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- Address: Palisadoes, Kingston, Jamaica
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
Port Royal is situated on the end of an 18-mile long sand spit known as the Palisadoes, 15 miles from the centre of Kingston. The place where the real “Pirates of the Caribbean” once lived, Port Royal was often referred to as the wickedest and wealthiest city on earth. The erstwhile capital of Jamaica, Port Royal was an important trading post and a thriving port during the Spanish and British colonial rule.
The city was destroyed in the 1600s by a massive earthquake and a subsequent tsunami and further damage occurred in the 1700s. The pirates lived a life of debauchery and soon the city lost most of its glittering wealth.
Today it is sleepy fishing village but with an interesting history as most of the old city is submerged in the harbour and the remaining ruins are preserved as they are. It makes for an interesting walk to see the sights of this once glorious city. Especially worth visiting are the Giddy House, Fort Charles and Old Naval Hospital. Other sites include Fort Carlisle and Fort Walker. Boats to Lim Cay are also available from Port Royal.
The Jamaican Heritage trust has undertaken a massive restoration and preservation project aiming to make the city a potential tourist hub and have also requested UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
The area is famous today for a variety of restaurants serving the best seafood in Jamaica. Gloria’s is an especially well reputed establishment that is frequented by tourists and locals alike.
Port Royal Travel Tips
- Recommended Time To Visit- Lunch or dinner-time is a good time to visit for the seafood.
- The area is warm and sunny on most days; carry a hat and apply sunscreen when walking around the city, as there are no shaded areas.
- Gloria’s is a must visit for seafood lovers.
- Fort Charles is a treat for those interested in Naval history.
- The city is safe for tourists and no real crimes take place.
How to Reach Port Royal
- Bus: Bus 98 runs to Port Royal from the Parade in downtown Kingston several times daily.
- Route Taxi/ Individual Taxi: A route taxi from the Parade in Kingston costs about US$1.50; a licensed taxi costs about US$35 one-way.
- Airport transfers are about US$15 for the 15-minute taxi ride.
- Gloria’s Rendezvous
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63.1% of people who visit Kingston include Port Royal in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
56.85% of people start their Port Royal visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Port Royal
94.28% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Port Royal