Kingston Travel Guide

  • Wall of museum with scenes from Marley's life
    Wall of museum with scenes from Marley's...
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    Port Royal
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  • Me in front of Bob Marley's house.
    Me in front of Bob Marley's house.
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Kingston Highlights

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    toonsarah says…

     Lots of history, the Bob Marley Museum & surrounding scenery all make it worth seeing 

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    subarka says…

     dont like the way the men pee anywhere ... 

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     The place to be to understand why Marley wrote such great songs. 

Kingston Things to Do

  • enjoy hellshire beach

    Hellshire Beach is the largest and most popular of them and has interesting black sands and cool clean waters. Many different activities are held here when it is time to get out of the sun yet still stay entertained. Although Jamaica offers some more secluded beaches that Hellshire Beach the combination of natural setting,

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  • visit strawberry hill

    Mountaintop resort with panoramic view of KingstonIn Blue Mountains Occupying the flat top and steep sides of a standalone mountain, this secluded Blue Mountain resort 15 km (9 mi) northeast of Kingston features views of the city and harbor from 945m (3,100 ft) up

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  • Emancipation Park

    Probably one of cleanest places of the city. It was built as a tribute to the freedom from slavery.There is an sculpture of a undressed black man and woman.It think that it's closed at nights.

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  • Spanish Town-old cast iron bridge

    At the eastern edge of Spanish Town, heading towards Kingston, you will pass by this bridge, no longer in use, that spans the Rio Cobre River. The bridge dates back to 1801 and is the oldest bridge of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.Unfortunately the picture I took showing the cast iron part of the bridge didn't turn out so you'll have to be...

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  • Blue Mountains: Strawberry Hill

    North and east of Kingston lie the justifiably famous Blue Mountains of Jamaica. With only a couple of hours in which to visit, we couldn’t possibly do this area justice, so this tip doesn’t pretend to be a comprehensive look at the area but simply records my impressions of the beautiful spot to which the ever-helpful Dave brought us, the...

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  • Jamaica high school

    A group of people visited a high school in Kingston. It was a very interesting visit. Students were very friendly and teachers were pleased about our visit. Students were very amiable and curious about me and others.

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Kingston Restaurants

  • Some of the best BBQ I've had

    A local on the street told me about this place, that was crowded with locals, and I seriously ate every single meal there until I left Kingston after eating here. Very simple place, order at one window, and pick up food wrapped in tinfoil at another. They've got their meats slow roasting covered over fire. The jerk rubs on the pork and chicken are...

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  • Jamaican Fast Food

    It's sth like a jamaican McDonald's. They cook the tipical menues, I mean, miniburguer, chips and soft drink, but you can also find things like roasted fish or jerk chicken with rice and beans.It's not the restaurant I would choice for my wedding but it isn't such a bad choice.

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  • Great choice for lunch

    After our visit to the Bob Marley Museum we voted to try out this small family-run restaurant, which had been recommended to Dave but he had not yet had a chance to visit. It was a great shout! Brightly painted, and set back from the road in a flowery garden, it appealed to us all right from the start, and the friendly service and tasty food lived...

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  • eat whilst celeb spotting

    Having been working out here for the past 5 weeks, for the cricket world cup. I've sampled a number of eateries. Cuddyz for those of you with little knowledge of Jamaicas' national game of cricket, is the restaurant/bar of Courtney Walsh, a giant of a man who was a fantastic W.indies bowler, before retiring and setting up his business. The ambience...

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  • Jamican Rum

    Jamaican cane rum is one of the best rums of the world, so what else could I say?Don't come back home with out a pair of bottles of Appleton rum!!

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  • A very decent Chinese

    I was generally quite surprised by the numbers of Asian people in Jamaica, both Southern Asian and Chinese. This has led to there being a decent selection of Asian restaurants on the island. I particularly like the Gwong Wo in Kingston. It is set upstairs in a particularly unprepossessing building (it looks like an office block) and the interior...

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Kingston Nightlife

  • visit usain bolt sport bar

    Located in The Marketplace along Constant Spring Road, Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records seems to capture the very essence of the track superstar, with a vibrant and edgy design concept, never-before-seen technology and some of the best food you'll taste anywhere casualexcellent food and drinks

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  • Top nightclub

    One of the busier nightclubs in town, it is frequented by locals and foreigners alike. There is a jazz bar on the ground floor which is very relaxed, and two floors of dancing upstairs. One floor tends to be predominantly Jamaican dance music and the other more mainstream.The very top floor has a more intimate dance floor, and a small terrace which...

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  • Clubs!

    This is sort of an outdoor spot; Quad is closed on Thursday night and Asylum doesn't pop off til after 11 pm, so this is often the best option.Tony Matterhorn randomly showed up when I was there, which was awesome.

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Kingston Transportation

  • Avoid "Rush Hour"

    It seemed to be quite congested leaving Kingston around 6:00 PM. Took us twice as long to get back to Ocho Rios then it had for us to get there earlier in the day. Also, lots of "windshield cleaners" approached and cleaned our vehicle without asking first, throughout our day in Kingston.

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  • Use ONLY JUTA Tours in Jamaica. They're...

    Because Jamaica is one of the best tourist spots in the Caribbean (for various reasons which I will not get into), many people go to Jamaica each day.If you plan to visit Jamaica, there are airlines flying there (USAIR, SPIRIT, AIR JAMAICA, AMERICAN, DELTA(?)). All of these have had good reviews.However, while in Jamaica, many taxi "companies" and...

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  • Taxi

    Every person who owns a car could be a taxi driver in Jamaica, so be careful!! The most trustable company is JUTA, but they are more expensive.* JUTA TOURS:Adress: Norman Manley Boulevard. Negril. Jamaica WITlf: (876) 957-4620 OR (876)957-9197Web Sites: http://www.jutakingston.com OR http://www.jutatoursnegrilltd.com/They are going to try to charge...

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Kingston Shopping

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    Rum, Roast and Royals, Devon House, Kingston.

    by planxty Updated Oct 29, 2005

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    The Rum, Roast and Royals shop in the Devon House courtyard, is excellent. As the name suggests, it carries a large selection of Jamaican coffee, alcohol of all sorts and cigars as well as every conceivable type of souvenir.

    Although not a cigar smoker myself, my friends are, and they say the cigars, which include a large Cuban selection are very well kept in a humidor.

    Apart from the local alcohol, there is a good selection of European wine, and also New World wines. Some of the Chileans are good, and obviously not as expensive, due to lower shipping costs. Be sure and ask about the special offers, which are not always clearly marked, which often mean that the apparently more expensive wines actually work out cheaper. The staff are very helpful and will point you in the right direction.

    What to pay: Prices are slightly expensive but quality is good.

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Kingston Local Customs

  • Patois

    The jaimacans have their own language, they call it PATOIS. For me is like a 'bad spoken' english, but it's nice to listen to then talking it. I learnt some words because all the people use to call us like this, they aren't very nice words but we had to start learning from somewhere!! ;-) -Battybway or Battyman: Homesexual, gay in not a very polite...

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  • Slavery

    British parliament abolished slavery as of August 1, 1834, although the Jamaican slaves remained bound to their owners by compensation schemes (apprenticeship) for another 4 years until 1838. There is a sign on one of the buildings in the square in Spanish town that marks the spot where the governor of Jamaica read the proclamation freeing the...

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  • Pocking Smot

    When you think of Jamaica, the images you are likely to conjur up are of white beaches, crystal clear blue waters, and rastas smoking pot. While it is often used very openly, it's not as commonplace as you might think. From what I could tell, rural people tend to smoke more then city people.Invariably you will be offered 'ganja' as the locals call...

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Kingston Warnings and Dangers

  • For the adventurous only

    First off I had a great time in Kingston. That being said, it is definitely for the adventurous traveler only. It can be very tense at times especially in the downtown vicinity but this applies to pretty much 90% of the city. Uptown is a little more forgiving but not by much. If you do not feel or look confident of yourself I would not recommend...

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  • You prejudice people!

    Kingston is not dangerous. I'm a white 27 year old woman and I walked there alone maby 40 times.But it depends on your vibes, if you're nice and friendly as a person. I know people in Kingston, and that helps. Before you go to an area like Rema and Cassava Piece you have to make sure that you know someone there. But if you're in the center it's...

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  • avoid Spanish town

    Stear clear of Spanish Town! It's just as easy to get lost there as in Kingston and as potentially dangerous as going to Trenchtown. Just not worth it unless escorted by a well-known local...and even then...

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Kingston Off The Beaten Path

  • Bog Walk Gorge & Pam Pam Rock

    North of Spanish Town, and a little under an hour’s drive from Kingston, is the striking scenery of Bog Walk Gorge. The name Bog Walk is derived from the Spanish words Boca de Agua which means water's mouth. In 1770 the first road was cut through the Gorge, which must have been quite an undertaking, and it’s still an impressive route to drive...

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  • Local Market

    There is a market accross from Tivoli Gardens that you should visit. Make sure you go during the day as this is a rough neighborhood and some parts are very dirty. Have your driver take you and have him walk with you. He'll make sure that you're not overpaying for anything. This market gives you an idea of what everyday life is like for a lot of...

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  • Local Market

    There is a market accross from Tivoli Gardens that you should visit. Make sure you go during the day as this is a rough neighborhood and some parts are very dirty. Have your driver take you. This market gives you an idea of what everyday life is like for a lot of Jamaicans.

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Kingston Sports & Outdoors

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    Sabina Park, Kingston 1 more image

    by toonsarah Updated Apr 5, 2008

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    I took these two photos from the window of our car, so the quality isn’t great, but I was pleased to get them nevertheless. They, and this tip, are specially for my friend David, whose dream is to play cricket for England either here or at Lords – when he isn’t playing football for Aston Villa, that is ;)

    Sabina Park was established in 1930, and the first test match was played here the same year. Sabina Park's most famous moment is when Garfield Sobers made a record breaking score of 365 not out in 1958, at the time the highest ever individual test score – a record that stood unbeaten for 36 years.

    The stadium has recently undergone major renovations for the 2007ICC Cricket World Cup, including expansion of its capacity to 30,000 seats. The opening match of the World Cup between the West Indies and Pakistan was played here.

    Jamaicans are enthusiastic cricket fans as are all West Indians, and I imagine the atmosphere here during a match is fantastic. In fact, one stand is known as the “Party Stand” and is the main area for those who enjoy a more raucous style of support for their team.

    I’m not sure what I make of one story I read, about the members’ pavilion, which appears to be a throw-back to less politically correct times. Apparently no member is allowed to say a lady's name in the club, and if anyone slips up on this rule he must buy drinks for everyone there. This has its roots in a dispute, when a man mentioned the a name of a woman with whom he was having a liaison. Unfortunately for him, her husband was right behind him as he said it.

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Kingston Favorites

  • Kingston is not a Tourist Destination

    Kingston, in my opinion, is NOT a tourist destination at all.It's a city, and it is not for toursits.Don't get me wrong, it is cool, but if you are looking to vacation in Jamaica, do not consider Kingston.

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  • Movies filmed in Kingston

    I haven't had a chance to rent either one yet but our guide referred to a couple of films that were shot on location in Kingston, "Dr. No" with Sean Connery as James Bond and "Harder They Come", a Jamaican cult classic partially filmed in Kingston and Lime Cay which surprisingly is offered on NetFlix.

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  • Port Royal

    The Welcome to Port Royal sign from the Jamaica National Heritage Trust reads:Once called "the richest and wickedest city in the world", Port Royal was also the virtual capital of Jamaica. To it came men of all races, treasures of silks, doubloons and gold from Spanish ships, looted on the high seas by the notorious "Brethren of the Coast" as the...

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Kingston airport tips.
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Touring with Dave
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Arriving by air
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Bob Marley Museum
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Port Royal: Fort Charles
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Port Royal
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Spanish Town
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By car
Transportation
Hellshire Beach
Off The Beaten Path
Late Night Jerk Chicken
Off The Beaten Path
St. James Parish Church
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The Hope Botanical Gardens
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From Kingston to Ocho Rios by public bus
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Holy Trinity Cathedral
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Tuff Gong
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Devon House
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Bob Marley Museum
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Port Royal
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Walking around Kingston
Warnings and Dangers
Catch a show
Nightlife
Emancipation park.
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Norman Manley Airport
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The best patties in Jamaica.
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Early evening chillout.
Nightlife
We all scream for ice cream.
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A great little club
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Prostitutes
Warnings and Dangers
Historic Spanish Town
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Port Royal-grave
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Port Royal-St. Peter's church
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Devon House
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Fort Charles
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Jamaican fast food
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Spanish Town-Courthouse
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Spanish Town-Rodney Memorial
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Spanish Town-the Old King's House
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Private guide
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Car theft
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Beverly Hills
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Lime Cay
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