7 Budget-Friendly Date Ideas in Kingston

February 9, 2020
7 Budget Friendly Date Ideas in KIngston-kimberleywrites

It came and went by in the blink of an eye. No, I don't mean Christmas, although I feel like it too went by quickly. I'm talking about Valentine's Day. This post isn't about Valentine's Day as I believe you don't need to await a special holiday to go out with your loved ones. Whether you are married, in a relationship or just friends you'll realize that going on dates will help to improve your relationship. People will always want date ideas and since most of us are trying to manage our finances better, I wanted them to be budget-friendly. This list was curated for persons in and around Kingston Jamaica. That being said, here are 7 Budget-Friendly Date Ideas in Kingston.

Picnic at Hope Botanical Gardens

A picnic is an inexpensive way to spend quality time with that special someone. You simply need to pack some food and a blanket. The picnic meal can be as simple as a few sandwiches, but if you want to be fancy, you may add fruits, a bottle of wine and your favourite dessert. If you are a nature lover you will not regret having a picnic at the Hope Botanical Gardens. The tranquil grounds are perfect for this activity. There are a lot of trees which will provide shade from the sun. You can also go for a romantic stroll to revel in the beauty this space has to offer and take amazing photos to capture special moments.

'I Scream' at Devon House

Another great date idea is to go for ice cream at Devon House. This activity is a must-do for many Jamaicans. The ice cream at Devon House is second to none when compared to any other ice cream in Jamaica. They boast a variety of signature flavours along with old favourites. Ice cream is ideal after a long day. There are seating options available for you to relax and enjoy great ice cream and even better conversations. Devon House tends to be crowded on weekends or public holidays, however, the service is fairly swift.

Paint and Sip

Explore your artistic side while sipping wine or a non-alcoholic beverage. Paint and Sip sessions have become popular and can be fun. You can book a session privately for your friend group or sign up for a pop-up session which you might come across. Participating in a paint and sip session is a good way to learn more about the person you do it with. Painting, in general, is extremely relaxing and even if you are afraid to channel your inner van Gogh you may be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

Frozen Yogurt (Froyo) at Tutti Fruitti

So I mentioned ice cream earlier, but what if you are looking for a healthier option? Don't worry, I got you! Stop by Tutti Fruitti. Tutti Fruitti is a self-serve frozen yogurt chain so you have the option to mix and match flavours and add toppings of your choice. You are charged by weight so if you wish to stay on budget don't go overboard with the toppings. Frozen yogurt is a tasty dessert if you don't mind the tangy taste it has. I am definitely not saying frozen yogurt is a substitute for ice cream, in my opinion, the only substitute for ice cream is...well more ice cream . That being said getting froyo at Tutti Fruitti is certainly a unique but inexpensive date idea.

Go to a play

One way to guarantee a date packed with a belly full of laughter is to go see a play. There are several theatres in Kingston including Centre Stage, The Pantry Playhouse and Little Theatre, to name a few. Plays are great for dates because they allow the luxury of having a great time without those moments of awkward silence. Jamaicans are immensely talented and this reflects in everything we do.  I recently went to the play 'Windscream Posse' which is currently showing at Centre Stage and I was not disappointed.

Watch a movie

It's always an option to stick to the classics. Movies are always great if you're talking about budget-friendly dates. You can choose to stay in, get some snacks and binge movies. Or you may prefer a night out at a movie theatre. The two movie theatres in Kingston are Carib 5 and Palace Cineplex. Both options are fun, it's down to your preference.

Eat Out

Last but by no means least I want to talk about food. Kingston has various restaurants and eateries. They serve tasty dishes ranging from authentic Jamaican to delectable seafood, to unique infusions of Jamaican and regional or international cuisines. We all have those moments where we just don't want to be in the kitchen. Those moments call for dining out. A dinner date is usually ideal for first dates. It is the best way to learn about your partner since conversations over food tend to work out better. With the numerous dining options around the hardest part will be choosing a place to eat.

Bonus: Try your luck at an Escape Room

Ever wondered how well your friends would work under pressure? Or how quickly you'd break out of an escape room? Well, look no further PuzzleIT! Jamaica offers the experience of a lifetime. Their escape rooms enable you to learn more about your teammates and also help you to recognize their strengths and weaknesses. They also encourage teamwork. This is a fun way to make new friends or to form a greater bond with old friends. I would definitely recommend trying an escape room at PuzzleIT! Jamaica.


Going on dates is a necessity in any relationship. It builds communication as well as helps to expand your knowledge about the person(s) you go out with. While it is important to go on dates regularly you do not need to break the bank. There are numerous budget-friendly ways to do so. A date can be as simple as watching a movie at home or as extravagant as having a meal at a fancy restaurant. The main focus of a date should never be where you go or what you do but who you go with and the experience gained from that date.

What are your budget-friendly date ideas? Tell me in the comments.

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  • Reply Manahil February 10, 2020 at 8:04 am

    Woah! These ideas are just in time. Valentine’s is around the corner and these tips are worth a try for sure.

    • Kimberley | Kimberley Writes
      Reply Kimberley February 10, 2020 at 10:22 am

      Indeed it is, thank you for reading!

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    Reply MakeupMuddle February 10, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Such a great roundup of ideas! I love the idea of a picnic, that would be so much fun! xo

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    • Kimberley | Kimberley Writes
      Reply Kimberley February 10, 2020 at 10:27 am

      Thank you so much! Picnics are amazing.

  • Reply Kimberlie February 10, 2020 at 8:16 am

    I have done a few of these with my husband when we’ve visited on vacations. He was most impressed with Devon House and all the different flavors of icecream. One, I did with my son because my husband couldn’t make that trip( Botanical Gardens). I do want to take my husband to a play next, but don’t know how much he will catch of the jokes etc. Your list will take some of the pressure off of what we should explore next when we visit.

    • Kimberley | Kimberley Writes
      Reply Kimberley February 10, 2020 at 10:36 am

      That sounds like a great plan. I’d definitely recommend a Center Stage play. If you haven’t the upgraded ice cream parlour at Devon House you should check it out as well.

      • Reply Nilakshi February 10, 2020 at 1:45 pm

        I love frozen yoghurt and ice cream! Great post. Thank you!

        • Kimberley | Kimberley Writes
          Reply Kimberley February 10, 2020 at 3:03 pm

          Me too, thanks for reading!

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    Reply Cathy February 10, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Great ideas! Date night is important!

    • Kimberley | Kimberley Writes
      Reply Kimberley February 11, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      It is important. Thank you so much!

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    Reply Amber Hurley February 11, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Omg I definitely wanna do the paint and sip! These are lovely ideas!

    • Kimberley | Kimberley Writes
      Reply Kimberley February 12, 2020 at 8:36 pm

      You’ll enjoy it. Thanks for reading!

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    Reply Rochelle | Adventures from Elle February 13, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Great list! I’ve done 6/7 with both my current bf and in a past relationship and the only one I haven’t (Paint & sip) is actually my date this Friday. 🙂 I haven’t painted anything in years.

    • Kimberley | Kimberley Writes
      Reply Kimberley February 13, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      Ohh nice, I hope you enjoy it. Thank you!

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    Reply Lisa Alioto February 14, 2020 at 8:05 am

    Great idea – I might try the paint and sip one. That’s always fun to see what you come up with!

    • Kimberley | Kimberley Writes
      Reply Kimberley February 14, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you and it’s fun even if you don’t know how to paint.

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    Reply Janja February 14, 2020 at 8:43 am

    Wonderful ideas! It is so important to go on dates and just do something fun together. Sometimes picnic is way more romantic then dinner in a full restaurant. 🙂

    • Kimberley | Kimberley Writes
      Reply Kimberley February 14, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks for reading. I completely agree with this.

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    Reply Sharon Green February 14, 2020 at 9:00 am

    This is a wonderful post with such a great list of ideas!

    • Kimberley | Kimberley Writes
      Reply Kimberley February 14, 2020 at 3:55 pm

      Thank you!

  • Amanda
    Reply Amanda Kerr February 14, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Those are great ideas! I always love seeing what other places offer. 🙂

    • Kimberley | Kimberley Writes
      Reply Kimberley February 14, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks for reading. I love reading about other persons’ experiences in different areas too.

  • Reply Yuri February 14, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    We live picnics. Such great tips and ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kimberley | Kimberley Writes
      Reply Kimberley February 14, 2020 at 3:59 pm

      I am happy you found it useful. I enjoy picnics as well.

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    Reply POOVANESH PATHER February 14, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Great idea. It’s nice to do something other than the red roses, champagne and dinner.

    • Kimberley | Kimberley Writes
      Reply Kimberley February 14, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      That’s true, I’ve always heard that ‘variety is the spice of life’. Thanks for reading.

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    Reply Diane February 14, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    I’ll have to try out the paint and sip. Not to good at painting but I’m an expert at sipping. 🙂

    • Kimberley | Kimberley Writes
      Reply Kimberley February 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm

      Haha, I know what you mean.

  • Reply Olga March 12, 2020 at 7:44 am

    I really miss going out. It is important to spend time together even if you have kids. “Paint and sip” sounds fantastic.

    • Kimberley | Kimberley Writes
      Reply Kimberley March 12, 2020 at 11:46 am

      It is important to spend time away from the kids. Thanks for reading!

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    Reply Hazel Salcedo March 14, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Aww this is a great reminder so that people don’t overspend on dates! What’s important is that you’re with that person and you communicate and gain something out of the experience. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this! 🙂

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    • Kimberley | Kimberley Writes
      Reply Kimberley March 15, 2020 at 5:59 pm

      Thanks for reading! I completely agree some of the best experiences can be had without breaking the bank.

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