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The Sunshine City
—  City  —
Portmore is located in Jamaica
Coordinates: 17°57′00″N 76°52′48″W / 17.9499936°N 76.879921°W / 17.9499936; -76.879921Coordinates: 17°57′00″N 76°52′48″W / 17.9499936°N 76.879921°W / 17.9499936; -76.879921
Country Jamaica
County Middlesex
Parish St Catherine
Founded 1960s
Municipalities Act grants municipal status[1] 2003-05
 - Estimate (2009) 265,600
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
Area code(s) +1876

Portmore is a coastal city in southern Jamaica in Saint Catherine, and a dormitory town for the neighbouring cities of Kingston and Spanish Town. It is informally known as 'Gaza'.



Portmore is built on a generally flat plain facing the Kingston Harbour with an intricate canal system which prevents flooding.[2] Much of the land is reclaimed swamp.[2]


Portmore began as a large area for schematic residential development in the late 1960s,[2] 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.[2] 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 recently in 2003,[1] and has its own City Council and Mayor, following the British-based model of other Jamaican cities' governments.[1] It now houses approximately 10% of the population of the Kingston Corporate Area.


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 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 approximately 110 kilometres per hour (68 mph)

The city is served by the Norman Manley International Airport with over 130 flights weekly..


Portmore has a football (soccer) team that plays in the Jamaican National Premier League. It was originally Hazard United from May Pen but following its relocation is now called Portmore United F.C..

Horse Racing is popular and all major horse races are run at Caymanas Park located in north Portmore.

External links


  1. ^ a b c Methodology Study, Eris D. Schoburgh, Local Government Reform - National Advisory Council, Department of Local Government.
  2. ^ a b c d A short history of Portmore, page 2.


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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  1. Jamaica's second largest city.



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