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Kingston (Downtown / City)

On the island’s south-eastern shore, the capital city of Kingston is home to approximately 1 million Jamaicans and is the business, governmental, cultural and industrial hub of the nation.



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Kingston (Downtown / City)

Protected by the large Blue Mountains range to the north, Kingston is both a city and parish, with a busy commercial seaport reflecting its status as the world’s 7th largest natural harbor, and a vital center for sports and entertainment.


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The name Kingston is believed to be a shortening of what must have been “King’s Town”, and even though it is the smallest parish, Kingston is the largest city in Jamaica, with a population of over 90,000 in the metropolitan area alone.

Kingston, also known as “Town”, provides several opportunities for entertaining historical, cultural and recreational experiences, from live jazz and dub poetry to gritty Dancehall street parties!

Kingston is often considered the business and cultural capital of the Caribbean.

In the past, Kingston has had the reputation of being the place to avoid as a tourist, but the city’s visitability has greatly improved, now offering a rich cultural life complete with galleries and fine dining, theaters and playhouses, museums, craft markets and local festivals.

Crime can be high in Kingston, mainly due to gang violence in inner city garrison communities like West Kingston, Grant’s Pen and Harbor View.


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Tuff Gong Recording Studios – named for its founder, Bob “Tuff Gong” Marley, where his early mixing board is still in use today as the studio continues to turn out hit records under the studio’s current chief, Bob’s son Ziggy Marley.

Reggae fans can also visit the Trench Town Museum – stocked with Wailers memorabilia including Bob Marley’s first guitar in the neighborhood immortalized in numerous reggae songs and widely credited as the birthplace of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae.

Kingston’s public bus system is affordable, reliable and listed on Google Maps, so you will always have a good idea of how to get where you are going.

Some of Kingston’s major points of interest include Emancipation Park, National Heroes Park and the Jamaica National Gallery.



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Kingston Kingston, St. Andrew 587,798 17.9833°N 76.8000°W

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