The sun beams down on your face as you hear the rhythmic pitch of a steel drum’s thrumps in the distance. A magic blend of salt water and jerk chicken wafts pass your nose, tempting you away from the shore and toward a thriving uptown district. You close your eyes and the energy of this place is equal parts invigorating and worry-free. Welcome to Jamaica, where soul and sizzling beaches have made quite a nice home for themselves. A place where the rum is always flowing and the sand is never far. A destination so divine, in fact, that you can’t help but take Bob Marley’s words to heart about not worrying about a thing. Somehow it’s clear to you that everything will, indeed, be all right.
With one of the planet’s biggest harbors and breathtaking mountain views, Kingston is as scenic as it is full of brilliant culture. Within a short distance of your Kingston all-inclusive hotel like the Grand Port Royal Hotel Marina & Spa you’ll find a brilliant national gallery, thriving botanical gardens, and plenty of local flavor. When you visit the capital of Jamaica, your worries melt away just as quickly as the ice in your rum punch.
Feel the love at the Bob Marley Museum, explore architectural genius at the Devon House, and enjoy a stroll through Emancipation Park. Before long, it will become clear: Uptown Kingston is chock-full of meaningful sites and things to do. Meanwhile, Fort Clarence Beach is also a must-stop destination during your time on the island. Slather on a healthy dose of sun screen and claim your patch of sand. You left your emailing self at home; this is your vacation self. The only thing on your mind now is where to find the best plantain chips and coconut water.
Jerk chicken is at the top of any foodie’s list in Jamaica. In fact, within steps of most all-inclusive hotels in Kingston are real-deal shops selling this marinated traditional food. Other authentic dishes include run down (a mix of veggies and fish) and bammy (a simple flatbread). If you’re a fan of English meat pies, order a Jamaican patty while you’re in Kingston. Boasting a lot more spice than a British pie and packaged in a hand-held pouch, this island treat is filled with anything from fish to beef. Take a bite into the savory pastry and let the spices tell your taste buds their story. When it’s time for dessert? Rum bread pudding, of course.
You can hear the clock ticking on island time from here. It’s so melodic, you might even mistake it for the relaxing ting of a wind chime. Sounds like it’s time to book a vacation to Jamaica with Travelocity. When you stay at one of the best all-inclusive hotels in Kingston, like the Trident Hotel, wandering wisely becomes second nature.