LOCATION & HISTORY
Jamaica is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Caribbean. It is the 5th largest island in the Caribbean – located south of Cuba and west of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Jamaica occupies an area of 4.240 sq miles, with a population of approx. 2.8 million people. The island was governed by the Spanish then the British and is an independent nation within the British Commonwealth. Jamaica has three international airports – 1 in the Capital City Kingston, as well as Montego Bay and Ian Fleming International Airport. There are also 3 domestic airports on the island.
Commercial banks and licensed cambio centres are accessible in all resort areas.
Denominations in Jamaica include Church of God Prophesy, Seventh Day Adventist, Pentecost, Baptist, Anglican, Catholic, United Church and Moravian.
Temperatures in Jamaica range from 19°-32° – with the coolest temperatures in the mountainous areas, e.g., Blue Mountain averages 18° – to the hot and coastal regions. Jamaica has two seasons – ‘rainy’ from June to December – with the heaviest rains in September and October and the ‘dry’ season from January to May.
CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS
Jamaica’s currency is the Jamaica Dollar. Credit Cards and Travellers Cheques are accepted at most resorts and restaurants.
Travellers from the UK require a valid UK passport.
From the UK, Jamaica is served by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways.
English and Jamaican Patois are spoken in Jamaica – Jamaican Patois is an English-African Creole language.
There are many hospitals and private clinics throughout the island.
Jamaica is in the Eastern Time Zone – which is -5 GMT and -6 BST.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Jamaica has a range of things to see and do – to suit every taste …
- Wedding & Honeymoon – Jamaica is one of the most popular Wedding & Honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean
- Adventure – Eco tours; Explore Marine Parks; Rainforests; Caves; Bird-watching; Golfing; Hiking; Canopy Tours, etc.
- Entertainment – Jamaica has an abundance of restaurants and nightclubs throughout its towns and cities
- Events & Festivals – Annual Reggae Fest; Annual Calabash International Literary Fest, etc.
- Historical Sites & Attractions – Bob Marley Museum; Great Houses and Historic Estates and Plantations
- Water Adventures – Rafting the Rio Grande; Swimming in the Blue Lagoon; Crocodile spotting; Milk River Spa; River Rafting; Dunns River Water Fall; Swim with the Dolphins; Dive some of the world’s best dive sites; etc.
- Cruises – Jamaica is one of the world’s largest Cruise Destinations
- Famous Places – Blue Mountain – boasting the ‘World’s best coffee’; Negril; Ocho Rios; Montego Bay; Port Antonio, etc.
- Famous Musical & Sporting Legends – Bob Marley; Shaggy; Grace Jones; Marcus Garvey; Third World; Beres Hammond; Inner Circle. Several of the UK’s sports legends also have Jamaican roots – Frank Bruno; Lennox Lewis; Chris Eubank – and Usain Bolt who is a native of Jamaica