The Essential Kingston Tour
- Bob Marley Museum: Tour the preserved home where "Tuff Gong" lived and worked; with rare memorabilia, personal items, and performance footage.
- National Gallery: Visit the English-speaking Caribbean's largest public art museum, with a collection that showcases Jamaica's unique role within the international art world.
- Devon House: Explore the impeccably furnished Victorian dream home of Jamaica's first black millionaire, a self-made man who traveled a pretty crazy road to success.
About this Kingston tour
Sandwiched between the misty Blue Mountains and a vast natural harbor, Kingston began life in 1692 as a refuge for survivors of an earthquake that nearly swallowed nearby Port Royal whole. Today, it's Jamaica's lush, noisy, sprawling, and vibrantly alive capital. More than a third of Jamaica lives there, along with more than a few itinerant goats.
GoBe's guided tour will take you inside three of the town's must-see landmarks, and pass by many others that can be appreciated from the comfort of the vehicle.
The stops are all winners, but if there's one superstar, that'll be the Bob Marley Museum. The reggae legend's home and studio from 1975 till his tragic 1981 death at just 36, this large colonial-era house is a trove of Marley memorabilia – including his gold and platinum records, his favorite stage shirt, his Grammy for Lifetime Achievement, and his Rasta cloaks.
Bob overcame Tuff odds to get where he got. But then, so did George Stiebel, builder of Devon House, back in the 19th century. Son of a black housekeeper and a German-Jewish merchant, Stiebel conquered harsh prejudice to become Jamaica’s first black millionaire. His landmark home, filled with prized antiques and porcelain chandeliers, reflects the best that money and privilege could buy in Caribbean society at the time.
We'll drive though the beautiful 200-acre Hope Botanical Gardens and Zoo, and the University of the West Indies campus, where a mid-1700s aqueduct survives from the ruins of two sugar estates that once operated here. At Emancipation Park, we'll pass by a controversial statue that still has some Kingstonians in a hissy fit. But it makes for some memorable photos.
Out of proportion artistry? You decide.
When an 11-ft. bronze statue commemorating the 1838 end of slavery in Jamaica was unveiled at Kingston's Emancipation Park in 2003, there were gasps. Then there were gasps. Seems the male and female couple – gazing proudly skyward – aren't just nude but very generously endowed. As in, way more endowed than your usual classical figure. Some see this as an expression of strength. Others believe it sends a wrong, stereotypic message. That's art for you.
Arriving by cruise ship? A guide will meet you on the pier. Staying in hotel? Your guide will be waiting in the lobby. Make sure you specify the name of your cruise ship or hotel at check out. At the meeting time, look for our logo sign
Take the opportunity to purchase the famous Devon House Ice cream made from delicious Jamaican fruits. Entrance fee to the Bob Marley Museum is not included in the cost of the tour but may be purchased directly at the venue. Not all areas of the museums are wheelchair accessible.
Accessible locations include the Bob Marley Museum (downstairs), National Gallery, and Devon House.
Bus Tour, Cultural, Family Friendly, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Suitable for travelers weighing up to 300 lbs.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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