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This article is about Kingston, a city in Jamaica. For other uses of Kingston, see Kingston (Disambiguation)

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Introduction

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Kingston is the capital and largest city in Jamaica. It has about 700,000 inhabitants and is located on the southeast coast of the country. It was founded over 300 years ago. It is an ethnic diverse city with most people originating from their African ancestors, but with large quantities of Indians, Arabs and caucasians as well. Christianity is the main religion and the city has numerous churches to prove it. Although it can be a bit rough around the edges, with normal precautions it makes for a great experience to get to know the Jamaican culture and the Bob Marley Museum (there even is a Bob Marley statue) might just be the highlight of a trip to this city.

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Weather

Kingston's climate is tropical, with hot and humid weather in summer months. Winter days are usually warm with mild nights. Fairly consistent temperatures are experienced throughout the year, around 25 °C to 30 °C and usually 5 degrees cooler at night.
The rainy season is from May to November, peaking in May and June and in October and November. Rainfall is usually for short periods in the late afternoon and it is still quite possible to enjoy the sun on a visit during these months.

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Getting There

By Plane

Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) is a hub for Air Jamaica. Destinations of the national carrier include the Carribean, Florida, New York, Toronto and Washington, D.C..

Foreign airlines also fly into KIN from main cities in the region, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, London and Toronto.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Mount Edge Guest House17 mile post Newcastle RoadHostel91
Cozy AccommodationsKensington Courts, 9-11 Kensington Crecent, New KingstonApartment88
The Durham4 Durham Kingston 6Hostel77
Blue Mountain Cottages - Rafjams Bed and Breakfast6 Springdale Cove, Hopewell Road, Red Light District, Irish TownGUESTHOUSE-
Cozy Accommodations DorchesterThe Dorchester Apt. 47, 2 - 8 Norwood Rd.APARTMENT-
Russell Heights32 Russell HeightsGUESTHOUSE-
Reggae Hostel8 Burlington Ave Kingston 10, St. AndrewHOSTEL88
Prince Valley GuesthouseNewcastle Road, MiddletonGUESTHOUSE-
Kingsworth Jack's Hill HostelJack's Hill Road, Jack's Hill, St. AndrewGUESTHOUSE-
Paradise Kingston City View VillaMannings Hill Road Belgrade HeightsGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Some resort areas and cities have internet cafés, but wifi is on the rise. It's not alway free though and many luxury places charge for wifi as well. On te other end of the scale, guesthouses and cheaper hotels usually offer free wifi.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Jamaica's international phone code is 1876.

A prepaid Passport Jamaica SIM card with an international cell phone is the most convenient and economical solution for staying in touch while you travel through Jamaica. It meas much lower charges for calling and especially internet compared to using your home SIM card.

You can also buy simple phones or even rent one. Never use phones at your hotel or resort, as prices go through the roof.

Post

Jamaica Post offers service in the country. It has fairly reliable and affordable services. Postcards and letters take at least a week to 10 day before they arrive in North America, longer for European or other destinations. Most post offices have opening times from 8:00am to 5:00pm Mondays to Fridays. Hotels and resorts usually are able to collect post for you as well. If you want to send a package overseas, use reliable and fast companies like DHL, UPS, TNT or FedEx.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 17.992731
  • Longitude: -76.792009

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