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KingstonJamaica

On the Caribbean coast, at the base of rolling mountains, is Jamaica’s distinctive capital, a place that has seen a turbulent history but where life is mostly lived with laid-back attitude.

Kingston is Jamaica’s lively capital in the southeast. Nestled between the Blue Mountains and the sea, this city has a truly unique feel to it. From the uptown wealth to the poverty in the shantytowns, Kingston also offers an authentic insight into Jamaica’s diverse past and population, which you don’t get to see in the beach resorts and rural areas.

Begin your visit at Halfway Tree, Kingston’s main hub with its shopping, eating and cosmopolitan vibe. Then head to Bull Bay, also called Nine Mile, to mingle with one of the largest Rastafarian communities on the island.

The Bob Marley Museum offers a distinctive insight in life during the ‘70s, some of Kingston’s most turbulent days. The iconic Bob Marley spent his adult years here and before that he lived as a young boy in one of the poorest neighborhoods, Trench Town. He made his people proud by becoming the most influential reggae musician of all time, with his lyrics addressing the politics, social issues and religious culture of Africans in Jamaica.

Marley’s modest roots stand in stark contrast to the wealth of another historic figure, millionaire George Stiebel. Check out his 19th-century home with manicured lawns and Victorian antiques. For other impressive gardens, wander through the Royal Botanical Gardens or head to the public botanical gardens in Castleton.

Out on the harbour, on the Palisadoes, step back in time at this notorious 17th-century haven for pirates. The historic district of Port Royal was destroyed in 1692 by an earthquake, but you can still see ruins and firing cannons at Fort Rocky and the rubble of Saint Peter’s Church. At Port Royal Head, hop on a boat to the impressive sweep of white sandy beaches at the low-lying Lime Cay.

To get to Kingston, fly into the Norman Manley International Airport or the Tinson Pen aerodrome or book a cruise. Getting around the city is easy thanks to a bus system, mini buses and taxis that operate throughout the city. Be streetwise when walking through some of the poorer areas.

Top Hotels in Kingston

The Spanish Court Hotel
The Spanish Court Hotel
4.5 out of 5
The price is CA $180 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in the heart of Kingston, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Peter Tosh Museum, Emancipation Park and Devon House. Bob Marley Museum is ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (984 reviews)

"The Breakfast is fulfilling you can skip lunch everyday once you catch the breakfast, Clean, Smells Good and the Atmosphere is very relaxing."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

The Spanish Court Hotel
AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica
AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica
38 Lady Musgrave Rd, Kingston, St. Andrew Parish
Free cancellation
The price is CA $196 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Located in the heart of Kingston, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Peter Tosh Museum, Bob Marley Museum and Devon House. Emancipation Park is 1.2 mi (1.9 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (96 reviews)

"Beautiful location, service was excellent, friendly staff, room was clean, functional, and the amazing view. I stayed on the 5th floor. I’m definitely booking again with AC Hotel. That snapper and calaloo dish (yummy), OH!! The drinks were on point!! Great Stay!!!"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 9, 2020

AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica
Hotel Four Seasons
Hotel Four Seasons
3 out of 5
The price is CA $146 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mandela Park, Emancipation Park and Devon House. Bob Marley Museum is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) ...

3.9/5Good! (420 reviews)

"Customer service was not on par. However on check out the agent was very pleasant and offered her apologies."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2020

Hotel Four Seasons
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Kingston

Hill View Bliss With Balcony
Hill View Bliss With Balcony
The price is CA $15 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Situated in Kingston, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of National Stadium, Bob Marley Museum and Emancipation Park. Devon House is 3 mi (4.9 ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Good Local place

"The location is very convenient to get around Kingston and St Andrew No noise Ac and WiFi was great I would only suggest darker curtains for people who don’t want to wake up at sunrise More utensils (forks) More linen(sheets, pillow cases, towels rags) Upgrade appliances (TV) add a garbage can I ..."…"

Reviewed on May 24, 2020

Hill View Bliss With Balcony
Modern London Decor Guest Apartments
Modern London Decor Guest Apartments
3.5 out of 5
61 Paddington Terrace, Apt 18, Arcadia Club, Kingston
The price is CA $120 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Barbican, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Bob Marley Museum, Devon House and Emancipation Park. United States of America Embassy ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"Perfect location in Kingston. Felt secure at all times."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 16, 2019

Modern London Decor Guest Apartments
Wine Down Villa, Blue Mountains, Greenwich
Wine Down Villa, Blue Mountains, Greenwich
Greenwich Drive, Lot 10, Newcastle, St Andrew

This family-friendly Saint Andrew villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hardwar Gap and Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. Mount Horeb and Holywell Park are ...

Wine Down Villa, Blue Mountains, Greenwich
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Kingston

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 12, 2020

Kingston is not an easy city to understand and travel at first. But its people are generally amazingly helpful and welcoming, the local food is excellent, and there are plenty of things to do and see.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 8, 2020

Was there for business wish I had kore time to explore the city more . Would stay again if in the area

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 8, 2020

Felt very safe people were very friendly.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Jan 2, 2020

Jamaica is a mixed bag: some lovely places, some war zones. It is hard to know when you are going to transition from one to the other. It's best to go with someone who has Jamaican street smarts. Also: the roads are brutal.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Dec 4, 2019

Had NO clue the capital of Jamaica looked like this. I have no words. The government has focused on the more tourism areas (Negril, Ocho Rios and Mobay) but seems to have forgotten all about Kingston, I really wish the UN or something like it help!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 18, 2019

Too much traffic

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