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Best things to do in Kingston

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Where in the world: Caribbean  /  Jamaica  /  Kingston Parish  /  Kingston

Top 15 things to do in Kingston

1. Blue Mountains

Trek through Blue Mountains, the longest and highest mountain range in Jamaica. Reaching a peak of 2,256 m (7,402 ft) the summit offers views of the Jamaican coastline and on a clear day you can see Cuba. Walk among wild rainforest vegetation with more than 500 species of flowering plants, and watch for the Homerus swallowtail, the second largest butterfly in the world. The lower grasslands of the mountains are home to the famous Blue Mountain coffee.
Suggested duration: 6 hours
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2. Bob Marley Museum

At Bob Marley Museum you can immerse yourself in the world of the Jamaican reggae legend. Situated in his house on Hope Road, where he recorded many of his songs, the museum lets you step into Marley's life from 1975 until his death. Explore the house, now a shrine to the famous singer, and see items, furniture, and memorabilia from his time in this town. Take a tour of the grounds, see the recording studio, his bedroom, and a short film about the Jamaican icon.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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3. Devon House

Take a step back into the nation's past during a visit to Devon House, a 19th century mansion and celebrated landmark. Built in 1891, the Georgian-style mansion sits on a sprawling 4.4 ha (11 acre) estate of landscaped gardens, with much of the property now housing shops, restaurants, and cafes. Take a tour of the main house to learn about its original owner, George Stiebel, a self-made man who became the country's first black millionaire. Furnished with antiques from across the region, the home's interiors showcase Victorian tastes, with English chandeliers and oil paintings..
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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4. Dunn's River Falls and Park, Ocho Rios

For a different kind of water experience, visit Dunn's River Falls and Park, where you can climb naturally terraced waterfalls cascading down limestone tiers. One of Jamaica's major natural wonders, the falls drain into the Caribbean Sea and serve as the lush park's main feature. You can climb on your own or with the help of guides; though exhilarating, the ascent is suitable for a range of fitness levels. Don't forget your swimwear and a pair of rubber nonslip shoes, and take plenty of breaks during your climb to capture a few memorable images. If you prefer to stay dry, climb the stairs built right alongside the waterfall.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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5. Emancipation Park

Seek solitude and soothing ambience away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at Emancipation Park. With 2.8 hectares (7 acres) of landscaped features, the park was developed to symbolize the beauty of Jamaica. Many tropical flowers and trees define the park, including Jamaica’s national tree the Blue Mahoe. Appreciate the beautifully crafted 3.5 m (11 ft) bronze sculpture created by Jamaican artist Laura Facey. Take a break on the lush green grass, have a picnic, or utilize the park’s popular jogging track. If you’re lucky, you may be able to catch a free concert at the park’s stage area.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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6. Rainforest Adventures, Ocho Rios

Rainforest Adventures takes you on a thrilling 1 km (0.6 mi) ride in high-tech sleds through the heart of a dense rainforest. Take the chairlift and glide above the treetops to get to the mountain peak. Explore the tropical seaside, rich coastal features, and sparkling river streams. At the top, sit in the restaurant or in the hummingbird garden, where you can quietly enjoy the sight of fluttering birds. Visit the museum of bobsledding, or simply take in the views of the cove down below and watch the cruise ships moor. As an alternative to bobsledding, you can descend the mountain by zipline, gliding from one platform to another.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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7. University Of The West Indies - Mona

Initially located in the wooden building still known as the Old Library, it was moved in 1952 to the current site. Expansions of the Main Library’s collections has resulted in extensions to the building and the establishment of four branches – Science, and Medical in 1973, the Western Jamaica Campus in 2008 and Law in 2011.

The Library’s premier collection, the West Indies and Special Collections, (WI&SC) was established in 1974 and is made up of several unique collections. The West Indian collection focuses primarily on material published in or about the English-speaking Caribbean or by its peoples but also includes material from other Caribbean countries and the Diaspora. The special collections include the rare book collection, the manuscript collection, the West Indian creative writing collection, the University collection as well as collections of maps, postcards, posters, prints and audio-visual material
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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8. Lime Cay

Lime Cay is the main islet off the shore of Port Royal Cays, Jamaica. It located in the northeast region of the reef.

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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9. Blue Hole, Ocho Rios

A turquoise swimming hole in the hills of Ocho Rios, Blue Hole remains a secluded and relatively untouristed hidden gem. Splash and swim to your heart's delight in this refreshing natural pool at the base of a pristine waterfall. The area has few amenities, so bring your own essentials and wear shoes appropriate for uneven terrain. First-time visitors should bring a guide to negotiate the slippery terrain and point out safe (and unsafe) diving spots. While Jamaica's larger tour companies rarely take visitors to this unofficial attraction, many of the smaller local operators offer guided walks that include stops at the waterfall.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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10. Port Royal

Explore the port that was once home to privateers and pirates from around the world at Port Royal. In colonial times, the port was used by English and Dutch privateers who were employed by their home countries to challenge the Spanish Empire. These privateers later turned to piracy after letters of marque stopped being issued. Today you can explore the port and old forts of the town, go fishing off the pier, and enter the slanted Giddy House--an amunitions bunker that's tilted after an earthquake in 1907.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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11. River Rafting & Tubing, Ocho Rios

Experience Jamaican wilderness on a river rafting and tubing tour from Ocho Rios. It's a great way to sightsee without having to worry about the hard work--which will be performed by your rafting guides, who'll keep you safe yet excited throughout the adventure. To get your heart pumping even more, you can opt for a fun ride on the challenging rapids of Rio Bueno. Most tours last at least 3 hours.
Suggested duration: 3h 30 min
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12. Latitude Jamaica

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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13. Reve Jewellery & Accessories

We LOVE creating for our "REVEllers" worldwide. REVE designs are quality, AUTHENTIC, BOLD, Unique, Original & Luxurious. Proudly HANDMADE in Jamaica by master goldsmith Duane and his team.

Revered internationally, some famous REVEllers include Cherine Anderson, Nia Long, Kelly Rowland, Queen Ifrica, Lance Gross, TOK, Lisa Hannah, Raven Symone among many others...

Reve Jewellery COUTURE designs have been featured in Tyra Bank's America Next Top Model, British Next Top Model, BETJ, Pride Magazine, Caribbean Beat Magazine, Jamaica Observer, Jamaica Gleaner & many other publications. The founders host a bi-annual "handmade event" the REVE WELLNESS FESTIVAL that has contributed over US$3,500 in cash & kind to various local charities.

Join the jewelry REVElation! Welcome to the trendsetting family!

Visit www.revejewellery.com or our showroom at SHOP#13, Devon House Kingston Jamaica; "FASHION had a GENESIS...behold the REVElation!"
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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15. Horseback Riding Tours, Ocho Rios

Traverse the Jamaican countryside and delve into the rich heritage of the Taino Indians on a thrilling horseback ride from Ocho Rios. Riding with a guide ensures a chance to explore shaded wetlands and mangroves, as well as a rare opportunity to gallop along a sandy beach. Some of these 2.5- to 4-hour excursions are suitable for beginners, and most include round-trip transportation from your hotel or the nearest port.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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