Kingston Harbour

Kingston Harbour

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Kingston Harbour is the seventh largest natural harbour in the world. It is bordered to the north by the city of Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, to the west by Hunts Bay and the municipality of Portmore, and to the south and east by the Palisadoes spit.

The harbour is home to the Kingston Container Terminal, Jamaica's largest port. Other docks on Kingston Harbour are at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica in downtown Kingston and at the Jamaica Flour Mills and the Caribbean Cement Company at Rockfort.

Norman Manley International Airport, Jamaica's second largest, is also located in the outer harbor, on the Palisadoes spit.

There is a fishing village at Rockfort and fishing docks at Harbour View and at Port Royal.


As a large, natural, well protected harbour it has been used since the very beginning of European exploration and settlement of the island. Initially the main settlement was at Port Royal but following its destruction in the 1692 earthquake Kingston was founded and the development of the Kingston waterfront began.

Historically, the...
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