Kingston, in my opinion, is NOT a tourist destination at all.
It's a city, and it is not for toursits.
Don't get me wrong, it is cool, but if you are looking to vacation in Jamaica, do not consider Kingston.
Favorite thing: I haven't had a chance to rent either one yet but our guide referred to a couple of films that were shot on location in Kingston, "Dr. No" with Sean Connery as James Bond and "Harder They Come", a Jamaican cult classic partially filmed in Kingston and Lime Cay which surprisingly is offered on NetFlix.
The Welcome to Port Royal sign from the Jamaica National Heritage Trust reads:
Once called "the richest and wickedest city in the world", Port Royal was also the virtual capital of Jamaica. To it came men of all races, treasures of silks, doubloons and gold from Spanish ships, looted on the high seas by the notorious "Brethren of the Coast" as the pirates were called. From here sailed the fleets of Henry Morgan, later lieutenant-governor of Jamaica, for the sacking of Camaguey, Maracaibo, and Panama, and died here, despite the ministrations of his Jamaican folk-doctor. Admirals lord Nelson and Benbow, the chilling Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, were among its inhabitants. The town flourished for 32 years until at 20 minutes to noon, June 7, 1692. It was partially buried in the sea by an earthquake
Our guide told us that you could still dive down on the few days there are favorable conditions and see the remains of Port Royal, there is a sign that says no diving but our guide at Fort Charles said it wasn't enforced because the police were in charge and they don't have a boat. But don't call me if you get arrested.
There's a breathtaking view of Kingston and all its lights from the Red Hills that was luminous. The sight of the city makes you forget about the crowds, the heat and the craziness of this big city.
Fondest memory: The people.
Fondest memory: Climbing to the top of the 7,400 foot Blue Mountain Peak to see the sun rise. Unfortunately, we ran into a thick fog at the top!