But while Kingston is definitely worth a re-visit, the temptations of Jamaica's natural beauty are never far away.
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Reaching the summit of Blue Mountain Peak at 2,256m is just about possible as a long day-trip from Kingston, but best enjoyed as an overnight experience to catch dawn from the peak.
Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (001 8; jm) can arrange guides and accommodation.
The great outdoors The island's lush green mountains offer plenty of ways to be active on holiday.
In a country of waterfalls, the most celebrated is Dunn's River Falls (001 8; dunnsriverfallsja.com; J$2,300/£13) outside Ocho Rios.
Guides from Cockpit Country Adventure Tours (001 8; jamaica cockpitcountrytours .com; day tours from J$6,000/ £35) can lead you through the area's mountain trails and caves.
The 15km Troy-Windsor trail hike is a real highlight.
The cascades are seemingly tailor-made to splash and climb up – but arrive early to beat the cruise-ship crowds.
Even more beautiful are the eight extravagant YS Falls (001 8; ysfalls.com; J,300/ £13) on the south coast.
A whole guidebook might be written about its waterfalls alone – some packed with passengers from the many cruise ships that sail between Montego Bay to Ocho Rios, and others that await the pleasure of discovery by the tourist canny enough to pack a swimming costume in their day-bag on the off-chance of a swim in little-visited pools.
Rivers such as the Rio Grande can be floated down on bamboo rafts – Errol Flynn supposedly came up with that neat idea in the 1940s when he bought a mansion in Port Antonio, a town that's recently experienced a renaissance – or, if you prefer to get completely submerged, the north coast offers fabulous snorkelling and scuba diving.
And perhaps the biggest surprise is the capital itself.