5 Wow Things to Do Around Kingston Jamaica

Written by Teresa Bergen

August 31, 2018
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When people think of visiting Jamaica, resorts, beaches, and pools are usually top of mind. But the capital city of Kingston makes for a fascinating urban stopover. If you want to learn about life in a modern Caribbean country outside the resorts, tack on a couple of nights in Kingston. Here are a few things I did on a weekend spent in Kingston Jamaica.

Bob Marley Museum

If you went to school at the University of Santa Cruz like I did, it’s easy to dismiss Bob Marley as the soundtrack for a hippie lifestyle. Visiting Bob Marley’s home, now the Bob Marley Museum,  gave me a different view of this figure who was as politically important as he was in the music world.

Kingston Jamaica Bob Marley Museum

Mural at the Bob Marley Museum. Photo by Teresa Bergen.

Our young tour guide, an enthusiastic fan who frequently broke into bursts of Bob Marley songs, showed us Marley’s 36-track analog mixing board, his gold records, and the bullet holes where the music legend was shot in the arm during an assassination attempt.

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We climbed the wooden staircase that Marley used as part of his exercise regimen, leaping up three steps at a time in order to stay fit. After the tour, visitors stop for smoothies in the One Love Café.

Kingston Jamaica Bob Marley Museum

Bob Marley statue outside the museum. Photo by Teresa Bergen

Fort Clarence Beach

About half an hour from Kingston Jamaica is the place where locals go, Fort Clarence Beach. People play with their kids in the turquoise sea, sit under the many shade trees and eat whole fried fish with scotch bonnet pepper sauce from the little fish shacks along the beach. The water is lovely. I went on a Sunday afternoon and the place was full of families enjoying the weekend.

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Families hanging out at Fort Clarence Beach. Photo by Teresa Bergen.

Emancipation Park

Emancipation Park is a six-acre green space that commemorates the end of slavery. It’s known for Redemption Song, a bronze sculpture by Jamaican artist Laura Facey-Cooper that depicts a nude couple looking skyward. According to an article in The Guardian, controversy swirls around the statue… “according to the statue's critics the artist is too light-skinned, the male figure is too generously endowed, and both are, well, too naked. ”

Kingston Jamaica Emancipation Park

Redemption Song statue. Photo by Teresa Bergen

I stayed at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, which is right across from Emancipation Park. I got up early one morning to join the many locals who exercise on the park’s 400-meter track lined with tropical plants. Many people get out around six before the sun starts blazing.

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Jogging/walking track at Emancipation Park. Photo by Teresa Bergen

Afya Yoga Studio

I dropped in for the Saturday morning yin yoga class at Afya Yoga, which is set in a garden on a quiet street. It’s hard to imagine a more pleasant start to a morning than stretching under ceiling fans, the smell of peppermint aromatherapy oils, and burning sage wafting through the air.

Afya Yoga Kingston Jamaica

Afya Yoga Studio. Photo by Andrea Molnar

Owner Sonita Morin Abrahams opened the studio in 2003. “I wanted to be in a place to enjoy nature,” she says of the open-air garden theme. Afya serves many of Kingston’s professional women who need to unwind from stressful jobs. The complex also has an onsite spa offering massage and Reiki, and some rooms available for rent. “I envision this place being a healing village,” Abrahams says.


Go for a Run in Kingston Jamaica

If you time it just right, you can run in the annual Capital City Run in March, or join in another race. The Capital City Run passes by Kingston’s highlights, including the Devon House—once the home of George Stiebel, Jamaica's first black millionaire, the Bob Marley Museum, and masses of pink and orange bougainvillea everywhere. The city’s many running clubs are out in matching T-shirts, some with helpful motivational messages (Don’t tell me you can’t!). The race ends in a big party at Emancipation Park. Walkers are welcome to participate, and everybody helps raise money for education, homeless shelters, and other local causes.

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Runners after the Kingston City Run. Photo by Visit Jamaica

If You Go to Kingston Jamaica

If you want to see the urban working side of this Caribbean island, fly into Kingston Jamaica and spend a couple of days exploring. You’ll get a more well-rounded view of Jamaica than you will from only visiting its resorts. For more ideas about traveling in Jamaica, see these ideas from Wander writers.

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Note: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with accommodations, meals, tours, and other compensation for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

Written by Teresa Bergen

Teresa Bergen is a Portland, Oregon-based freelance writer and web content developer who specializes in health, fitness and travel. Her articles appear on/in MSN.com, Spirituality & Health, India Currents, Whole Life Times Magazine, Pique, Yogi Times, the South China Morning Post, travelandleisure.com and many other print and online publications. Teresa is the author of Vegetarian Asia Travel Guide and Meditations for Gym Yogis and writes a blog called Veg Travel and Fitness. She’s also the vegetarian/vegan editor of Real Food Traveler. Teresa belongs to the Society of American Travel Writers and the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association. In addition to writing, Teresa is a yoga teacher and ACE-certified personal trainer, and health coach.

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