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My 5 Favorites To Visit in Kingston

My 5 Favorites To Visit in Kingston

Jamaica is one of my favorite places in the WORLD for many reasons: family, landscape, food, nightlife, relaxation, and the list goes on and on! It was only right to share a post about my other home.

Here’s a list of my favorite must-see places in Kingston, Jamaica!

Kingston Dub Club: What is there not to love about a dub reggae party on a hill overlooking the bright lights of Kingston City? Your guess is as good as mine! My first trip up to this place in July 2017 was long awaited. I’d heard about this place through Instagram and even read about the party in an article for Vogue Magazine, but nothing can prepare you for the magical experience you will have at Dub Club. The party takes place in Jack’s Hill, at the home of a well-known Rasta sound operator, Gabre Selassie, every Sunday evening (from about 8pm to the wee hours of the morning). The view from Skyline Drive in itself is worth the trip. You’ll never want to leave!

  Photo by K. Wagstaffe

Photo by K. Wagstaffe

Bob Marley Beach: A hidden gem to this day, many Kingstonians still haven’t even heard of Bob Marley Beach. On my most recent trip to Jamaica in December 2017, I was lucky to accompany a friend on a quick morning trip to this beautifully pebbled, black sand beach in St. Thomas. What first struck me was how colorful and glossy the stones lining the beach were! I sat on the sand for a good chunk of the time, piling the pebbles and stones onto my lap and having them get washed away by the warm tide.  The view of the foothills from the water is so stunning! Make sure to hail up the hard-working fishermen when you visit.

  Photo by K. Wagstaffe

Photo by K. Wagstaffe

Trench Town Culture Yard: This experience is one I’ve had on my list for a while now, but didn’t have a travel companion that was willing to touch those parts of town with me. Lucky for me, my girlfriend sucked up her hesitations and made the taxi ride with me from her place in New Kingston to this heritage site. Trench Town Culture Yard is a community yard built in the 1940s, which has a small museum sharing a depth of history through articles and other artifacts. One of its most famous residents (and part of the reason I ended up there) was Bob Marley. If you pay 15 USD, you can get a tour of Bob’s living quarters and learn how Trench Town inspired songs such as “No Woman, No Cry.” I can’t wait to forward to Trench Town again.

  Photo by K. Wagstaffe

Photo by K. Wagstaffe

Coronation Market (and its outskirts): LonelyPlanet named it the biggest market in the English-speaking Caribbean, which comes at no surprise. There’s so many things and people to see at Coronation Market! If you’re searching for a ‘real, no frills’ experience of downtown Kingston, look no further because it’s all here. In this loud, bustling scene, you can find everything on your souvenir list to “bring back ah foreign”, such as scallion, sorrel, ackee, castor oil--you name it. The market is just half of the experience. While intimidating at first, you’ll find yourself in an exciting frenzy of sidewalk hair stylists, nail technicians, and mechanics. Go on a Saturday to see it in at its glory!

  Photo by S, Gordon

Photo by S, Gordon

Devon House: All my history fanatics and ice cream lovers: this one is for y’all! Devon House is a unique and gorgeous landmark in Kingston, not too far from Bob Marley Museum. This 19th century colonial mansion was the home of George Stiebel, the first black millionaire in Jamaica. For first time visitors, a tour of the Georgian-style home is a MUST. Walking through the exquisitely furnished rooms, you’ll be transported back in time to the grandeur of Jamaica’s elite. The lush 11-acres of Devon House is also home to perfectly manicured gardens, fine dining, souvenir shops, and clothing stores. It’d be remiss of me to withhold the cherry on top of this property, Devon House I Scream. With flavors like “Devon Stout” and “Grape Nut,” you’ll be so glad you made the trip!
 

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