My Favourite Things to Do in Kingston, Jamaica

Mona Dam, Kingston, Jamaica

In honour of Jamaica 50, we’re creating a new series of “My Favourite Things to Do in Kingston”. Thanks to Dr. Diana Chen for kicking it off with her top 11 things to do in Kingston. Diana recently left academia and is now embarking on a career as an art therapist, while raising her three young children.

1. The newly refurbished Hope Gardens Zoo – My kids love it and it’s a wonderful open green space.

2. A National Gallery of Jamaica opening on a Sunday morning – Mix and mingle with Jamaica’s art elite at the best art gallery in the Caribbean.

3. Patty, coconut water, and sugar bun at Devon House– Delicious Jamaican food in a lovely historic setting.

4. Mass at Holy Trinity Cathedral – The murals and frescoes are mind bogglingly beautiful.

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Cathedral, Kingston, Jamaica

5. Shopping at Coronation Market – The market has a huge variety of fresh produce from all over the island at the best prices anywhere.

6. Taking a canoe to Lime Cay to spend the day at the beach – You really feel like you’re getting away from it all. Take a picnic with you.

7. Fried fish and festival breakfast at Hellshire Beach – Best fish and festival in the world. But go early to avoid the crowds and the heat.

8. Fort Clarence Beach – Great beach with lots of shade just a hop and a skip away.

Fort Clarence Beach, Kingston

9. Zumba class at Chai Studio with Shani Shirley – Most fun workout you’ll find anywhere.

10. Jogging at Mona Dam – Kingston’s version of a park with a lake where lots of runners, joggers and walkers congregate mornings and evenings.

11. Crepes and Italian soda at Tea Tree Creparie – Good, different food in a super cute setting.


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  3. April 2, 2012 at 5:53 am — Reply

    Lovely list…though let us note that Hellshire and Fort Clarence are really in St. Catherine.

    There are so many Jamaica 50 themed activities this year and so it is a great year to come visit home if you haven’t been back in a while.

  4. March 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm — Reply

    Thx. Jada! I wonder if lots of people are really planning to come home for JA50 this year!?

  5. Jada
    March 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm — Reply

    Perfect and Just in time for folks like me heading home for JA50

  6. March 30, 2012 at 9:36 am — Reply

    Thx. Max…I was just up at the UWI Law School yesterday and the building and grounds are beautiful, nice and green now especially as it has been raining so much!

  7. Max
    March 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm — Reply

    UWI by the Law School. The open space

  8. March 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm — Reply

    Pls. feel free to add your fave things to this list!

    More celeb fave things to do in Kingston coming soon…

  9. March 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm — Reply

    lovely list!

  10. ILoveJa
    March 27, 2012 at 11:31 am — Reply

    Great post! thx. for sharing!

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