is a city with probably the richest history in Jamaica.It was once a
17th century haven for a variety of hedonistic pirates and malcontents
dedicated to looting Spanish vessels throughout the Caribbean.
One morning in 1692, however, an earthquake and tidal wave destroyed most of the town.
in 1699 and reconstructed after an earthquake in 1907, the Kingston
Parish church contains documents important to prominent Jamaicans.
Nature and Outdoors
Hope Gardens Botanical Gardens
20-hectare (50-acre) oasis of beauty in the middle of downtown Kingston
features pleasant paths that meander past manicured lawns and tranquil
gardens, including a cactus garden, orchid house, a forest garden and an
An unspoiled preserve offering mountain vistas, waterfalls, lush rain forests and exotic plants and animals.
park consists of nearly 200,000ac/80,000ha of land divided into three
sections: Portland Gap which includes Stony Hill and the Hills of St
Andrew; Hollywell and Annotto Bay; and Portland and Millbank which
include the John Crow Mountains.
The park is the natural habitat
for the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Guided tours are available, as are
mountain biking excursions.