Introducing Port Royal
Once the wealthiest (and ‘wickedest’) city in the New World, the pirate capital of the Caribbean – and for more than 200 years the hub of British naval power in the West Indies – Port Royal today is a sleepy fishing village replete with important historic buildings, with children playing amid ramshackle, brightly painted houses and upturned fishing pirogues.
Port Royal Development Project has long touted the tourism potential of Port Royal, with planned projects ranging from semi-plausible to completely bonkers, such as a 32-hectare theme park, cruise-ship pier, entertainment center and arcade, and heritage reenactments, including townsfolk in period costumes. Mercifully, the projects show no signs of getting off the ground.
There are few hints of the town’s former glory, though landmarks such as Fort Charles and the Old Naval Hospital have been given a new lease on life by the Jamaica Heritage Trust. The excellent eateries, serving the freshest fish in Kingston, and doubling as party spots after hours, the proximity of Lime Cay with its white-sand beach and a laid-back, friendly vibe make this one of the best-loved spots near Kingston.