The capital city of Kingston lies
on the south shore. This metropolitan area of over 800,000 residents
is visited primarily by business travelers. Within this sprawling
metropolis, however, beats the true heart of Jamaica. Travelers
interested in the culture and history that define this island nation
should make time for a visit to Kingston, the largest English-speaking
Adventure Guide - This
travel guide walks with the adventurous traveler to the heart
of Jamaica, to the miles of sand beaches, to the rugged Blue
Mountains, to the country villages that provide a peek at the
Kingston is not an easy city
to love. Its big, brash and boisterous. Life spills out from storefronts
and homes onto the streets, filling the sidewalks and every inch
of available space. Goats roam the downtown area, sidewalk vendors
peddle all type of merchandise from carts and tables, pedestrians
Kingston dates back to 1692. The city is built
along the harbor, stretching from the Blue Mountains in the east
to the boundaries of Spanish Town in the west. Kingston is not for
everyone. It does not offer a relaxing, fun-in-the-sun vacation.
Head to the North Coast resort communities for that type of getaway.
Instead, if you’ve had a few dates with Jamaica and you’re ready
to visit her parents, then it’s time to head to Kingston. Things
aren’t always pretty here, but its a necessary part of the experience.
The commercial center of Kingston sits along the
waterfront. Here, goods come and go from around the world. Near
the Jamaica Conference Centre, the waterfront takes on a pedestrian
look, as people get out to enjoy the sunshine, to share conversation,
and to buy local foods from vendors.
Look out across the waters and you’ll see a peninsula.
This is where Norman Manley International Airport is located.
Beyond the airport lies the fishing village of Port Royal,
once one of the greatest cities in the Caribbean. Nicknamed “the
wickedest city in Christendom,” Port Royal was a hangout for the
pirates of the Caribbean. All that rollicking fun came to a screeching
halt on June 7, 1692, when a violent earthquake
shook the region and pummeled Port Royal into the sea. Archaeologists
have recovered artifacts from the scandalous community and today
shoppers can buy reproductions of Port Royal pewter plates and cups
from Things Jamaican.
Port Royal is just a small fishing village. If you’re here
at lunch, eat at Gloria’s fish shack, where you can sit on picnic
tables under the awning and enjoy fish: escovitch, fried or steamed.
The following section below will help to define what a means to
More information on Kingston
• Where to stay
• Where to eat
• Things to see & do
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