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.
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.
|The Blue Mountains National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||11.2 mi. Northeast of Central Kingston||Jamaica|
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.
|Tacky Falls||Waterfall||3.1 mi. West of Central Hope Bay|
|Cave||6.7 mi. South of Central Portmore|
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.
|Park||2.8 mi. East of Central Kingston|
|Park||1.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Kingston|
|Emancipation Park||Park||Central Kingston|
|Park||0.7 mi. Northeast of Downtown Kingston|
|Park||3.4 mi. East of Central Kingston|
|Hope Gardens||Botanical Garden||3.3 mi. East of Central Kingston|
|Park||3.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Kingston|
|Park||0.9 mi. North of Downtown Kingston|
|Park||0.8 mi. Northeast of Downtown Kingston|
|Struan Castle Garden||Botanical Garden||4.4 mi. North of Central Kingston|
|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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