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Jamaican Cities | Kingston 2007

By Wellesley Gayle

Did you know that, officially, there are only two Jamaican cities  - Kingston and Montego Bay? Apparently not many persons know and so it 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.

Kingston the capital of Jamaica, located in the south eastern part of island, is considered the administrative, cultural and industrial hub of Jamaica. It is also the largest city in Jamaica.

While Kingston is not a tourist city there are many cultural and heritage sites that captures the attention of those visiting the island. The Bob Marley Museum, Devon House and Emancipation Park are some of the most popular places to visit. 

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Montego Bay

Montego Bay 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. Couple that with the fantastic beaches, great restaurants, and some of the best golf courses in the Caribbean, Montego Bay is definitely one of the most favoured city for tourists. 


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.

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.

While 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.

Many Airbnbs and vacation rentals are also popping up in the area.

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.

Other Notable Areas

Negril, Ocho Rios & Port Antonio are other notable areas of the country that, though not official cities, are highly popular to our tourists.

Negril 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

Anotto Bay Saint Mary
Black River Saint Elizabeth
Brown's Town Saint Ann
Bull Savanna Saint Elizabeth
Discovery Bay Saint Ann
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 TownSaint Catherine
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References & Sources For Jamaican Cities

  1. The Portmore Municipal Council,
  2. Just what goes into the making of a city? - Jamaica Observer,
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