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Jamaica Facts & Information

 Location Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba
 Climate Tropical, hot, humid
 Terrain Mostly mountains, with narrow, discontinuous coastal plain
 Population 2,731,832
 Nationality Jamaican
 Ethnic groups Black 90.9%, East Indian 1.3%, white 0.2%, Chinese 0.2%, mixed 7.3%, other 0.1%
 Religions 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%
 Languages English
 Government Type Constitutional Parliamentary Democracy
 Capital Kingston
 Currency Jamaican dollar (JMD)
 Description of Flag Diagonal yellow cross divides the flag into four triangles - green (top and bottom) and black (hoist side and outer side)
 Jamaica Flag Jamaica Flag

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Jamaica Culture

With all the rich, British plantation owners, growing and shipping tons of sugar around the world for the hundreds of years since they took over the island, it comes as no surprise that the largest single group of people living there today are the descendants of the African slaves who did all the work. In addition to the Africans there are small but well defined groups of Indian, Chinese, Arab and Europeans as well. This peculiar mix of cultures all living together peacefully

on a beautiful island paradise has synthesized over time into a remarkably diverse setting for visitors. There are mixes of African tribal religious ceremonies and British formal behavior. And even though the official language of the island has been English for over 300 years and the dialect spoken today on the island is drawn from English, it is so unique that it needs to be “interpreted” to be fully understood. With this diverse population approaching 3 million people, there is plenty to experience in Jamaica that is found nowhere else in the world.

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Jamaica Shopping

What you really want when you go shopping on a vacation, are stores featuring items of quality produced by local artists and craftsmen, properly priced, that you won’t find anywhere else in the world – and Jamaica satisfies on every count. Almost every store on the island is indigenous to Jamaica. You’ll find stores that feature the music of local bands especially early recordings of local legend, Bob Marley. You’ll find other stores that feature natural

items found only on the islands but check before you attempt to bring anything living through your home customs services. Local art proliferates in many of the galleries that showcase paintings, photographs, sculptures and other creations by many of the island’s best artists. You’ll see colors on canvas, styles of clothing and jewelry fashioned by skilled craftsmen that will melt your heart. It’s almost impossible to visit some of the islands more famous shopping areas and not come away with something. From the covered arcades off of King Street, to the Jubilee Market, overflowing onto Orange Street in the heart of Kingston, to the Kingston Crafts Market at the west end of Harbor Street, to one of the most modern shopping centers in Jamaica, the New Kingston Shopping Centre, at 30 Dominica Dr. all the way down to The Shops at Devon House, 26 Hope Rd. you’ll find shop after shop selling only the best items that Jamaica has to offer without ever seeing a single store twice.

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Jamaica Restaurants

We’ve provided listings for some of the top restaurants in Jamaica including Negril, Montego Bay, Kingston, Ocho Rios, and more. You’ll find lavish gourmet restaurants, affordable restaurants serving up good food, and everything in between. Sample traditional Jamaican cuisine or other specialty cuisines that are sure to make your taste buds happy.

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  Negril Montego Bay Kingston  
  Port Antonio Runaway Bay Treasure Island  
  Ocho Rios      


Jamaica Travel Guides
 Frommer's Jamaica
 Lonely Planet Jamaica
 Let's Go Jamaica
 Fodors Jamaica