Famous for it’s laid back attitude, spicy jerk recipes, and reggae, Jamaica is one of the world’s most sought after vacation destinations. The small island’s business, cultural, and governmental center is Kingston, a large coastal city filled with historic attractions, natural beauty, and Jamaican charm.
Part of Jamaica’s international charisma is due to its natural beauty. Perfectly white sand beaches, turquoise Caribbean waters, iconic thatched roof cabanas and a number of inland natural attractions make getting away from society an easy goal to reach.
While Kingston has more in the way of cultural and business attractions than the other Jamaican cities if you are in the area and desire some time in the sun, head down to Hellshire Beach. The beach is close to the capital and often hosts a number of outdoor activities like festivals and concerts. Moving more inland, if you enjoy hiking the Blue Mountains are not to be missed. The longest mountain range in Jamaica, the Blue Mountains form a picturesque scene as far as the eye can see. For those with stamina and strength, the hike to Blue Mountain Peak is a 14-mile hike but worth the adventure.
Kingston’s amazing cultural accomplishments are partly due to its history dating back to 1692 when the city was established as a place for survivors of an earthquake that devastated Port Royal. Historic homes such as the Devon House are spotted across the island, making for fascinating visits and, in this case, delicious attractions. The Devon House is nearly 130 years old, built by Jamaica’s first black millionaire, George Stiebel. The architecture is described as Jamaican-Georgian, an eclectic and lovely mix of international styles that reflect its personality. Within the Devon House, you can also find a number of shopping and dining venues including Devon House I-Scream, an ice cream parlor with 27 delicious flavors, and the Brick Oven, one of the best pastry shops on the island.
You may also know Jamaica because of its association with the great reggae artist Bob Marley. The Bob Marley Museum stands on the site of the musician’s home, purchased in 1975. The house was converted into a museum by his wife and remains open to the public with galleries including his bedroom, his record collection, and more.
While you’re in Kingston, walking tours are recommended to gain the best interpretation and view of the historic city. Take a cue from the Jamaican way of life and slow down to enjoy your stay, stop and smell the flowers, and have fun now that you’re on the island of All Right.
Take an inside look at the Bob Marley Museum below!