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Old pirate haunt, notorious in its day for residents' sticky fingers and loose morals, now being renovated into a major tourist attraction.
Palisadoes, Kingston, Jamaica
+1 876-668-7484
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a little out of the way on the road which goes past the airport, but well worth the drive to see what the old pirate capital was like. There is a small museum which is full of interesting things to see, pictures and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank DHE30PP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Port Royal was once the capital of Jamaica but was virtually destroyed by an earthquake/tsunami in 1907. The small town that remains with its only surviving fort is well worth a visit. The Fort forms a museum for the town and is very interesting. Take...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ADRchopper
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The history in Port Royal needs to be animated. At one time the richest city boasting booty from the high seas now a quiet fishing village. The Home of the famous “giddy house” that defies the law of gravity, the museum provides interesting artifacts. A...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 5 February 2019

I took the local bus and went early in the morning. The museum is nice and the guide who takes your around the fort is great (I'm sorry I can't remember his name)

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank valsita77
Reviewed 3 February 2019

This site has echoes of the great days of the Royal Navy and Horatio Nelson. Fort Charles has displays relating to that era as well as relics of the days when Port Royal was the Buccaneer capital of the Caribbean before the great earthquake. Don't...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank David M
Reviewed 30 January 2019 via mobile

Bit out of the way and costly for travel. Was however very interesting bit of history. Guide was a direct descendant so quite poignant

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Nlenigma
Reviewed 14 December 2018 via mobile

We were given a great tour about the fascinating history of the port. I’d recommend visiting here. We then had a lovely lunch at Gloria’s restaurant nearby.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 224hannahw
Reviewed 11 December 2018

Port Royal is infamous for pirates, earthquakes, and tales full of history. A visit to the fort let’s you walk in the walk steps of Nelson and Morgan. There also is a great restaurant in town. And you can catch a boat to Lime Key...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Richard P
Reviewed 17 November 2018 via mobile

Port Royal is a historic site and has the potential to be an amazing attraction spot. Much more can be done in my opinion however there seems to be still a huge following. I was taken to Gloria’s which is touted as the best seafood...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ddhoray
Reviewed 16 November 2018

See what's left of the pirate capital of the Caribbean. Ft Charles survived the 1692 earthquake when most of Port Royal slid into the sea. spend a hour going thru the museums, walk around the remaining battlements, and try to walk upright thru the Giddy...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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29 July 2018|
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Response from PaulaF40 | Reviewed this property |
Yea Gloria’s is very close . Tourists usually pay $10 for Port Royal.
23 June 2016|
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Response from AdrianWhitehead | Reviewed this property |
They gave us a guided tour around - it would a challenge with a wheel chair as there are many steps and a sandy area as part of the walk