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Above: Port of Jamaica Island in the Caribbean.

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 global presence.

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.

Capital: Kingston
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
Population: 2,731,832
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) 233-4582
Getting there from Miami: Jamaica is located 582 miles (937 km) from Miami, FL. The easiest way to visit the Island is to fly.


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Travel Requirement: 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 Map.

Getting around

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.

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United State diplomatic representation

Embassy of Jamaica
520 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: (202) 452-0660
Web: www.congenjamaica-ny.org/

Consulate of Jamaica
767 Third Ave, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10017-2993
Phone: (212) 935-9000

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Web links

Jamaica - Official Site
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Jamaica - Wikipedia
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