Kingston, Jamaica

Completely different than the tourist resorts in Jamaica, Kingston caters to these who want to feel the real spirit of the reggae culture and the urban Caribbean. Kingston is the biggest city south of the United States where the official language is English.Tourists coming to Jamaica, usually bypass the city of Kingston, cause of its reputation of a chaotic and dangerous city, with constant sounds of the police sirens. But, those who do visit Kingston see that it has a lot to offer.

JamaicaKingston is the birthplace of one of the best reggae and dancehall musicians in the world, like Buju Banton, Beenie Man, but the residents of the city also included the legends such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Lee Scratch Perry.

Kingston is located on the southeastern shores of the Jamaican island, and it's situated in a natural harbor, protected from the open sea by a big sandbank called Palisadoes. Palisadoes connects Kingston to the city of Port Royal, which was one of the most notorious havens for the pirates of the Caribbean during the XVII century.

Kingston parish is relatively small, and it covers the historical downtown, and the Port Royal, but during the course of time the city has connected with the St Andrew parish, which has more than half of a million residents.

The thing which everyone who comes to Kingston has to see, is definitely the Bob Marley Museum, located in a house where the famous musician lived, and worked (his record label "Tuff Gong" was there).

Weddy Weddy Wednesday are parties that are being held every Wednesday in the headquarters of the Stone Love record label. After Weddy Weddy head to Passa Passa, where around 1 AM visitors of the previous venue go next. Actually it's a street party.

Lime Cay, beach closest to the center, is located on an isle across the Port Royale. On weekends, it's one of the loudest places in the city.

You feel the munchies for something Jamaican? Try the red snapper with coconut milk, lime and spices. You will remember the flavor for years to come.

Kingston does not boast classic cheap hostels, and sleeping the safe parts of the city is around 40$ and up.

If you choose to come here, we are sure that you will leave this bustling place filled with impression that will last a lifetime.

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