Kingston is a port city, largest city and capital of Jamaica, located on the island's southeastern coast. The city covers a total area of approx 480 km2 (190 ml2) and has a population of around 662,430 people (2011 census).
- Kingston faces a natural harbour protected by a long sand spit (the Palisadoes) connecting Port Royal town and Norman Manley International Airport to the rest of island. Kingston is the biggest predominantly English-speaking city located south of the U.S. in the Americas.
- The local government bodies of Kingston and St Andrew parishes were amalgamated by Kingston and St Andrew Corporation Act of 1923, in order to form Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC). Kingston is only bordered by St Andrew to the east, north and west.
- The city proper is bounded by Harbour View to the east, Six Miles to the west, Papine to the northeast, Stony Hill to the north and communities in urban and suburban St Andrew. Communities in rural St Andrew like Bull Bay, Gordon Town, Lawrence Tavern, Mavis Bank and Mt. Airy would not be described as being part of Kingston city.
- Kingston's central area is made up of two parts: New Kingston and historic Downtown. Bothparts are served by Norman Manley International Airport as well as by the smaller domestic Tinson Pen Aerodrome.
- Liguanea Club, a social and recreational club for society's upper class, situated on Knutsford Boulevard, owned more than 14 ha (35 acres) of land including former Liguanea Park, currently the site of Emancipation Park. Liguanea Club gave the land measuring 7 acres as a gift to the government of Jamaica. The park is famous for the 3 m (11 ft) high bronze sculpture by Jamaican artist Laura Facey-Cooper, at the main entrance of the park. The sculpture comprises a couple naked black male and female statues who are gazing to the sky – symbolic of the triumphant rise from slavery.
- Royal Botanical Gardens at Hope (called popularly Hope Gardens) serves as national attraction. Hope Gardens is part of the 809 ha (2,000 acres) of land making it the biggest botanical garden in English-speaking Caribbean.
- Historically, Kingston waterfront was the main port of Jamaica with many finger piers at which passenger liners and freighters could dock. With containerisation of freight, the port moved to Newport West.
Highlights: Port Royal, Blue Mountains
Kingston cruise terminal
The Kingston Jamaica cruise port redevelopment project was named "Festival Marketplace". It will transform the city waterfront into a new leisure destination featuring cultural experiences, new walkways to Ocean Boulevard, eateries and other tourist-oriented establishments.
- The cruise ship pier will also be developed. Kingston Harbour welcomed its first cruise ships in the 1950s and 1960s. On February 14, 1966, SS United States (then woorld's largest cruise liner) docked here at Western Terminals.
- Currently, Jamaica receives over 1 million cruise passengers per year at the country's 4 major ports - Falmouth, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio and Montego Bay. In 2011 was inaugurated the newly developed Falmouth cruise port (USD 269 million project).
- Along with the new cruise pier, Kingston's Festival Marketplace project includes building of shopping center, bars, restaurants, outdoor food bazaar, exhibition and vendor spaces, luxury loft apartments, open-air gardens, pathways, waterfront promenade, bridge over Port Royal Street (to link directly to the city's centre), renovations to Victoria Craft Market (2-floor vending shops), tourist info kiosk, car parking (capacity 62 cars plus 3 buses).
- For the construction works were contracted the companies Contra Construction and Chin's Construction, with total budget USD 68 million.
- Works were completed by August 2015.
- Victoria Pier building was leased for 25-year period to Yosamini Holdings. The company transformed it into a top-class leisure complex with restaurant, lounge, art gallery, entertainment outdoor area, sporting facility.
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