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The Two Jamaican Cities
(Montego Bay & Kingston)
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Did you know that, officially, there are only two Jamaican cities - Kingston and Montego Bay? Apparently not many persons know and such is does creates some confusion.
Portmore, which is spoken of as the third city, and in fact, it is also called 'The Sunshine City', has not been formally ascribed the city status as yet. Be sure to read the article, 'What goes into the making of a city? " by The Jamaica Observer.
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Other areas are almost equally popular, but the two above, plus Portmore, are the only established ones- for now.
the capital of Jamaica, located in the southwestern part of island, is
considered the administrative, cultural and industrial hub of Jamaica.
It is also the largest city in Jamaica.
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Port Of Kingston
is a sprawling city with Jamaica's largest airport, shopping and cruise
line terminal. Montego Bay's coast land boasts numerous tourist resorts.
The famous "White Witch's" Rose Hall property is one of the most
popular historic attraction in Montego Bay. By the way, Rose Hall is
well known for being the spot of many of James Bond thrillers.
Portmore , the city in the making, was awarded the prestigious status of Municipality in 2003, which is just one level down from city status.
And rightly so, it was the fastest growing area in Jamaica. Just 11 miles west of the city of Kingston, it was estimated to be home to an estimated 170,000 low to middle-income families.
For a general list of other major towns and parish capitals in Jamaica, click here.
According to Wikipedia, Portmore began as a large area for schematic residential development in the late 1960s, as the WIHCON organization built thousands of prototype housing units in an effort to alleviate the over-population of Kingston.
It has since grown as a suburban city to Kingston, as its large population travels via the Causeway Bridge into Kingston daily, for work, schooling, and many other essential services.
It has its own City Council and Mayor, following the British-based model of other Jamaican cities' governments.
Portmore is not marketed as a tourist destination for the millions of
incoming travelers to Jamaica every year, there are many places for
entertainment, eating, relaxing and enjoyment.
Today, Portmore is one of the most important towns in the island nation and comprises of approximately 10% of the population of the Kingston Corporate Area.
Ocho Rios & Port Antonio are other notable areas of the country
that, though not official cities, are highly popular to our tourists.
is easily the most popular though, it is almost a little Jamaica by
itself! With a little more infrastructural work, don't be surprised if
you hear that the town of Negril becomes a city too!
Don't miss my famous places in Jamaica page for details on other prominent and famed areas of the island.
Major Towns And Parish Capitals In Jamaica
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|Anotto Bay ||Saint Mary
|Black River || Saint Elizabeth|
|Brown's Town || Saint Ann |
|Bull Savanna || Saint Elizabeth
|Falmouth || Trelawny |
|Half Way Tree || Saint Andrew |
|Kingston || Kingston |
|Lucea || Hanover |
|Mandeville || Manchester |
|May Pen || Clarendon |
|Montego Bay || Saint James |
|Morant Bay || Saint Thomas|
|Negril || Westmoreland |
|Ocho Rios || Saint Ann |
|Port Antonio || Portland |
|Port Maria || Saint Mary |
|Portmore || Saint Catherine|
|St. Ann's Bay ||Saint Ann |
|Savanna la Mar ||Westmoreland |
|Spanish Town ||Saint Catherine |
Pages Related To Jamaican Cities
- The Portmore Municipal Council, https://portmoremc.gov.jm/
- Just what goes into the making of a city? - Jamaica Observer, http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Just-what-goes-into-the-making-of-a-city-_77608
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