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Traveling To Jamaica

What Travelers should know about JAMAICA
Geography:
Geography
  • Jamaica lies 90 miles (145 km) south of Cuba and 550 miles (885 km) south of Miami
  • Jamaica is 11,424 square kilometers (4,411 sq. miles) in size
  • Jamaica is 146 miles long and 51 miles wide (just a bit smaller than the state of Connecticut)
  • Jamaica is the largest English-speaking and third largest Caribbean island
  • Jamaica is divided into 3 counties and 14 parishes
  • Jamaica has a mountainous interior with the highest peak at 7,402 feet
  • Kingston is the capital city and the major commercial centre
  • Montego Bay is the second city and a major tourist destination
  • Jamaica occupies the strategic location between the Jamaica Channel and the Cayman Trench, which are the main sea lanes for the Panama Canal
  • Jamaica's main natural resources are Bauxite, Gypsum, Limestone
 
Currency:

The official currency is the Jamaican dollar. For current conversion rates you may click here, or visit the Bank of Jamaica website.

Climate:

The island has seasonal rainfall and the annual average temperature is approximately 27 degrees Celsius (81 degrees Fahrenheit).

 
Population:
  • Jamaica’s population stood at 2.624 million people in 20O2
  • The annual population growth rate is currently 0.5 %
  • Jamaica has a population density of 595 per sq. mile
Age Structure:
  • 0-14 years: 31.9% (male 422,200; female 380,864)
  • 15-64 years: 60.5% (male 779,400; female 809,400)
  • 65 years and over: 7.6% (male 91,300; female 109,100) (2002 est.)
 
Time Zone:

Jamaica is on Eastern Standard Time (EST), five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Jamaica does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

Government:
  • Jamaica has a stable constitutional parliamentary democracy.
  • For more information about JAMAICA, click here
 
Distance Between Major Local Points:
FROM TO DISTANCE TIME(by Car)
Montego Bay Ocho Rios 67 miles (107 km) 1.5 hours
Ocho Rios Port Antonio 67 miles (107 km) 2 hours
Ocho Rios Kingston 58 miles (93 km) 2 hours
Kingston Mandeville 64 miles (103 km) 2 hours
Kingston Port Antonio 63 miles (103 km) 2 hours