Where to Eat, Stay & Explore in Kingston, Jamaica
Arts & Culture
Kingston holds a special place in my heart! It's the first place I visited and stayed in Jamaica. Not to mention, I have family that lives in Kingston so I have the inside scoop!
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Where to stay in Kingston, Jamaica
ROK Hotel Kingston, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Located near The National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston, this waterfront hotel boasts an outdoor pool and bar.
Set on 26 acres, this hilltop resort boasts an outdoor pool, restaurant and spa.
Complimentary cocktail with lunch or dinner at the restaurant.
Complimentary bottle of Blackwell Rum in room on arrival.
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Rustic in the best way, head here for beach bliss, traditional Jamaican fare and a lot of fun.
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Things to do in Kingston, Jamaica
Spend the day in Port Royal - Have a fresh seafood lunch then take a tour of Fort Charles. Take a guided tour through the Fort and learn the history of Port Royal. After the tour, head over to the bar at Grand Hotel Excelsior and order a Port Royal Whiskey Sour (Whiskey Sour with a splash of grenadine), it's really yummy!
Soak up Jamaican culture at the National Gallery of Jamaica - Explore this two-floor art gallery that takes you through the history of Jamaica, starting from the Taino Indians. If you are a fan of the arts and learning about different cultures, you won't regret a trip to the National Gallery of Jamaica. You can even take a nice walk along the Kingston waterfront afterward!
Take a tour of Devon House - I touched a bit on Devon House in my last guide to Jamaica. Devon House is a mansion that was purchased by the first Jamaican millionaire, George Stiebel. Take a guided tour of this beautiful mansion that has been restored to its original glory. Afterward, enjoy a world-famous patty or a scoop of their just as famous ice cream (free with your ticket!).
Take a walk through the Chinese Garden - Once you're finished with your tour and ice cream, head over to the Chinese Garden, located nearby Devon House on the Hope Royals Botanical Garden! The garden was gifted to Jamaica by the Chinese government in 2015. Take a guided tour or explore this one-of-a-kind garden on your own.
Catch the Sunset at Dub Club - For a "Sunday Funday", head to Dub Club. Also known as my new favorite place (and hidden gem) in Jamaica, Dub Club is a club located at the top of Jack's Hill. Known for amazing music and majestic views of Kingston and the sunset, it's the perfect spot to relax, have some drinks (or smoke some joints!) and vibe to good music with a sea of like-minded individuals.
Enjoy a Seafood Lunch at Fort Clarence Beach - Soak up some sun rays while you enjoy the latest and greatest hits, spun by a DJ! Then enjoy some seafood and bammies on the beach.
Day Trips from Kingston
Spend a night in Negril - Negril is about a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Kingston. You can explore the sites and beaches, then head over to Rick's Café to catch the sunset!
Places to eat & drink in Kingston, Jamaica
Café Blue - Great place to grab a coffee and pastry. They only use Blue Mountain coffee (hence the name), which is one of, if not the best, coffees in Jamaica.
Sky Bar - Located on the rooftop of the S Hotel. Great place to grab drinks and appetizers. If you're ever in Jamaica for New Year's, I would recommend going to S Bar. There is no cover charge, a live DJ, and complimentary champagne and favors just before midnight! Watch out for those Rum Punches though, they sneak up on you.
Sea Deck - Delicious food, good music, and amazing décor. Need dinner plans? Head over to Sea Deck.
Cru Bar - Great place to have drinks. Their appetizers are really good. I had the honey garlic wings and they were to die for!
Need to Know
For more Jamaica travel tips, check out my guide to a Laid-Back Vacation in Jamaica.
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