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Kingston travel guide

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You're Going to Love Kingston

Tropical splendor and busy urban life combine in Kingston. Green hills roll down to the Caribbean Sea, surrounding the beautiful capital of Jamaica. It's a big, bustling city that sprawls within an idyllic landscape, and is the cultural and economic center of the country.

Kingston lies on a natural harbor on the southeastern coast of the island of Jamaica. The city sits on a plain, protected on three sides by the Blue Mountains, Red Hills, and Long Mountain. The views are spectacular, and a side trip to the Blue Mountain area is worth adding to your agenda.

From classic reggae to thriving street markets, art galleries to street vendors, it's a city full of color and life. Add the genuine friendliness of your Jamaican hosts, and Kingston offers you an unforgettable experience.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Kingston

When to Visit Kingston

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Most visitors come to Jamaica during the cooler, drier months between December and April. It's important to remember, though, that you may experience rains at any time. The wet season extends from May to November, which includes hurricane season.

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How to Get to Kingston

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Where to Stay in Kingston

To stay in modern, elegant rooms with a vibrant decor, look to the upscale Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston. Just uphill, you can stay in stylish luxury with stunning views of the city at the Strawberry Hill Resort. Within walking distance of Emancipation Park, the Liguanea Club hotel offers you comfort in a whitewashed building with spacious rooms.

Popular Neighborhoods in Kingston

Where to stay in popular areas of Kingston

How to Get Around Kingston

The Cost of Living in Kingston

Shopping Streets

You'll find the fabulous Coronation Market and Jubilee Market in the area of St. William Grant Park in central Kingston, with locally produced goods, a produce market, and just about anything you can think of from clothing to housewares. For modern shopping malls like the Pavilion Mall, look to New Kingston, with many clustered along or near Maxfield Avenue.

Groceries and Other

House of Spice and Hi-Lo Supermarket are two of the chains you'll find in Kingston. Both offer a broad selection of grocery and household items. John R Wong supermarket adds an in-store restaurant and bakery. A quart of milk costs about J$270 and a dozen eggs will cost about J$332.

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Where to Eat in Kingston

The best Jamaican patties in town come from the Devon House Bakery, starting at J$200. At the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, you'll enjoy a fusion of Caribbean and European cuisine, including delectable grilled snapper and a delicious buffet Sunday brunch that starts at J$2,500. Scotchies Jerk Centre is one of many places you can enjoy genuine jerk cuisine, including chicken, pork, and sausage, with main dishes that start at J$550.