183. Kingston, Jamaica

Why Kingston, Jamaica

Kingston is the capital of Jamaica. Most of those who visit Jamaica go to the north coast as that’s where most of the beaches are and its more tourist friendly. However, Kingston, Jamaica has its charm as a city in the plains with the Blue Mountains as its backdrop. Plus its home to the Bob Marley Museum and its my birthplace :).

 

Kingston, Jamaica - Hills of Kingston

Kingston, Jamaica – Hills of Kingston

Where

Kingston is the capital of Jamaica and is located on the southeastern side of the island in the plains of the Blue Mountains range.

 

How To Get Here

By Train

No.

By Bus

In addition to the local bus system and what’s called minibuses, the Knutsford Express bus has service from the larger cities around the country to Kingston.

By Plane

The closest airport is the Norman Manly International Airport (KIN).

The following airline has service to the Normal Manley International Airport (KIN):

Air Canada (AC), American Airlines (AA), British Airways (BA), Caribbean Airlines (BW), Cayman Airways (KX), Copa Airlines (CM), Delta Air Lines (DL), Fly Jamaica (OJ), JetBlue Airways (B6), Spirit Airlines (NK), WestJet (WS) and interCaribbean Airways (JY).

Alternatively, you can fly into Montego Bay and use the Donald Sangster International Airport (MBJ). Then take a local van into Kingston or take the Knutsford Express bus. It’s about a 4-5 hour drive.

 

Kingston, Jamaica - Donald Sangster International Airport (MBJ)

Kingston, Jamaica – Donald Sangster International Airport (MBJ)

The following airlines serve the Donald Sangster International Airport (MBJ):

Air Canada (AC), Air Transat (TS), American Airlines (AA), Caribbean Airlines (BW), Cayman Airways (KX), Condor (DE), Copa Airlines (CM), Delta Air Lines (DL), Eurowings (EW), interCaribbean Airways (JY), Jetairfly (TB), JetBlue Airways (B6), Southwest Airlines (WN), Neos Air (NO), Spirit Airlines (NK), Sunwing Airlines (WG), United Airlines (UA), Virgin Atlantic Airways (VS) and WestJet (WS).

By Car

If you are already in the region you can take the drive. You can rent cars at the Norman Manley Airport or the Montego Bay airport. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.

By Ferry

No.

 

Where To Stay

Kingston has many fine hotels. You’d want to stay in the Uptown areas.

Kingston, Jamaica - Spanish Court Hotel and Spa

Kingston, Jamaica – Spanish Court Hotel and Spa

 

Kingston, Jamaica - Terra Nova Hotel

Kingston, Jamaica – Terra Nova Hotel

==>> You can find a list of hotels in Kingston from TripAdvisor here.

 

Where To Eat

Kingston has many fine places to eat. You can also eat street food. Jamaica is one of the places where the street food is cleaner than other places as Jamaicans like to ensure that things are clean. You’ll want to try ackee and salted fish or callaloo for breakfast this is usually served with produce such as boiled bananas, yam and dumplings.

For dinner try curried goat, oxtail, stew beef with rice and peas or white rice. Due to the Indian influence in Jamaica, the curry is really good.

Kingston, Jamaica - Terra Nova Hotel Curried Goat

Kingston, Jamaica – Terra Nova Hotel Curried Goat

 

Kingston, Jamaica - Apples

Kingston, Jamaica – Apples

==>> You can find a list of restaurants in Kingston from TripAdvisor here.

 

What To Do

Here are a few things to do in Kingston:
Visit the Bob Marley Museum, Devon HouseEmancipation Park, Peter Tosh Museum and Port Royal.

==>> You can find a list of things to do in Kingston from TripAdvisor here.

=>> Check out some other tours from Viator.

==>> Lonely Planet has some additional information.

Additional Information

Language: British English and Patois

Currency: Jamaican Dollar (JMD)

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