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Kingston City

Parish of Kingston
Kingston City
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How to Reach

By Air

Kingston's international airport is Norman Manley International Airport while Tinson Pen Aerodrome provides domestic services.

By Train

The now disused Kingston railway station served the Kingston to Montego Bay main line with branches from Spanish Town to Ewarton, Bog Walk to Port Antonio, Linstead to New Works and May pen to Frankfield.The station opened in 1845 and closed in October 1992 when all passenger traffic on Jamaica's railways abruptly ceased.

By Road

The St William Grant Park (Parade) in the heart of downtown Kingston is the starting point for three of Jamaica's four A roads, namely the A1 (Kingston to Lucea), the A3 (Kingston to Saint Ann's Bay) and the A4 (Kingston to Annotto Bay), while the city itself is provided with a dense network of trunk, main, secondary and minor roads.It also consists of the Highway 2000, Jamaica which runs through Portmore, Ocho Rios, and Mandeville.

By Ferries

Historically, the Kingston waterfront was Jamaica's main port with many finger piers at which freighters and passenger liners could dock.More recently, with the containerisation of freight, the port has moved to Newport West.

Key places to visit
Bob Marley Museum, National Gallery of Jamaica, Port Royal, Hope Botanical Gardens, Devon House, Lime Kay


Places to Visit

Bob Marley Museum
Open Monday to Saturday.Tours last one hour, including a 20-minute film.The first tour begins at 9:30 AM and the last tour at 4:00 PM.Filled with tons of memorabilia and Bob Marley's personal belongings, the museum is a must for any fan.The museum itself is an attraction as it was once Bob Marley's home and recording studio.The house is a preserved historical site,so even the bullet holes from the attempted murder of Bob Marley remain.He lived here until his death in 1981.Every visitor will be added to a tour upon entry.Residents $500 (Jamaican dollar),Non-residents 20 USD.

National Gallery of Jamaica

The museum features artwork by Jamaicans from throughout its history, from the native Taino Indians through the colonial period to works by modern artists.The gallery hosts its annual National Visual Arts Exhibition, which began in 1963 as a way to promote post-colonial art and to showcase the works of rising artists from Jamaica.Entrance fees are waved during the exhibition period.J$100, students and senior citizens over 65 may enter for J$50.

Port Royal

Once known as the "Richest and wickedest city in the world",Port Royal is a notorious 17th century pirate haven.The most famous pirate who operated from Port Royal was Sir Henry Morgan who plundered Spanish vessels travelling in the Caribbean.The city prospered as the pirates gathered riches,but a strong earthquake struck the area on June 7, 1692 sinking the ships in the harbor and killing many people as the earthquake moved much of the city into the sea.It has been said that the earthquake was caused by God himself to punish the evildoers of Port Royal.

Hope Botanical Gardens

The Largest Botanical Garden in the Caribbean.The garden gets its name from the man Richard Hope who helped capture Jamaica for Great Britain and was given the property to reward him for his faithfulness to the Crown Free.

Devon House

The Mansion is open Mon. to Sat. from 9:30 AM to 5 PM, the courtyard from 10 AM to 6 PM, and the gardens are open daily from 9:30 AM to 10 PM.One of the best example of Jamaican architecture,the Devon House was built by George Stiebel, the nation's first black millionaire.Much of the interior furniture is not original, but it upholds the 19th Century mansion style.The courtyard has craft shops, a few restaurants, and the most famous ice cream shop on the island.J$700 for a tour of the mansion.Entry to garden and shops is free.

Lime Kay

Beach off the coast of Port Royale must take a boat from Port Royal fisherman or the hotel to island. Island is famous as the location for final scene in The Harder they Come.Crowded party spot on the weekends with food and drink available for purchase, much more sedate and often deserted on weekdays.You can camp overnight if you pre-arrange a next-day pickup time, but be careful, as you can't exactly swim to shore.

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