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 outdoors? You may be happy to learn the area has a popular nature preserve nearby.

The Blue Mountains National Park is a popular nature preserve situated 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

Even though most visitors are drawn by the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Areas near Kingston some interesting choices, including a waterfall and a cave.

You might enjoy a visit to Tacky Falls, which is found in Portland Parish, Northeast of Kingston. This waterfall requires a tour guide or someone who has visit the waterfall many times, as even many locals do not know where it is.

The following table has some details regarding 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

Vacationers can visit one of the many parks, or 2 botanical gardens in Kingston.

To surround yourself with beautiful tropical vegetation, you might want to visit 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 popular attraction in this category is Emancipation Park. You can access Emancipation Park via both Oxford Road and Knutsford Boulevard.

The parks and gardens worth considering are provided here:

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

Fortunately, you'll be able to find a nice selection of attraction types available too. Click here to read our page about other interesting attractions for Kingston.


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