KINGSTON 411

MADE IN KINGSTON

Consistent with major cities around the world increased corporate presence and investment in downtown Kingston has created a cosmopolitan vibe, which includes many world class restaurants, hotels, lounges and a wide variety of leisure activities. However, Jamaican culture—music, film, food and canibus--made Kingston an intriguing destination and laid the groundwork for the transformation of this great city long before the corporate world embraced its value. Fun facts about Kingston:

  • Kingston is the birthplace of Rocksteady, Ska, Dub, Reggae, Dancehall, EDM, and Hip Hop/Rap, which makes it’s influence on today’s popular music trends second to no other city or country in the world.

  • Bob Marley came of age in downtown Kingston’s Trench Town community, along with many other key figures in reggae music and is regarded as the epic-center of the reggae genre.

  • Kingston is host to many major annual events, to include conferences, sporting events, concerts, showcases, fashion week, restaurant week, and more.

  • Kingston is surrounded by the most lush forms of nature, such as the Blue Mountains, Red Hills, Long Mountain and the Kingston Harbour.

  • Kingston Harbor is the seventh largest natural harbor in the world.

  • Kingston was founded on 22 July 1692, as a place for refugees and survivors of the 1692 earthquake that destroyed Port Royal.

  • In 2012 the population of Jamaica was estimated to be around 2.9 million. The population of Kingston area (Kingston and St. Andrew Parish) was estimated at approx. 651,880.

  • Over 1 million tourists visit Jamaica every year.

EXPLORE JA

See the land that has inspired three major genres while influencing the world. We encourage JMC patrons to conscientiously explore Jamaica’s natural beauty, as there is so many amazing things to experience on this island of paradise.