Spanish Town. Jamaican Blue Mountains.
The capital of Jamaica is Kingston which is a booming metropolitan area with a population of over 800,000. For those interested in true Jamaican culture and history, Kingston is a must visit.
Kingston is located in the southeast part of the island. Nestled between the Blue Mountains and Spanish Town, Kingston dates back to 1692. Kingston is comprised of a number of communities. Vacationers should be warned of certain areas for crime is abundant in the western and southern parts of the city along with the downtown area. Near the airport lies the fishing village, Port Royal. Port Royal was a hangout for the notorious pirates of the Caribbean before an earthquake pummeled the village into the sea during the summer of 1692. Plans are underway to restore the area. Siteseers can visit a number of historic buildings including Fort Charles, the Old Naval Hospital, and more.
Primarily, visitors come to Kingston on business. The business district is the home of many international corporations. In addition, there are 35 international embassies located in the area along with the International Seabed Authority (the UN body that governs the world's seas). As a result, cuisine from around the world can be found in Kingston.
New Kingston is the favorite spot for travelers. Here you'll find the majority of preferred restaurants, hotels, and bars. The beautiful area north of New Kingston is lined with stunning homes and spectacular views. Traveling east of Kingston along Hope Road onto Gordon Town Road yields some of the most magnificent sites as you travel your way up into the world famous Blue Mountains.
In addition to the majestic views, travelers can visit the Bob Marley Museum and/or the Hope Botanical Gardens and Zoo. One of the top areas for shopping is the area surrounding the Devon House. Golf and tennis are other popular activities.