Six reasons to visit Kingston, Jamaica | Private jet charter
Jamaica has one of the most diverse cultures of all the Caribbean islands. In addition to its spectacular beaches and laidback lifestyle, the island boasts lush waterfalls and mountains, delicious local dining, an eclectic arts scene and is also home to the best rum distilleries in the world. Here are six reasons to visit Jamaica.
Bob Marley Museum
The museum dedicated to the reggae musician is a must for fans. Housed in Marley’s former home at 56 Hope Road, Kingston, the museum in its 19th-century house was created by Bob’s widow Rita. The house, garden and rooms have been kept exactly as they were in Marley’s time and host a photo gallery, an 80-seat theatre playing Bob’s concerts, and a record and gift shop stocked with Marley memorabilia. Join the guided tour and enjoy Jamaican traditional cuisine at the One Love Café afterwards.
This beautiful Georgian-Jamaican plantation home, on an 11-acre site in the centre of Kingston, was the former home of George Stiebel. The grand rooms are furnished with 19th-century antiques including the original English chandelier in the ballroom. A fascinating glimpse into the life of wealthy Jamaicans during the Colonial era.
National Gallery of Jamaica
Located on the Kingston waterfront, Jamaica’s prestigious National Gallery was established in 1974 and is home to modern, contemporary and early art work including major Jamaican artists such as Edna Manley and Mallica ‘Kapo’ Reynolds. There are five permanent galleries to explore as well as guest-curated exhibitions.
Just 15 minutes by boat from Port Royal – west of Norman Manley International Airport – Lime Cay is one of the most beautiful beaches in Jamaica. Take the ferry, or even canoe out to this stunning white-sand beach and blue Caribbean waters and enjoy the superb snorkelling. The shuttle boats leave from Morgan’s Harbour Or Y-Knot, and take provisions with you as there are no shops on the Cay.
Hike the Blue and John Mountains National Park
The stunning 100,00-acre Blue Mountains National Park – just north of Kingston – is a haven of peace away from the bustle of the city. Home to the Giant Swallowtail butterfly – the largest in the Americas, as well as Jamaica’s highest peak – Blue Mountain Peak at 7,402ft. On a clear day you can see Cuba from the summit. There are spectacular walking and hiking trails, camp sites and visitors can even stay in wood cabins.
Appleton Rum Estate Tour
Hire a car or join a private tour for a visit to one of Jamaica’s premier rum estates. Just a 2.5 hour drive from Kingston, the estate has been making fine Jamaican rum for 269 years. After a welcome drink of rum and ginger beer, guests are taken on a tour of the distillery, and taste sugar cane and molasses and finally the fabulous end product: Signature Blend, Reserve Blend and Rare Blend Jamaican rum.
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