Jamaica Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Jamaica

Where is it?: Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba

Why do people go here?: Ja making me crazy, mon! Jamaica’s proximity to the US, its laid back nature, and claims to Bob Marley and PLENTY of resorts make it a top tourist destination.

What are the main entry points?: Flights into the island from southern US states like Florida are common. Cruise ships also dock here.

Currency used: Jamaican dollar (JMD)

Country Code: 1-876

Religion: Protestant 61.3% (Church of God 21.2%, Baptist 8.8%, Anglican 5.5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 9%, Pentecostal 7.6%, Methodist 2.7%, United Church 2.7%, Brethren 1.1%, Jehovah’s Witness 1.6%, Moravian 1.1%), Roman Catholic 4%, other including some spiritual cults 34.7%

Population: 2.8 milion

Ethnic Breakdown: Black 90.9%, East Indian 1.3%, white 0.2%, Chinese 0.2%, mixed 7.3%, other 0.1%

Government: Constitutional parliamentary democracy

Languages: English, patois English

Travel Information

Major Cities: Kingston

Attractions: Sugar, Bob Marley (reggae), Beaches

Accommodation: Jamaica Hostels, Jamaica Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links: Jamaica-Tourist Board Tourism Centre 21 Dominica Dr Kingston 5, Jamaica +1-809-929-9200 , 952-4425 (Montego Bay), 974-2570 (Ocho Rios), 993-3051 (Port Antonio), 957-4243 (Negril);//www.jamaicatravel.com/

Health Issues: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Crowds will find you year round, but so will sunshine.

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, first Monday in August (1962)

Getting Around: Interisland flights are common. Buses can be chaotic, but they go everywhere.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airports to fly into Jamaica are the Norman Manley International Airport and Sangster International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Jamaica travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.


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