Hope Botanical Gardens

    This oasis in the middle of Kingston is the perfect place to stroll, relax or have a picnic. The gardens feature indigenous and non-indigenous plants and flowers spread out over fifty acres. Paths lead visitors past well-manicured lawns and gardens, an orchid house, a cactus garden, forest garden and an ornamental pond. There is also a zoo and an aviary on the premises. Admission to the gardens is free, and they are open daily from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm. The zoo and aviary cost J$20 for adults and J$10 for children, and they are open from 10:30 am to 5 pm daily.

Spanish Town

    This historic city was the capital of Jamaica under Spanish and British rule before the government moved its offices to Kingston in 1872. Today, Spanish Town sits on the western outskirts of Kingston. The town boasts a distinctive mix of Spanish and British Georgian architecture. Attractions include the cathedral of St. Jago de la Vega , the oldest Anglican church outside of England. There is also the Jamaican People's Museum of Crafts and Technology, which houses tools and artifacts crafted by Jamaicans such as musical instruments and farming tools. Visit the lively market in the town square to get a unique glimpse of the Jamaican lifestyle.

Port Royal

    The road from the mainland to Port Royal gives wonderful panoramic views. On the left is the Caribbean Sea: on the right the expanse of Kingston Harbour the city of Kingston, with Long Mountain and the Blue Mountains providing a dramatic backdrop. 

     Port Royal itself is a very historic site. It was the original capital of Jamaica, before Spanish Town then Kingston. Fort Charles is still very complete and an admission fee not only gives the freedom to explore the fort, but access to an interesting small museum. Much of the town walls are still in tact and pass behind St Peter's Church (1725). The church is often locked but inside are memorials to British sailors, some mere boys, who died in Jamaica and a magnificent organ loft. The churchyard is also worthy of exploration.