Historic Port Royal—once Jamaica’s richest city—is located across the harbor from Kingston, a $1 ferry ride from Princess Street pier. Back in the 17th century, the English tolerated Port Royal’s pirates as long as they were pillaging foreign ships. The buccaneers' swashbuckling earned Port Royal a reputation as "the wickedest city in Christendom." An earthquake in 1692 destroyed the port and today locals are convinced that ghosts of men killed in the earthquake roam the earth on extra hot days. Today you’ll find lazy fisherman and Kingston’s only sidewalk restaurant and seaside hotel called Morgan’s Harbour. You can also dip into the past at Port Royal's Archaeological Museum, which is housed in the building that served as headquarters for the British Royal Navy during the 1700s when they watched over this volatile entrance to the harbor. The museum has a small but impressive collection of memorabilia: scale models of sailing vessels and a mock-up of Horatio Nelson's private quarters among them. The admission price of $4 allows you to tour both the museum and Fort Charles. The museum is closed on weekends and opens from 10AM to 5PM on weekdays.
Attractions & Landmarks, Educational, Arts & Museums