What you should know before hiring a car in Kingston
|Kingston city centre|
|Norman Manley International Airport (KIN): 4 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Kingston: practical information
Where to rent a car in Kingston
Jamaica is calling, are you going to answer? Many visitors arrive to these holiday island via the capital city, Kingston on the southeastern coast. As the island's only real city, it's the best place to pick up a car hire if you plan to visit more of Jamaica on your holidays in Kingston. There are several choices for a car hire Kingston airport including Island Rental Cars. They also have offices in downtown Kingston as well as Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. National Car Rental is also located at the airport.
In the city centre, you'll most likely find a car hire Kingston city located at a hotel. The Kingston Hilton for example has rental car facilities and you do not need to be a hotel guest to use them. The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel also has discount Kingston car hires. Make sure your car rental company offers unlimited mileage before booking.
Driving in Kingston: parking and other tips
To the delight of British travellers, vehicles drive on the left-hand side of the road in Jamaica, just like at home. Navigating Jamaica's roads however can be tricky so make sure you have the most recent map to be your guide. Don't be afraid to ask for directions along the way either, the locals are friendly and it's much easier than driving around lost for what could be hours. Keep in mind however that you should always drive in the day light and it can be extremely dangerous to travel countryside roads after dark.
If you do happen to get into an accident, either drive or contact the nearest police station as soon as possible. Be aware that driving etiquette is very different than in the UK so you should definitely be the defensive driver on the road. Keep in mind as well that most petrol stations don't accept credit cards, only cash.
Road trips from Kingston: what to do, what to see
The Blue Mountains offers a unique escape from the Jamaican capital and will no doubt be a highlight to any trip to this corner of the Caribbean. Christopher Columbus described Jamaica as "the fairest island eyes have beheld; mountainous and the land seems to touch the sky." It is the mist that gives the mountains their blue colour. Spend time here are travel the Peak Trail starting at Abbey Green, you won't be disappointed by the views along the way.
Think pirate tales only exist in storybooks? Think again! Port Royal has many a true (and some legendary) pirate tales to share as it used to be governed by pirates. The city has been destroyed twice by earthquakes but that hasn't stopped it yet. The most interesting thing to do here is visit the pirate museum or relax on the waterfront with a cold beer.
Ocho Rios is located on the northeastern coast of the island and is where many cruise shops dock. Don't let that put you off though, the city has plenty of amenities and attractions that are worth seeing. The Shaw Park Botanical Gardens, the Coyaba River Garden and Museum and the so-called "James Bond" beach which is located very close to the home of Ian Fleming, the man who created the world's most famous secret agent.