If you haven’t been to the island of Jamaica, now may just be the time to live your best life and book a flight.

My first encounter with Jamaica came after attending Jamaica Carnival, a days-long festival of soca, reggae dancehall and masquerading in Kingston, which takes place every Easter season (see our 2018 Jamaica Carnival video diary to see how lit it was).

But for travelers who like a more relaxing vibe, there are other options too.

Between its beautiful sandy beaches, deliciously savory foods and rich historical landscape, the capital city of Kingston has plenty of wonders to explore.

Grab a friend or get your solo travel on, and check out these special gems for your next trip to Jamrock!


The six-acre park includes fountains and public art.including the sculpture called, “Redemption Song” which takes its name from the Bob Marley song of the same name. The sculpture was created by Jamaican artist Laura Facey. (Courtesy of N. Alford)

I stumbled upon Emancipation Park staying at the Courtyard Marriot, which is conveniently located right across the street.

The park is perfect for a run and has distance markers all around designated just for people getting their fitness on.

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If you walk down the stretch of flat blue water fountains, you’ll see the true draw of the park: the 11-foot-high Redemption Song Monument. The powerful work of art features a nude Black man and woman staring up at the heavens. It breathtaking so much so that I stopped and stared for a good 10 minutes taking it all in.

The monument is said to represent the “spirit of freedom,” a tribute to Jamaica’s newly freed slaves, and it’s something you have to see in person to truly appreciate.

  

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