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The Essential Guide to Kingston, Jamaica

Discover the charm of Kingston with our guide to the city's top attractions, culinary hotspots, and vibrant nightlife. From outdoor adventures to cultural experiences, we'll also help you find the best recreational activities to enjoy, and offer advice on making lasting connections with the friendly locals.
The Essential Guide to Kingston, Jamaica

Welcome to Kingston! If you’re planning to move to Kingston, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it’s important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we’ll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Kingston has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Kingston.

Kingston is a vibrant city with plenty of attractions for tourists and locals alike. The city is home to a number of historical sites, museums, and cultural attractions, as well as a lively nightlife and restaurant scene.

One of the most popular attractions in Kingston is the Bob Marley Museum, located in the former home of the legendary reggae artist. The museum offers visitors a chance to learn about Marley’s life and music, as well as the history of reggae. Other popular attractions include the National Gallery of Jamaica, which houses a collection of Jamaican art, and the Devon House, a 19th-century mansion that is now a museum and cultural center.

The restaurant and nightlife scene in Kingston is vibrant and diverse. Some of the most popular restaurants include Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records, a sports-themed restaurant and bar, and the Redbones Blues CafĂ©, which serves up a variety of Caribbean-inspired dishes. For a more upscale dining experience, there is the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel, which offers a range of international cuisine. For nightlife, there are a number of bars and clubs, such as the Quad Nightclub, which features live music and DJs, and the Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records, which has a lively atmosphere and a variety of drinks.

When it comes to recreational activities, Kingston has plenty to offer. Popular activities include golfing at the Caymanas Golf Club, which is located just outside of the city, and horseback riding at the Caymanas Race Track. Other activities include swimming at the Kingston Harbour, fishing at the Kingston Harbour, and hiking in the Blue Mountains. For those looking for a more relaxed experience, there are a number of beaches in the area, such as the Doctor’s Cave Beach and the Hellshire Beach.

Insider Tips from Expats in Kingston: Making the Most of Life and Connections

“There are so many local NGOs and civic organisations that are in need of help and support and I am sure would greatly appreciate offers from volunteers or interns. It very much depends on your interests. I work in the area of gender and development – which also encompasses children’s and youth rights,” said one expat living in Jamaica.

“Many non-Jamaicans without family or friends here join expat groups – I believe some have regular meet-ups. Otherwise you’ll meet people most places – Cafe Blue in Sovereign Centre is a great place to hang out, and I know a lot of people work remotely from there `as I often do myself when I’m in need of human company daytime and my friends are at work in their offices…I’ve met a number of people there who’ve become good friends…there’s also a Starbucks in Liguanea but I avoid that chain back in the UK and do same here,” wrote a member in Jamaica.

“Expats in Kingston often join clubs and activities such as sailing, golf, tennis, and squash. Expats can also join local running clubs, book clubs, and language exchange groups. Other ways for expats to meet people in Kingston include attending local events such as art exhibitions, music festivals, and farmers markets. Expats can also join online forums and social media groups to connect with other expats living in Kingston,” commented one expat who made the move to Kingston.

“Life for expats and digital nomads in Kingston is vibrant and exciting. The city is full of culture, music, and art, and the people are friendly and welcoming. Expats and digital nomads can find a variety of activities to enjoy, from exploring the city’s historic sites to taking part in the local nightlife. The cost of living is relatively low, making it an attractive destination for those looking to live and work abroad. The city also offers a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury apartments to budget-friendly hostels. With its beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and vibrant culture, Kingston is an ideal destination for expats and digital nomads looking for an exciting and unique experience,” commented an expat living in Kingston.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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