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How to Spend 3 Days in Kingston

How to Spend 3 Days in Kingston

While many travelers to Jamaica pass through Kingston en route to beach destinations or skip it entirely, the capital is full of culture and history and merits a few days. With three days in the city, you have time to see historic and reggae-related sites, as well as take a day trip out of town. Here’s one way to plan your time.

 

Day 1: Jamaican Heritage

Spend your first day in Kingston experiencing the city's history and culture. Learn more about colonial and maritime history at Port Royal, home to the 17th-century Fort Charles, now a maritime museum. For art, head to the National Gallery of Jamaica, home to a large collection of artwork from across the Caribbean, including pieces from the celebrated Jamaican artist, Edna Manley. Not far from the National Gallery is Emancipation Park, full of outdoor sculptures and art installations. Art-themed walking tours tend to include both attractions. For a taste of Jamaica, try a cuisine-focused walking tour, which introduces you to Jamaican classics such as patties and jerk chicken. And if your visit happens to be on a Tuesday, make sure to stop by the weekly Kingston Night Market, popular for its large variety of food and crafts vendors.

 

Day 2: Strictly Roots and Culture

Kingston is the birthplace of reggae music, and its reggae-related attractions are among its biggest draws. Spend your second day visiting reggae sites—you can save time and money and take the stress out of planning by booking a reggae-themed city tour. Popular attractions include the Bob Marley Museum, featuring a large variety of Marley-related ephemera exhibited in the former home of the late singer. Nearby, the Peter Tosh museum focuses on the works of Tosh. Further south, Trench Town is the neighborhood where Bob Marley came of age and is home to the Trench Town Culture Yard Museum; tours to the area usually stop at the museum and devote some time to exploring the neighborhood. If you have time, National Heroes Park is also worth a visit. A number of famous Jamaicans are buried at the botanic garden, including Marcus Garvey, and it's where Marley's famous 1976 Smile Jamaica concert took place.

 

Day 3: Out into Nature

There are plenty of great spots near Kingston for a day trips, particularly if you like to get out into nature. A short drive inland, the Blue Mountains are known for producing the country's finest coffee, but the area is worth visiting even if you aren't into coffee for its scenery and ample hiking and bird-watching. Know that the drive up can be treacherous, particularly on rainy days, so it's easiest to go with a tour or hire a private guide who’s familiar with the route. Alternatively, consider joining a day trip to Dunn’s River Falls, a terraced waterfall not far from Montego Bay. It’s one of the most popular of Jamaica’s numerous waterfalls, and most tours include the chance to climb up to the top of the falls (with the support of your guide) for expansive views out over the jungle.

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Blue Mountain Escape

Blue Mountain Escape

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This day trip carries you away from the bustle of Kingston into the calm cool atmosphere of the Blue Mountains. Your day starts with a hotel pick-up and continues with a leisurely trip up into the mountains. Stops along the way offer the opportunity to take pictures of the views and historic landmarks. Once at Blue Mountain National Park you will have plenty of time for hiking, bird-watching and relaxing.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$170.00
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US$170.00
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Jamaican Music History Tour of Kingston

Jamaican Music History Tour of Kingston

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Explore Kingston, the birthplace of reggae music, and get an insider’s peek into Jamaican music history on this small-group tour. An in-the-know guide whisks you around to musical highlights such as the Bob Marley Museum, the famous Orange Street record shop, and a modern recording studio. A stop in Trench Town is also included. Plus, bottled water, and hotel pickup and drop-off are provided.
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  • 6 hours
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US$92.31
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US$92.31

Cultural Walking Tour of Kingston

Cultural Walking Tour of Kingston

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Wander around the lively streets of Kingston on this guided half-day tour. Explore the Jamaican capital city on foot and via public transportation just like a local. Visit parks, galleries, and restaurants to get a look at the culture and cuisine of Kingston. Stop at a local restaurant for a seafood lunch (at your own expense).
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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US$65.00
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US$65.00

Port Royal Heritage Tour from Kingston

Port Royal Heritage Tour from Kingston

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Get to know Port Royal, once the Caribbean's busiest port, during this private tour from Kingston. This excursion includes a guided tour of the city's highlights, including Fort Charles, and some free time, as well as round-trip transportation from your Kingston accommodation in an air-conditioned tour vehicle.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$89.75
Price varies by group size
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US$89.75
Price varies by group size
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Kingston Reggae Culture Tour

Kingston Reggae Culture Tour

Visit, learn, shop and experience the buildings, streets and locations where Reggae, Roots and the Urban culture was born from. Let us travel Kingston and become a part of Jamaica.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$220.00
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US$220.00
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Trench Town: Birthplace of Reggae Tour

Trench Town: Birthplace of Reggae Tour

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Trench Town: Birthplace of Reggae tour gives guests an insight on the history of Jamaica's music and the role in which Trench Town contributed to the birth of the genre. It highlights the iconic musicians and others who played a significant role in the history of the community. It gives the guests a taste and feel of where it all started for most of the Reggae icons.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$32.06
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US$32.06

Bob Marley Museum Tour from Kingston

Bob Marley Museum Tour from Kingston

Explore the legendary reggae musician Bob Marley's former home, now the Bob Marley Museum, on this tour from Kingston. Walk through the main house, the recording studio, and other areas to immerse yourself in knowledge about the musician's life and career. All entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Kingston hotels make for a seamless tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$83.34
Price varies by group size
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US$83.34
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Dunns River Falls Scenic Tour

Dunns River Falls Scenic Tour

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Climb Jamaica’s famous Waterfall located in the tourist town of Ocho Rios and swim in the white sand beach below the falls. Along the way, see the beautiful country side and rustic charm of old Spanish and British architecture. Stop and take pictures of post card views and buy amazing local souvenirs from the market place. Experience the “vibes” that only Jamaica gives.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$300.00
Price varies by group size
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US$300.00
Price varies by group size
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Private & Customize Tour to Bob Marley Museum Kingston

Private & Customize Tour to Bob Marley Museum Kingston

This is a Tour that allows persons to see our sea coast and mountainous territories, from one city to the other and experience our beautiful inside island
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$194.88
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