Kingston Reggae’s Capital

Kingston, Reggae’s Capital, but also the capital of Jamaica is and was a muse for many artists. Lord Creator was singing about Kingston in 1970s and in 1990 UB40 covered the song Kingston Town.

“Oh Kingston town,/ The place I long to be/ If I had the whole world/ I would give it away/ Just to see, the girls at play/ Ooh, ooh, ooh” renders the true spirit of those who are coming to this wonderful capital and get in love with this wonderful and beautiful city.

The city has multiple personalities mainly due to its past as one of the major colonial city. The Spanish, British, African, but also local influences concur together and give to the town a wonderful flavor.

What to visit here?

Bob Marley Museum

The museum created in Bob Marley’s honor, the artist who made famous the reggae rhythms and the Rastafari movement across the world should be your first stop.  Bob Marley’s music was influenced by the people around him and by the social issues that were suffocating the society. His best hits are considered to be: “No Woman, No Cry”, “I Shot the Sheriff”, “Stir It Up”, “Jamming”, “One Love”. Together with The Wailers some of their best songs are: “Three Little Birds”, “Iron Lion Zion” and “Buffalo Soldier”.

The Bob Marley Museum brings together artifacts, memorabilia, writings, photographs, lyrics and music, all portraying this great Jamaican artist life.

The entrance fee to the museum is USD 20 and for children aged 4 -12 is only USD 10, while the opening hours are from 9:30 am until 4 pm except Sunday when it is closed.

Hope Botanical Gardens

The Hope Botanical Gardens, the largest one on the Caribbean, brings to the city the freshness of the nature and at the same time the beauty of a vast species of flowers, trees, cactus, and many other plants. These gardens are a sanctuary of peacefulness where you can touch the maximum relaxation after a crazy day in the city. The gardens are split in multiple small gardens with different themes: cactus garden, orchid house, ornamental pond, forest garden, lily pond, poets’ corner, plant nursery, but also a small zoo.

The garden is opened daily from 8:30 am till 6:30 pm and is free of charges, while for the zoo you have to pay a fee of 20 Jamaican Dollars, approximately USD 25 cents.

National Gallery

The most important art collections of Jamaica are part nowadays of the National Gallery. Here you will find Edna Manley’s collected works, Mallica Reynolds’ work, a statue of Bob Marley created by Christopher Gonzalez, and many other important artists.

The opening hours are: Tuesdays to Thursdays: 10 am to 4:30 pm; Fridays: 10 am to 4 pm; Saturdays: 10 am to 3 pm and it is closed to the public on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays (Offices are open on Mondays), while the entrance fee is 300 Jamaican Dollars, around USD 3.5.

Kingston, Reggae’s Capital is not famous only for its reggae music. This city is an amalgam of interesting architecture, agitation, history and modernity, traditions and different cultures. This is only the beginning of all the stuff that you can see, try and experience in Kingston. In the next post you will discover many other fascinating things.

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