Jamaica isn’t known as the island in the sun for nothing–while the rainy months include May to November, even this season gets plenty of sunshine nearly every day across the island. Kingston is known for having a comfortable temperature year-round. While in Kingston, take some time to enjoy the sunshine on your daily commute or spend an afternoon soaking up the sun walking through Emancipation Park.
Take advantage of the cuisine
Jamaica is home to some of the freshest and most authentic foods in the world. Choose from a variety of tropical fruits, such as guavas, papayas, and mangoes and from the mouth-watering authentic dishes, such as fresh fried fish or jerk chicken. Kingston has something for everyone–while there are abundant vegetarian options, the meat options, particularly with the signature Jamaican jerk marinade, are very popular as well. Also, be sure to check out the coffee while in Kingston–the Blue Mountains nearby produce some of the best shade grown coffee in the world. It can be a bit expensive, so treat yourself every once in a while to one of the best exotic cups of coffee in the world.
Explore the Blue Mountains
As the longest mountain range in Jamaica as well as the highest point, the Blue Mountains provide an escape from the urban environment of Kingston and offer some of the most beautiful tours or hikes you can take. To get there from Kingston, public transportation is available although a private car would be much more reliable. There are multiple hotels within the vicinity if you would like to make a weekend out of it, otherwise the Mountains are located in a close enough proximity to Kingston to make it a day trip as well.
Take in the local history
Jamaica, particularly Kingston, is full of history. Kingston is the center of commerce in Jamaica as well as the birthplace of one of the world’s most famous reggae music scenes. Some of the most prominent sites in Kingston include the Bob Marley Museum, the National Gallery, and Port Royal. Take a guided tour through the Bob Marley Museum, which is the singer’s former home and studio. A must-see if you are a big reggae fan. The National Gallery offers an interesting art collection, containing mostly pieces by Jamaican artists, although occasionally containing travelling art exhibits as well. Lastly, Port Royal was once the pirate capital of the Caribbean. While much of it was destroyed in an earthquake in 1692, you can still visit some of the ruins today in the historic city.
Visit the beach
Kingston is not necessarily known for its beaches but while in Jamaica, you have to make a visit to the beach and the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean. Hellshire Beach, located southwest of Kingston, boasts white sand and spectacular scenery in addition to a plethora of beach-side huts selling every kind of food you could ever want. Spend a hot day at the beach, known for its nice swimming areas and popularity with the locals.
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