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Language: English
Currency: Jamaican dollar
Temperature: Average 82°F year-round
Square Miles: 4,400
Approx. Population: 2.6 million

Colorful Shops in Jamaica

Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean, and it became an independent nation in 1962.  It is an island of wonderful beaches, mountain jungles, and waterfalls.  Kingston, the capital city, is on the south shore of the island.

Spanish settlers first came to Jamaica, then the British.  There were several slave uprisings over the years, but it wasn't until 1962 that Jamaica achieved independence from the UK.  Since then, it has developed one of the largest tourist industries in the Caribbean.

Recent Jamaica News

  • Banning Plastic: How Jamaica Moved To Save Its Environment
    Jamaica is introducing a ban on single-use plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam in a bid to reduce the impact plastic is having on the environment. In this interview with Senator Matthew Samuda we discuss how the ban was implemented.
    By James Ellsmoor, Contributor.  Forbes.  Friday, 15 Feb 2019 06:25:00 -0500.
  • Athletics: Jamaica sticking with June world trials dates
    The Jamaican Athletics Federation is sticking with its decision to hold their world championships trials during a period typically reserved for Diamond League and other meetings despite concerns from track and field stakeholders.
    Reuters.  Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 18:53:46 -0500.

Home of reggae music, spicy food, and Blue Mountain coffee, Jamaica offers a host of retreats and activities for vacationers.  Popular beaches are found near Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, and Negril, where luxury mega-resorts draw many tourists.  Get special spa treatments, such as a massage, sugar-cane body scrub, or papaya-banana facial, or get your hair braided into cornrows.  Dine on cuisine developed from various countries' products and seasoned with "Jamaican spice," or try local food such as cow foot stew, goat head soup, or jerked meat.

Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular water sports, and divers will especially want to explore Port Royal, the city that sank into Kingston Harbor after an earthquake in 1692.  Other water activities include swimming with dolphins, sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, and fishing.  On land, watch cricket and polo matches or enjoy horseback riding, downhill biking, golf, or bird-watching.  Art lovers can visit Kingston's National Gallery of Jamaica or watch artists at work in Ocho Rios.

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Jamaica Tourist Information

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