Traveling in Jamaica is a very fun and relaxing experience. Finding the best routs and the correct directions to get to your destination quickly can be a confusing task. Traveling to Kingston, from Portmore and vice versa can be very time consuming but we are going to explain to you the best main routs and some potential shortcuts that will help you to get to your destination faster. We will go over how to get to Kingston from Portmore and how much K.M there are from Kingston to Portmore.
Distance between cities Portmore, Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica and Kingston, Jamaica on public roads is — 12.74 km or 7.90 miles. The distance between the points in the coordinates — 9 km or 5.4 miles. To overcome this distance at an average vehicle speed of 80 km / h require — 0.1 h. or 6.8 minutes. The length of this distance is about 0.0% of the total length of the equator. Airliner Airbus A380 will fly the distance in 0.0 h., and the train 0.1 h. (No high-speed train).
How to get to Kingston from Portmore- Highway 2000
Highway 2000 is a major road network in Jamaica as it connects many parishes within the island. According to route planner the shortest distance from Portmore to Kingston is 13.40 K.M. The journey begins in the vicinity of the Portmore Mall near an overhead bridge that connects Portmore to that leg of the highway. When driving along this road you will see mangroves on both sides leading up to the tole booth and for some distance after. At the toll booth they charge a fee for each class of vehicle looking to travel on the highway.
After paying and exiting the toll booth, you will drive a short distance before coming across an overhead bridge that is situated near the Kingston container terminal. The name of the bridge is the Causeway bridge. While crossing the bridge you will be able to take in the beautiful scenery that is the Kingston Harbour. The harbour is the seventh largest natural harbour in the World. After crossing the bridge you will then come across a massive container and shipment terminal on the right hand side of the road (when headed to St. Andrew or Kingston). You are now officially in Kingston.
The container terminal is called the Kingston Container Terminal ( Kingston Wharves) and it spans a distance of over 160,000 square feet. Continue on the straight-way of the highway until you reach a right turnoff in the vicinity of the Tinson Pen Aerodrome. You are suppose to turn off onto an overhead bridge in that vicinity. Upon successful exit of this overhead bridge and turning onto the road that immediately follows it, you will officially be on Marcus Garvey Drive (Industrial Terrace). The area was named Industrial Terrace because it is a mecha for industrial businesses and activities.
Upon passing they Tinson Pen Aerodrome you will come upon a mega car park that is used as a place for storing cars owned by the Kingston Wharves, keep on the straightaway. A few miles down the road on the right hand side of the thorofair there is a petroleum, natural gas and energy treatment plant named Petro-jam. After passing Petro-jam and exiting Marcus Garvey drive you will notice an high rise building owned by Jamaican tech giants Digicel to your far right. Turn onto Orange street and go straight up until you reach a bus terminal filled with yellow Belgian-made busses ,which are used as the main form of public transport in the cooperate area of Jamaica. Congratulations you are now in the heart of Kingston! Make sure you enjoy and take in the scenery and hustle and bustle of the busy town and its people.
What is Portmore and where is it located?
Portmore is on the south coast in the Parish of St. Catherine. It is approximately 15 miles south-west of the capital of Kingston. It is divided into two regions, the plains to the north and the limestone hills of Hellshire to the south.
The most densely populated areas are located on low-lying reclaimed lands. Portmore consists of communities such as Old Portmore, Greater Portmore, Braeton and Hellshire. Portmore is one of the largest urban areas in St. Catherine with respect to human settlement, having a population 156,468(2001 census) and an annual growth rate of 4% since 1991.
Portmore is built on a generally flat plain facing the Kingston Harbour with an intricate canal system which prevents flooding. Much of the land is reclaimed swamp. Port Henderson Hill, formerly known as Salt Pond Hill, is visible from neighbouring parishes and was a possible Arawak grave site because the Arawak buried their dead in caverns, which Port Henderson Hill is riddled with. The most famous cave is named “Twin Sisters”.
The history of Portmore
Portmore began as a large area for schematic residential development in the late 1960s, as the West Indies Home Contractors (WIHCON) organization built thousands of prototype housing units in an effort to alleviate the over-population of Kingston; the first was called Independence City. It has since grown into a suburban city to Kingston; its large population travels into Kingston daily for work, schooling, and many other essential services via the Portmore toll road.
Portmore was granted Municipality status in 2003 and has its own city council and mayor, following the British-based model of Jamaican local government. It now houses approximately 10% of the population of the Kingston Corporate Area. Currently the mayor of Portmore is His Worship the Mayor Leon Thomas. Portmore has affiliations with music artists Vybz Kartel, Mad Cobra, I-Wayne, Masicka, Gyptian, Spice and many sound systems such as “Flavor Unit” and “Areacode 876”.
What is Kingston and where is it located
Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica, located on the southeastern coast of the island. It faces a natural harbour protected by the Palisadoes, a long sand spit which connects the town of Port Royal and the Norman Manley International Airport to the rest of the island. In the Americas, Kingston is the largest predominantly English-speaking city south of the United States. The local government bodies of the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew were amalgamated by the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation Act of 1923, to form the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC).
Greater Kingston, or the “Corporate Area” refers to those areas under the KSAC; however, it does not solely refer to Kingston Parish, which only consists of the old downtown and Port Royal. Kingston Parish had a population of 96,052, and St. Andrew Parish had a population of 555,828 in 2001. Kingston is only bordered by Saint Andrew to the east, west and north. The geographical border for the parish of Kingston encompasses the following communities: Tivoli Gardens, Denham Town, Rae Town, Kingston Gardens, National Heroes Park, Bournemouth Gardens, Norman Gardens, Rennock Lodge, Springfield and Port Royal, along with portions of Rollington Town, Franklyn Town and Allman Town.
The city proper is bounded by Six Miles to the west, Stony Hill to the north, Papine to the northeast and Harbour View to the east, which are communities in urban and suburban Saint Andrew. Communities in rural St. Andrew such as Gordon Town, Mavis Bank, Lawrence Tavern, Mt. Airy and Bull Bay would not be described as being in Kingston city. Two districts make up the central area of Kingston: the historic Downtown, and New Kingston. Both are served by Norman Manley International Airport and also by the smaller and primarily domestic Tinson Pen Aerodrome.
The History of Kingston
Kingston was founded in July 1693 after the earthquake that devastated Port Royal in 1692, the original section of the city which was situated at the bottom of the Liguanea Plains was laid out to house survivors of the earthquake. Before the earthquake, Kingston’s functions were purely agricultural. The earthquake survivors set up a camp on the sea front. Approximately two thousand people died due to mosquito-borne diseases. Initially the people lived in a tented camp on Colonel Barry’s Hog Crawle. The town did not begin to grow until after the further destruction of Port Royal by fire in 1703. Surveyor John Goffe drew up a plan for the town based on a grid bounded by North, East, West and Harbour Streets.
The new grid system of the town was designed to facilitate commerce, particularly the system of main thoroughfares 66 feet (20 m) across, which allowed transportation between the port and plantations farther inland. By 1716 it had become the largest town and the centre of trade for Jamaica. The government sold land to people with the regulation that they purchase no more than the amount of the land that they owned in Port Royal, and only land on the sea front. Gradually wealthy merchants began to move their residences from above their businesses to the farm lands north on the plains of Liguanea.
The first free school, Wolmers’s, was founded in 1729 and there was a theatre, first on Harbour Street and then moved in 1774 to North Parade. Both are still in existence. In 1755 the governor, Sir Charles Knowles, had decided to transfer the government offices from Spanish Town to Kingston. It was thought by some to be an unsuitable location for the Assembly in proximity to the moral distractions of Kingston, and the next governor rescinded the Act. However, by 1780 the population of Kingston was 11,000, and the merchants began lobbying for the administrative capital to be transferred from Spanish Town, which was by then eclipsed by the commercial activity in Kingston.
Driving from Kingston to Portmore via the Nelson Mandela Highway (Ferry)
Traveling this rout between the two major cities in Jamaica is considered to be longer and more time consuming but also more cost effective. It is the easier of the two ways of travel because despite being longer, it is a straighter path with less turns and intersections. The journey begins at the beginning at the intersection of Spanish Town Road and the Mandela Highway. There is approximately 10.3K.M between the Mandela Highway, Washington Boulevard and Kingston. The road is a straightway journey but there are a few major landmarks along the way. The first noticeable landmark is Nestly Jamaica Lmt, which is located on 1 South Street, Ferry Pen Kingston St. Andrew.
Upon driving along the Ferry thorofair it is very hard to miss the very renowned private group of schools known as The hydel Group of Schools. There are also large hills and land masses along the highway. Other notable buildings and landmarks include The Ferry Police Station and the various sugarcane plantations along the road. In order to enter Portmore you have to turn onto an intersection along the first stretch of the Mandela Highway in the vicinity of White Marl where venders sell ground provisions and fruits. Now you know how many K.M from Portmore to Kingston via both routs.
Landmarks and buildings that you will encounter during your journey
On the way to Kingston from Portmore on both roots you will encounter alot of landmarks, companies and buildings that are recognisable as key landmarks to the point where some are even featured on most maps of the country or the area. These landmarks are usually industrial buildings, government institutions, transportation hotspots, commercial properties or storage facilities. There is even a bridge that connects Portmore to Kingston and was built directly over the sea which flows as apart of the seventh largest natural harbour in the world.
Landmarks that you will see on the Highway 2000 Portmore rout
The first landmark you will encounter on your way out of Portmore is the Portmore Mall. This mall is the major shopping hotspot for the Portmore Municipality. The City is currently the home of about 102,861 residents. After passing this commercial centre you will be on rout to Kingston via Highway 2000, Portmore leg. The first major landmark to be encountered after paying a small fee ( depending on your vehicle class) is the Causeway Bridge. It is surrounded by the seventh largest natural harbour in the world and the Caribbean sea.
Following the Causeway bridge is the Kingston Free zone and Container Terminal. This is where all the imports and exports enter and leave Jamaica by sea. You will then continue on the straight way until you reach the vicinity of the Tinson Pen Aerodrome (there is also another turn off which leads into an adjoining parish called St, Andrew). Tinson Pen is one of a few small airports that was built around the island with the purpose of accommodating commercial and domestic flights to nearby small Caribbean nations and other parishes within Jamaica.
There is also a flight school on the premises of the Tinson Pen Aerodrome where aspiring small plane pilots attend if they want to learn the craft. Immediately following the Tinson Pen Aerodrome is a car storage area where all the cars that are imported to Jamaica are stored. This car storage area is owned by the Kingston Container Terminal. While continue on the straightaway, if you look over to your left hand side you will spot the Jamaica Coffee Board, who’s main purpose is to supply the coffee farmers of Jamaica with fresh coffee suckers and seedlings . After you pass the Coffee board you will then reach the vicinity of PETROJAM ( over on the right hand side).
PETROJAM is the only major oil refinery within the island nation and it is responsible for supplying Jamaica with Petroleum and other crude oil and natural gas products for the purpose of fuel. Drive further along the road and you will pass the Garmex Freezone and Academy ( to your immediate left) . This is a school that is dedicated to the training, employment and upliftment of young persons with a passion for fashion within the Jamaican society. Continue along the road and follow the directions I mentioned above until you reach the middle of Downtown Kingston.
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