Thursday, December 23, 2010

Things to see and do in Kingston

Kingston is the cosmopolitan centre of not just Jamaica but the whole of Caribbean. Over a period of time the city has been witness to a number of earthquakes, epidemics, hurricanes and fire, but each time it has bounced back to tell the tale. It was a city where once pirates ran wild; today the arts are the king. Kingston is both yesterday and today. It is one city but two worlds.

There is much that you can see and do in Jamaica. To make the most of your stay on the island, you can consider staying in quaint Jamaica villas and cottages that offer you the perfect opportunity to experience the rich traditions of the island as also all possible modern amenities required for a comfortable stay.

Here are some activities that you can consider.

Hope Road: Attractions Road could be another name for this. Visit Marley Museum, which honours the king of reggae. Memorabilia, photos and clippings on display at his former residence and recording studio bring him to life. A rocking 20-minute video captures his best concert appearances.

Devon House: This early 19th century restored historic landmark is also on Hope Road. Commissioned by George Stiebel, a shipwright whose ship came in (he became Jamaica’s first millionaire), it is furnished with Caribbean antiques, including rich mahogany pieces. The courtyard has craft shops, restaurants, an internet cafĂ© and bakery.

Hope Botanical Gardens and Zoo: Again on Hope Road, it displays the West Indies’ largest collection of plants and flowering trees. You can spend some time in the beautiful gardens.

The Coins and Notes Museum: Also called the Bank of Jamaica’s Money Museum, it is situated near the waterfront down town. See uncut sheets of J$500 bills, tools used to make money, old beads, Spanish pieces of eight or more.

Emancipation Park: It is home to the Redemption Song Statue, named after Bob Marley’s celebration of freedom from slavery. The park features a jogging track and is the site of many cultural events.

The National Stadium: Kingston is the sports centre of Jamaica. The National Stadium hosts international soccer matches. Cricket fans can watch matches at Sabina Park.

Golf: Golfers can play a round two 18-hole courses, Constant Spring Golf Club and the Caymanas Golf Club, six miles west of Kingston.

If you are travelling with kids, you can consider staying in Jamaica accommodation rentals that are child-friendly. This will be especially convenient if you plan to go out for activities that are strictly meant for adults or you want to spend some moments with your partner, for after all Jamaica is also the ultimate romantic destination on earth.

1 comment:

Jamaica Vacation Rental said...

Kingston, the capital city of Jamaica, is one of those places that every travelers should visit. It offers the best chance to experience true Jamaican lifestyle with the luxuries of home. It has many fine resorts and highly graded hotels to choose from so finding a great place to stay is rarely a problem. Thanks a lot.