Things You Can Only Do In Kingston
Kingston, Jamaica’s beautiful and sprawling capital, is a sun-kissed metropolis of over 600,000 people and is increasingly becoming a destination of choice for Jamaicans and travellers the world over. Just like Red Stripe and Jerk, there are some things which are not only quintessentially Jamaican but also quintessentially Kingston.
Whether you identify more with the elegant history and bustling markets of Downtown or whether you’re all about the trendy nightlife and hip hangouts of Uptown, we can all agree there’s a unique energy to Kingston which comes from its people, history, culture and activities. Here’s a roundup of some of the best experiences you can only have in Kingston.
Partying and Music
Kingston’s raucous nightlife is world-renowned and for good reason, as the locals certainly know how to turn up and keep the party going all night long, so that a night out in Kingston is always an unforgettable experience. No matter where you are in town, you can always find a top-notch session complete with pounding dancehall, upbeat reggae tunes and of course endless supplies of delicious Jamaican rum. This city does street parties better than anywhere else on Earth, and quite likely produces more music relative to its size than any other city, so you know that when you’re partying here, it doesn’t get much better than Kingston.
Sports and Betting
Jamaica’s legendary sporting influence means catching one of the local teams is always a great experience, and the best of the best can only be found at their home turf in Kingston’s Independence Park. Kingston culture means that even watching the game can take on a specifically local flavour, given the way that some friendly betting among the locals is a quintessential part of the cultural landscape. Take a walk down any street Downtown and you’ll see Kingston-ites hoping to strike it lucky at a roadside game of cards or checkers, and the same sporting spirit applies to football stadiums. You’ll be hard pressed to find someone willing to bet on anyone other than the beloved national football team, known locally as the Reggae Boyz, and luckily for Kingston their star is on the rise.
There are few things more electrifying in life than catching the national football team, where you can sit with a can of cold Red Stripe and cheer them on with the locals. This team’s luck is always on the rise, and you can get in on the action with free bet offers on the upcoming Boyz games to make the experience even more worthwhile. A weekend in Kingston would also be incomplete without catching the national cricket team, The Jamaica Tallawahs, in action at Sabina Park.
Eating and Drinking
There’s no better place to fill up on mouth-watering Jamaican treats than the country itself, but some of the best flavour experiences can only be had in the capital. Arguably the best jerk chicken in the world can be found at local institution Andy’s Jerk Centre, which serves up generous heaps of jerk and breadfruit through all hours of the night. Moby Dick is the restaurant of choice for those wishing to sample the best curry goat from people who have been serving it up for over 100 years, while Triple T’s is where you want to go for Jamaican patties, saltfish, and Run down. If you’re on the go in the city, you can’t do much better than Devon House Bakery for their nationally famous and quintessentially Kingston lobster patties, served up with an ice-cold beer.
These are just a few of those only-in-Kingston experiences on offer to long-time residents and travellers from across the world. If you think there are some things missing from this list, comment below!
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