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Kingston is an impressive city because of its setting against the Blue Mountain and the 7th largest natural harbor in the world. It is Jamaica's economic, political and cultural heart and is known for its legacy of great musicians.

Kingston can be divided into two main parts. Downtown Kingston is where many of the city's historic buildings are located. Centred on William Grant Park are many busy street markets, Jamaica's best art museum, factories and banks.

Uptown is cosmopolitan and very suave with high end restaurants, clubs and hotels located mainly in New Kingston. Other attractions in Uptown include the Emancipation Park, Devon House and Bob Marley Museum.

Port Royal is a pirate haven dating back to the 17th century. Today it is home to the preserved For Charles walls, Fort Rocky and Saint Peter's Church.

The National Gallery of Jamaica features artwork of Jamaicans through the history from modern artists to colonial art work to the Taino Indians.

Perhaps the biggest attraction in Kingston is the Bob Marley Museum. The museum is housed in what had once been his recording studio and home. It is filled with a lot of his personal belongings and memorabilia and an important historical site.

Kingston is known for the world's most sought after and the most expensive coffee, the Blue Mountain Coffee of Jamaica and you'll be able to buy as well as sample this exquisite coffee along with a number of other types of coffees in cafes and restaurants throughout the city.

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1. Bob Marley Museum
56 Hope Road
What is it? Jamaica's world famous son, singer-songwriter Bob Marley, was responsible for making reggae music a global phenomenon. The popular Rastafarian became a cult figure even before his death caused by cancer in 1981 when he was 36 years old. The museum devoted to his memory is the most-visited sight in Kingston. The simple clapboard house was where Marley lived and recorded his music until he died, and is now packed with Marley memorabilia. There are also screenings of a movie about the singer's life. Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday from 9.30am until 4pm (tours run every hour) Phone:927 9152



2. National Gallery
Roy West Building, Kingston Mall, 12 Ocean Boulevard
What is it? Jamaica's important art collection is often overlooked by tourists, but is well worth visiting. The gallery displays the works of Jamaica's talented artists, particularly that of Edna Manley, 19th century sculptor and wife of a former prime minister of Jamaica. Manley's acclaimed Ghetto Mother stands in the main lobby of the national gallery, along with a bronze statue by Christopher Gonzalez of reggae singer Bob Marley. Other highlights of the collection are the religious works of Mallica Reynolds, who has been hailed by art critics as a modern genius. Hours of Operation: 10am to 4.30pm Tuesdays to Thursdays, Fridays from 10am to 4pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. Guided tours are available Phone:922 1561



3. Devon House
26 Hope Road
What is it? Devon House is one of numerous preserved historic mansions in Jamaica that depict the glory of days gone by. This house was built in 1881 by George Stiebel, a wealthy Jamaican who became one of the first black millionaires in the Caribbean on the strength of his mining interests in South America. In the grounds are craft shops, restaurants, a bakery and pastry shop. The venue is also famous for its delicious ice cream. Hours of Operation: Tours are from Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm. The shops are open Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 6pm, the restaurants close at 10pm Phone:929 6602



Kingston holidays - Top Events


1. Jamaica Carnival

From 2007-04-23

To 2007-04-23

What is it? Jam-packed with spectacle, pageantry and revelry, the biggest festival in Jamaica is a good-natured annual bash that takes the island's music into the streets of Kingston. Since the first carnival in 1990 the event has grown phenomenally to attract tens of thousands of costumed merry-makers and spectators who congregate over the carnival weeks and line the route for the final Parade. Other centres on the island also hold carnival events, and contestants from the different parishes vie for the title of 'Soca Monarch', dancing in a special competition. Where is it? Liguanea Park



2. Bob Marley Week

From 2007-02-05

To 2007-02-11

What is it? Reggae fans and Rastafarians gather in Kingston during the first week of February each year to enjoy a feast of events lined up to commemorate the life and music of Jamaica's best-known son, Bob Marley. Apart from a concert, the week includes symposiums, lectures, karaoke contests, a fashion show, exhibition and various other events related to Marley, who died of cancer in 1981. The week is organised by the Bob Marley Foundation and Bob Marley Museum. Where is it?




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