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Enjoy fun, sun, and polo in Jamaica


Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean sea at about 146 miles long and 22 to 51 miles wide. Across the country’s long history intertwined with colonialism, Jamaica’s lands are covered in remnants of the Spanish, European, and French influences they have experienced across time. Although Jamaica secured its independence from the United Kingdom in 1962, it is still a member of the Commonwealth, and as such, the country has been closely tied to the world of polo for many years. This influence has prompted polo clubs to populate the island in addition to the many other exciting destinations the isle of springs has in store.

Destinations and Activities in Kingston

Kingston, Jamaica

Reaching across the southeastern side of Jamaica, the capital city of Kingston is backed by the beautiful Blue Mountains and famous for its natural harbor. A great place to begin a visit to the capital city is in downtown Kingston. The heart of the city is home to the National Gallery of Jamaica, which offers a glimpse into the colorful culture of the island through its many exhibits. Just outside the gallery, the streets of the creative city are filled with colorful murals and reggae music, especially during any trip to the Bob Marley Museum.

Just a short ride from Kingston is Port Royal, which is famous for its long history as a destination for pirates. After exploring the maritime hotspot, visitors can easily access the beautiful beaches of Lime Cay and Maiden Cay through Port Royal. However, if you are looking for a unique way to experience the history and culture of Jamaica, then a visit to the Kingston Polo Club is the perfect activity.

Kingston Polo Club
Kingston Polo Club

The Kingston Polo Club, just 20 minutes outside the capital city, is the oldest local club in Jamaica. Since its formation in 1886, the club has grown to include more active members than ever before and host innumerable guests every year during the club’s KPC League matches. Every Sunday, beginning in January and ending on the last Sunday of April, the Kingston Polo Club holds matches that are open to the public. These Sunday matches are the perfect opportunity to learn more about the sport of polo and the beautiful country this historic club calls home. 

Destinations and Activities in Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios
Ocho Rios

Welcoming thousands of visitors every year to the north coast of Jamaica, the idyllic resort town of Ocho Rios is best known for its gardens and waterfalls, especially Jamaica’s top attraction; the Dunn’s River Falls. The hiking journey to one of the world’s only travertine waterfalls is spotted with natural swimming pools that all lead to the Dunn’s River Beach. This is just one of many locations that visitors can visit via the many catamaran cruises available through Ocho Rios. Finally, no visit to Ocho Rios would be complete without visiting the north coast’s oldest polo club; St. Ann Polo Club.

St. Ann Polo Club.
St. Ann Polo Club.

Located just past Ocho Rios in Drax Hall, the St. Ann Polo Club embodies a relaxed atmosphere that is perfect for all things polo. Originally formed in 1892, the club has a long history associated with the church and many dedicated members who have helped the club remain operational. Over the last decade, the club has grown to include a full equestrian center and every facility necessary to host visiting polo teams and competitors from around the globe. These impressive developments have earned the club the opportunity to host the island’s most highly anticipated polo competition; the Jamaica Polo Association Tournament. However, if you aren’t able to time your visit for this iconic event, the club is also well known for welcoming in the public every weekend for Saturday afternoon tea and polo.

Written in collaboration with Lily Brennan

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