Attractions In Jamaica
While there are many things that Jamaica is known for, it is perhaps
best known internationally for its association with the very roots of
reggae music. Kingston, Jamaica, is known the world over for being home
to some of the biggest names in reggae history. The best known of all,
of course, is Bob Marley, whose music continues to be heard around the
globe, not only via personal collections and radio play, but also in
mainstream commercial advertisements, which is a testament to the effect
Bob Marley had on music and culture.
The Bob Marley Museum is a favorite tourist attraction. Located at 56
Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica, the museum is open Monday through Saturday,
from 9:30am to 4pm. Admission prices are just over $8 for adults, just
under $7 for people 13 to 18 and a little over $3 for children 4 to
12. The museum is housed in what was once Bob Marley’s home and recording
studio, and is brightly painted in the traditional Rastafarian hues
of red, yellow and green.
Among the featured attractions there are a mural by Jah Bobby, which
is an artistic representation of the life of Bob Marley, beginning with
his birth and including highlights from his life and musical career.
Visitors can see his living space, view a short documentary about his
life and enjoy wandering through a nearby medicinal herb garden. Also
on site is the Queen of Sheba restaurant. The building itself is remarkable
in that it preserves many architectural details from earlier periods,
such as latticework and moldings, an arched doorway and even includes
rear servant’s quarters.
Another important historical reggae related site, officially opened
in 1999 as Trench Town Culture Yard, as Jamaica’s first site dedicated
to the urban culture that saw the blossoming of reggae music. Prince
Charles of England was among those who attended the February 6 opening.
Located in Kingston, Jamaica, at the lower end of First Street, in the
midst of what was once government housing projects, and where Bob Marley
and many other reggae greats – including Peter Tosh, The Wailing Souls,
and Toots and the Maytals – found inspiration for the songs they wrote,
as well as gave public performances, this cultural center celebrates
the history of reggae. There are many artistic and cultural displays,
including sculptures, murals, and other works of art. There is also
a small museum on site and a gift shop. Guided tours are available.
Island Car Rentals, of Kingston, offers what they call a Bob Marley
Tour, for which they charge $48 per person. They require at least two
people to sign up for the tour, and then their knowledgeable tour guides
pick up the tourists at their hotel and take them through the various
Kingston spots associated with Bob Marley’s life and history.
Reggae music has touched countless lives throughout the world. The historical
sites associated with the beginning of the reggae musical and cultural
movements attract an international blend of tourists seeking to pay
their respects to those who’ve meant so much to them.
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