Kingston Harbour (Palisadoes) and Port Royal Cays

Country/territory: Jamaica

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 51 ha

Site description
Kingston Harbour, Jamaica is often considered to be one of the finests natural harbours in the world. It is situated on the south coast of Jamaica. It is an elongated bay, or lagoon, extending 16.5km east - west and 6.5 km north - south with a total surface area of approximately 51 sq. km. The city of Kingston, comprised of industrial, commercial and residential developments lies to the north of the harbour and at the western end are Portmore and Independence City, residential developments.

Key biodiversity
Provides habitat and nesting areas for the Brown Pelican and the Royal Tern.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mangrove stands

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kingston Harbour (Palisadoes) and Port Royal Cays. Downloaded from on 05/12/2021.