Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, is situated on the south coast of the island, and is where many travellers first arrive, as we did (although Montego Bay Airport is perhaps more used by those on package holidays).
Although we didn’t stay in Kingston, we were able to spend a full day there and in the vicinity. Setting off from Ocho Rios early in the morning, and with a stop for breakfast en route, we travelled through the scenic Bog Walk Gorge to our first stop in Spanish Town, the island’s first capital when under Spanish rule. From here we travelled into Kingston itself and along the Palisadoes to the small fishing community of Port Royal, founded by the British when they captured Jamaica from Spain in 1655. Our other main stop in Kingston was at the former home of Bob Marley, now a museum and major tourist draw. Commercialised it may be, but we really enjoyed our visit.
After lunch we drove out of the city and up into the Blue Mountains. Dave took us to one of his favourite spots, the terrace of the Strawberry Hill Hotel, for stunning views and a cup of the famous coffee – a great end to our tour.
For more about all these places, please see my separate page about Kingston.