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Experience Jamaica in Kingston

Steel drums echo through rollicking Kingston, reggae rings in the jerk dives, and island life throbs just as it has done since the days Bob Marley rung the Tuff Gong with The Wailers. Even before that, in fact _ Port Royal was once infamous for swashbucklers and pirates, trodden by Henry Morgan and his chests of Spanish gold. These days, the capital of Jamaica is a great place to settle in Kingston vacation rentals and seek an intro to these Caribbean lands. The National Gallery, the Bob Marley Museum, craft bazaars, mango-stacking fruit stalls, rum joints, and more all await.

Things to do

Tracing Bob Marley and more in Kingston

There's no more hallowed institution in Kingston than the Bob Marley Museum. Hour-long tours of the spot, where the revered national musician himself once lived, reveal the old recording studios of Tuff Gong, and shrines to the school of reggae to boot. Afterwards, the National Gallery of Jamaica is the place to go to find Taino treasures and islander artwork, while the old pirate haunts of Port Royal are riddled with 17th-century forts and haunting tales of Calico Jack, Henry Morgan, and Charles Vane.

Activities

Reggae life in Kingston

If Kingston is known for one thing, it's as the global capital of reggae music. The colors of the Rasta dash the marketplaces and the streets. The Caribbean shacks ring with the twang of bass guitars and the clang of steel drums. You can take lessons in the off-beats of that national music in the workshops of Downtown, or just opt for a jaunt through the happening music joints of New Kingston. And it's not just music, either _ jerk chicken and curries of ackee and saltfish also promise a bout of taste-bud-tingling flavors. Like reggaeton in the mouth.

Weather

Hot all year round in Kingston

Jamaica stays balmy and hot the whole year, with mercury levels oscillating between the 70s and 90s. The hottest months of all come with the summer, from May to August, while visiting in fall until November can mean contending with the tropical storms of the Atlantic Hurricane Belt. Cue the cooler, drier days that dominate between December and March, which is when most people will be seeking their Kingston vacation rentals between the reggae bars and pirate forts.

Natural features

Blue Mountains beckon in Kingston

Kingston vacation rentals are a ticket to the undeveloped South Coast of Jamaica. More rocky and rugged than its compadre around Montego Bay in the north, it's got yellow-sand beaches and high cliffs. You can go there, or you can look for somewhere to stay on the fringes of the beautiful Blue Mountains. Rising to 2,200 meters with Blue Mountain Peak, they are home to the acclaimed Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. Lush jungles scented by the nearby coffee plantations hide waterfalls and rare birds up there. The hiking is the best in Jamaica.

How to get there

How to get to and around Kingston

Fly into Kingston (KIN-Norman Manley Intl.), the closest airport, located 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Kingston?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 347 vacation rentals near Kingston. From 186 Condos/Apartments to 109 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kingston for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Kingston?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kingston:

  • New Kingston: 118 vacation rentals
  • Mona: 40 vacation rentals
  • Barbican: 89 vacation rentals
  • Havendale: 47 vacation rentals
  • Camperdown: 36 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Kingston?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Kingston. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Caymanas Golf and Country Club: 412 vacation rentals
  • Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library: 405 vacation rentals
  • University of the West Indies: 406 vacation rentals
  • Emancipation Park: 405 vacation rentals
  • Bob Marley Museum: 406 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kingston listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Kingston?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 186 Condos/Apartments in Kingston. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kingston include:

  • Houses: 109 rentals available
  • Villas: 11 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 10 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Kingston?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 108 vacation rentals with pool available in Kingston. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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