Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica, located at the southeastern end of the island. According to Forbes magazine’s 2008 publication of world cities. Kingston Ranks 22nd in the world in terms of importance and commerce. Tourism has grown significantly since it was named by National Geographic magazine as one of the top ten destinations in 2013. With many options, Kingston offers visitors a great deal of diversity and fun activities to do during their stay. This article will present you with five locations which are worth visiting during your stay in this beautiful city.
1) The Bob Marley Museum
Touted as a must-see site, Bob Marley Museum gives you an inside look at the life of one of reggae’s most famous artists. His childhood home is now a museum and has been turned into a shrine, featuring his bed and all of his belongings preserved since his death. Costing 10 JMD for adults and free for children under 12 years old, it’s definitely worth seeing if you have any interest in reggae music or even Jamaican history. Even if you don’t go inside, I recommend checking out Spirit Airlines Ticketing and some of his old recordings on cassette tapes that are just chilling outside as part of their collection!
2) Accra Beach
Come on… If you live in Kingston Jamaica and you haven’t been here yet, what’s wrong with you? This place is amazing. The water is beautiful, clear and deep. The waves are really big and it is a perfect spot for surfing. You can do all kinds of water sports here like tubing, jet skiing, snorkeling etc. There are local vendors selling jerk chicken patties and drinks right on your way to enjoy while sitting on the beach chairs that they have there for you at no extra cost. It’s a fun place to spend time with friends or family. I’ve been there before during summer months when there was a reggae music festival going on so I got my dose of entertainment there as well.
3) Jamaican Jerk Chicken
I recommend heading over to Malliouhana, a fancy place right on property at Rose Hall Resort. This is by far my favorite restaurant on the island and worth splurging a little for. Treat yourself – you’re on vacation! Ask for Max – he’s fabulous. For about $30 you get two drinks, great appetizers and a piece of jerk chicken and steak served with rice and beans as well as dessert. Nothing fancy, but it tastes heavenly! On top of that, there’s no one around so you can hear yourself think (for once). It’s wonderful after a day of sun (or rain) or any other time! Plus they have fresh mango juice that isn’t too sweet.
4) Reggae Tours
If you’re looking for a cultural experience, then look no further than a reggae tour of Jamaica. Several tours and flight booking option like Spirit Check in Online are available and one might just be right for you. In addition to taking you through some beautiful parts of Jamaica, most reggae tours will take you on private visits to several recording studios, allowing you access that most people don’t get. You may even end up with a nice picture or two of yourself with Bob Marley or Jimmy Cliff. Now that is a photo that will not soon be forgotten! You can also enjoy your favorite drink and sing along as local artistes croon hits from their latest CD releases -all while sitting poolside at sunset! The rhythm and dance moves (jaaaaammmmican style) cannot be beat.
5) National Gallery of Jamaica
A museum is a place where they display art and culture. In Jamaica there are many museums, but one of my favorite ones is called National Gallery of Jamaica, which displays a lot of Jamaica’s history. You can take tours and see how people used to live long ago. This will make you feel like you’re actually there, experiencing how life was back then. It gives you a new appreciation for what we have now, compared to how they did it back then. The music that they played, dances they did and food they ate makes you want to be there instead of modern day Jamaica!