Welcome to Spanish Town
Spanish Town was Jamaica’s capital for more than 300 years. Now circled by ghettoes, it’s very much Kingston’s poor neighbor, although its historic center contains the Caribbean’s most extensive assortment of Georgian architecture (albeit in a sad state of repair), its greatest cathedral and Jamaica’s national archives. Parts of Spanish Town are regularly affected by gang violence. Take local advice, but consider... Read More
Top experiences in Spanish Town
Spanish Town activities
Day Cruise to British Virgin Islands from St Thomas or St John
This 9-hour tour brings you to the best of the best in the British Virgin Islands. Start your day with a boat ride from St Thomas and St John. During the trip, enjoy coffee and a continental breakfast. Dock at the Baths on the island of Virgin Gorda, 1.2 miles (2 km) from Spanish Town, one of the largest towns in the British Virgin Islands. Thanks to massive rock formations on the white sand beach, the baths are actually a fun, natural water park of tidal pools, arches, hidden grottoes and tunnels.From Virgin Gorda, head to Diamond Reef, where you can snorkel and check out hundreds of colorful fish in the uncrowded waters. Then it’s on to world-famous Pusser’s Resturant on Marina Cay for some delicious, traditional island fare (own expense). Munch on fresh seafood delights or enjoy steak or barbecued ribs. Walk off your lunch with a jaunt around the island, taking in the views and the ruins that litter the land.The island of Jost Van Dyke is the next stop. On this island of just 200 inhabitants, you can take a dip in the sea, lie on the beach, go snorkeling, relax in a hammock or cozy up to a beachside bar for a “painkiller,” the potent local cocktail. There’s also plenty of shopping on the island at various small boutiques.Jump back on the boat a bit later for the trip back to the US Virgin Islands. Indulge in the open bar with snacks on the boat and toast your traveling companions on a fun day out.
Private Tour: Day Trip to Kingston from Ocho Rios
Visit some of Kingston's famous attractions, including Bob Marley Museum, Devon House on this full day tour from Ocho Rios. You'll be picked up from your hotel in Ocho Rios, where you'll begin your journey to the southern side of the island. Get on board your air-conditioned bus or car and travel pass over green mountains and rivers, local communities and rich Georgian Architecture enroute to Kingston.Journey through Fern Gully, a 3-mile (5-kilometer) road where hundreds of different variety of ferns forms a canopy of tropical greenery over the once old river course now a main road. Traverse meandering highways up Mount Diablo and admire the scenic views below. On our approach to Kingston, we will pass through Jamaica's old capital Spanish town where we will see the Spanish buildings and their ruins including the oldest bridge in the Caribbean. Nestled below the Blue Mountain Range sits Kingston and it stretches to Kingston Harbour, the seventh deepest natural harbor in the world.Relax and enjoy the best Kingston attractions and learn about the culture, history and heritage. See the historic buildings and Simon Bolivar statue in Downtown, and observe Jamaicans go about their daily activities in the streets and markets.Stop at Devon House, a mansion built by Jamaica’s first black millionaire in 1881. Tour interiors of this grand house and experience the best tasting home made ice cream.Stop for lunch at Market Place where you can choose from a wide variety of international and local cuisine or dine at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records, a restaurant, sports bar and mini-museum featuring the world's fastest man (meals not included). After lunch, visit the Bob Marley Museum, sited in the musician’s former home. Take a guided tour of the house where he lived and became reggae legend. This museum was even the US President's first stop when he arrived in Jamaica.Enjoy the comfortable and scenic drive back to end your trip at your Ocho Rios Hotel.
National Heroes and National Gallery Tour
From your Ocho Rios hotel you will get on board an air-conditioned vehicle and travel pass lush vegetation, local communities and rich Georgian architecture en route to Kingston, the Capital City and the melting pot of Jamaica's heritage, culture and culinary delights.Journey through Fern Gully, a 3-mile (5-kilometer) road where hundreds of ferns of different varieties form a canopy of tropical greenery over the once old river course, now a main road. Traverse meandering highways up Mount Diablo and admire the scenic views below. On your approach to Kingston, you will pass through Spanish Town, Jamaica's old capital, where you will see the oldest bridge in the Caribbean as well as Spanish buildings and their ruins. Then, nestled below the Blue Mountain Range you will find Kingston which stretches to Kingston Harbour - the seventh deepest natural harbor in the world.Once at Kington your sightseeing tour will begin. Visit the resting place of several of Jamaica's national heroes while you learn about the culture, history and heritage. See historic monuments erected in their honor, and observe Jamaicans go about their daily activities in the streets and markets.Stop at The National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ), which was established in 1974, the oldest and largest public art museum in the Anglophone Caribbean. It has a comprehensive collection of early, modern and contemporary art from Jamaica along with smaller Caribbean and international holdings. The NGJ has collections on permanent view but also has an active exhibitions program, which includes retrospectives of work by major Jamaican artists, thematic exhibitions, guest-curated exhibitions, touring exhibitions that originate outside of the island, and the premier national exhibition, the Jamaica Biennial. Enjoy the breath taking artistic talents of the Jamaican people.After the National Gallery there will be a stop for lunch at the Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records Sports Bar and Lounge where you can enjoy some of the world's fastest man's favorite dishes (additional cost). Taste the unique and vast Jamaican fusion menu that has people coming back for their mouthwatering favorites! In addition to multiple bar & lounge areas and dining destinations, the signature Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records boasts a mezzanine, VIP areas, hi-tech booth seating, and a retail shop that carries exclusive Brand Bolt products. After lunch you will journey back to your Ocho Rios hotel.
Estepona and Casares Day Trip from Gibraltar
Taking you on the “Marmalade Run” we make our way through the orange and lemon groves to the hill top village of Casares, where you will find the most beautiful hill top white village, before making our way to Estepona where you will enjoy a true Spanish market. Estepona is a popular Spanish town on the Costa Del Sol that is home to a picturesque port and some 21 km of beaches. The tour does include return transport along with a tyravel guide who will accompany you during the day trip. This day trip is a day at your leisure where on arrival to Estepona and Casares you have time to enjoy and explore the beautiful towns.
Sardines On Skewers Cooking Class in Malaga
Meet your personal guide at Marina Square (Plaza de la Marina) at 5pm to begin the walking-tour portion of this cultural experience. Receive an overview of Malaga's culinary traditions as you follow your guide to a picturesque fishing neighborhood, where traditional methods are still used to bring in the catch of the day.After getting a glimpse of Malaga's fishing culture, head to the National Maritime Museum and gain an understanding about the Spanish town's history with the sea. Admire hand-painted boats and local crafts before preparing your freshly caught sardines for the espetada — a traditinal Malagan dish. Under the guidance of an expert chef, learn the proper techniques for the skewer method. As your sardines cook, hear about this culinary art that's so deeply ingrained in the regional culture. Take a seat in the soft sand on the beach and savor your traditional dinner as you chat with your guide before saying farewell. The tour concludes around 8pm, back at the Plaza de Marina.
Private Kingston Day Trip From Ocho Rios
After morning pickup from your Ocho Rios hotel, travel in an air-conditioned private vehicle south through the forest of Fern Gully. Keep your camera handy for photo ops as you cross through the mountains. Continue driving for a little more than one hour to reach Spanish Town, the capital of Jamaica from the 16th to the 19th centuries. There, stop to visit St. Jago de la Vaga Cathedral, which is more than 300 years old.Another 30 minutes drive takes you into the heart of Kingston. Head to the Tuff Gong Studio, which was founded in 1965 by reggae superstar Bob Marley. Next, check out the local farmers market, the biggest fresh food market in Jamaica, then go uptown to Emancipation Park. Your final destination in Kingston is the Bob Marley Museum, located in the Kingston home of the ‘king’ of reggae music. See memorabilia such as Marley’s gold and platinum records, his favorite guitar, and his on–site recording studio.Relax on the journey back to Ocho Rios where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.