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Travel Tips to Kingston (KIN)
Kingston – Jamaica’s attractive capital
The paradise island of Jamaica is known for its beautiful beaches and lush nature landscapes. Tropical rainforests extend to the gorgeous coastal regions. Tourists are enchanted by huge verdant meadows with giant trees. The cities also have an original, authentic feel, which is fascinating. When you take a flight to Kingston, instead of giant shopping centres, you will find countless street markets where you can buy Jamaican souvenirs; especially traditional hand-made jewellery and various woodworks.
Sight number 1: The Bob Marley Museum
One of the most visited sites in Kingston is The Bob Marley Museum. The famous reggae singer and his infectious music contributed greatly to Jamaica’s current fame. The natives love the thrilling rhythms, which are still captured by many young people in songs today. In this atmospheric exhibition you will walk the trail of Bob Marley’s life. His former house, as well as his former recording studio, gives a glimpse into the life of the famous musician. The tours there offer great variety and some valuable insider knowledge.
Devon House, built by the first black millionaire of the island
Another major attraction in Kingston is Devon House, which is among the most important cultural heritages of the island. George Stiebel, Jamaica’s first black millionaire, built it in 1881. It was constructed using a combination of Creole and Georgian styles. Today it’s a symbol for the cultural diversity of Jamaica. The extensive garden, which stretches over 27,500 square metres, is said to be an oasis amongst the liveliness of the city. You can relax in a palm tree’s shadow on one of the big lawns. The inside of the building is also worth exploring, featuring an exclusive ballroom. The ceiling is designed in the Wedgewood style and enriched by an English chandelier.
Tropical plants and a zoo
The biggest botanical garden in the Caribbean is located in Kingston. Hope Botanical Gardens spans 81 hectares and encompasses a small zoo (opening times: 10am to 5pm every day). Parts of Major Richard Hope’s sugar plant were bought as early as 1881 to form the garden. First it was used for experiments regarding the cultivation of new crop species, like pineapple, coffee, cocoa and sugar. Little by little, the garden became what we know it to be today, with a variety of tropical plants. There are also a few 18th century stone aqueducts located in the garden. They were used to canalise the water of the Hope River. To this day they are still supplying the city with water. See all this with your own eyes when you book flights to Kingston with FlyDoha!