Holiday Resorts in Kingston - Jamaica
Kingston Holiday Resorts
The City of Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica and is located on the southeastern coast of the island country. It faces a natural harbor protected by the Palisadoes, a long sand spit which connects Port Royal and the Norman Manley International Airport to the rest of the island. Kingston Norman Manley International Airport is located 10 miles from the city of Kingston.
Jamaica itself may have the image of being laid back and rather slow, but cosmopolitan Kingston moves at a fast pace, in keeping with its importance as the dominant force on the island politically, commercially and culturally.
Kingston is Jamaica's cosmopolitan capital at the foot of the broad Liguanea Plains. Founded following the disastrous Port Royal earthquake of 1692, it is the centre of government and commerce and offers a comprehensive variety of attractions for visitors.
Kingston was founded in 1692 after the demise of nearby Port Royal, the former capital, which was devastated in an earthquake. Port Royal was known as the 'wicked city', being the haunt of decadent aristocrats and swashbuckling pirates. Kingston has tried to be more dignified, but it is a little grimy and crime is rife. There are also some inner city neighborhoods to avoid, which are more prone to drug-related killings and gang violence.
The rich cultural heritage of Jamaica comes from a long history of conquerors including the Spanish and the British who introduced new plants, spices and a different way of life. The island gained its independence from Britain in 1962 but remained within the Commonwealth and still today counts the Queen as head of state although the title is mainly honorary. The main language is English although some local patois are still used by many of the people.
The island of Jamaica contrasts with long sandy beaches and inland rises to the slopes of the mountains from where the coffee beans are grown. There are over 252 species of birds on Jamaica of which 27 varieties are found nowhere else in the world.
A holiday in Kingston is perfect for anyone who enjoys the delights of a tropical island dream, coupled with the fascination of a sometimes intimidating city. Many party enthusiasts travel to Kingston for its legendary clubs and nightspots. New Kingston is where the majority of visitors stay.
The capital of Jamaica, Kingston jives to the beat of the infectious reggae music that was born here (mostly known as the birthplace of Bob Marley) and has swept through the world. It is the largest English-speaking city south of Miami, lying on a wide plain with the world's seventh-largest natural harbor to the south, and the Blue Mountains behind.
A visit to Kingston wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Blue Mountains, Hellshire Hills, Bob Marley Museum, Devon House, Hope Gardens, Natural History Museum, National Gallery of Art and Port Royal.