ACTIVITES AROUND KINGSTON:
Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour
Tours originate from Ocho Rios into the Blue Mountains. Cost includes breakfast, lunch, transportation, bicycle and equipment, and a tour guide.
Visitors should not miss the rewarding drivfe into the Blue Mountains, home of Jamaica's famous coffee. Also visit Hardwar Gap in the Blue Mountains / John Crow National Park. At Honeywell, a little further on in the park you will find trails and magnificent views which will make you glad you made the effort.
Bob Marley Museum
56 Hope Road, Kingston 6
Formerly Bob Marley's home and studio of Tuff Gong. Interesting collection of Marley's memorabilia, music, concert information, and video. The tour gives visitors insight into Marley's daily life and musical career. In addition to touring the museum, you can also visit on premises the Queen of Sheba restaurant that features Ethiopian cuisine, shop for authentic African arts and crafts, and Bob Marley memorabilia and music.
Botanical garden 20 minutes from Kingston, established in 1862, it has 15 acres divided by the main road with river bordering. Notable for ferns, palms and various exotic trees.
Any tour company in the city will offer you a tour of Kingston's cultural and historic points of interest or you can make arrangements with an individual taxi driver. Agree to a price before setting off. Devon House should be included on every visitor's itinerary. Situated on Hope Road, it is an old colonial mansion of outstanding elegance and architecture. King's House next door is the residence of the Governor General. Further up Hope Road lies the Bob Marley Museum which attracts thousands of fans each year. Still further up Hope Road is Hope Botanical Gardens which also houses a small zoo with birds and animals from all over the Caribbean and the Americas. The National Gallery, on Ocean Boulevard, has a large collection of works of Jamaican artists.
Craighton House and Estate
Irish Town, St. Andrew
Great House and coffee estate in cool Irish Town, situated in the foot hills of the Blue Mountains.
26 Hope Road, Kingston 10
Legendary 19th century house furnished with antique furniture, games, carpets, paintings and drapes. Also a tree-shaped garden with shops that specialize in Jamaican crafts, food and souvenirs.
Harbour Cruises Limited
13 Queens Way, Kingston 10
Cruise from Kingston over to Port Royal. Includes buffet dinner at Morgan's Harbour Hotel and cocktails. Last Saturday of every month. Reservations required.
Morgan's Harbour Hotel at Port Royal offers an excellent trip out to the offshore island of Lime Cay, a favourite spot of local yachtsmen. The white sand beach and clear water that abounds with fish make skin diving and swimming memorable.
Since the 1920s, this factory has been producing famous Blue Mountain Coffee. Visitors can tour the plant, get a complimentary cup of the world's finest and buy coffee at very good prices.
The Mayfair Day Spa
A day spent here will rejuvenate both body and mind. Pampering with therapeutic massage and herbal wraps as well as beauty salon treatment is worth the visit.
National Art Gallery
Roy West Building, Kingston Mall
Large gallery on two floors. Permanent exhibition of Jamaican Art - Pre 20th century gallery. Also includes Edna Manley and Kapo collection.
Most of the old city of Port Royal, once the pirate capital of the New World, sank beneath the waves in a violent earthquake in 1692. Over the years much excavation work has been done to recover artifacts from this rich, but wicked town. Fort Charles, where Lord Nelson once strode the quarterdeck, still stands and the silent cannon still keep watch from its battlements. The Maritime Museum is located in Fort Charles itself while the Port Royal Archaeological and Historical Museum which houses artifacts salvaged from the sunken city, is situated in the old Naval Hospital. To get there you can drive beyond Norman Manley International Airport or catch the ferry across the harbour.
Rockfort Mineral Bath
Therapeutic mineral springs with public and and private baths. The water is slightly saline containing several minerals.
220 Marcus Garvey Drive, Kingston 11
Tours are available to see Tuff Gong, home of Bob Marley's vision for music production. On premises is the Tuff Gong studio, manufacturing plant where they hand press vinyl, and a record shop where you can take home some of the Caribbean's finest music.
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