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24 Hours in Kingston

By Sadeke Brooks

Tap into the pulse of Jamaica’s energetic capital and discover history and natural beauty in one day.

8:00 a.m.

Discover hidden waterfalls A great way start to your day is to dive into natural beauty. Kingston’s mountains are home to innumerable waterfalls, one of which — Cane River Falls — was a favourite bathing place of Bob Marley. For an off-the-beaten-track experience, visit nearby Reggae Falls in Hillside, where locals and visitors love to picnic and cool off.

11:30 a.m.

Moving on to history, we go to the National Gallery of Jamaica, which is the largest and oldest public art museum in the Anglophone Caribbean. Established in 1974, this site shows off the artistic side of Jamaica, giving people a taste of early, modern and contemporary art from Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean.

Photo courtesy of National Gallery of Jamaica

1:00 p.m.

Lunch at Gloria’s By now, just about anyone would have worked up an appetite. So, let’s head east to Gloria’s for lunch. Situated in Port Royal, Gloria’s has earned quite a reputation for its wide range of seafood dishes: fried fish, steamed fish, curried lobster and honey jerked shrimp — and even chicken.

3:00 p.m.

Let’s stay in Port Royal a while longer and explore what was once called “the richest and wickedest city in the world.” Founded in the 1650s, Port Royal was once a massive town filled with traders, soldiers, buccaneers and pirates, until it was destroyed in an earthquake on June 7, 1692. But the town is still filled with memories of the past: Fort Charles, the “Giddy House,” Old Gaol and the Old Naval Hospital.

Photo: Max Earle

6:00 p.m.

Now it’s time to cool down at Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records, a casual eatery, sports bar and lounge. In addition to the wide range of foods and drinks, this location offers a modern audiovisual experience and a retail shop that carries exclusive merchandise from the record-breaking sprinter. If you aren’t tired yet, hop over to one of the many street dances that are held in the Corporate Area on a nightly basis.