The city if Kingston actually includes 200 acres that make up the Royal Botanical Gardens, but locals call it Hope Gardens. The gardens were established in 1873 on a section of land from the estate of Major Richard Hope, one of the original English colonisers. Today the gardens are home to Jamaica's most popular collection of endemic and exotic botanical collections including the national tree, Blue Mahoe. The cassia tree grove by the main entrance was planted in 1907. Most of the plants and trees, particularly the mango and various spice species found here, originally came from a captured French ship on its way from Mauritius to Hispaniola in 1782. Find out what they look like today at the Hope Gardens in Kingston. Read more about Hope Gardens on Trip Advisor here.
The Rae Town Old Hits dance session now takes place next to the Kingston Cricket Club in Sabina Park every Sunday, starting at 10:30PM. Hundreds of loyal patrons return every Sunday to hear local and international hits as well as rare cuts from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. The entrance charge is JA$200. Listen to a special Rae Town Old Hits tribute below!