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The definitive guide to exploring Kingston, Jamaica

Endorsed by The Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association, Kingston Chapter


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Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams


s residents of the city of Kingston, we must always wrestle with what constitutes as the greatest challenge to the city. We should never ever govern without committing to understanding the challenges that confront our city; and usually the challenges are many. These foundational challenges are hardly ever visible, but left unattended eats away at the foundations of cities and nations. In the end crushing them into insignificance.

Once great cities now lie in ruins and waste. History is replete with the death of many nations and cities. Yes, nations and cities can die and do die, if governed without foresight, understanding and imagination.

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The destiny of Kingston is before us. Is it life or death? Light of the Caribbean Sea or darkness? A strong and vibrant city or one that is fatigued? Greatness or mediocrity. The imagination is the antidote to apathy and distraction. In the city of Kingston we want to create a generation of young people with their imaginative faculties well-developed. A Kingston where the imagination comes to center stage. The Kingston we think of is one where the imagination is nurtured and dominates. So an engineer designs and constructs a bridge. But, for us the real question is, where does the concept of a bridge come from? The imaginative mind. The sprouting and flourishing of Kingston will be attained on the platform of the imagination and the imaginative mind, the mind of the city of Kingston. The imagination is that faculty that gives form to thought. Thought has to have form in order to make sense to our residents. It helps us to see what we are talking about. We have to give form to ideas to overcome apathy and distraction. We have been progressing in this regard. More and more of our residents are taking an interest in what we do and embracing the vision we have for our city. This is the greatest of all achievements.

Moses reflects on the brevity of life and compares it to the grass which sprouts anew. In the morning it flourishes, towards evening it fades, and withers away. Giving form to thought. Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, all that God has prepared for those who love Him. Can you imagine it? Can you imagine Kingston? The Pearl of the Antilles, the light of the Caribbean Sea, a major player on the Latin American landscape, an international city. Giving form to thought. Merchants and simple people left Port Royal about 325 years ago believing that their imagination would be able to convert a large plot of land into a prominent city. Three centuries later as mayor of Kingston, I say to you, I am still believing. We are still believing.

Delroy Williams

Mayor of Kingston Senator Councillor Delroy Williams

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Christopher Jarrett, Chairman JHTA, Kingston Chapter

Welcome to Kingston, a potpourri of culture, mystical beauty and pulsating nightlife. Kingston is a bustling metropolis; with its backdrop the world renowned Blue Mountains. Explore its many treasures, from escovitch fish at Fort Clarence Beach, mouth-watering seafood in Port Royal to jerk chicken along Red Hills Road; Kingston is a melting pot of flavours and you should be sure to experience it all. Immerse yourself in the reggae music found along every street of Kingston, connect with its origins in Culture Yard, Trench Town or the Bob Marley Museum and work up a sweat at one of our many street dances or nightclubs. Kingston is the heartbeat of Jamaica and the richness of Jamaican culture permeates throughout. Take on the 7,402 feet trek to the peak of the Blue Mountains or reconnect with nature at Hope Gardens. Kingston is as diverse as it is beautiful and I welcome you to enjoy it all.

Christopher Jarrett

Chairman, JHTA Kingston Chapter

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CONTENTS Memba Mi tell yu


Ultimate Playlist


General information and facts about Jamaica


Fun Cyaan Dun Calendar of Events




36 46 50 40 48 SEE



Run di Road






Picha Dis




Likky-likky A list of great eats in Kingston

Step out in Kingston

A look at the film industry over the years.

Kingston City Run

Craving some adventure?

Downtown Kingston’s revival

CITY GUIDE 2018 Welcome to the first issue of Kingston 24/7 City Guide, which celebrates Kingston as the Culture Capital and the Heartbeat of Jamaica. Kingston 24/7 City Guide is a publication by Unlimited Attractions and M&M Media Ltd. Endorsed by The Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association, Kingston Chapter 876 381-0229 Design: redbunker

Porti we seh

Port Antonio weekend getaway

Tings Wi Luv


Devon House


A Suh Di Ting Set


A to Z on Jamaica

Cover Artists: Di-Andre & Patasha - Paint Jamaica @ Fleet Street


Writers / Researchers: Rachael Barrett, Gayle Cunningham, Elena Lynch, Nicola Madden Greig, Sophianne Walsh Photographers and Illustrators: Jaco Oosthuyzen, Shea Powell @ theworldupcloser, Jamaica Gleaner, Alex Watson, Katherine Fung, Bryan Robinson Photography, Matthew Ross, Tiffany Lue-Yen Photography, Gilbert Bellamy, Steve Bennett, Steve James, Bacchanal Jamaica, Island Outpost, Jamaica Tourist Board, Jack Morley The Longboarder Bar & Grill, National Gallery of Jamaica, Nicholas A. Johnson Photography, Norb Photography, John Liu.

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/ˈmɛmb-a’ mi tɛl juː/ All the things you never knew about Jamaica

General Information and Facts History and Geography 

Under Spanish colonial rule, Jamaica’s capital was St. Jago de La Vega, renamed Spanish Town by the British when they invaded Jamaica in 1655. The capital city was destroyed during the invasion and the British established Port Royal on the Palisadoes peninsula. Port Royal became the island’s first major trade centre and was frequented by notorious pirates and buccaneers like Sir Henry Morgan. In 1692 an earthquake and tidal wave submerged two-thirds of Port Royal beneath the sea. 11 years later a fire ravaged Port Royal’s remains; after which Kingston gradually replaced it in importance as wealthy businessmen and citizens from Port Royal flocked there. Kingston continued to grow in spite of a devastating hurricane in 1784, a huge fire in 1843, cholera epidemic in 1850 and another fire in 1862, and finally replaced Spanish Town as the capital of Jamaica in 1872.

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Kingston encompasses 25 sq. km and is the seat of our government and the focal point of many of Jamaica’s cultural, educational, industrial, financial, and commercial institutions. The Kingston Harbour, is the world’s seventh-largest natural harbour and provides for a rapidly growing trans-shipment facility and is now ranked among the top container ports in the world.

Culture and Society The official language is spoken English, However, the majority of persons speak Patois (a mix of English, African and other languages), though seldom in official or business circles. Over 90% of Jamaicans population is of African descent but it also includes people of European, East Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern and Jewish descent. Many Jamaicans are of mixed ancestry – hence cementing our motto, “Out of Many, One People”. About a third of Jamaica’s approximately 2.65 million inhabitants live in the greater Kingston metropolitan area. The British influence on our

history is reflected in our system of government, schools, churches, traffic laws, and sports. There is a wide variety of Christian churches in Kingston, the chief denominations being Anglican, Methodist, Pentecostal, Church of God, Seventh Day Adventist, Baptist and Roman Catholic. The major non-Christian denominations are the Rastafarian movement; Jewish, Muslim, Baha’i and Hindu faiths. Jamaica has the most “churches” per square mile of any country in the world according to Guinness Book of World Records. 

Jamaica House

Government Although Jamaica gained its independence from Britain in 1962, the country remains a member of the Commonwealth with Queen Elizabeth II as Chief of State. She is represented by a Governor-General, currently His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Linton Allen. The Jamaican parliament consists of the Senate and House of Representatives, which meet at Gordon House, named after National Hero William Gordon. The Cabinet is headed by the Prime Minister The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, and is made up of a minimum of 14 other Government Ministries and is the principal instrument of Government policy. Elections take place on average every 5 years. There are 63 political constituencies which are represented by Members of Parliament.

Economic Overviews and Investment Opportunities The main economic sectors are tourism, mining, agriculture, and manufacturing. Jamaica has a plethora of business and investment opportunities and visitors are encouraged to utilize these opportunities through various public and private sector organizations. 

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FUN CYAAN DUN /fʌn ka-eɪ dʌn/ The fun never ends! Are you ready? Because no matter when you are coming to Jamaica there is something fun to do.



JANUARY 1 One of Kingston’s greatest parties to ring in the New Year


JANUARY 1 Before the dawn! A celebrated breakfast party.  sunnationjamaica


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JANUARY 6 Join international reggae singer Shaggy and friends for their biennial Make A Difference Foundation Concer t. Several international artistes will share the stage to raise funds for the Bustamante Children’s Hospital.

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FEBRUARY 1–6 Be a part of the festivities at the weeklong celebrations for the Rt. Hon. Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley.


FEBRUARY The Jamaica Biennial, is the National Gallery’s flagship exhibition. Designed to encourage the development of art in Jamaica.

FEBRUARY 1–29 A celebration of Jamaica’s reggae music for the entire month of February: live concerts, lectures, reggae village and awards ceremony


FEBRUARY 18 The Caribbean’s largest 5K race designed to inspire fitness and fun among the business community


FEBRUARY 24 A stylized production celebrating Jamaican music at a not‑to‑be‑missed awards show.


F E B R UA RY 2 3 An exciting Polo Tournament with proceeds benefiting The Kingston Polo Club and Friends of the Ward Charity: Caymanas Polo Club.


FEBRUARY 24 This event includes All Relays, 100m, 400m, One Mile, Masters & Special Olympic races.   876-929-4546

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MARCH 22-25 Trek into the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of The Blue & John Crow Mountains where the famous Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is grown. The festival will feature coffee and culinary tours, entertainment, history and fun!


MARCH 16–18 The 6th staging of Kingston City Run presents a weekend of pure adrenalin and fun incorporating two races. This premier running event features Welcome Night party, Health Fair & Expo, Pre-race party and 4 race events. This event draws international participants and its spectacular route takes you through some of Kingston’s most iconic attractions.



MARCH 30 – APRIL 2 (Good Friday & Easter Monday are public holidays)


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MARCH 22-25 Dubbed the premier athletic high school event in the western hemisphere. The Intersecondary School Sports Association (ISSA) races at the National Stadium features competitions for girls and boys under 19 including 100m, 200m, 5000m relays and more. A very intense and exciting 4 days of championships.


MARCH 26 The International Theatre Institute (ITI) Jamaica Centre Actor Boy Awards is the longest and most consistent award presented for Theatre Arts in the Caribbean.


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APRIL 1 - 8 The excitement, burst of colour, vibration of pulsating beats all make Carnival in Jamaica special! Join one of 4 major bands, party from night till dawn and be a costumed reveller on the road of Kingston.


APRIL 14 Known internationally for its prowess in sport, producing some of the finest athletes in the world it features top athletes from MVP Track & Field Club, olympic stars, local and international universities


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M AY 1 6 - 2 0 The 5-day extravaganza includes after parties, VIP cocktail receptions, and glamorous runway shows, appeal to the die-hearted fashionistas from around the world.


MAY 2 Presented by The Culinary Federation of Jamaica and held at the Gardens of the Jamaica Pegasus, Kingston, Jamaica



MAY 19 Features some of the best international and local athletes at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.


MAY 24 A celebration of the joy of cuisine and features numerous top chefs and caterers in a unique atmosphere held at Devon House.


JUNE 1 - 30 An annual 9-day studio and performing art festival at multiple venues highlighting incredible art


JUNE 9 3rd staging of this international track and field meet organized by Usain Bolt’s track club, Racers Track Club Ltd. 


JUNE 8-10 The city is completely immersed in fashion as the region’s best designers are on show this year’s CFW.

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J U N E 2 1-2 4 Trials for our Jamaica track and field athletes to vie for a spot on Team Jamaica for upcoming world events including PanAm, World Championships and NACAC.

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JULY - AUGUST The participating teams include: Jamaica Tallawahs, Barbados Tridents, Trinidad Red Steel, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Antigua Hawksbills, the St. Kitts Patriots and the St. Lucia Zouks. Held at the legendary Sabina Park in Kingston.

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JULY - AUGUST Jamaica’s internationally celebrated dance company with creative dancing exploring traditional and modern forms. Little Theatre, 



JULY This anticipated surfing event brings together regional and professional surfers who compete for prizes. 


JULY 1 This 24 hour celebration of global reggae culture showcases the best of reggae and its impact using the power of music, media and communication technology to unite nations.


AUGUST 6 A large annual Independence celebration held at National Stadium



AUGUST 1 A festival of performing arts and dance showcased at The Ranny Williams Entertainment Center

AUGUST 24-26 Food, art, workshops, dance and music performances held at Edna Manley College Campus


AUGUST 4 A showcase of reggae dance moves from local and international participants

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OCTOBER 12-15 A week-long celebration of Merritone Music which attracts members of the diaspora and foreigners alike.

OCTOBER 15 National Heroes Day Join the Caribbean's leading gospel acts along with celebrity chef. Held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. 



OCTOBER 29 The finals of the all-island Pan Chicken competition. Jamaican “street food” at its finest


OCTOBER 20 - 28 Exotic Flavours, Exhilarating Spirits and Unforgettable Experiences – this is what is promised by the organizers of this 8-day foodie event.


OCTOBER 30 This annual German festivity, celebrates its 32 years in Jamaica. There will be lots of prizes and surprises, games and specialty German foods, German beers, wines and Schnapps.


NOVEMBER 10 - 11 An electrifying week facilitating new designers and showcases the emerging talent. Includes: MoDa Runway, MoDa Business, 2-day trade show and artisan market – MoDa Market.


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NOVEMBER 11-18 Eight days of culinary exploration, offering special discounts at over 75 participating restaurants across Jamaica.


DECEMBER 25 (Public Holiday)


DECEMBER 26 (Public Holiday)

Tradional Jonkonnu Characters


DECEMBER 1 Jamaica’s most thrilling and exclusive horse racing event with the biggest purse in the english speaking Caribbean. Caymanas Park.


DECEMBER 26 This annual show is a unique creation of the British tradition which features aspects of the Jamaican culture, folklore and history. 


DECEMBER 31 Ring in the New Year with the phenomenal fireworks display on the Downtown Harbour. This free event features Kiddies Village, craft vendor’s arcade and family entertainment.

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Emancipation Park

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Ackee, National Fruit

Emancipation Park

Craighton Coffee Estate

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Shaun “CopperShaun” Anderson was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. As a founding member of Coppershot Sound, CopperShaun has been a fixture in the Jamaican dancehall & soundsystem scene for over 20 years. In 1994, through a merger of Coppershot Disco with Sage Enterprises, three young Campionites Matthew “Nero P” Gray, Jason “Jigzagula” Henriques and Shaun “CopperShaun” Anderson, created the multi-award winning sound system “Coppershot” and years later the Coppershot brand continues to grow and expand. CopperShaun is Sean Paul’s official DJ and he has used his art of selecting, dancing and singing to entertain fully packed arenas including Madison Square Garden, to clubs, parties and festivals all over the world, including Wireless Fest in UK, Rototom Sunsplash in Spain and Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica. He has toured extensively and has performed on tv shows including the Arsenio Hall show, Showtime at the Apollo and also appearances on MTV, BET and locally on TVJ. In February 2006, CopperShaun extended his talent and dabbled in production forming the Coppershot record label, also known as Coppershot Music. Producing hits like “Rich Dis Year” and “Too Blessed” by Charley Blacks to name a few. CopperShaun is also a part of Sean Paul’s music label, Dutty Rock Productions and they are gearing up to release Chi Ching Ching’s debut album “Turning Tables” in Spring 2018 as well as Sean Paul’s next highly anticipated album expected in Summer 2018.

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Strawberry Hill

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The choice of accommodation in Kingston is varied from international hotel chains to highly reputable local boutique hotels, villas, guest homes, apartments and Bed and Breakfast options. Most hotels are located in the vibrant New Kingston area with mountain retreats located mainly in the Blue Mountain region. The best area to stay is in or excellent activities within walking distance as well as access to easy transportation and tours to many of Kingston’s top attractions.

Courtesy of Island Outpost

around New Kingston which offers

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Hotels  Meeting Room   Resturant   Bar   Fitness Center   Pool 

Altamont Court Hotel        New Kingston. 1-3 Altamont Terr. 929-4497  Christar Villas        Liguanea. 99A Hope Rd. 978-3933  The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites          New Kingston. 85 Knutsford Blvd. 929-9000  The Courtyard by Marriot          New Kingston. 1 Park Close. 618-9900  Eden Gardens        Lady Musgrave. 39 Lady Musgrave Rd. 946-9981  Forres Park Guest House & Spa    Blue Mountains. Mavis Bank. 927-8275  Hotel Four Seasons          New Kingston. 18 Ruthven Rd. 926-8805  The Jamaica Pegasus          New Kingston. 81 Knutsford Blvd. 926-3690  The Knutsford Court Hotel          New Kingston. 16 Chelsea Ave 929-1000  Liguanea Club          New Kingston. Knutsford Blvd. 926-8145  Mayfair Hotel & Pub        Devon House. 4 West Kings house Rd. 926-1610  Medallion Hall          Liguanea. 53 Hope Road. 927-5866  Mona Visitors Lodge & Confrence Centre    Mona. UWI Mona Campus. 970-2893  Grand Port Royal Hotel        Port Royal. Port Royal. 967-8494  Strawberry Hill          Irish Town. New Castle Road. 619-7872  Terra Nova All Suite Hotel          Devon House. 17 Waterloo Road. 926-2211  The Gardens  Liguanea. 23 Liguanea Ave. 927-8275  The R Hotel        New Kingston. 2 Renfew Road. 929-2006  The Spanish Court Hotel          New Kingston. St. Lucia Avenue. 926-0000  138 Student Living    Mona. UWI Mona Campus. 665-1235  Shirley Retreat    New Kingston. 7 Maeven Avenue. 927-9208 

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So what’s there to do in Kingston? This city offers a wealth of unique and interesting experiences from sea to mountain top. Kingston and the surrounding parish of St. Andrew also commonly referred to as Kingston showcases boat excursions to private islands, the infamous Port Royal – once home to legendary pirates and buccaneers, the UNESCO designated World Heritage site – The Blue & John Crow Mountains, various culinary, cultural and music tours, a plethora of museums, an enviable night life and laid back elegance at many of the best restaurants who offer a delightful

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Sunday brunch.

Holy Trinity Cathedral.

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Kingston is literally always full of activity from dusk till dawn. A stroll around Kingston, particularly Downtown Kingston is excellent for history buffs as beautiful Georgian and other colonial style buildings dot the landscape. Make sure you get a local guide to take you on this tour as there are numerous great stories just waiting to be told. Kingston also boasts many beautiful historic churches with the Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Jewish Synagogue being two of the most striking edifices.

DJ’s, exquisite food and unlimited premium bars for one set price. Ask a local for tips on the best parties and street dances where pulsating reggae and dancehall is juxtaposed with international beats.

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Bob Marley Museum

Usain Bolt Statue, National Stadium

As the sun goes down, Kingston nightlife explodes. Besides a great choice of nightclubs and bars, there are always street parties starting from midnight until the wee hours of the morning or many all-inclusive pay parties that feature phenomenal Fort Charles, Port Royal

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Cyaan Miss Art Galleries National Art Gallery Downtown Kingston Harbour Street | 922-1561

Frame Centre Gallery New Kingston 5 Ardenne Road | 978-3980

Olympia Art Centre 202 Old Hope Road | 927-1608

Hi-Qo Art & Framing Gallery New Kingston 24 Waterloo Road | 926-4183

Beaches and Waterfalls Fort Clarence Beach Park Portmore Fort Clarence | udc - 656-8031

Hellshire Portmore 1A St Georges Cliff | 989-8306

Waves Beach Portmore 190 Seafort Blvd | 382-6970

Cane River Falls St Thomas Bull Bay


Loose Cannon Port Royal Morgan’s Harbour | 495-2222


Lime Cay off the coast of Port Royal Small Island 15 mins off the coast

Treasure Hunt New Kingston 14 Trinidad Terrace | 929-2938

Christelles Gaming Manor Park 184 Constant Spring Road | 969-6685/6

Vegas Gaming Liguanea Lane Plaza - Shop 19-21 | 977-4927-8

The Monte Carlo at Terra Nova Waterloo 17 Waterloo Road | 922-2211-2

Macau Gaming Dunrobin 28 Lindsay Cresent | 925-6395

Acropolis Barbican 29 East Kings House Road | 978-1299

Caymanas Track Portmore Gregory Park, St Catherine | 988-2524

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Golf Courses

Caymanas Golf & Country Club Caymanas Estates, Spanish Town | 746-9772/4

Constant Spring Golf Club Manor Park Constant Spring Road | 924-1610

Mineral Baths

Rockfort Mineral Bath Harbour View Harbour View, Kingston | 938-5055

Museums Devon House New Kingston Hope Road | 929-6602

Mico Museum Cross Roads 1a Marescaux Road | 929-5260

Bob Marley Museum Liguanea 56 Hope Road | 630-1588

Liberty Hall/Marcus Garvey Museum Downtown Kingston Upper King Street | 948-8639

Peter Tosh Museum New Kingston Trafargar Boulevard | 960-0049

Bunny Wailer Museum Washington Gardens 10 Darley Crescent 850-4403

Fort Charles Port Royal Port Royal | 967-8438

Bank of Jamaica Money Museum Downtown Kingston Harbour Street | 922-0750

Nightclubs Kingston Dub Club Jack’s Hill Skyline Drive | 815-1184


Constant Spring Plazas Half Way Tree Constant Spring Road | 929 7020

Fiction Marketplace Constant Spring Road | 833-2582

Kingston Craft Market Downtown Kingston Harbour Street | 875-6606

Sovereign Centre Liguanea | Hope Road | 978 7416

Sporting Activities Jamnesia Surf Camp St. Thomas 8 Miles Road, Bull Bay | 750-0103

Kiteboarding Jamaica Palisadoes Chill Out Hut Beach Bar & Grill | 781-2190

Jamaica Karting Association Palisadoes Norman Manley International Airport | 508-9945

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Little Theatre New Kingston Tom Redcam Road | 926-6129

Phillip Sherlock Centre for Creative Arts University of the West Indies Mona Road | 927-1456

Tours and Attractions Hollywell New Castle 1B Road | 304-0871

Blue Mountain Peak Trail/Portland Gap Blue Mountains 12 Crofton| W Ford PO | 960-2848-9

Craighton Estate Blue Mountains/St. Andrew Irish Town | 929-8490 Plantation tour, coffee experience Mavis Bank Factory Blue Mountains/St. Andrew Mavis Bank | 977-8015

Emancipation Park New Kingston Oxford Rd & Knutsford Blvd | 926-6312

UWI Campus Tour University of the West Indies Mona Road | 977-5941

Da Costa Farms Spanish Town Hill Run, St Catherine | 381-4603

NewCastle Military Camp Blue Mountains/St. Andrew New Castle | 535-8326

Port Royal Walking Tour Port Royal

National Heroes Park Cross Roads Heroes Circle | 656-8031

Hope Gardens Mona Hope Road | 970-3505 Hope Zoo Mona Hope Road | 970-3505 Jamaica Military Museum Up Park Camp Tom Redcam Road | 926-8121 Trench Town Culture Yard Downtown Kingston First Street, Trench Town | 859-6741 Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour Blue Mountains/St. Andrew 974-7075 Castleton Gardens St. Andrew Castleton, A3 | 942-0717 Blue Muntain Culinary TRail Blue Mountains/St. Andrew Blue Mountains | 929-9200

Institute of Jamaica Downtown Kingston 10 East Avenue | 922-0620 National Stadium/Independence Park New Kingston Kingston | 754-6772 Sabina Park Downtown Kingston South Camp Road | 967-0322 Tuff Gong Studios Three Miles 220 Marcus Garvey Drive | 630-1592 Kingston City Bus Tour Half Way Tree Half Way Tree Transportation Centre | 991-6684 Spanish Town Heritage Tour Spanish Town Spanish Town | Any tour operator

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Jamaica Conference Centre.

Kingston 24/7 | City Guide | 47 All play and no work, means no money to play! Doing business in Kingston is relatively easy and there are several government and private sector bodies that can readily assist. Kingston as capital city is the seat of Government and the economic base of Jamaica. Jamaica has a diverse and open economy and offers a range of benefits through our membership in the Caribbean Single Market (CARICOM) and similar trade agreements. Kingston is well positioned as an investment location with the Port of Kingston currently being expanded to offer a world class logistics hub. As the largest English speaking city south of Miami, with competitively priced labour, access to an educated workforce with two of the country’s largest universities based in Kingston, an expansive telecommunications network, proximity to mainland USA and Latin America and many supporting organizations, investing in Kingston has clear advantages.. Foremost amongst them are The Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, The Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association, The Jamaica Exporters Association, The Jamaica Manufacturers Association and the American Chamber of Commerce. The Jamaica Promotions Company (JAMPRO) is also a good starting point for persons seeking to invest in Jamaica.

© Jamaica Tourist Board

Jamaica operates an investor friendly environment with both fiscal and market incentives available for specific industries. The city is like a cross roads and has been home to many regional and international conferences. With local hotels offering large meeting and conference spaces coupled with facilities such as The Jamaica Conference Centre and other off-site venues such as the National Arena and National Indoor Sports Complex, there are many options to “Meet in Kingston”. Kingston is also home to many multi-national organizations, embassies, high commissions and consulates. A visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website will give you a full listing.

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With the Caribbean Sea to the south and the majestic Blue Mountains to the North, the views while in this city provides for the most brilliant sunrise and sunsets and stunning vistas from great heights. This is a lovely start for natural wellness but don’t worry, the city is also filled with many options for health and fitness enthusiasts. There is a wide range of activities and venues from yoga, tai chi, martial arts, day spas, gyms and fitness centres, vegetarian restaurants, jogging tails, cross fit centres and running clubs. The city is so geared to keeping fit that nearly every weekend you should be able to find at least one 5K Run/Walk event, not to mention most parks and play grounds will be filled with a pick-up basketball, cricket or football games. The short form of football (six-a-side) in Jamaica is commonly referred to as “scrimmage”. Another common past time for locales is hiking into the hills with a Blue Mountain hike having special meaning and significance. If by chance you get invited to “hike the peak” – be warned – that is a direct reference to the Blue Mountain Peak a mere 7000 plus feet above sea level and does require a more than average level of fitness. There are also many rivers, hidden waterfalls and even a mineral bath in close proximity to the city. Ask any local tour operator for details on organized tours for a relaxing nature treat. The city also has many health centres, first class hospitals and day care facilities for locals and visitors in need.

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Blue Mountains.

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Kingston has recently been earmarked by the Ministry of Tourism to become Jamaica’s first Gastronomy Centre. With the appointment of the Gastronomy Tourism Network, some great movements have happened including the launch of the Blue Mountain Culinary trail, re-launch of the iconic Devon House as Kingston’s first Gastronomy Centre and the Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee Festival set for March 2018.


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Jerk chicken, jerk pork and festival

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Jamaica’s diverse history has made its way into our food. The original native population of the Tainos, were soon joined first by Spanish, then British invaders who fought for control of the island. The Spanish and British brought Africans, Indians and Chinese, who also became inhabitants of Jamaica. Other influences come from Jewish, Lebanese, Irish and more recently Japanese immigrants. As our national motto, states “Out of Many, One People”, in this case it is “Out of Many, One Food”. With many cooking techniques and recipes handed down from one generation to the next this eclectic mix has produced a very special cuisine landscape. Jamaican ingredients offer tantalizing flavours and produce spectacular dishes.

Kingston has also seen an explosion of local and international cuisine with upscale restaurants, cook shops, grills and street food venues popping up across the city. There are many traditional dishes to try and new additions based on a recent “food moment” geared at adding depth to the Jamaican repertoire. This has also led to an increasing number of food festivals including the Kingston based Jamaican Food & Drink Festival held every October. Many Chefs are also experimenting with what has been dubbed Jamaican fusion cuisine, which can have influences from the Caribbean and as far flung as Japan. Be sure to try the uniquely Jamaican “Jerk” and “Ital”cuisines both steeped in tradition going back decades. Jerk is a mildly smoked and spicy hot method of cooking over a fire pit. Roadside versions are offered by the ‘pan chicken man’ usually seen at busy intersections and many events. Let’s see if you can truly eat your way through Kingston.

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Restaurants Bakery

Pastry Passion 927-9105 | Sovereign Centre & Hope Road $


Devon House Bakery 906-0815 | Devon House, Hope Rd $

Chris Gayle’s Triple Century Bar 906-0333 | 69 Knutsford Boulevard $$

Regency Bar & Lounge 926-2211 | Terra Nova Hotel $$

Usain Bolts Tracks & Records 906-3903 | 67 Constant Spring Road $$

Ribbiz 410-7637 | 29 East Kings House Rd $$

100 665-3238 | 100 Hope Road $$

South Beach Cafe 919-3700 | 2 Brompton Rd $$$

876 Terrace Bar & Grill 305-1308 | Shop 1, Southdale Plaza $

TGI Fridays 978-8443 | 51 Hope Road $$$

A-bar Resturant 797-2693 | Springs Plaza Shop 21 $$

Macau 925-6395 | 28 Lindsay Cresent $$

Blend Bar & Lounge 926-3690 | 81 Knutsford Boulevard $

Jamaica Liquor Wholesale 925-9427 | 17 Lindsay Cresent $$

Chasers 908-0041 | 5 Belmont Rd $

House of Dancehall 665-0565 | 6 Cargill Ave $$

Cru Bar 579-9529 | 71 Lady Musgrave Road $

The Pub - Mayfair 926-1612 | 4 West Kings House Close $

Green Haze 574-1894 | 11 Holborn Road $$

Mahogany Tree Bar 908-4310 | Devon House $

Mingles Bar & Lounge 929-9000 | 85 Knutsford Boulevard $

Reggae Mill 550-2000 | Devon House $

Pulse 8 960-1320 | Trafalgar Road $


Grosvenor Cafe 543-6289 | Grosevenor Terrace $

Brew’d Awakenings 927-0786 | 130 Old Hope Road $$

Deaf Can Coffee 587-3833 | 4 Cassia Park Rd $

Cafe Dolche 649-9971 | 114 Constant Spring Road $

24 Seven Cafe 926-3690 | 81 Knutsford Blvd $

Cafe Blue 969-7890 | Sovereign Center & Irish Town $

Cannonball multiple locations | @cannonballball $$ Under $15 $ | $15-$20 $$ | $20-$30 $$$ | $35+ $$$$

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Caribbean Fusion Grog Shoppe 906-7165 | Devon House $$

Melting Pot Restaurant & Lounge 929-1000 | 16 Chelsea Ave $$

Alexanders 929-9000 | 85 Knutsford Blvd $$$

Red Bones 978-8262 | 1 Argyle Rd $$$$

Rojo Resturant - Spanish Court Cafe 926-0000 | 1 St Lucia Ave $$$$

Strawberry Hill 619-7872 | New Castle Road $$$$

Blue Window Restaurant 926-3690 | 81 Knutsford Boulevard $$$

EITS Cafe 944-8151 | 17 Mile Post, Newcastle $$


China Express 906-9158 | 67 Constant Spring Rd $$

Golden Bowl 929-8556 | 7 Cargill Ave $$

Dragon Garden 925-3871 | 121½ Constant Spring Rd $$

Golden Gate 977-7552 | 14 Northside Drive $$

Dragon Court 920-8506 | 6 South Avenue $$

Jade Garden 978-3476 | Sovereign Centre $$


Susies Bakery 968-5030 | 1 Southdale Plaza 10 Constant Spring Rd $$

The Deli at Parma 575-4465 | 93 Constant Spring Road $ CPJ Market & Deli 1-888-225-5275 | 71 Lady Musgrave Road $$

Simma Soupery & Bakery 306-3966 | Old Hope Road $ Deli Works 927-4706 | Sovereign Centre, Hope Road $

Fast Food Multiple Locations Burger King @burgerkingjamaica $

Wendys @wendysjamaica $

Sugar & Spice @sugarandspicejam $


KFC @kfcjamaica $

Island Grill @Islandgrill $

Tastees @tasteejamaica $

Popeyes @popeyesjm $

Juici Patties @juicipattiesjm $

Subway @subwayjamaica $$

Mothers @mothersjamaica $


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Pita Grill 970-4571 | Orchid Village, 20 Barbican Rd $

8 Spices 816-1481 | 7 Grosvenor Road $$

Rib Kage 978-8008 | Hope Zoo, Old Hope Rd $$$

Wing King 620-9464 | 114 Constant Spring Road $

South Avenue Grill 754-1380 | 20A South Ave $$$

Icecream / Frozen Yogurt Tutti Frutti 978-8851 | 29 E Kings House Rd $


Devon House Ice Cream Shoppe 926-0815 | Devon House $

Tamarind Restaurant 977-0695 | 18 Barbican Road $$

Pushpa’s 977-5454 | 26 Northside Rd Shop 1 $$

Nirvanna 927-9634 | 80 Lady Musgrave $$$

Saffron Indian 926-6598 | 2 - 4 Constant Spring Rd $$$

International Centro 618-9900 | Courtyard by Marriott, New Kingston $$

Fromage Gourmet Market 622-9856 | 8 Hillcrest Ave & Marketplace $$$

Hotel Four Seasons 926-8805 | Ruthven Road $$

Black Orchid 946-9981 | 39 Lady Musgrave Road $$


Majestic Restaurant 564-1334 | Villa Ronai, Stony Hill $$$

Annex East Japanese 481-0990 | 71 Lady Musgrave Road $$

Sora Restaurant 649-0131 | 9 Phoenix Avenue $$$

East Japanesse 960-3962 | Marketplace 67 Constant Spring Rd $$$

Northside Kitchen 702-3165 | Northside Plaza Liguanea $$

Middle Eastern Beirut Mediterranean 926-7490 | Marketplace 67 Constant Spring Rd $$$

Chez Maria 917-8078 | 80 Lady Musgrave Rd $$

Under $15 $ | $15-$20 $$ | $20-$30 $$$ | $35+ $$$$

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JoJo’s Jerk Pit 906-1509 | 12 Waterloo Road $$

Pepperwood Jerk Centre 906-0602 | 2 Chelsea Ave. $

Shirley Retreat Restaurant 927-9208 | 7 Maeven Avenue $$

M10 Bar & Grill 930-2112 | Vineyard Town $$

Tip Top Restaurant 926-8805 | Hotel Four Seasons $

The Oasis on the Oxford 906-2569 | Oxford Road $$

Triple T’s Eatery 969-1645 | Annette Crescent $$

Sweetwood Jerk Joint 906 4854 | 78 Knutsford Blvd $$

Chelsea Jerk 926-6322 | 7 Chelsea Avenue $


Moby Dick 922-4468 | 2 Orange St, Downtown Kingston $

Lorna’s Jamaican Cooking

Chataeu 7 Gourmet Jerk Center 648-4327 | Hermitage Dam Stony Hill $

929-2435 | 17 Central Avenue $

Jamaican Fusion Mango Tree Restaurant 929-4497 | Altamont Court Hotel $$


702-3878 | 20 Barbican Rd $ 896-2094 | 189 Mountain View Ave. $

Sonia’s Homestyle Cooking

The Palms at C&C South Beach 919-3700 | 2 Brompton Road $$

Little Caesers 754-4290 @littlecaesarsinternational $

Dominoes @dominosjamaica $

Pizza Please 903-8776 | Village Plaza Shop 3 $

Pizza Hut @pizzahutjamaica $

La Pizzeria 906-7165 | Devon House, Hope Rd $


Glorias 967-8066 | 5 Queen Street, Port Royal $

Whitebones 925-2813 | 1 Mannings Hill Road $$

Prendys 385-9497 | Hellshire Beach, St. Catherine $

So So Seafood Bar & Grill 968-2397 | 4 Chelsea Avenue $$

Sea Deck 702-4032 | 20 Barbican Rd $$

The Fish Pot 960-6039 | 39A Half Way Tree Road /7 Constant Spring Rd $

Under $15 $ | $15-$20 $$ | $20-$30 $$$ | $35+ $$$$

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Smoothie Bar

Coco Raw 461-5413 | Devon House: Hope Road $ Juice It 925-6786 | Manor Centre $

Fruit & Juice Bar 946-1677 | Loshusan 29 East Kings House Rd. $

Vegetarian & Salads Toss and Roll 879-3310 | 75 Hope Road $$

Mi Hungry Now 908-1771 | 67 Constant Spring Road $

Ashanti Oasis 289-2633 | 12 Braemare Ave $

Salads ‘R’ Us 451-6242 | Seymour Ave $

Earls Juice Garden 893-7151 | 28 Haining Road $

New Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant 977-5243 | 121 Old Hope Road $

Kushites Vegetable Cuisine 375-0642 | 35 Lady Musgrave Road $$

New Salad Scene 967-5547 | Barry Street Downtown $

Just Salads 754-6117 | 20 Phoenix Ave $

Mother Earth 926-2575 | Oxford Terrace $

Wine Bar/Eatery Cellar 8 613-5934 | Manor Park $$$

The Wine Shop 620-5098 | Southdale Plaza $

Uncorked 632-5500 | Sovereign North, Barbican Road $$



Tea Tree Creperie 978-7333 | 80 Lady Musgrave Rd $

Chillitos 634-6243 | 88 Hope Road $$



Opa! 631-2000 | Devon House $$

Steakhouse on the Verendah 926-0815 | Devon House $$$



Raffaelle Gourmet Pizzeria 970-0505 | 20 Barbican Rd $$

4 U Vietnam Restaurant 305-0943 | Manor Centre $$


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/’li-kee li-kee’/ To love food a bit too much. Everything you see you want to eat. Greedy.


ou followed your heart and the beats of Chronixx’s sweet reggae rhythms and now you are in Kingston, Jamaica. First things first as you get off the plane you have to have cool, cool coconut water straight out of the nut, yes, right there in the airport just dip back your head, close your eyes, take a gulp and soak in that wonderful Jamaican sun.

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Here are some things to eat, drink and do that would make you feel like “yes, I have been to Kingston, Jamaica”. 1. A steamy, hot, flaky Jamaican Patty has to be the first thing on your agenda. Eating one of those encased in a soft coco bread is like heaven on earth. I bet you would be having more than one during your stay. 2. Take a drive to Emancipation Park, an oasis in the middle of the bustling New Kingston corporate area. While you are there be sure to take a picture with the wonderfully controversial and properly proportioned ‘Redemption Song’ by Laura Facey. It is very powerful. 3. Fish and the beach. What a combination! There is nothing better than eating fresh fish fried to perfection by the sea. Fort Clarence Beach or Hellshire Beach - you need to try out both beaches (they are in the same neighbourhood) to see which is your favourite. The beaches and the fish. Oooh although in lobster season Hellshire Beach may have the edge. 4. Visit the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road and be sure to take the tour while sipping on their yummy ital juices. Located in the house that Bob Marley called home.

5. You have to strike a lightning bolt stance with Usain Bolt’s statue by the National Stadium. Make sure to buy some local bun and cheese from any food vendor in the area, a staple for Jamaicans especially when on the run. 6. Head up to the hills and have lunch or an exotic rum punch at Strawberry Hills, the luxury resort nestled neatly in the Blue Mountains. The panoramic views of Kingston from the resort are breathtaking. And so also are the beautiful flora that bloom throughout the compound. 7. Well seeing that you are in the vicinity you need to have a hot cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee at Cafe Blue in Irish Town. It is one of the best coffees in the world you know. 8. Everyone knows about Jerk Chicken and festival with a side of rice and peas maybe. And yes you must have a plate. BUT you also have to try Pan Chicken our go to road food.Best eaten after a party on the side of the road. Steamy hot chicken served on a soft slice of hard dough bread...The Best! I am partial to the men at Northside Plaza but I hear that Red Hills have a set of pan that ‘does cook good.’

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9. Be sure to take the tour of the historic Devon House - main house. And try not to be spooked by the feeling of being watched. The stately house may or may not be haunted. If you are spooked you can calm your nerves with Devon House’s fabulous I-Scream. So many different flavours to choose from but Grapenut is still a fan favourite. 10. Port Royal, the place formerly inhabited by pirates is a really good visit . Take the tour through the Fort and get giddy in the Giddy House. (Seriously you will get giddy.) Then head over to Gloria’s for a steamed fish which is sure to have you licking the bowl clean. 11. Have an ice cold Red Stripe beer, because, well, Jamaica is hot!

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But most of all be sure to relax, enjoy and just have a great time while in Kingston.

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/rʌn dʌɪ rəʊd/ ...To be in control; to be in charge.


he Jamaican saying, “We Run Tings, Tings Nuh Run We” is probably the best description of the vision behind the annual Kingston City Run, literally!

Under the theme “Heroes Run Di City”, Kingston City Run encompasses a 3-day event starting with a Carnival welcome party hosted by Bacchanal Jamaica, a Fitness and Lifestyle Expo on Saturday with a pre-race party and then the most anticipated race day on Sunday, March 18th. The race day offers a 5K Walk/Run, 10K Run and ½ Marathon run over an iconic course that takes you through and by some of Kingston’s most iconic attractions including Devon House, Kings House, Bob Marley Museum and Hope Gardens to name a few. The race day cumulates with an award ceremony and concert in the beautiful Emancipation Park offering over 40 prize categories including Best Hero themed costume. The brainchild of immediate Past President of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) Nicola Madden-Greig joined by Co-chair Christopher Jarrett and JHTA Kingston Chapter Chairman, this run now going into its 6th year, is a not-to-be-missed calendar event.

The best aspect of this race is that it is a charity run geared at raising much needed funds to support local charities tackling the plight of the homeless in and around the city. Over the years, Kingston City Run has raised over J$12 million for these charities: Open Arms Drop-in Centre, Marie Atkins Night Shelter, Missionaries of the Poor, Food for the Poor and the Alpha Boys Institute. “It is important that we ensure the most vulnerable in our city are taken care of. Ordinary, everyday people have a chance to be a hero and help saves families” stated Christopher Jarrett. We dare you to be a hero and “run dis city” in 2018!

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The event is supported by the Mayor of Kingston, Delroy Williams and receives strong partnership support from the Jamaica Tourist Board, The Norman Manley International Airport, Marksman, RJR Gleaner Communications Group, Carib Cement and many more. Note: Special hotel rates and packages are offered by Kingston area hotels including The Spanish Court Hotel, The Altamont Court, The Jamaica Pegasus, Knutsford Court Hotel, Liguanea Club and Courtyard by Marriott. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, visit or call 1-876-926-3635-6, email

100 Hope Road, Kingston 6, Jamaica +1 (876) 665-3238



All You Can Eat Crab Night is a great start to your week, allowing you to enjoy delicious seafood with family and friends. The menu items are full of flavour and include seafood chowder, crab backs, garlic, spicy or curried crab, fried lobster and oysters. A very chill and laid-back atmosphere, but if you are in the mood to continue the weekend vibe, our $1000 cue specials are perfect for you!




The energy and entertainment level at the Johnny Live Comedy Bar is high as host, Christopher ‘Johnny’ Daley and other seasoned comedians constantly have the crowd in hysterics. Tasty Jamaican pan chicken, roast pork as well as drink specials are offered, allowing you to eat, drink and laugh all night long.



Enjoy live music from both established artistes and up and coming artistes in an intimate setting on the Rooftop At 100. Sing, dance and appreciate the talent of the performers every Wednesday at 8 PM. Tasty food and drink specials are available all night long.




CAPTAIN’S DECK @ 100 6 PM - 10 PM



Each week we serve conch soup, conch fritters, either garlic or curried shrimp, fried lobster and the highlight of the night fresh Hellshire-style fried or steamed fish with festival, bammy or fried ripe plantain. The mix of the flavorful food, the cue specials, the beautiful view and atmosphere make it a great Friday evening event.


Our Retro, Spice & Spirits is nothing but the true Jamaica experience. In addition to the tasty food, the DJ of the night intensifies the vibe with retro music allowing patrons to dance to the beat. The ice-cold coconut jelly is the perfect match for our $1000 cue specials.




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by Rachael Barrett

/ˈlabrɪʃ/ ...West Indian word most often attributed to Jamaica in origin, meaning to chat, lounge, and express oneself while having a knee slapping good time...”

Urban and ‘island’ are two words that aren’t usually heard together. The very thought of island life conjures up the image of an afternoon spent sipping rum and lounging in the sun. Which, is true. BUT.. in the Jamaican metropolis, Kingston, pulsating beats can be heard seeping out of every corner bar. Here rum is served on the rocks instead of swirling in a fruit daiquiri; nattily dressed customers lean on wooden stools instead of loungers and with no waves in sight the only crashing going on comes from hands on the domino table or ludo board.

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Step out in Kingston where a rich melting pot of cultures and eclectic neighbourhoods means that days can be spent: ••

selfie-ing at Paint Jamaica on Fleet Street in the morning to the sound of schoolchildren starting their morning lessons


seeing the latest in Caribbean contemporary art at the National Gallery of Jamaica


pick up a 45 or two from iconic home of reggae vinyl at Rocker’s International on Orange Street


grabbing an impossibly light, flaky-crusted, piping-hot curry shrimp filled patty for lunch at Devon House, then cooling your tongue with what is regarded by connoisseurs around the world as the best ice cream in the western hemisphere


have an afternoon pick-me-up on a farm that grows some of the most expensive and naturally flavourful coffee in the world on the highest mountain peak in the Caribbean

...then watch the sun come down to reveal a twinkling vista of this dynamic city before spending the night dancing, listening and “labrishing” in style.

The National Gallery of Jamaica

My tips on how and where to look, listen and ‘labrish’ in Kingston : Look The Caribbean is no stranger to street art; the streets in the old original part of Kingston, referred to simply as “downtown” portraits of reggae icons and local celebrities have long been used as decoration and a badge of honour in communities. In renowned sites such as Trenchtown, immortalised for its famous recording studios that oversaw the birth of legend Bob Marley, walking tours reveal the vibrant community’s people and history that tells the story of the birth of reggae music. Immersed in a simple community bordering a grammar school, the Paint Jamaica project has received attention for its iconic murals showcasing the talented work of some of the Caribbean’s finest artists as well as providing a means of peer

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exchange also featuring work from visiting artists. The oldest gallery of art established in the Caribbean, the National Gallery of Jamaica features a permanent collection of art made in Jamaica from the 1600s to present day. Temporary exhibitions tend to highlight periods and movements of fine art and material culture in Jamaica, and also often feature art from artists within the wider Caribbean diaspora. The former home of Jamaica’s first black millionaire, George Steibel, Devon House is squarely located in the centre of Kingston and is beloved by locals and visitors alike as a popular green space for lounging on the grass and enjoying a selection of small boutiques with locally made fashion, jewellery, craft, artisanal chocolates, coconut sweet treats, smoothies, juices, a distinctive signature styled savoury pastry called a patty and home to the world famous Devon House I Scream.

Kingston’s Blue Mountain range features the highest peak in the Caribbean, part of the incredible variety of terrain that makes Jamaica so special. At this cool altitude, the world famous Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee farms allow java lovers a chance to savour the bean from craft to cup. Listen Kingston became a designated “Creative City” by Unesco for it’s unusually intricate connection to music: with makeshift recording studios on every street corner Kingston is the capital of the only country to produce seven different genres of music all in the last century. This means that for those who love reggae as well as those who love popular culture Kingston’s rich music scene has something for everyone. On Orange Street in downtown Kingston, Rocker’s International record shop is a treasure trove for many a reggae pilgrim looking for vintage or brand new reggae and dancehall pressings. Kingston comes alive most nights with turntable DJ led dancehalls that highlight the latest and greatest in dancehall culture. The fashion, dance movies, jerk chicken vendors, and of course DJ’s battling on the mic make these experiences one of

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a kind, and on any given week night dances will run from about midnight straight through until 6 am. Uptown Mondays on Constant Spring is noted as a weekly standing dance off as dance groups from inner city neighbourhoods come out to test new steps and choreography in front of a rum soaked crowd. On the top of a hill overlooking the city every Sunday night world famous roots-rockers-reggae DJ Gabre Selassie hosts in an intimate decked bar built adjacent to his own studio. Kingston Dub Club is a weekly ritual where Selassie spins his inimitable mix of dub plates, one-off recordings and rare finds to a dedicated crowd of music lovers who come to vibe while the city lights shine.

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Dub Club

Fleet Street

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© Nicholas A. Johnson

Boardwalk, Fort Clarence

Longboarder Bar & Grill

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by Elena Lynch

duː/uh rəʊd/

Slang expression for stating that one is going out. The literal translation would be “Do Road”.

Craving a little adventure? There are a myriad of escapades within 2 hours of Kingston - so jump in your ride, organize a driver, rent a car, or put together a bunch of your besties and enjoy some day trippin’! Fort Clarence Zinc Roof Cuisine Feel like a little sand between your toes? How about a day at Fort Clarence Beach? 30 minutes from Kingston, in her sister city Portmore, there’s a little piece of the past. Fort Clarence is still set up with local flavours bubbling under zinc roof shacks on the beach, just like it’s always been. Start with a cup of Fish Tea, then choose from Fried, Steamed or Grilled fresh caught Snapper or Lobster coupled with local favourites Bammy and Festival. Just be sure to keep a grip on your plate, because the wind has been known to flip a few meals onto the sand.

Bath Mineral Fountain Therapeutic Steam Down the South East coast, travellers can indulge their senses in the Bath Mineral Fountain. A hot mineral spring that has been “healing” visitors since its discovery in the 17th century. Over the years, countless naturopathic healers have raved about the healing properties but the most famous proponent is Ras Steve current informal resident masseur who offers in-spring therapy. He rigorously works out patrons’ stress and allows them to escape into the steam. Feel free stay overnight in the uber rustic Bath Fountain Hotel & Spa to take full advantage of the ambiance. Blue Mountains Mystique As Bob Marley said, “There’s a Natural Mystic blowing through the air”, and whether your thing is

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hiking, bird watching or just hunting a phenomenal cup of coffee, Jamaica’s Blue Mountains will satisfy a bucket list item or two. Blanketed by fog, the mountains offer visitors a uniquely authentic countryside experience less than an hour outside of town. As you wind up the mountainside you’ll be astonished by the assortment of wild flowers adorning the single lane roads. One of the signature stops is the Twyman estate. David Twyman runs the small boutique farm and roasting facility from his home, just as his father once did. They welcome intimate groups for a grassroots experience tour - from picking of the berries, to sorting, roasting, and of course brewing. There’s nothing more naturally mystic than sitting amidst the clouds with a cup of Jamaica’s Blue Mountain in your hand. Clad yourself appropriately, it can “Kawwl” (Translation: Cold) as they say. Craving a hike, try trekking through Holywell or enjoying the real deal, within The Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, which is managed by the charity group, Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust. Recently listed one of the worlds UNESCO Heritage Sites, visitors can enjoy from this bio diversity hotspot with over 1300 flowering plant species, the largest butterfly in the Americas and over 200 species of native and migratory birds.

The famed Blue Mountain peak trail is by far the most popular hike in Jamaica and is also the most rustic. The exciting 14 Mile Peak Trial takes about seven hours. The best time of year to set out on this excursion is between December to April, known to be our driest months. Of the many hikes available, the most popular is the sunrise hike. Start out at night and their local staff will come and collect you from either Kingston or Mavis Bank and you’ll camp out in either Whitfield Hall, Wildflower Lodge or Portland camp. From there you’ll be awoken with an early start straight through some very rugged terrain and enjoy your finale in time to catch sunrise on the peak. Both thrilling and scenic, it’s a once in a lifetime type of experience that’s unparalleled in Jamaica. NB: Nominal Trail fees for hiking at Holywell and the Blue Mountain Peak go towards conservation in the national park so its all for a great cause. Explore the Cays & Port Royal Take a short boat ride to explore the cays. These small beautiful white sand beaches are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Lime and Maiden Cays are free public beaches that are very popular with Kingstonians. Neither cay has facilities so make sure to pack a shady hat, lunch and refreshments. Both are very secluded and on some

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weekdays you might be the only one there. To hire a boat call Loose Cannon or catch a ride with a fisherman from Y-Knot or Port Royal. Since you are in the area make sure to fit in a tour of Fort Charles and the Giddy House. Port Royal, was once dubbed as the wealthiest and wickedest city in the New World. Don’t leave this sleepy fishing village without a visit to Gloria’s for some glorious seafood.

tourists alike on any given day, all looking to escape to the waves. Peter Silvera, owner of Longboarder left the corporate world 3 years ago to open his shack by the sea; about as far from a traditional excursion as you can get but you don’t have to go too far to get there! And if you’d like to stay over and fully embrace the surf life, they’ll have some quaint accommodations in place by mid 2018.

Longboarder Surfing Looking to hang ten? Head south to Longboarder Bar & Grill and enjoy not only some gnarly surf along the coastline but also a laid back bar experience. Frequented by locals and

Maiden Cay.

© Matthew Ross

Serendipity A Zen like boutique hotel and spa perched over a mountain river is the ideal spot for a day of self-care and relaxation. The rushing water below provides a soothing soundtrack to tranquility. The scene complete with a gong and huge Buddha at the entrance, welcome visitors into this world of bliss. The full spa menu includes massages, facials, and hydrotherapy and of course no treatment is complete without a dip in the crisp river. Cottages and rooms are also available for anyone who can’t bear to tear themselves away from this too good to be true oasis.

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by Nicola Madden Greig

/pÉŞk/ [chah] dÉŞs/ to visualize, see a picture

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magine it. The city of Kingston has long been enticing local and international film makers to immortalize her rich imagery, charm and unique rhythm. The lure of Kingston’s magic has captured the imagination of some of the world’s most creative pioneers. 1962 Dr No

streets, Kings House to the members only Liguanea Club. Other flirtations included the 1972 “The Harder They Come” directed by Perry Henzell and featuring Jimmy Cliff. Mainly shot in Kingston, areas such as Milk Lane, Coronation Market and Trench Town were showcased. This film has gone on to become a cult classic and is considered the first Jamaican feature film.

1972 The Harder they Come 1978 Rockers

1995 Klash 1997 Dancehall Queen

One of the earlier flirtations started with the legendary Ian Fleming, whose iconic book in its film version “Dr. No” directed by Terence Young was filmed in 1962, the first Bond movie to be made, utilized some of Kingston’s most interesting locales from the Rockfort mineral bath/Carib Cement Company, Morgan’s Harbour Hotel, sections of downtown Kingston including Port Royal, Harbour and King

Kingston with its gritty edge, diverse inner city communities and posh uptown neighbourhoods, has been the backdrop on many gangster and action genre movies including 1978 “Rockers” directed by Ted Bafaloukos mainly featuring Trench Town, 1995 “Kla$h” directed by Bill Parker with scenes shot in Port Royal, and the National Stadium, 1997 “Dancehall

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Queen” directed by Rick Elgood where Cross Road Market and Strawberry Hill Hotel were also featured, to 1999 “Third World Cop” directed by Chris Browne and shot at numerous locales in Kingston. Other notable works included 2002 “Shottas” directed by Cess Silvera with scenes in Waterhouse, Asylum Night Club,

The inspiration of this city and the greater St. Andrew region (commonly just referred to as Kingston) has caused many script writers to incorporate the landscapes and history into romance, gangster, horror, action and other genres. The backdrop of this city that encompasses the 7th largest natural harbour in the world, the infamous and historic Port Royal where pirates

2002 Shottas 1999 Third World Cop

2010 Betta Mus Come

Knutsford Boulevard; and Stilwell Road, Stony Hill St Andrew. The film was set in Miami and Kingston. After shooting Dancehall Queen, director Rick Elgood also shot in Kingston in 2003 “One Love” followed by “Surf Rasta” in 2009. Kingston has also mesmerized young up and coming film maker Storm Saulter and in 2010 he directed “Better Mus’ Come” followed by “Sprinter” (not yet released). It chronicles the life of a young Jamaican track athlete a la Usain Bolt.

2016 King of the Dancehall and buccaneers once roamed, the sprawling Liguanea plain, the majestic UNESCO designated World Heritage site of The Blue & John Crow Mountains, the inner cities such as Trench Town; whose famous residents included, Alton Ellis, Hortense Ellis, Delroy Wilson, Cynthia Schloss, Dobby Dobson, Leroy Sibbles, Bongo Herman, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, but most notably Bob Marley, continues to be a great lure.

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Besides feature films, many documentaries and TV series have also called Kingston home. The Getaway TV series, that has celebrities touring their favourite city in the world, came to Kingston in 2013 as actress and American Grammy-award winning artist Eve, choose Kingston as her #1 destination. Locations featured included The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites, Strawberry Hill, Emancipation Park, Coronation Market and Hellshire Beach. In the book “Jamaica, Land of Film” by Peter Pollack, shares how Kingston is intimately entwined with both regional and international film history. Two examples he highlights are the 1916 “A Daughter of the Gods” which had substantial set construction in Kingston and is one of the earliest examples of nudity in movies by actress Annette Kelleman. The second is the first horror genre, the 1991 film, “Popcorn” shot in the Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston – renamed Dreamland Theatre in the film. As the love affair continues, more recent movies include the 2016 “King of The Dancehall” directed by American actor Nick Cannon and the yet to be released “Yardie” directed by leading man Idris Elba in 2017, shot in London and various locations in Kingston.

Kingston continues to be a paradox and delivers a one-of- a- kind backdrop to both films, documentaries, TV shows, music videos and real life. This kind of Kingstonography is sure to keep luring in both local and international directors and cinematographers as well as visitors keen on discovering the Kingston magic. Note: For information on filming in Kingston and/or Jamaica, please contact Renee Robinson, Film Commissioner, JAMPRO www.

While you’re here,

Tee Off

in Kingston Ranked among the best in Jamaica, Caymanas Golf Club is just a 20 minute drive from New Kingston. Caymanas is a championship course, stretching 6,844 yards from the tips and features elevated tees and small greens, with fairways meandering through limestone hillocks. Many of these tees, set high in the hilltops, offer stunning views of the golf course and Kingston. The golf course provides ample challenge for skilled golfers and yet may be enjoyed by golfers of more modest ability.

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Festival Market Place.


by Nicola Madden-Greig

/taĘŠn/ A general saying all Jamaicans use for downtown

Kingston Harbour (artist impression)

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This year we celebrate the 145th anniversary of Kingston being designated the capital city of Jamaica. This momentous occasion is rife with nostalgia as many Kingstonions reflect on what was once the centre of all vibrancy, commonly referred to as Downtown Kingston. Kingston was born of out necessity as the main residential town of Port Royal met with a series of unfortunate events including earthquakes and fires. At that time Kingston was mainly an agricultural area and as the residents sought refuge across the harbour, the makings of this modern city began to take shape. With the growing size and importance of Kingston, the merchant classes lobbied the government to move the capital from Spanish Town and succeeded in their efforts in 1872. City life took hold and the magnificent Kingston Harbour and waterfront was awash with commerce and was truly the first official port for modern cruise ships and in essence the pearl of the Caribbean. Over time this pearl began to dull as both citizens and businesses left downtown for the latest developments “New Kingston” and areas of St. Andrew, known as “uptown”. However, the pearl never really lost her shine and both locals and visitors are falling in love with downtown Kingston, once again.

The Re-Birth of “Town”: This revival started in earnest a few years ago with some corporate offices seeking to relocate downtown based on an incentive programme offered by the Government. Since then many other companies have sought to expand their presence with a slew of new projects set to come online.

Downtown Kingston commonly referred as “town” is undergoing a revival. Projects in the Pipeline: “The Urban Development Corporate has a number of projects earmarked for Downtown Kingston”, according to General Manager of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Dr Damian Graham, he reiterated the Government’s commitment to undertake the downtown Kingston Redevelopment Project. This will include new offices in downtown Kingston that will house the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. The 11-storey building worth almost JA$4 billion is scheduled to open in 2018. The UDC is the overall project manager for the project with approximately JA$3.267 billion of the total project cost being funded by a grant from the People’s Republic of China, while the Government of

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Oceana Hotel (artist impression)

Jamaica is providing funds for the coastal protection, drainage and external works. Private sector is also playing its part and another major investment includes the construction of a new corporate head office for Grace Kennedy Limited. The UDC head also reported that UN (United Nations) House is coming downtown at the Jamaica Conference Centre space. He added that security is also being upgraded with the coming addition of a camera system for downtown along with new zoning with respect to security and emergency services.

from the Oceana is the iconic Victoria Pier which is well is on its way to be re-opened in 2018. This facility will include restaurants, bars and docking facility for pleasure boats. There is also the UDC festival marketplace that is next door to this complex which is a JA$154-million investment that the UDC will be going to market soon to invite persons to come into that space to have the kiosks operating.

Other private sector work includes the old Oceana Hotel recently divested to King Church Property Holdings Limited. This is to be reopened as a mix use property with hotel accommodation as well as residential living. Offices will also be offered on the lower floors. Across

Just up the road at National Heroes Circle, the Government of Jamaica through the Urban Development Corporation, UDC, signed in March a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Construction Company of America, CCA (South America Division) for the Government of

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Jamaica Parliament and Government Offices Oval Zone project. Speaking at the signing, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said he is happy for this Public Private Partnership which signals the start of great things for Jamaica.

Ward Theatre

The UDC in 2010, as part of its redevelopment plan for downtown Kingston and Port Royal, designated the National Heroes Circle and the surrounding zone as the space to locate the GOJ parliament, a national museum and locate government offices and mixed-use commercial, residential and service zones around the oval. Culture on the Move: While infrastructure is being given serious focus, culture is also on the move. Many non-governmental

organizations and just ordinary citizens are working on their own vision of downtown Kingston. The artistic development on “Fleet Street” showcases beautiful murals and is Kingston’s equivalent to the famous Wynwood district in South Florida. Other energy of note is the on-going Street Urban Experience offered by inner city pastor and businessman, Carrington Morgan. This is truly an experience that lets you live like a local in the most authentic manner with exposure to the downtown “cook shop” scene or a cultural exchange like playing a game of “scrimmage” or corner football. More formal moves include the push to establish the much talked about Jamaica Music Museum. Kingston, recently designated a UNESCO Creative City for Music and the birthplace of five (5) musical genres – ski, mento, rocksteady, reggae and dancehall, is anxious to showcase the musical legacy of Jamaica and Kingston, in particular. In the meantime, feel free to visit the Institute of Jamaica, where the current Music History collection is housed for an immersive experience into the roots of Jamaican music. Other iconic downtown Kingston landmarks like the Ward Theatre are in full restoration mode with the Mayor of Kingston, Delroy Williams promising a 2018 re-opening.

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Our Top 10 Downtown Kingston – Must do’s! Music lover: One should not miss the monthly Bank of Jamaica lunchtime concert series (every last Friday), it’s free and open to the public and if you go make sure, to visit their in-house Money Museum. Historic churches: A tour of Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Jewish Synagogue are recommended

Art enthusiast: The showcase of Jamaican artists at The National Gallery open daily or invigorating murals at Fleet Street (a Paint Jamaica project)  paintjamaica Interested in liberation movements then stop at Liberty Hall/ Marcus Garvey Museum and the Simon Boliver Museum

Pomp and Ceremony: See the changing of the guard at National Heroes Circle followed by a tour of the National Monuments Leisure life: Enjoy a night time harbour cruise with Loose Cannon (Fridays) or their Sunday jaunt to Maiden Cay for the beach vibe.

Foodie Note: Do Lunch at F&B Downtown History buff: Tour of Institute of Jamaica

Reggae Roots: Visit the famous Trench Town Culture Yard where the spirit of Bob Markey and Peter Tosh and many more reggae legends are immortalized.

Souvenir itch: Shop in the Kingston Craft market. Remember to bargain!

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CRAFT COTTAGE: The Village Plaza 24 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 10

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Trident Castle

San San Beach Great Huts

Boston Bay Reach Falls

Porti we seh

Rio Grande Rafting

by Elena Lynch

\pohrt-I’ w-i- seɪ/ Porti is a familiar word for the parish Portland, particularly the Capital Port Antonio.


ort Antonio is quaint by nature but its hidden gems aren’t just in the neatly tucked away boutique properties, the rafting adventures down the Rio Grande, not even by the famed Blue Hole, but in the culture that it exudes. Speaking to locals you get a sense of a quiet hum and buzz on certain evenings that make this city come alive in its own way. From a street dance on Sundays and live music on Friday’s at Gee Jam to Jazz at Mike’s Supper Club, this tucked away little oasis has something for everyone.

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Driving from Kingston through Junction road, the twists and turns might get the better of you but you won’t be able to miss the lush greenery encapsulating you. Known to locals as a hidden paradise, Port Antonio offers visitors a Swiss Family Robinson type experience with rustic boutique hotels, kayaking around Monkey Island, snorkelling in the marine sanctuary at Alligator head. A four-day itinerary to Porti as its affectionately known could start with jumping into one of the Island Route’s Mini routes Portland tours leaving from Ocho Rios. This would be an unforgettable full day of FUN. Mini routes Portland, boasts a sensory experience with their “See, Touch, Taste and Drive. The Real Jamaican Experience” which offers visitors a hands on approach to exploring the island. With guided driver tours, you’ll

follow behind the driver ahead in your own Mini Cooper S from Ocho Rios and enjoy a full itinerary including visiting the famed James Bond beach, an immersion within a Maroon village, a historic plantation home dating back to the 1700’s, and explore the hidden gem of Firefly House, once home to infamous pirate Sir Henry Morgan and later on the actor and playwright Sir Noel Coward.



A day at the beach with scrumptious local delights at Winifred Beach. Miss Cynthia who does a great King Fish and Ackee and Saltfish, will take care of you properly. Craving scotch bonnet and jerk chicken … look no further than Long Bay Beach or better yet head straight to Jerk’s historical beginnings at the famed

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Boston Bay. There you’ll enjoy the quintessential Jerk experience. Watch as carefully marinated chicken and pork are barbecued to perfection. The succulent dishes are pre-chopped for easy street side indulging and served in foil packages normally accompanied with a slice of hardo bread (another local specialty) and spicy ketchup. Wash down with a Red Stripe beer or local soda of choice and you have a sensory overload experience off of your bucket list. Ending Day 2 in Port Antonio ideally on a Friday you can head over for drinks at Gee Jam for Live Music night .The music studio/ Restaurant/ Boutique hotel has hosted the likes of No Doubt, Cee Lo, India Irie, Amy Winehouse, Maroon 5 and Beyoncé. Kick back and soak into the vibe. It’s officially time to disconnect.



Saturday morning could start with a hike up Reach falls and a refreshing dip at any one of the numerous fresh water pools. Stop by Woody’s for

Frenchmans Cove

a homemade burger en route back to town and if you feel for a little breeze out and sea bath as they say, Frenchman’s Cove is the shot. Enjoy a refreshing lazy river swim in the cove. The tantalizing reggae beats will keep you Irie on the beach captivated by the surf. Wrap up your day with a captivating dinner at Mike’s Super Club within the most breath-taking Trident hotel. Their live jazz band during dinner is a blast from the past with their Ferrari red baby grand.



Sunday would start bright and early with a Rio Grande rafting adventure. Rafters Rest office can organize your rafting adventure and will have Belinda who cooks on the riverside to organize your lunch before hand. The tranquil excursion lasts about three hours and feel free to bring music, snacks and drinks and don’t forget a small tip for your raft captain. From there we would suggest hitting the Sunday evening street dance. A hit on the local social calendar you’ll be sure to interface with a kaleidoscope of eclectic personalities. Savour the experience; it’s a one in a lifetime kind of vibe. Locals will be able to direct you and when in doubt just listen for the intoxicating beats of dancehall and reggae in the heart of town.

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In need of some pampering head back to the Trident and indulge in any of their a la carte spa serives. Their oriental sensation body treatment is particularly memorable with a full body exfoliation with a Moroccan pumice stone and guests are given a complimentary sample to take home and enjoy.

If you want ‘buck your toe’ as we say in Jamaica (when you end up staying somewhere longer than intended), then head out to Boston Bay and hide away at the boutique property Great Huts. Paradise on the edge, this eco resort set in a jungle landscape is perched in the cliffs overlooking the Eastern Caribbean Sea. Romantics, independent travellers and executives all seem to find the same much needed disconnect from the outside world at their fingertips. They pride themselves on providing their guests with warmth, balance and most importantly in their estimation is that everyone finds inspiration.

Rafting on the Blue Lagoon

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Day 4 could also be a low key day, relaxing by Blue Hole, kayaking around Monkey Island and taking in some sun and underwater life in the Marine Sanctuary protected by the Alligator Head Foundation’s Marine Lab. Opening in March 2018, NonMotorized watersports will be offered within their marine sanctuary headed up by Dr. Dayne Buddo. Among the options will be kayaking, paddle boarding, glass bottom boat rides of their beautiful coral reef restoration projects, and scuba diving will also be available.

JAMAICA BLUE MOUNTAIN® COFFEE Jamaica’s finest coffee Available in stores throughout Jamaica |

/tɪŋz w-i- lʌv/

Tings Wi Luv

Some of our favorite Jamaican items.

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Bridget Sandals Elegantly simple sandals ranging from leather slingbacks and ankle wrap thongs to ornamental flip flops. 876 968 1913 1 Abbydale Road, Kingston 10

Galavant A modern jewelry brand, customized with favorite words and imagery. Available at select giftshops across Jamaica

Kelly’s Homemade Pepper Jelly A family recipe that in a short space of time, has found its way on the pantry shelves and in the hearts of foodies in Jamaica and abroad.

Alpha Boys School A unique balancing wine bottle holder. Made from an inlay of native lumber. A great conversation piece. It’s a clever way to display your favorite wine. 26 South Camp Road 876 930 2200/ 876 549 1133 Every purchase directly helps needy local charities

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Lady Shelly Presented by Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Lady Shelly is comprised of six unique hair products for all hair types that are potent and powerful in promoting rapid repair and flawless hair! @ladyshellybeauty #ActiveOrganics #StunningBeauty

TCP TCP (Those Creative People) creates products that represent Jamaican culture in a fresh way -- from greeting cards & Gift Tags to Tote Bags to handheld fans. Greeting cards and gift tags available at most major pharmacies.  @thosecreativepeople @ tcpproducts  TCPProductsJa  Every purchase directly helps needy local charities

Masks by Gene Pearson These ceramic sculptures are authentic designs, handcrafted one at a time in Gene Pearson’s rural Red Hills studio, in Kingston. CRAFT COTTAGE Village Plaza Constant Spring Road 876 926 0719

David Pinto A full-time Jamaican artist and potter whose work includes a slab built production of altered functional tableware, one-of-akind basins, sconces, wall art, installations, and sculpture.  David Pinto  Pintopottery

Devon House Jamaica EST. 1881

Situated on 11 beautifully landscaped acres in the middle of Jamaica’s bustling capital city, Devon House is the island’s premier heritage and cultural attraction. A favorite of locals and tourists, the site offers the unique experience of historic mansion tours, dining and shopping – all in a beautiful park setting! As part of the Devon House tour package, our guests enjoy a variety of culinary experiences including internationally famous Devon House Ice-Cream, patties and other uniquely Jamaican fare offered by the restaurants on site. After indulging the taste buds, our guests will find a great selection of local craft and gift items in the shops and kiosks of the courtyard and lawns.

Devon House Heritage Site 26 Hope Rd, Kingston 10 Tel: 876-929-6602 Fax 876-926-0817 DevonHouseJamaica devonhouseja

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© Steve Bennett

Devon House National Monument

Devon House Jamaica. Est. 1881


ituated on 11 beautifully landscaped acres in the middle of Jamaica’s bustling capital city, Devon House is the island’s premier heritage and cultural attraction. A favorite of locals and tourists, the site offers the unique experience of historic mansion tours, dining and shopping – all in a beautiful park setting!

As part of the Devon House tour package, guests enjoy a variety of culinary experiences including internationally famous Devon House Ice-Cream, patties and other uniquely Jamaican fare offered by the restaurants on site. After indulging the taste buds, guests will find a great selection of local craft and gift items in the shops and kiosks of the courtyard and lawns.

This iconic landmark offers unique and varied cultural, shopping and dining experiences. Within its beautiful grounds are: Devon House Historic Mansion built in 1881 by George Steibel – Jamaica’s first black millionaire and currently operating as a historic house museum offering daily tours.

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Craft and Gift shops such as Things Jamaican, with a wide variety of locally produced artisan quality products in media such as wood, textile, ceramics, fine art as well as our famous coffee, sauces, spices and spirits… D e s i g n a t e d J a m a i c a’s f i r s t Gastronomy Centre in 2017 by the Minister of Tourism, it features a variety of restaurants and diverse dining options including traditional Jamaican fare, Jamaican street food staples such as patties, callaloo loaves, potato pudding, plantain tarts, coconut water, sorrel, fusion as well as international cuisine from the Mediterranean and other diverse regions. Dining options range from casual to formal and accommodate every palate and budget. The beautifully landscaped and expansive grounds are also a major event venue -- home to many fairs, festivals, exhibitions as well as corporate and private events. Devon House has been recipient of Trip Advisor’s Certificate for Excellence over the past three years and due to the famous Devon House I-Scream, its proprietary brand of icecream was notably named as the 4th best place to enjoy ice-cream in the world by National Geographic in their 2011 Food Journeys of a Lifetime publication.

Devon House, The Mansion The Devon House Mansion is the architectural dream of Jamaica’s first black millionaire George Stiebel. Stiebel was among three wealthy Jamaicans who constructed elaborate homes during the late 19th century at the corner of Trafalgar Road and Hope Road, which fittingly became known as the Millionaire’s Corner. Daniel Finzi and the Verleys were the other families that resided in the area, however, both homes were eventually demolished to make way for development ventures including the construction of Abbey Court Apartments. Stiebel’s legacy lives on with the beautifully maintained Devon House, which was declared a national monument in 1990 by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust. Take a walk in history with a Mansion Tour. Each tour also includes a culinary treat and can choose one of the following delicacies: Sweet Escape: A single scoop of Devon House Ice-cream courtesy of Scoops Unlimited Patty Lovers: Gourmet beef/chicken or “power” - soy patty courtesy of the Devon House Bakery Chocolate Delite: 2 pieces plain or filled chocolate courtesy of Chocolate Dreams Coconut Cooler: A bottle of natural coconut water courtesy of Coco Raw A Taste of Devon House: Select any three of the treats offered for complete sample

Quick Facts about Devon House Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014, 2015, 2016. Named 4th best place in the world to enjoy ice-cream in National Geographic’s “Food Journeys of a Lifetime” publication 2011. Recipient of Jamaica Observer’s Table Talk Food Award for “Culinary Destination” 2010-2011. Designated a National Monument by Jamaica National Heritage Trust in 1990. Popular destination for royals of Britain’s House of Windsor. Visited by: HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1982, HRH Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall in 2008 and HRH Prince Henry of Wales in 2012. Built in 1881 by George Steibel – Jamaica’s first black millionaire.

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Restaurants & Food Establishments Devon House Bakery. Enjoy the gourmet version of Jamaica’s unique and exotic pastry – the patty. The Devon House Bakery serves up the traditional beef flavor as well as more decadent fillings such as Lobster (in season), Shrimp and Curry Goat beautifully packaged in a pastry form unique to Devon House. Delicious cakes and desserts abound here. Devon House Café. A rustic café specializing in coffee and coffee cocktails made from a special Blue Mountain Medium Dark Roast which is also packaged for sale. Enjoy the Devon House branded coffee. Scoops Unlimited. World famous Devon House Ice-Cream is equally popular with locals and tourists. The shop offers a wide variety of flavors including those Jamaica is famous for such as Coffee, Rum Raisin, Devon Stout and Sorrel Devon House Heritage Site 26 Hope Rd, Kingston 10  (876) 929.6602 |  (876) 926.0817    DevonHouseJamaica |  devonhouseja Opening Hours: Daily 10:00am – 10:00pm except Christmas Day and Good Friday Mansion Tours: 9:30am – 4:30pm Mondays – Fridays

Bad Dawg Sausages (fast food) Chocolate Dreams Coco Raw (Smoothie Bar) Damascus Gate Café Fruit Loops Popcorn Grog Shoppe La Pizzeria Mahogany Tree Bar Opa! Reggae Mill Bar Steak House on the Verandah Starfish Oils Devon House Spa Harmony Vale





"Jamaica's Best Handmade products are found at Harmony Vale". Unit 22 | Devon House | 26 Hope Rd., Kingston T: 876-288-4888 | E:





Since 1996, Starfish Oils has provided the world with an authentic Caribbean experience through our natural aromatherapy products. We infuse our soaps, candles and oils with the finest ingredients and unique essential oil blends. They are excellent additions to your daily wellness and beauty routine, plus they make for beautiful gifts for any occasion. Our team of fine Jamaican craftsmen and women put our culture, flair and intangible spirit into every item.

A Suh Di Ting Set: (A-Z) /eɪ sʌ dʌɪ tɪŋ sɛt/ That's just the way it is, we got all the information you need right here AIRLINES: Airlines that operate out of Norman Manley International Airport include; Air Canada Rouge, Aerogaviota, Spirit Airways, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Airways, Copa, Fly Jamaica, Delta, Jet Blue, West Jet and Inter Caribbean Airlines. AREA CODE: Jamaica’s area code is 876  BANKS: Generally banks and other financial institutions are open between 9 am - 2 pm. Monday - Thursday and on Fridays until 4:30 pm. You do have a few banks that open for limited hours on weekends.  BUSINESS HOURS: Most offices are open from 9am-5pm Monday - Friday. Stores are open Monday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm with some downtown stores

closing half day on Wednesday. Most supermarkets are open seven days a week with longer hours than normal stores. CHARITES: There are several organisations that do charity work in Jamaica including United Way of Jamaica (922-9424); Food for the Poor (984-5005); Missionaries for the Poor (922-2996); Mustard Seed Communities (923-6488); The Salvation Army (929-6190); Jamaica Red Cross (984-7860-02) Service Clubs are also represented such as: Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Lions Club and Optimist Club. CLIMATE: The average annual temperature is 25°C (81°F) and yearly rainfall is 813 mm (32 inches). The rainy season is from May - October with heavy showers often in the afternoons. 

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CLOTHING: Jamaica has a tropical climate and lightweight clothing is ideal for Kingston’s climate, but a light sweater is recommended for the cooler evenings in the winter months. Traditional business attire applies where applicable. Swimsuits, and shirtless (men) attire are not recommended for the city streets. CURRENCY: The official currency is the Jamaican Dollar, however, the US dollar is accepted at many bars, restaurants, and shops. Most major currencies may be exchanged at financial institutions.  CREDIT CARDS: Credit Cards are accepted widely, including at gas stations.  CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION:   It is recommended that you check in three hours before your flight and label baggage inside and out. Passengers and the head of the family traveling together must fully declare all purchases made abroad, using the customs declaration form. On the immigration form given, always fill out the top and bottom portions of the form on arrival and present it along with a valid passport. If a child and adult are traveling, the adult must sign on the child’s behalf.  DRIVING: Driving is done on the left side of the road in Jamaica. You will also need a valid drivers license. 

D R U G S & A L C O H O L : While possession and use of marijuana “ganja” have been decriminalized up to 2 ounces in Jamaica, use of the drug and trafficking is still illegal. All other illicit drugs are Illegal. Must be 18 and older to drink alcohol. EDUCATION: Education is based on the British system, with schooling divided into primary, secondary (High School) a tertiary (University) levels of education. ELECTRICITY: Outlets may use 110 volts to 220 volts AC (50 cycle), depending on your location. Flat twoand three-pin plugs are used.  EMBASSIES, HIGH COMMISSIONS, CONSULATES: Most countries have resident diplomatic representatives based in Kingston. These countries include Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Haiti, Honduras, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Russia Federation, South Africa, Spain, St. Kitts & Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago, United States of America, and Venezuela. Other countries have Honorary Consuls and Consul- Generals representatives can be contacted through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, 9264220.   EMERGENCY NUMBERS: Dial 119 for police or 110 for an ambulance. 

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FIREARMS: Jamaican law also forbids the carrying of firearms and ammunition into the island. Visitors with firearms must declare them on arrival and surrender them to Customs for safekeeping. Firearms can be retrieved prior to departure. HEALTH AND IMMUNISATIONS: Jamaica does not require any vaccinations for entry into the country. The island has a low occurrence of communicable diseases such as cholera, malaria, and typhoid. Highly qualified doctors are readily available, and there are a number of wellappointed private and public hospitals across the city.  HOLIDAYS: New Years Day (January 1), Ash Wednesday (February 14), Good Friday (March 30), Easter Monday (April 2), Labour Day (May23), Emancipation Day (August 1), Independence Day (August 6), National Heroes Day (October 15), Christmas Day (December 25) Boxing Day (December 26). Most places are closed or close early on public holidays. HURRICANES:  Jamaica is prone to hurricanes between June and November  INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: International organisations with representation in Jamaica include: European Union (924-6333), IDB (924-

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2342-4) OAS (978-7713), PAHO (9224630), UNICEF (927-7584-5) UNESO (929-7087-8), USAID (926-3645-9) and the World Bank (960-0459-61) LANGUAGE: English is the official language of Jamaica, but a local patios is widely spoken and understood. LEGAL SERVICES: The Jamaican Bar Association (967-1528) can recommend an attorney to suit your needs. NEWSPAPERS: There are two major morning daily newspapers, the broadsheet Daily Gleaner, and the tabloid Jamaica Observer. Both newspapers publish daily and afternoon tabloid on weekdays and a Sunday edition joined by the Sunday Herald.  PETS: Pets (guide animals/service animals excepted) are generally not allowed into closed public spaces such as restaurants, shopping centres or hotels. Please note that dogs are not permitted entry to Jamaica from any country unless born and bred in the United Kingdom, have never left the country and have never been inoculated

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with any type of rabies vaccine. You will be required to obtain an import permit from the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture prior to arrival at the airport. POPULATION: At the end of the most recent census, Jamaica’s population was exceeding 2.62 million. The population of the city of Kingston is estimated to exceed one Million.  RELIGION: Most faiths are represented. See the Yellow Pages of your telephone directory or ask your host for the nearest place of worship and service times that suit you.  TAXES: 16.5% general consumption tax (GCT) is levied on all goods and services. TIPPING:  Most hotels and restaurants have it built in but tips between 10% and 15% are accepted and encouraged.  SAFETY: If traveling at night, arrange transportation options with your host.  Avoid walking alone in isolated areas, even in daylight hours. SECURITY SERVICES: A wide range of security services are available from armored car accompaniment for payroll bodyguard services, to guard dogs and domestic electronic security system. TIME ZONE: Like the rest of Jamaica, Kingston is on Eastern Standard time

zone (EST). We do not observe Daylight Savings Time. WORK PERMIT: A work permit or an exemption is required by foreign and Commonwealth nationals who wish to engage in employment while on the island. Such employment includes voluntary, commercial, business, professional, charitable, entertainment or sports. All queries about work regulations and permit may be directed to the Ministry of Labour and Security 1F North Street 876-9229500/12 or www.gis. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Visitors of all ages from the United States of America must carry a valid passport. Residents must present their Alien Resident Card (Green Card) together with a passport from the country in which they are citizens. Canadian citizens must have a valid passport or a government-issued proof of identification with photograph, along with an official copy of birth certificate. Canadians may substitute certificate of Canadian citizenship bearings photographs along with birth certificate an original document to prove any name change.  British citizens must present a valid passport.  Visitors from other countries please contact the nearest Jamaica Tourist Board at 929-9200 or the related Jamaican Consulate.   All visitors are required to travel with a round trip or onward ticket. 

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National Heroes Park

MEETINGS AND CONVENTIONS Contact the Jamaica Tourist Board group and conventions Department, in Jamaica at 1876-929-9200 or in the USA at 5201 Blue Lagoon Drive Suite 670 Miami 33126,  1-800-2947687/1305 662-0557  or email groups@

TELECOMMUNICATIONS Jamaica’s modern networks connect with the world easily with of the 4G connectivity available from two major carriers Digicel and Flow. Storefronts are all over the island sells or rent cellular phones, SIM cards, and data/ talk plans.

JAMAICA CONFERENCE CENTER The Jamaica Conference Centre, is one of the Caribbean most sophisticated meeting places located on the picturesque Kingston, Waterfront in the heart of the downtown business district, the Conference Centre is a testament to Jamaican architecture and functional elegance, offering comprehensive facilities and services to meet the most stringent of conference planners. Telephone: 876922-9160 

WATER All drinking water in Jamaica is purified and filtered by the most modern methods. According to the Water Resources Authority, the quality is among the best in the world, prompting many cruise ships to take water in Jamaica.

TAX-FREE STATUS Through 1981 treaty with the US, expenses for meetings or conventions in Jamaica are tax-deductible.

For more information, you may contact the Jamaica Tourist Board form 64 Knutsford Boulevard (www. or 929-9200) or the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association - 3 Ardenne Road ( or 9263635)

Whether you are looking for your vacation home or your permanent piece of Jamaica.. your trusted legal source. Mills Bellamy Greig Attorneys at Law

Suite 2, 39 Hope Road,Kingston 10, Jamaica (876) 878-2210 or (876) 330-6251

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Kingston & St. Andrew

Attractions Downtown Bank of Jamaica Money Museum

National Gallery of Jamaica

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Shaare Shalom Synagogue

Institute of Jamaica

Simon Bolivar Museum

Kingston Craft Market

Trench Town Culture Yard

Liberty Hall / Marcus Garvey Museum

(see pages 43 - 45 for details)

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Safety Considerations for Visitors to Kingston:


taying and travelling in Kingston is like being in any other city and a general sense of your surrounding is needed. Normal safety precautions should be undertaken.

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Here are a few tips: ]] Safeguard your room key at all times ]] Be sure that sliding glass doors and connecting room doors are locked. ]] Use the “peep hole” on the door to identify persons who knock. ]] Familiarize yourself with the fire safety information and procedures. ]] Place your valuables in your room safe or safety deposit boxes. ]] Do not leave valuables in your vehicle. ]] When walking at night, stay in well-lit areas and walk in groups when possible. Important emergency numbers:  Fire 110  Police 119  Ambulance 110  Crime Stop 1-888-991-4000 Hurricane Update 116

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