Kingston is the largest city and the capitol of Jamaica. Although many visitors bypass this city when in route to other Jamaican destinations, it is the birthplace of the Jamaican culture and is home to many historical sites. Some well-known sites including the following:
Devon House – is the former home of one of the Caribbean’s first Black millionaire George Stiebel. This house was built in 1891 originally on 51 acres of land, which has been reduced to eleven acres. The home is a national landmark and heritage site, making it a popular recreational site.
Port Royal – Is a city in Jamaica with the richest history. Port Royal was once a seventeenth century hideout for a variety of pirates, who were stealing from Spanish ships throughout the Caribbean. On the morning of 1692, an earthquake & tidal wave demolished much of the city.
Bob Marley museum – is dedicated to the memory of the Reggae superstar Robert “Bob” Marley. The museum is located in his original studio, where many of his songs were recorded. For the visitor in Kingston, the museum’s hours of operation are Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 4pm.
National Arts Gallery – was founded in 1972 as a way to promote the visual arts of Jamaica. This gallery is the largest English art gallery in the Caribbean. The National Gallery seeks to increase public awareness of the visual arts. The exhibition includes historical and recurrent exhibitions too.
Blue Mountains and John Crow Mountains National Park – is an nature preserve with mountain vistas, rainforest, waterfalls and various species of fora & funa. The reserve has 200,000 acres of land divided into three areas. Also, the park is the natural habitat for the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly; for the visitors, guided tours are available.
Hope Gardens Botanical Gardens – is a 50 acre garden in the middle of Kingston. This garden features manicured lawns, a zoo, tranquil gardens, orchid house and a ornamental pond. Visitors exploring Kingston, will appreciate the sanctuary this facility offers.