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.
FOOD & DRINK
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.