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Kingston

Kingston Vacation and Travel Tips

Kingston is perhaps best known as the birthplace of reggae music and for the legendary Bob Marley and the Wailers. Today, Jamaica’s capital city is also the capital of all things reggae, and one of Kingston’s top attractions is the Bob Marley Museum, located in the icon's former house, which honors the “King of Reggae.”

Region: Jamaica

Overview

Kingston isn’t all about reggae; it is also the island’s premier destination for culture and cuisine, from colonial-era architecture and fine-art galleries to colorful markets and eclectic eateries. Kingston is also home to Jamaica’s primary port; in fact, it is the world’s 7th-largest natural harbor. The breathtaking Blue Mountains loom large over the city and are a great retreat from chaotic Kingston. Jamaica’s longest mountain range is home to tropical forest, waterfalls, coffee plantations and the island’s highest point, Blue Mountain Peak.

What To Do

Must-see attractions in Kingston include Devon House, a colonial-era mansion that also has shops, restaurants and an ice-cream parlor; Tuff Gong Recording Studios, where reggae’s greatest artists have recorded and where you can take Bob Marley’s “Making of the Music” tour, a behind-the-scenes look at the record-making process; and Port Royal, once known as “the wickedest city on Earth,” where you can explore Jamaica’s pirate past at the mouth of Kingston Harbor.