Overview Of Kingston Jamaica:
Known as the heartbeat of the English speaking Caribbean islands and is the home of the legendary Bob Marley and historian philosopher Marcus Garvey, this website explores almost every aspect of life in the Jamaican capital with useful links to other great Kingston Jamaica resources. Kingston has an average population of 497,000 making it a bustling, sprawling city. It is not a resort paradise similar to the north coast and is built around travel for the business tourist. The original waterfront area along Harbor Street has been re-developed to make it one of the most budding Jamaican landscapes around. It has become a haven for Jamaican business especially dry goods retail and wholesale businesses. In the early 1960’s the downtown area consisted of both residential and commercial properties, however in recent times has become completely over run by commercial properties.
Kingston must not be confused with St. Andrew, they are actually two separate parishes, however because they are controlled by one municipality then Kingston usually refers to both Kingston and St. Andrew the parish(KSAC). The latter is much larger in both population and size. The capital city is divided into zones, from Kingston, which is termed as Zone 1 and Kingston 2 – Kingston 20. This is somewhat like Jamaica’s version of the US based zip code. Any mail going to Kingston Jamaica should have one of these zones attached. The city is home to the Prime Ministers home and central headquarters to all ministries of government for Jamaica. It must not be doubted that it does have all the nuances that most of the other parishes don’t not to mention that it is the most over populated of the 14 parishes. Of the entire employed population The city is home to at least 40% an astonishing figure considering the relatively small size of Kingston Jamaica. Port Royal once a parish for itself was merged into Kingston Jamaica in 1865 and added a unique attraction immediately. The old pirate capital sank beneath the waves in a violent earthquake in 1692. The Maritime Museum located in Fort Charles itself while the Port Royal Archaeological and Historical Museum, which houses artifacts salvaged from the sunken city, is situated in the old Naval Hospital.