Jamaica is an island nation in the Caribbean. One of the islands of the Greater Antilles, Jamaica covers 10,990 sq km. It measures 235 km (145 mi) from east to west and 80 km (50 mi) from north to south.

More on Jamaica

Jamaica is located 145 km (90 mi) to the south of

Cuba and 191 km (119 mi) to the west of Haiti, on the island of Hispaniola. The name Jamaica comes from the local Arawak language of its natives, Taíno, who called the island Xaymaca, meaning “land of springs”.

Lime Cay, Kingston, Jamaica
Lime Cay, Kingston, Jamaica
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Jamaica was a Spanish possession known as Santiago until 1655, when it became an English and later British colony until independence in 1962. It remains a Commonwealth realm, with Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state. Jamaica has a population of 2.8 million people. It is the third most populous English-speaking country in the Americas after the United States and

Canada. Kingston is the largest city and capital of Jamaica.

Planning your visit to Jamaica

Jamaica has two international airports, Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Kingston and Donald Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay. Both are well connected with major cities in the Americas and Europe.

Ocho Ríos, Jamaica
Ocho Ríos, Jamaica
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Preparing Money for your trip to Jamaica

The currency used in Jamaica is the Jamaican dollar (jmd). The following are the latest rates for Jamaican dollar in the last 24-hours.

Recommended Travel Guidebook

My favorite travel guidebook for further reading in preparation of your trip is the Caribbean Eyewitness Guide, because it follows a format that I find useful to users, not to mention I have also contributed to some of the titles in the Eyewitness series of guidebooks.

Major Cities in Jamaica

  1. Kingston – capital
  2. Black River
  3. Falmouth
  4. Montego Bay
  5. Negril
  6. Ocho Rios
  7. Port Antonio

Places of Interest in Jamaica

  1. Blue Mountains

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