Tourist guide to Kingston

Parade Square - Spanish Town, Jamaica, ©Mae B./Flickr

Parade Square – Spanish Town, Jamaica, ©Mae B./Flickr

In the next few sections we will provide you a short guide to Kingston, the capital of Jamaica. Being the largest city of Jamaica, Kingston is located on the southern coast of the island. The city was established in 1692 ad it faces a natural harbour protected by the Palisadoes. Palisadoes is a long sand spit which  connects the town of Port Royal and the Norman Manley International Airport to the rest of the island.

Kingston is the largest predominantly English-speaking city south of the United States. Often referred to as “the heartbeat of Jamaica”, Kingston is considered the business and cultural capital of the Caribbean. The area is home to many thriving educational and entrepreneurial institutions as well as numerous entertainment and recreational facilities.

Visit Devon House Heritage Site

Sitting on 11 lush acres in the capital city, the stately Devon House mansion was the home of Jamaica’s first black millionaire, George Stiebel. The ballroom still has the original English chandelier purchased by Stiebel for the room. The finely crafted, wooden Great House is even more remarkable given that it was constructed by a man whose background made his climb to success particularly difficult.

The Front of Devon House, ©Katie Thebeau/Flickr

The Front of Devon House, ©Katie Thebeau/Flickr

George Stiebel made his fortune from investments in gold mines in Venezuela. He purchased 99 properties in Jamaica, including Devon Pen. Today, the old stables, kitchen and other buildings on the property host some of Jamaica’s finest restaurants, confectioneries and souvenir shops. Devon House I Scream, makers of Jamaica’s premier brand of ice-cream has its flagship store at the location.

Experience Kingston Resort Area

Sheltered by the Blue Mountains, the Kingston Resort area is bordered to the north by Jamaica’s largest mountain range and to the south by the world’s 7th largest natural harbour. The resort area of Kingston provides a contrast of experiences that cannot be found in any other resort area or across the region. Kingston provides opportunities for natural, historical, cultural and recreational experiences. The Kingston Resort Area offers the very best mix of business and pleasure. Art, nightlife, dining, heritage and natural attractions all combine for an exciting experience!

Kingston Harbor, ©eimaj photos/Flickr

Kingston Harbor, ©eimaj photos/Flickr

Kingston abounds with fine restaurants and intimate cafes. Select from international themed menus, exotic local fare or sip Blue Mountain coffee with your favourite treat.

Pieces of the past – Spanish Town Square

As Jamaica’s capital city from 1534 to 1872, Spanish Town was the focal point of the island’s social, economic and political life. Today, it is Jamaica’s third largest urban centre with a population of approximately 87,000 people and, sadly, much of its grandeur has been lost to the ravages of time. Walk in the steps of the Spanish and British conquerors who have left their mark on Spanish Town. Get a glimpse of the past with the architecture and heritage displays.

Parade Square - Spanish Town, Jamaica, ©Mae B./Flickr

Parade Square – Spanish Town, Jamaica, ©Mae B./Flickr

Enjoy a bicycle ride

Travel in style to a cool starting point high in the Blue Mountain on a road called by the “New York Times”One of the best scenic vistas in the Caribbean.” Ride downhill through the tropical rain forest and you can meet hundreds of different bird species and blooming nature. Take your time viewing the Blue Mountain coffee plantations which are one of the most famous plantations in the world. You can finish the tour with a fresh dip at a waterfall.  Enjoy memories that will last a lifetime! The tour includes your transport, breakfast, lunch and a guide through the whole trip.

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