Morgans Harbour Hotel
Port Royal, Kingston, Jamaica, Caribbean
Only ocean front hotel in kingston
This is a nice place to stay if looking for a nice get away from all the hussle and bussle of the city. It is quite a safe place to stay, didn't have to worry about being harassed by street people. They also have trips going to a little private island, Lime Cay. Beautiful white sandy beach. Should try their fish meals, awesome. Staff was friendly, rooms spacious and clean. Close to the airport, had no worries about getting to and fro. Would recommend it anyone looking for a nice adventure.
Unique Quality: Beautiful pool, the view of the harbor is awesome, better in the nights with the lights. Very romantic.
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Is Port Royal (near Kingston) a safe place ?
I will have a stopover in Kingston airport and need to spend one overnight there. I was thinking about Morgans harbour hotel in Port Royal, which is close to the airport, and maybe a safer place then Kingston itself. Since i will traveling with my family, i am concerned in this factor. So what do you thing, is Port royal dangerous as Kingston? I have also some worries about malaria, which is present in Kingston - is it a problem also in Port royal, is there a lot of mosqutios ?
Thanks for every advice.
Re: Is Port Royal (near Kingston) a safe place ?
It is about five years since I was in Kingston, so my info may be a little out of date.
Yes, Port Royal is infinitely safer than Kingston, which, frankly, is a very dangerous place. Have a look at my Kingston page for a flavour of what it is like.
For one night it will be great and you are right it is a lot nearer the airport (which I worked at). Basically the airport is on a long spit of land near the end and Port Royal is right at the end. There is absolutely nothing to do there except visit the fort which will take about 30 minutes but there is (was?) a superb restaurant there. PR is really quiet and very small.
Mosqutoes, yes, in profusion but they are hard to avoid anywhere. Actually, I didn't know there were malarial varieties there. I took no precautions and was OK, well, I am writing this and haven't been sick yet! Normal precautions should suffice.
Hope this assists,
Travel Tips for Kingston
British parliament abolished slavery as of August 1, 1834, although the Jamaican slaves remained bound to their owners by compensation schemes (apprenticeship) for another 4 years until 1838. There is a sign on one of the buildings in the square in Spanish town that marks the spot where the governor of Jamaica read the proclamation freeing the slaves in August 1838, 27 years before the end of the Civil War in the United States which gave slaves their freedom.
Make sure you take a trip to Hellshire Beach. The fried fish and festival is must while you're there. It's a little expensive but worth it. It's mostly where the locals go so it's not manicured like Negril but you can have a lot of fun.
Bob Marley museum.
I know, I know. This is probably the biggest cliche in Kingston, and I wondered whether I should put it in 'tourist trap' or 'must see'. Well I chose 'must see' because, after all, it is the house of Bob Marley. What more need I say? Certainley it doesn't have the same sort of appeal as tuff gong or nine mile would to a fan, but if you have only a slight interest in the man, than this is where to go. It is the easiest accesible of the three and most geared up towards tourists (and that mean ripping them off too).
Inside Bob Marley's house you see the usual stuff you see in these types of places, clothes he wore, guitars he played, a world map with dots on all the towns he played (to my surprise, Vancouver had no dot). In the back are even still the bullet holes in the wall from an assassination attempt on him. Also, in the back yard you can see what were (apparently) Marley's drying racks (ie. to dry his pot). In the end is an interesting 15 or 20 min video.
If my memory serves me well, wich after my time in Jamaica it very well may not, we payed $400 Jamaican each for entrance. They will also take your camera's from you. You can take a picture with the statue and under the main gate, after wich you must leave your camera with the guy/girl in the ticket booth, to be returned after the tour. You are not allowed pictures inside the house or anywhere else on the property.
Spanish Town-Rodney Memorial
On the northern side of the square in Spanish Town is the Rodney Memorial, built to honor Admiral Lord Rodney who in 1782 saved Jamaica from invasion by the Spanish and French at the Battle of the Saints in the Eastern Caribbean.
The statue, by English sculptor John Bacon, features Rodney in a Roman emperor garb. When the capital moved to Kingston the statue was moved there but enraged citizens of Spanish Town tried to kidnap it. Eventually Rodney was sent home to Spanish Town minus a hand that appears to have been replaced as he has two in the attached photo.
Port Royal-St. Peter's church
We stopped at St. Peter's church to take a peek at Lewis Galdy's gravestone and get a picture of the church which was not open.
Frommer's says that you might be able to persuade the caretaker, who lives opposite, to open it if you want to see the silver plate, spoils captured by Henry Morgan from Panama.
The original church was destroyed by the earthquake in 1692, the second church destroyed by fire in 1703. This third version was built in 1726.
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Morgans Harbour Hotel
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Morgans Harbour Resort And Marina
- Morgans Harbour Kingston
Address: Port Royal, Kingston, Jamaica, Caribbean