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Introducing Spanish Town

Spanish Town, Jamaica’s capital for more than 300 years, was once considered to boast exemplary town planning. Today, for visitors traveling from Kingston through the city’s blighted outlying ghettos, it’s somewhat of a stretch to envisage the former capital’s erstwhile grandeur. However, this changes the moment one arrives at the evocative historic center, where you’ll find the Caribbean’s most extensive assortment of Georgian architecture (albeit in a sad state of repair), its greatest cathedral and Jamaica’s national archives.

The island’s second-largest urban center and the gritty, busy capital of St Catherine parish, Spanish Town is frequently the locus of Jamaica’s most wrenching urban strife. Consider this a day trip only.