Tropical vibes and cultural highlights in this Caribbean gem

Sprawling yet friendly, chaotic yet laidback, Jamaica’s capital is for experiencing the Caribbean at its most authentic. Discover world-class museums, mouth-watering food and drink, and a city that really comes to life after dark.

Things to Do

Kingston has a seriously good soundtrack – after all, it is the birthplace of reggae, ska and dancehall. Die-hard Bob Marley fans won’t want to miss Trench Town Culture Yard or the Bob Marley Museum, and night owls have plenty of energy-filled bars and clubs to choose from. Come daytime, check out the National Gallery of Jamaica, exhibiting everything from 18th-century pieces to stunning works by contemporary Jamaican artists.

Rivalling its music scene, Kingston is absolutely bursting with flavours. Top of the list is jerk pork and chicken: stop off at one of the city’s many ‘jerk joints’ to tuck into this fiery Jamaican dish. There’s plenty more to savour, including fresh seafood, tropical fruit smoothies, rich, coconut-infused curries, and delicious vegan or meat patties. Backed as it is by the dreamy Blue Mountains, Kingston also serves up a top-notch cup of coffee. 

Though it’s got the bustle of a modern city, Kingston has a fascinating and multi-layered past. Explore the palatial Devon House, built in 1881 by Jamaica’s first black millionaire, George Stiebel. Lounge on the palm-dappled lawns at Hope Gardens, also created in the Victorian era. To get a view of the city with a sea breeze, head to the historic Plumb Point Lighthouse, which overlooks Kingston harbour and is a fabulous spot to catch the sunset.   

Top Tip from SLH

With hurricane season running from June till November, the best time to visit Jamaica is between December and April, when the sun comes out.