About the island
The island of Jamaica has mountainous inlands
surrounded by a narrow coastal plain and it is also the third largest
country in the Caribbean. For this reason, most major cities are located
on the coast.
Though a small nation, Jamaica is rich in culture, and has a strong
The musical genres reggae, ska, mento, rocksteady, dub, and, more
recently, dancehall, ragga, and ragga jungle all originated in Jamaica.
Bob Marley, perhaps the best known reggae musician, was born in
Jamaica, and is very well respected there.
Location: Jamaica is a Caribbean, island in the Caribbean
Sea, south of Cuba.
Size: 10,991 square miles (28,466. square km), slightly
larger than Washington, DC
Language: English, patois English
Climate: Tropical; hot, humid; temperate interior
Terrain: Mostly mountains, with narrow, discontinuous
coastal plain. The highest point on the island is Blue Mountain Peak
at 7,401 feet (2,256 meters).
Currency: Jamaican dollar (JMD)
Tourism info: Call at Tourist Board Office at (800)
Getting there from Miami: Jamaica is located 582
miles (937 km) from Miami, FL. The easiest way to visit the Island
is to fly.
Beginning Jan 1, 2008, the Western
Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires all U.S. citizens, citizens
of the British Territory of Bermuda, and citizens of Canada and Mexico
visiting Jamaica to
have a passport or other secure document that establishes the bearer’s
nationality to enter or re-enter the United States.
You can explore the island on a
jeep safari tour, visit the national park for hiking and mountain
biking, take a quadracer tour, or rent a jeep or scooter and go cruising
for a day.
If you like the ocean, you can swim, snorkel, dive, sail, go fishing,
try snuba or seatrek, parasailing, banana boating or any of the many
sea activities available.
See a birds eye view of the region with our Google Caribbean
If you plan
to rent a car in Jamaica, be aware you will be driving on the left.
The only islands in the Caribbean where you drive on the right are
Aruba, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, and
the Netherlands Antilles.
Taxi service is available on the island. Although metered rates vary,
they are reasonable and are fixed by law. Bicycles and scooters are
also available for rent at most popular tourist centers.
You can use your home driver’s license but you'll need to purchase
a temporary Jamaica driver's license for $20. Remember, when you take
to the road, British rules apply, so keep to the left. Pedestrians
should remember to look right before crossing streets.
Check dates and prices for Miami Cruises
United State diplomatic representation
Embassy of Jamaica
520 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: (202) 452-0660
Consulate of Jamaica
767 Third Ave, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10017-2993
Phone: (212) 935-9000
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