The aromatic, buzzing capital of Jamaica, whether you're getting into the Reggae groove, gulping down a red stripe or following the enticing smell of barbecued meat down narrow, culture-filled streets - in Kingston that's just the beginning of the Jamaican adventure you're about to encounter.
WHERE TO STAY
The Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston has a high-end restaurant, a picturesque pool overlooking the city and swanky rooftop bar. It might be more of a "business hotel," but this is a great spot to act as your home base if you're looking to explore Kingston. It's right in the heart of the city, so you'll have quick and easy access to the art galleries, restaurants and bars.
If you want a more laid-back, rustic-chic vibe, book a cottage at Strawberry Hill. The views from the infinity pool deck are jaw-dropping, as is the resort itself. It's a bit of a trek to reach the top, but well worth the journey.
WHAT TO DO
- Get ice cream at Devon House
- See Bob's house at the Bob Marley Museum
- Play the piano at Tuff Gong Studios
- Tour a coffee plantation in the Blue Mountains
- Have lunch and a daytime cocktail at Strawberry Hill
- Get cultured at the National Gallery
- Have a Red Stripe at Eits Cafe, overlooking the Blue Mountains
WHAT TO EAT
The city of Kingston's air is almost constantly filled with the spicy aroma of jerk chicken, patties, and curried goat. Stop by Scotchies, and order a massive plate of jerk chicken, rice and peas and plantain. For something a little lighter, try the conch soup. Reggae tunes and Red Stripe beers are also a staple at Scotchies, so you'll get a full Jamaican experience. You probably already know that jerk and patties the country's famous dishes, but you may not know that Jamaica has incredibly flavourful drinks. Ginger beer, sour sop juice and sorrel juice are local favourites that you will need to try.
Also, eat a lot of fruit.
WHAT TO BUY
- Pick up your fave Bob T-shirts from t
- Tickets to a cricket game. Good luck following it.
- A CD from one of Bob's old pal's behind the museum.
THINGS TO BRING
- Sunscreen and bug spray. Kingston has a lot of parks and great hiking.
- Proper footwear and hats. See above.
- Your limited knowledge of patois. See below.
PHRASES TO KNOW
Bless Up - Have a great day.
Wah gwaan - what's going on
Irie - everything is good
Bredren - a friend
Big Up - respect
Mi Soon Come - I'll be right back
Zeen - I understand
De Party Tun Up - The party was good!
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