KINGSTON CAPITAL OF JAMAICA
(population 652,000) is the capital of Jamaica. It is located on the southeastern coast of the island
country at 17°59'N 76°48'W. It faces a natural harbour protected by the Palisadoes, a long sandspit which
connects Port Royal and the Norman Manley International Airport to the rest of the island.
In the Western
Hemisphere, Kingston is the largest predominantly English-speaking city south of the United States
Note that Kingston the city (often called Greater Kingston or the "Corporate Area") is much larger
than the parish of Kingston which includes only the old Downtown and Port Royal. Much of the modern
"Corporate Area" of Kingston is situated in the Parish of St. Andrew.
The local government bodies of
the parish of Kingston and that of the parish of St Andrew were amalgamated by the Kingston and
St Andrew Corporation Act of 1923, to form the Corporation of Kingston and St.Andrew
The Two parts comprise the central area of Kingston: the historic but troubled Downtown,
and New Kingston, which is home to the city's most visited attraction,
the |Bob Marley Museum| (built at his former residence).
Several other reggae stars,
including |Buju Banton| and |Beenie Man|, also hail from Kingston. |
include the nearby Hellshire and Lime Cay beaches, the National Gallery of Jamaica,
the ruins of Port Royal, and Devon House, a mansion with adjoining park that once
belonged to Jamaica's first black millionaire
Kingston is served by Norman Manley International Airport and also by the smaller and primarily domestic Tinson Pen Airport.