Experience Kingston, the capital and largest city in Jamaica with your family on this wonderful day. Famed among not only the Caribbean, but the world, Jamaica offers children and adults alike experiences they will never forget. Enjoy a mixture of natural and man made beauty as you learn and enjoy the gorgeous weather.
Address: Hellshire, St. Catherine
Phone: (876) 364 3628
Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM Weekdays, 9 AM – 6 PM Weekends and Holidays
Admission: Adults – J$250, Children (4-12) – J$100 (Approximately $2.25 and $1 as of the time of this publication)
Jamaica is known for its beaches and Kingston is known for this beach in particular. Managed by the local government, this area is kept clean for families. You’ll find it to be less commercial than many of the other popular spots, with fewer vendors and a more relaxed atmosphere. There are some vendors serving great authentic food but they aren’t as pushy here as other areas. Other facilities include swings and restrooms. Chairs can be carried in or rented for a small fee.
Address: 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C Kingston, Jamaica
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Last Sunday of every month: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Admission: Adults – $4, Children – Free
The National Gallery of Jamaica is the oldest and largest public art museum in the Commonwealth Caribbean. The museum houses an extensive collection of early, modern and contemporary art from Jamaica, along with other Caribbean and international works. Aside from the museum’s historical and modern collections, the National Gallery is big on supporting emerging Jamaican artists. The works of young local artists are showcased throughout the gallery. The museum offers a wide range of educational services, including guided tours, lectures and children’s art programs.
Address: 26 Hope Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
Hours: Devon House Mansion: Monday – Saturday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Public gardens and park: 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Shops and restaurants: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (restaurants open until 10:00 PM)
Admission: Adults – $5, Children – $2
Take a trip to one of Jamaica’s most celebrated historical landmarks. Built in 1881, the Devon House Mansion was the residence of George Stiebel, Jamaica’s first black millionaire. The elaborate architecture and 11 acres of lush lawns offer a strong contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city. The mansion is beautifully furnished with a collection of Jamaican, Caribbean, English and French antiques from 1860-1870. The spectacular ballroom boasts the original English chandelier that George Stiebel purchased. The Wedgwood style ceiling is also original to the house. The other buildings on the property are now home to some of Jamaica’s finest restaurants. Make sure to stop by the Devon House ice cream shop, the most popular store at the Devon House and a household name across Jamaica.
Alternate Stop (Approx 1-2 Hours): Bob Marley Museum (Best Swapped with Stop 1 if you are all beached out and want something more active)
Address: 56 Hope Road Kingston 6, Jamaica
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $20, Children – $10
Step into the former home of the famous reggae legend, Bob Marley. Explore each room of the house, which has been kept as they were when Bob Marley lived there. The friendly tour guides will escort you through the grounds, which include the main house, exhibition hall, theater, gift shop and cafe. Visitors of all ages will be amazed by the life-sized 3D hologram of Bob Marley from his One Love Peace Concert in 1978. Enter his personal recording studio, where he recorded some of his top hits. View his bedroom and see some of his favorite clothing and costumes, along with a vast array of Gold and Platinum Records. The comfortable air conditioned theater highlights some of Bob Marley’s greatest live performances. Try one of the singer’s favorite snacks and juices at the One Love Cafe. This unique museum is one you won’t want to miss when visiting Jamaica.
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It is important to note that Jamaica has a high crime rate in certain areas. Always be sure to check out the safety of the areas you will be visiting (including those in this article). As with travel to any unfamiliar jurisdiction, travel with caution. We recommend you check out http://travel.state.gov/