Port Royal, Kingston

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Explore the port that was once home to privateers and pirates from around the world at Port Royal. In colonial times, the port was used by English and Dutch privateers who were employed by their home countries to challenge the Spanish Empire. These privateers later turned to piracy after letters of marque stopped being issued. Today you can explore the port and old forts of the town, go fishing off the pier, and enter the slanted Giddy House--an amunitions bunker that's tilted after an earthquake in 1907. Plan to visit Port Royal and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kingston attractions using our Kingston road trip planner.
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  • So, who would have thought a part of a "old" fort, built more than a century ago, would be so much fun. Well, it was! Jamaicans affectionately call it the "Giddy House" because it is tilted some 10-15...  more »
  • Port Royal's renovation as a major international tourist attraction has been promised so many times. You can see the logic of this because Port Royal's got so many assets - some interesting artefacts ...  more »
  • Enjoyed taking a day trip to Portland Royal. Fort St. George is nice. Really old. The church is 200 years old. Beach is nice for a swim. We chilled and enjoyed the shack by the beach.  more »
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  • Nice fort and surrounding area. Good for a family trip.
  • A great historical site for those who love the Napoleonic/Colonial times.I'd recommend taking a family for a half day trips to enjoy the sights and seeing the old structures where the British fought!
  • Spent an entire afternoon here !! So much history !! Had a guided tour by a lovely gal, cold drinks in the old jail, then wandered the entire place again for photos !! A " must see" when anywhere near !!
  • I when there twice when is was a child. I still want to go there now. The Giddy house is a must see
  • I like this place!!! The great pirates city !

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