Welcome to Kingston

Kingston is a city of two halves. Downtown is home to historic buildings, the courts, banks, street markets and one of the Caribbean’s greatest art museums. By contrast, Uptown holds the city’s best hotels and restaurants, largely confined to New Kingston, with its cluster of tall buildings around Emancipation Park.

Uptown and Downtown haven't always mixed well, but taken together they form a compelling and sometimes chaotic whole. Kingston is certainly never boring – we encourage you to jump right in.

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$86.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Bob Marley Experience from Montego Bay

Travel through the hills and curves of the parish of St Ann, called the garden parish, until you reach Nine Mile, where the Bob Marley tour takes place. This little village is tucked away in the beautiful mountains of Jamaica and is the birthplace (Feb.6,1945) of the legendary "King of Reggae", Bob Marley. It is also the place he was laid to rest. The Bob Marley tour starts with a walk through his home as a young boy, which is now a museum and photo gallery. Your guide will reveal little known insights into Bob Marley's childhood and musical career. You'll even have a chance to stand on "Mt. Zion Rock" (Bob's meditation spot) and rest your head on the "pillow", made famous in the song "Talking Blues".The memorial at Nine Mile also includes Bob Marley’s final resting place. Visit Bob Marley’s grave in Jamaica and pay your respects to this great man.

$65.99 Day Trips & Excursions

Scenic Tour of Kingston

Start with a pickup from your Montego Bay hotel. Board your air-conditioned coach or minivan and pass lush plantations, rickety villages and verdant countryside on route to Kingston.Drive through Fern Gully, a 3-mile (5-kilometer) road where giant ferns create a luxuriant canopy of tropical greenery. Follow winding roads up the forested Mount Diablo and admire the panoramic island views from its summit.Arrive in Kingston, set between the hazy peaks of the Blue Mountains and a vast natural harbor. Learn how the city is effectively split into a gritty Downtown of street markets and colonial-era buildings, and a commercial Uptown district.Enjoy a sightseeing drive around top Kingston attractions and learn about the city’s history and role in Jamaica’s ebullient spirit and culture. See the historic buildings and Simon Bolivar statue in Downtown, and watch the locals go about their routines in the colorful street markets.Stop at Devon House, a palatial mansion built by Jamaica’s first black millionaire in 1881. Tour (own expense) the opulent interiors of this grand house and break for lunch (own expense) at its courtyard restaurant.Drive through the University of West Indies’ campus and visit the Bob Marley Museum, sited in the musician’s former home on Hope Street. Take a guided tour (own expense) of the simple rooms that chart his life with gold records, statues and memorabilia.When the time comes, enjoy the scenic drive back to Montego Bay, where a hotel drop-off ends your trip.Please note: the order of activities as described above may be subject to change on the day of your tour.

$109 Outdoor Activities

Blue Mountain Downhill Bike Tour with Transport from Ocho Rios

Your full-day tour begins with hotel pickup in Ocho Rios, followed by a 2.5-hour drive up to Jamaica’s Blue Mountains. The drive takes you past local outdoor markets and a banana plantation, as well as the historical site of the 17th-century Rio Nuevo battle between the English and Spanish. Along the way, learn interesting facts about Jamaica's past from your guide. Enjoy a Cajun-spiced brunch and feast on beignets (deep-fried pastry), banana fritters and fruit drinks, as well as world-famous Blue Mountain coffee. After brunch, enjoy a coffee roasting demonstration before you get fitted with a bicycle, helmet and other protective gear, and prepare for a fun, 2.5-hour ride downhill as you coast along the mountainside!Begin the descent from an impressive 5,600 feet (1,700 meters), take in the breathtaking views of Kingston, Jamaica’s capital. The peak of Blue Mountain – the highest point in the entire Caribbean – rises 7,402 feet (2,250 meters) nearby. You’ll descend at a leisurely pace (approximately 5 -10 miles per hour), with plenty of designated picture-taking stops en route. (If you choose the non-bike riding option you will be transported down the mountain by bus, making the same photo stops as the riders.)As you ride down, soak up views of the dramatic tropical forest with its pristine streams and misty slopes, home to the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly and a variety of Jamaican birds, wildflowers and unique plants, including the world’s smallest orchids.After stopping for a late lunch, conclude your tour with a swim at a pristine, secluded waterfall before the return drive back to your hotel.

$25 Transfers & Ground Transport

Norman Manley Airport Club Kingston Lounge Access

Arrival Service (not applicable to departure only bookings): Upon disembarking your plane at Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport, you will be greeted by your Club Kingston Representative holding a personalized sign. Move seamlessly through the lines with fast track access through customs and immigration. Once you fill out your immigration forms (your representative can help if needed), you will be guided through the fast-track Immigration line. Once through Immigration, your host will help you retrieve your luggage at baggage claim. You will then proceed through the fast-track Customs line. Once you have cleared Customs, you will be escorted to your tour operator or private transportation for transfer to your hotel. Departure Lounge (not applicable to arrival only bookings): On departure, escape to a sanctuary where you can relax, unwind or catch up on office work, all while immersed in warm Jamaican culture and hospitality. After checking in for your flight at Norman Manley International Airport, make your way to security and immigration area. In the fast-track line, present your voucher for access and breeze past the long lines. Once through security, head up to the mezzanine level to enter the Club Kingston departure lounge. Indulge in a comfortable lounge, where you can entertain yourself with the high-speed WiFi, catch up with the news on the flat-screen cable TVs, read through the provided magazines and newspapers or even use the conference facility for a quick meeting. If you have not had enough of Jamaica's culture, make sure to stroll through the historical and cultural exhibits onsite. Snack on the unlimited fresh fruit, sandwiches, tapas, sushi, pastries and more, then sip on a warm cup of coffee or tea, a refreshing cold beverage or even an alcoholic beverage like the iconic Red Stripe beer! Drinks and snacks are complimentary within the departure lounge. You will also have access to the private restroom and shower facilities. When it's time for your flight, you will board your plane at the designated gate feeling refreshed and relaxed!

$70 Tours & Sightseeing

Kingston City Tour

This tour showcases the variety that one finds in Kingston, from rich to poor, hills to waterfront, residential to commercial, so that you can gain an appreciation of the layout of this culturally vibrant city. The focus is on the history, culture, architecture, and food that you find in Kingston. You will first be picked up at your Kingston hotel by your expert guide/driver where you will be placed in a comfortable air conditioned vehicle. The first stop of the tour will be at the University of the West Indies, a beautiful campus with majestic ruins from the plantation era. The trip continues heading towards downtown Kingston, stopping to allow for photography of the vast expanse of city, from mountainside to seaside. Heroes Park is a must visit as the artistic monuments, the graves, and the flowers offer a lovely backdrop to learn about the rebellious history of Jamaica, not to mention it gives an opportunity to see the local military change of guards. In downtown Kingston there will be a stop at the buzzing market, the largest in the island, teeming with buyers and sellers and bursting with color. Then it is on to Trench Town, the famous neighborhood in which Bob Marley once lived which is widely considered to be the birthplace of reggae. Here you will have another opportunity to interact with locals while on the community-run tour. The tour finishes at the beautiful grounds of 18th century Devon House, where you will sample the world famous ice cream.At the end of the tour you will be taken back to your hotel, happy to have spent a day exploring this fascinating part of Jamaica.

$150 Day Trips & Excursions

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.