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Full country name: Jamaica
Area: 10,991 sq km
Population: 2,847,232
Capital City: Kingston
Language: English, Jamaican Patois
Religion: 24% Church of God of Prophecy, 11% Seventh-day Adventist Church, 10% Pentecostal, 7% Baptist, 4% Anglican, 2% Roman Catholic, 2% United Church, 2% Methodist, 2% Jehovah's Witnesses, 1% Moravian, 1% Plymouth Brethren
Government: Parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy
Time Zone: (UTC-5)
Dialing Code: +1-876
Electricity: 110V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Imperial/metric
Currency: Jamaican dollar (JMD)

Money & Costs:
Average Yearly Salary:

Budget: J$120-300
Mid-range: J$300-800
High: J$800-1200>
Budget: J$1000-2500
Mid-range: J$2500-3500
High: J$3500-4500

Geography: Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean. The country is surrounded by a narrow coastal plain with major towns and cities also located on the coast. The major cities include: Kingston, the capital, Portmore, Spanish Town, Mandeville, Ocho Ríos, Port Antonio, Negril, and Montego Bay. The island is made up of coastal lowlands, a group of volcanic hills, the Blue Mountains and limestone plateau. The Kingston Harbor is one of the largest natural harbors in the world.

Climate: Jamaica has a tropical climate, which is characterized as being hot and humid, although higher inland regions are more temperate. Some southern coast parts are relatively dry. Note that Jamaica lies in the hurricane belt of the Atlantic Ocean, therefore the island sometimes experiences significant storms.

Recommended clothing: Lightweight cotton and linen clothes are advisable for the day time, and light woolens are suggested for the evenings. Waterproof clothing is a necessity all year long, as Jamaica often experience sudden rain showers. Hats and sunglasses are also highly recommended when traveling to Jamaica, since the sun is very hot. Sun block is a must for most vacationers. Use a mosquito repellent when going out in the evenings.

Food: Jamaican cuisine is known as being very healthy. It must be true, because Jamaicans use many unprocessed foods, use smaller portions of meat, and a lot of vegetables. Most of all, it is great, because it is an eclectic mix of the best that African, Indian, European and Chinese cuisines can offer. Moreover, the Jamaican cuisine is exotic and the dishes are absolutely delicious. The most highly rated medicinal herbs, such as: ginger, garlic, all spice and hot peppers are the basic seasonings used in Jamaican cuisine.

Drink: There is a variety of drinks Jamaica can offer, from standard brands such as Pepsi and Coca-Cola to local sodas, such as Bigga Cola, Champagne cola or grapefruit soda (Ting). You should also try any soda by Desnoes & Geddes, labeled as D&G. Try the local lager called Red Stripe, Dragon Stout or ginger beer. Most beers can be found in Jamaican pubs and hotels. A local hard drink, Jamaican Rum, is made from sugar cane. It is usually drunk with cola or juice.

Health: The standard and the prices of medical treatment can vary from city to city. Dengue fever, a mosquito-borne infection, is common across the Caribbean and some cases are actually severe. The illness can be prevented by using repellents against mosquitoes. You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS.

Public Holidays:
1 Jan New Year's Day
17 Feb Ash Wednesday
2 Apr Good Friday
5 Apr Easter Monday
23 May Labour Day
1 Aug Emancipation Day
6 Aug Independence Day
18 Oct National Heroes' Day
25 Dec – 26 Dec Christmas

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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