Kingston Attractions

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No matter how you look at it, Kingston is impressive.  Set on a natural bay and backed by the flourishing Blue Mountains region, this busy city is easily with in reach of natural attractions that rival the most eco-centric destination and most of the beaches are exactly what you would hope for in a stretch of sand in the Caribbean.  The city itself is a bustling city that serves as the center of business, government, and culture, making it easy to find landmarks to visit, but fun is never far off with the numerous casinos within driving range. 

Beaches

Orange Bay Beach West

You will find an abundance of beaches to choose from in and around the area. Click on the name of each beach to get additional information about that particular location.

Maiden Cay Beach: To access Maiden Cay Beach, take Norman Manley Boulevard passed the Norman Manley International Airport into Port Royal. The beach is just off Foreshore Road.

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A second location worth considering is Brooks Pen Beach. Along a thin stretch of highway headed out towards the airport is Brooks Pen Beach. If you're heading out of Jamaica and back to your every-day, beachless life, this beach serves as a great place to park and enjoy one last glimpse of island sand and sea.

Gunboat Beach: Gunboat Beach, although not a place to swim, has many different amenities that cater to the mainly local crowd who turn out on the weekends. Visitors can enjoy live music and entertainment, numerous food stands, and adequate changing rooms and restrooms. In addition, lots of security is always around for your safety and for additional information.

Fortunately, you'll find quite a few other choices for beaches in and around the area. You can read this extended discussion if you'd like to find more specifics.

Landmark Attractions

Bob Marley Museum

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Bob Marley Museum. It is located in central Kingston. This museum is dedicated to the works of Marley, and of reggae music in general. Any music fan, reggae or otherwise, may want to make this musical pilgrimage site to priority.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is National Gallery of Jamaica. It is situated in downtown Kingston. This gallery features a collection of early, modern, and contemporary artwork, both by Jamaican artists, and artists from the larger Caribbean region. Exhibits rotate on a regular basis, guided tours are available, and lectures, children's programs, and panel discussions are commonplace.

Bank of Jamaica Money Museum: The museum is open Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The area includes a more extensive set of places to visit. Read this extended discussion dedicated to other interesting landmarks in Kingston if you want additional specifics.

Natural Attractions

Hope Gardens

Struan Castle Garden is one of the natural attractions that's popular with visitors. Struan Castle Garden is a special events venue that capitalizes on its beautiful botanical gardens surroundings to host weddings, parties, and other events. The gardens and trails, meanwhile, are open to the public.

Emancipation Park is another place you might want to visit. Emancipation Park opened in July 2002 to celebrate the journey that Jamaica has made as a nation from the dark days of slavery to today. Well manicured lawns and vibrant flora give this park a peaceful feel.

These are just a sample of what's available. To learn more about natural attractions in Kingston, read this page.

Casinos

In the mood for some action? Vacationers interested in trying their luck will have several places to go in this area.

Acropolis Barbican has dining on-site, so you can grab a bite to eat before or after you try your luck. The ambiance at Acropolis is not especially refined, nor is it a big party spot. Guests are asked to come dressed in, at the very least, resort casual clothing.

Macau Gaming Lounge is found within northern Kingston. A hip club atmosphere meets with a casino at Macau Gaming Lounge, where you can play the slots between drinking and dancing.

Vegas Gaming Kingston offers a selection of games for guests to enjoy, including Blackjack - Video and Roulette. Vegas Gaming is a small, air conditioned space where people can stop in for a quick round of gaming or stay for hours and see how lucky they really are.

These are just a sample of what's on the island. You can read this extended discussion concerning gaming in Kingston if you'd like some more information.

 

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