Scotchies Tree, Chelsea Jerk Centre or Rib Kage Bar & Grill.