For those travelers making their way to Kingston, you’ll want to be sure to make time for an afternoon at the Bob Marley Museum. Beyond the beaches, waves and endless sun that have long defined the vacation destination of Jamaica, this tropical island is known for its inspiring music and as the home of Bob Marley. For those with a passion for Reggae and its influential beat, there’s no better place to visit than Jamaica when it comes to opportunities to get an inside look at the musician’s early life and career.
An Iconic Home: The Bob Marley Museum
Located at 56 Hope Road in Kingston, the Bob Marley Museum is a meticulously curated space dedicated to the many works and memory of Bob Marley, it is definitely one of the best things to do in Jamaica. The museum is designed within the boundaries of what was once Bob Marley’s home. The famed musician purchased the property in 1975 and spent time living and working there until 1981. Today, the museum offers a variety of tours and experiences that highlight the talent and inspiring of Bob Marley. A traditional home tour costs $25 per person.
The Bob Marley Museum was opened by Rita Marley and contains an impressive collection of Bob Marley’s personal treasures as well as important memorabilia related to his professional endeavors. Guests to the museum are welcome to book a traditional tour of the home or enjoy a combination tour that includes a “making of the music” feature for a cost of $20 per ticket. Beyond personal artifacts, the Bob Marley Museum hosts a record shop and 80-seat theater in addition to a very popular gift shop when you’re looking for the perfect souvenir to remember your excursion by.
Incorporated into the museum is the One Love Café where guests can enjoy a savory meal or snack following an inspiring and informative tour through the home and shops. The café is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm and is known for it’s energizing juices and smoothies. Whether you stop by out of curiosity or are here to pursue a closer look at a lifelong interest in reggae and Bob Marley, this museum has a little something for everyone and is a unique stop along the way in Jamaica.
Things to Do Nearby
Making the most of time spent at the c is bound to be a delight for those guests enamored with the musician and his work as well as those looking to learn more about the origins of his inspiration. Once you’ve had time to step back into the past and enjoy an intimate look at Bob Marley’s life and talent, there’s much more to be explored in Kingston. Here are a few stops to be sure to add to your itinerary when you’re hoping to enjoy an unforgettable Jamaican adventure.
Blue Mountains and John Crow Mountain National Park
The Blue Mountains of Jamaica are not only a dream for outdoor adventurers who can’t wait to lace up their boots and hit the trails, but they’re also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. This protected preserve features everything from breathtaking mountaintop views to hidden away waterfalls, tropical flowers, and opportunities to observe wildlife along the way. This area encompasses more than 200,000 acres of land and is home to over 800 species of plants and 200 species of birds. Feel free to hike the many trails that maze through this area while you’re here or book a Blue Mountain Coffee Tour for a stop that comes with a caffeine kick to keep you going.
Visit Hope Botanical Gardens
Situated along Old Hope Road is one of Kingston’s most impressive green spaces that’s open to the public and encompasses more than 200 acres of land designed to be admired and enjoyed. Guests who make their way to Hope Botanical Gardens are invited to browse the gorgeous collections of regional flowers and foliage as well as wander through the cactus garden or Orchid house at will. Hope Botanical Gardens is also a popular place for hosting concerts, making it a gathering point for celebrations. The gardens are open daily between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm and more information on the gardens can be found by contacting 876-927-1085.
The fight for freedom in Jamaica was hard-earned and today in Kingston, guests who visit Emancipation Park will be greeted by an 11-foot statue reflecting on this important journey. The park is located between Knutsford Boulevard and Oxford Road and first opened to the public on July 31, 2002. Within the business of greater Kingston, Emancipation Park provides a quiet and tranquil space to come take in the sprawling green lawns or enjoy a picnic with family and friends. Palm trees dot the landscape while a 500-meter track provides just the right place for enjoying a jog on a beautiful day.
Book a Jamaica Stay Today
Take time to unwind in style by booking a trip to Jamaica today. When you’re needing amazing accommodations, the professionals at Jamaican Treasures are here to help you find the perfect rental villa on the island. Contact us today for more information and to begin planning your Jamaican getaway.