Kingston is the capital and the largest city of Jamaica, located on the southeastern coast of the island at the foot of the Blue Mountains. It faces a natural harbour protected by the Palisadoes, a long sand
spit. The city of Kingston is home to a number of urban parks which are frequently transformed to accommodate various events and festivities on the Jamaican calendar. Kingston can be intimidating, but visitors can view some of the town’s attractions on organized tours.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to Jamaica then the best time to visit is November to mid-December. That’s when the island’s already beautiful weather (ranging from mid-70s to the high 80s all year-round) is the most pleasant and the hotel and flight deals are the easiest to find.
Top Places to Visit in Kingston
1. The Bob Marley Museum
The reggae superstar’s former home, is Kingston’s most-visited attraction and the site of the Tuff Gong recording studio. Highlights are Marley’s bedroom with his star-shaped guitar by the bed. Look for the bullet holes in the rear wall, evidence of an assassination attempt.
2. Natural History Museum
Jamaica’s oldest museum, with preserved specimens of the island’s plants and animals.
3. Institute of Jamaica’s museums
Cover a wide range of the country’s history from prehistoric to modern times.
4. Hope Gardens
The largest botanical park in the West Indies also known as The Royal Botanical Gardens. Occupies 200 acres of land in the Ligunaea Plains of urban St Andrew. The gardens were established in 1873 on a section of land from the estate of Major Richard Hope, one of the original English colonisers who arrived with the invading force of Penn and Venables. Today the gardens are the largest public green space in the Kingston metropolitan region, and are home to Jamaica’s most popular collection of endemic and exotic botanical collections. There are many rare and beautiful species of tropical plants and trees. There is the Amphitheatre, where the Honourable “Miss Lou” Louise Bennett-Coverly, a famous Jamaican folklorist, poet and storyteller, used to hold Saturday morning taping of her famous TV show, Ring Ding. She occasionally hosts band concerts by the Jamaica Military Band and poetry readings.
5. Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park
Jamaica’s World Heritage Site, the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, is one of the richest biodiversity sites in the world and a nature-lover’s paradise. It is home to over 1,300 flowering plant species, the largest butterfly in the Americas – the 6-inch Giant Swallowtail and over 200 species of native and migratory birds. The broad leaf forest bears the footprints of two of the oldest communities in the Caribbean – the Amerindian Taino and the Windward Maroons. Visitors can enjoy nature walks and hiking, bird watching, camping and stays in wood cabins complete with fireplaces.Opening Times Everyday: 8:30 – 5:00 pm.