Hope Botanical Gardens, also known as Hope Gradens, also known as the Royal Botanical Gardens, is a lush 200-acre park located just 10 minutes away on Hope Road. The gardens were established by Major Richard Hope in 1873 from a portion of his estate. Hope, a commander in the British Army, had received his estate due to his role in the regaining of control of Jamaica from the Spanish.
Points of interest at the gardens include a palm grove, an orchid house,ornamental ponds and a cactus garden.
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Situated just 15 minutes off the coast of Port Royal by boat, Lime Cay has a small beach which is one of the Kingston area’s most popular spots for recreation and sunbathing. It is a seasonal hot spot for partygoers, and during holiday seasons, especially on weekends, the island is often swarmed with boats, music and socialites. Lime Cay measures 380 meters from its northwestern tip to the southeastern end, and is 80 meters across at its widest point. Roughly half of the area is wooded; the rest of it is mostly sand and coral.
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Hellshire Beach is located near Portmore, about 40 minutes drive away. It is a popular public beach conveniently located for visitors from Kingston who come mainly on weekends. The place is famed for its escoveitch fish & festival as well as the safe swimming. The beach is more exposed when there is a current running to the south and the waters along the shoreline are often quite cloudy due to the stirred up sand.
The beach was once called ‘Healthshire’ because it had a reputation as a health retreat. The name has since evolved into its name today: ‘Hellshire’.