Top Free Things to Do in Kingston

Hope Botanical Gardens
Hope Botanical Gardens | ©

Freelance Caribbean Writer

The capital city of Kingston in Jamaica is the island’s centre of cultural activity and adventure. Like all major cities, Kingston is filled with entertainment centres, hotels, bars and clubs to cater to one’s fun-loving side. As the hub of Jamaica’s unique culture, there are also a few cultural spots that are a must-see – the best past, many of them are free.

1. Visit Emancipation Park

Park, Amusement Park

Emancipation Park
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If you want to find a soothing oasis in Kingston, then Emancipation Park is the perfect place to visit. Situated in the heart of the city, it opened to the public in 2002. The lush, seven-acre (2.8-hectare) grounds provide a beautiful scenery, lined with tropical flowers and trees. Lovers of art will appreciate the beautiful Redemption Song,an 11-foot (3.4-metre) bronze sculpture at the entrance of the park. Emancipation Park is also a popular spot for picnics, jogging, or simply having lunch or reading a book, and there is also a permanent stage where concerts and shows are occasionally held.

Hike or camp in the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are the longest mountain range in Jamaica on the eastern side of the island. The cool temperatures and majestic scenery make it the best and most popular spot in Jamaica for hiking and camping. The Blue Mountains is also home to many cosy cottages that locals and visitors stay at to enjoy the spectacular view. There are also waterfalls, restaurants and, of course, the famous Blue Mountain Coffee Plantation.

Blue Mountains Range, Jamaica

Blue Mountains, Jamaica

2. Go diving in the Blue Lagoon

Natural Feature

The Blue Lagoon, located in Port Antonio, is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island. The natural lagoon was once called Blue Hole, but the name was changed after the 1980 film Blue Lagoon was filmed at the location. Divers have claimed the lagoon to be bottomless but it has since been determined that the enchanting body of water is about 180 feet (55 metres) deep. Go diving in the Blue Lagoon and experience it for yourself.

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