Reggae, rum, and spicy jerk chicken: you’ll find all of these in Jamaica’s sunny capital. Colourful and vibrant Kingston is the island’s cultural capital. It’s also rather beautiful, what with the Blue Mountains on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. Downtown Kingston is the historic district, home to amazing art museums, lively marketplaces, and charming old buildings. The Uptown district is more modern, with tall buildings, glitzy hotels, and swanky restaurants. Emancipation Park, with its free concerts, is in this neighbourhood.
Airports in Kingston
Norman Manley International Airport (KIN), previously known as Palisadoes Airport, serves the city. The airport is named after local hero, Norman Washington Manley, who advocated for universal suffrage and served as the colony’s Chief Minister from 1955 to 1959.
There’s also a domestic airport, Tinson Pen Aerodrome (KTP), which generally caters towards business travellers from Montego Bay.
Airlines that fly to Kingston
British Airways fly direct to Kingston from the UK. Air Canada Rouge, American Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Fly Jamaica Airways, JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines, and WestJet all fly from cities in North America or Canada. Other airlines serving Kingston include Air Sunshine, Cayman Airways, Copa Airlines, Insel Air, InterCaribbean Airways, Skylan Airways, and Sunrise Airways.
Getting into Kingston
Bus 98 connects the airport with downtown Kingston. One way tickets cost J$80 (about 45p).* Taxi vans are widely available from the airport. These cost around J$3200 (about £17.95)* if you’re alone, or J$3800 (about £21.30)* for a group. If you’re travelling alone, it’s worth finding a few other travellers and splitting the cost. Car hire is also available at the airport, and is a good option if you want to do a lot of exploring during your trip.
*Prices subject to change
When to fly to Kingston
The most popular time to visit Kingston is from January until March. Bob Marley Week takes place at the end of January and beginning of February, a must if you’re a fan of reggae. If you’re looking for good deals, the weather is great from October to the middle of December too, with pleasant temperatures of 21-30°C. The lively Junkanoo celebrations take place during December. Try to avoid visiting Kingston during the summer: this is hurricane season, and many of the hotels and attractions close.
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