Jamaica lies about 480 miles south of Florida and is the third largest island in the Caribbean Sea. Only Cuba and Hispaniola are larger. Arawak Indians, who were the first people to live in Jamaica, named the island Xaymaca, which means land of wood and water.
Jamaica’s pleasant climate and its beautiful beaches and mountains attract large numbers of tourists each year. One of the main attractions to visit is the towering Blue Mountain Peak, it’s a long trek to the top through rugged jungle and ancient cedar forests, but the long hike is worth it as the final reward is a view as far as Cuba.
Many sun seekers to Jamaica are happy to settle for the white sands, coral reefs and sunset bars of Negril, on the west coast. But to the east, Dragon Bay and Blue Lagoon, near to Port Antonio, make for a less crowded and equally spectacular alternative.
Jamaica has a hot, humid climate that is eased by ocean winds. The average temperature in the winter is 75 °F (24 °C) and in the summer 80 °F (27 °C). Temperatures in the mountains can drop to 40 °F (4 °C). The rainy seasons extend from May through June and September through November.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
POPULATION: 2.8 million
CURRENCY: Jamaican Dollar
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 110V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: JM
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +876
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC -6