Natural Attractions in Kingston

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Kingston has a symbiotic relationship with the nearby Blue Mountains region.  Those who vacation in the tranquil mountains often make their way into the city when they need a break from the quiet, while those who stay in Kingston can head inland and explore what natural sites are laid out for 28 bountiful miles.  If you'd rather stick to Kingston during your entire stay, there are a few parks that make it easy to do. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

The Blue Mountains National Park

Do you want to enjoy part of your vacation outside? You may be happy to learn the area has an interesting nature preserve nearby.

The Blue Mountains National Park is a nature preserve located in the Blue Mountains, Northeast of Kingston. The Blue Mountains are the longest mountain range in Jamaica. Known for the coffee they produce, there is also a national park here where hiking and camping can be done.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Kingston
Name Type Location Island
The Blue Mountains National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 11.2 mi. Northeast of Central Kingston Jamaica

Waterfalls and Caves

Although most people visiting the area are attracted by the beautiful coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Areas near Kingston some great options, including two waterfalls and a cave.

You might enjoy a visit to Tacky Falls, which is located in Portland Parish, Northeast of Kingston. For a truly natural wonder, Tacky Falls is the secluded place to be. This hidden treasure is a mix of nature trail, swimming pool, and water park; it will not be a place you will soon forget, if you can manage to find it.

The chart below summarizes more details on waterfalls and caves.

Waterfalls and Caves Near Kingston
Name Type Location
Tacky Falls Waterfall 3.1 mi. West of Central Hope Bay
Two Sister Cave Cave 6.7 mi. South of Central Portmore

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Hope Gardens

Visitors can experience one of the many parks, as well as 2 botanical gardens in Kingston.

To surround yourself with beautiful tropical vegetation, consider visiting Struan Castle Garden, which is Stony Hill, in northern Kingston. 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.

Another attraction in this category is Emancipation Park. 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.

The parks and gardens available are displayed right below.

Parks and Gardens In Kingston
Name Type Location
College Green Communtiy Park Park 2.8 mi. East of Central Kingston
Dunrobin Acres Private Park Park 1.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Kingston
Emancipation Park Park Central Kingston
Emmett Park Park 0.7 mi. Northeast of Downtown Kingston
Founders Park Park 3.4 mi. East of Central Kingston
Hope Gardens Botanical Garden 3.3 mi. East of Central Kingston
Hope Pastures Park Park 3.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Kingston
Mandela Park Park Central Kingston
National Heroes Park Park 0.9 mi. North of Downtown Kingston
Sabina Park Park 0.8 mi. Northeast of Downtown Kingston
Saint William Grant Park Park Downtown Kingston
Struan Castle Garden Botanical Garden 4.4 mi. North of Central Kingston
Vin Lawrence Park Park 1.4 mi. Northwest of Downtown Kingston

Keep in mind, Kingston includes additional attractions. Click to find our extended discussion of other interesting attractions for Kingston.


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