Introducing Around Kingston
Whether it’s Downtown’s perpetual slope toward the harbor or the Blue Mountains beckoning from high above Uptown, there’s something about Kingston’s topography that tempts the visitor to take a break from the intensity of city life.
Most popular among day trips is a visit to Port Royal, a former pirate’s den of iniquity, easily combined with a visit to Lime Cay, the best (and closest) swimming spot in the area. Other good seaside options include Hellshire Beach – a quintessential Kingstonian seaside experience – and Bull Bay, a rapidly growing surfing community. If it’s greenery you crave, Castleton Gardens, a half-hour drive north of Kingston, are the finest botanic gardens in Jamaica. Finally, Jamaica’s second city and former capital, Spanish Town, is noted for its Georgian architecture as well as the red brick splendour of St Jago de la Vega, the oldest Anglican cathedral outside of England.