is a coastal city in southern Jamaica
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in Saint Catherine
St Catherine is a parish located in the south east of Jamaica. It is located in the county of Middlesex, and is one of the island's largest and most economically valued parish because of its many resources. It includes the first capital of Jamaica, Spanish Town, originally known as San Jago de la...
, and a dormitory town for the neighbouring cities of Kingston
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and Spanish Town
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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. The Port Henderson hill, apart from the 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"
Portmore began as a large area for schematic residential development in the late 1960s, as the 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 Keith Hinds is Portmore's mayor since 2007.
While Portmore is not marketed as a tourist destination for the millions of incoming travellers to Jamaica every year, there are many places for entertainment, eating, relaxing and enjoyment such beaches, restaurants, hotels and much more. Portmore is a safe place to live in.
Portmore is served by JUTC (Jamaica Urban Transport Company) which provides bus transportation for Portmore residents both locally and into Kingston and Spanish Town.
The Portmore Toll Road is the major commuter Highway which connects the two cities of Kingston and Portmore via the Hunts Bay Bridge, and Portmore to the old capital of Spanish Town with three lanes in each direction and a speed limit of 110 kilometres per hour (68.4 mph)
The city is served by the Norman Manley International Airport
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with over 130 flights weekly..
Portmore has a professional soccer team that plays in the Jamaican National Premier League
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. It was originally Hazard United from May Pen
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but following its relocation is now called Portmore United F.C.
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Horse Racing is popular and all major horse races are run at Caymanas Park
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located in north Portmore.
Neighbourhoods and districts
- Bernard Lodge
- Caribbean Estates
- Cumberland Meadows
- South Boro
- Gregory Park
- Greater Portmore
- Independence City
- Morris Meadows
- Mount Royal Estate
- Marine Park
- Naggo Head
- Passage Fort
- West Mead
- West Cumberland