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Jamaica
Flag Coat of arms
Motto"Out of Many, One People"
Anthem"Jamaica, land we love"
Royal anthem"God Save the Queen"
Capital
(and largest city)
Kingston
17°59′N 76°48′W / 17.983°N 76.8°W / 17.983; -76.8
Official language(s) English
National language Jamaican Patois
Ethnic groups  91.2% black, 6.2% mixed, 2.6% other[1]
Demonym Jamaican
Government Parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy
 -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II
 -  Governor-General Patrick Allen
 -  Prime Minister Bruce Golding
Independence
 -  from the United Kingdom 6 August 1962 
Area
 -  Total 11,100 km2 (166th)
4,444 ) sq mi 
 -  Water (%) 1.5
Population
 -  July 2009 estimate 2,825,928[1] (133rd)
 -  Density 252/km2 (49th)
656/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2008 estimate
 -  Total $24.199 billion[2] 
 -  Per capita $8,737[2] 
GDP (nominal) 2008 estimate
 -  Total $14.029 billion[2] 
 -  Per capita $4,397[2] 
Gini (2000) 37.9 (medium
HDI (2007) 0.766[3] (medium) (100th)
Currency Jamaican dollar (JMD)
Time zone (UTC-5)
Drives on the left
Internet TLD .jm
Calling code +1-876
.Jamaica (pronounced /dʒəˈmeɪkə/) is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, 234 kilometres (145 mi) in length and as much as 80 kilometres (50 mi) in width, amounting to 11,100 km2.^ NEW YORK , USA: US national retail chain Macys has joined forces with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) to celebrate the genius of the islands cuisine.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: Jamaica national senior and Olympic football coach, Windell Downswell has resigned from his post, reports from the island stated on Wednesday.

.It is situated in the Caribbean Sea, about 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 190 kilometres (120 mi) west of Hispaniola, the island harboring the nation-states Haiti and the Dominican Republic.^ Vaccinations are not required unless you have visited one of the following countries in the past six weeks: Asia, Africa, Central & South America, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago.

^ BASSETERRE, St Kitts: Heads of State and Governments of Haiti, Jamaica and Montserrat will be among the new faces when the 27th Conference of Caribbean Heads of Government convenes in St Kitts next month.

^ SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP): President Michelle Bachelet leaves Wednesday for a tour of Haiti, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic and a visit to the United States, where she will meet with President George W. Bush, Chile's foreign ministry said.

Its indigenous Arawakan-speaking Taíno inhabitants named the island Xaymaca, meaning the "Land of Wood and Water", or the "Land of Springs".[4]
Formerly a Spanish possession known as Santiago, it later became the British Crown colony of Jamaica. .With 2.8 million people, it is the third most populous anglophone country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada.^ Departure tax is now included with the cost of most airline tickets purchased in the United States for travel to Jamaica.

^ This is the third largest island in the Caribbean and is populated by fewer than 3 million people.

^ TORONTO, Canada (JIS): Ambassador to the United States, Professor Gordon Shirley, has called on Jamaicans in the Diaspora to invest in their homeland and, in so doing, contribute to the countrys development.

.It remains a Commonwealth realm with Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State.^ After winning its Independence from British rule in 1962, Jamaica chose to be a part of the British Commonwealth and keep the Queen of England as the titular head of the country.

.Kingston is the largest city in Jamaica and the country's capital.^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: Minister of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, Aloun Ndombet Assamba, has stressed the importance of viewing the Jamaican cultural heritage as an investment, which has economic benefit for the country.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (UPI): The Jamaican capital of Kingston was under heavy security Thursday as the country's first female prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, was to be sworn in.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): The Jamaican Cabinet on Monday approved an allocation of $30.2 million, to provide an emergency response to the outbreak of malaria in certain parts of the country.

Contents

History

.The Arawak and Taino indigenous people originating from South America settled on the island between 4000 and 1000 BC.[5] When Christopher Columbus arrived in 1494 there were over 200 villages ruled by caciques (chiefs of villages).^ Year round the island averages between 11.5 and 12.5 hours of sunlight per day, so there is always enough time to do everything or nothing.

.The south coast of Jamaica was the most populated, especially around the area now known as Old Harbour.^ Departure tax is now included with the cost of most airline tickets purchased in the United States for travel to Jamaica.

[5] The Tainos were still inhabiting Jamaica when the English took control of the island.[5] The Jamaican National Heritage Trust is attempting to locate and document any evidence of the Taino/Arawaks.[6]
.Christopher Columbus claimed Jamaica for Spain after landing there in 1494. Columbus' probable landing point was Dry Harbour, now called Discovery Bay.^ MANDEVILLE, Jamaica (JIS): Jamaican Agriculture and Lands Minister, Roger Clarke, has called on persons with capital to invest in sustainable agricultural ventures.

^ There are two international airports in Jamaica: the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston and the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

^ "There is right now a very significant police presence in Montego Bay," he said.

St. Ann's Bay was the "Saint Gloria" of Columbus who first sighted Jamaica at this point. One mile west of St. Ann's Bay is the site of the first Spanish settlement on the island, Sevilla, which was abandoned in 1554 because of numerous pirate raids.
The capital was moved to Spanish Town, now located in the parish of St. Catherine, as early as 1534. It was then called "Villa de la Vega". Spanish Town has the oldest Cathedral in the British colonies. The Spanish were forcibly evicted by the English at Ocho Rios in St. Ann. However, it was not until 1655 that, at Tower Isle, the English took over the last Spanish fort in Jamaica. The Spaniard Don Cortez Arnoldo de Yassi kept Tower Hill (the site of Tower Isle) from the English for five years, before escaping to Cuba. The site of his departure was fittingly called "Runaway Bay", which is also in St. Ann. The name of Montego Bay, the capital of the parish of St. James, was derived from the Spanish name manteca bahía (or Bay of Lard) for the large quantity of boar used for the lard-making industry.[7]
Henry Morgan was a famous Caribbean pirate and privateer who had arrived in the West Indies as an indentured servant, like many of the early settlers.[8]
The English Admiral William Penn (father of William Penn of Pennsylvania) and General Robert Venables seized the island in 1655. In 1660 the population of Jamaica was about 4,500 whites and some 1,500 blacks.[9] As early as the 1670s, blacks formed a majority of the population.[10]
When the English captured Jamaica in 1655 the Spanish colonists fled leaving a large number of African slaves. Rather than be re-enslaved by the English, they escaped into the hilly, mountainous regions of the island, joining those who had previously escaped from the Spanish to live with the Taínos. These runaway slaves, who became known as the Jamaican Maroons, fought the British during the 18th century. The name is still used today for their modern descendants. .During the long years of slavery Maroons established free communities in the mountainous interior of Jamaica, maintaining their freedom and independence for generations.^ PARAMARIBO, Suriname: The year-long so-called butter dispute between Suriname and Jamaica has finally come to an end.

^ Learn about times past when pirates, imperialism, slavery and independence culminated to form what Jamaica is today.

^ PARAMARIBO, Suriname: Suriname is seeking a solution for a year-long butter dispute with Jamaica.

.During its first 200 years of British rule, Jamaica became one of the world's leading sugar-exporting, slave-dependent nations, producing more than 77,000 tons of sugar annually between 1820 and 1824. After the abolition of the slave trade (but not slavery itself) in 1807,[11] the British imported Indian and Chinese workers as indentured servants to supplement the labour pool.^ More than 10,000 miles (17,000 km) of networking roads connect the islands major towns.

^ France (AFP), PARIS: Jamaica's Lorraine Fenton, one of the leading women's 400 metres runners in the last decade, announced her retirement on Wednesday.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): Jamaican Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Anthony Hylton, said during the State of the Nation Debate, that the United Nations system must be reformed to make it more accountable and responsive to the interests and concerns of all its member states.

Descendants of indentured servants of Asian and Chinese origin continue to reside in Jamaica today.
.By the beginning of the 19th century, Jamaica's heavy reliance on slavery resulted in blacks (Africans) outnumbering whites (Europeans) by a ratio of almost 20 to 1. Even though England had outlawed the importation of slaves, some were still smuggled into the colonies.^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (UPI): The Jamaican government will increase its pension rate for some 87,000 senior citizens by 66 percent beginning next month.

The British government drew-up laws regimenting the abolition of slavery, but they also included instructions for the improvement of the slaves' way of life. These instructions included a ban of the use of whips in the field, a ban on the flogging of women, notification that slaves were to be allowed religious instruction, a requirement that slaves be given an extra free day during the week when they could sell their produce as well as a ban of Sunday markets.
Map of Jamaica
In Jamaica, however, these measures were resisted by the House of Assembly. The Assembly claimed that the slaves were content and objected to Parliament's interference in island affairs, although many slave owners feared possible revolts. Following a series of rebellions and changing attitudes in Great Britain, the nation formally abolished slavery in 1834, with full emancipation from chattel slavery declared in 1838. The population in 1834 was 371,070 of whom 15,000 were white, 5,000 free black, 40,000 ‘coloured’ or mixed race, and 311,070 slaves.[9]
In the 1800s, the British established a number of botanical gardens. These included the Castleton Garden, set up in 1862 to replace the Bath Garden (created in 1779) which was subject to flooding. Bath Garden was the site for planting breadfruit brought to Jamaica from the Pacific by Captain William Bligh. Other gardens were the Cinchona Plantation founded in 1868 and the Hope Garden founded in 1874. In 1872, Kingston became the island's capital.
In 1945, Sir Horace Hector Hearne became Chief Justice and Keeper of the Records in Jamaica. He headed the Supreme Court, Kingston between 1945 and 1950/1951. He then moved to Kenya where he was appointed Chief Justice.
Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley and his wife with US president Jimmy Carter in 1977.
Jamaica slowly gained increasing independence from the United Kingdom and in 1958, it became a province in the Federation of the West Indies, a federation among the British West Indies. Jamaica attained full independence by leaving the federation in 1962.
.Strong economic growth, averaging approximately 6% per annum, marked the first ten years of independence under conservative governments which were led successively by Prime Ministers Alexander Bustamante, Donald Sangster and Hugh Shearer.^ Jamaica to get first woman prime minister .

^ Digicel marks five year anniversary with record growth .

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP): Jamaica is poised to get its first female prime minister after Portia Simpson-Miller was named head of the Caribbean nation's ruling party.

.The growth was fueled by strong investments in bauxite/alumina, tourism, manufacturing industry and, to a lesser extent, the agricultural sector.^ Tourism and mining are responsible for most of the foreign exchange, while agriculture and manufacturing also contribute to the economy.

However, the optimism of the first decade was accompanied by a growing sense of inequality, and a sense that the benefits of growth were not being experienced by the urban poor. .This, combined with the effects of a slowdown in the global economy in 1970, prompted the electorate to change government, electing the PNP (People's National Party) in 1972. However, despite efforts to create more socially equitable policies in education and health, Jamaica continued to lag economically, with its gross national product having fallen in 1980 to some 25% below the 1972 level.^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: History was created on Saturday in the annals of the ruling Peoples National Party (PNP) and in the history of Jamaica when Portia Simpson-Miller was elected the first female and fourth president of the PNP. This now clears the way for her to be the first female prime minister of Jamaica.

^ GEORGETOWN, Guyana: The Guyana Ministry of Health said on Monday it is ready to lend support to sister CARICOM nation, Jamaica, to help stop the spread of malaria.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): Minister of Labour and Social Security, Derrick Kellier, has said that the Jamaican government is committed to employment creation through small business development.

.Rising foreign and local debt, accompanied by large fiscal deficits, resulted in the invitation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) financing from the United States and others, and the imposition of IMF austerity measures (with a greater than 25% interest rate per year).^ Foreign residents of the United States and all other foreign visitors not holding a US Passport must contact the appropriate government authorities to determine the entry and visa requirements.

^ Thats because 2005 has been a record year in Jamaicas tourism sector, and investors from the United States, Spain, and China have flocked to the island.

Economic deterioration continued into the mid-1980s, exacerbated by a number of factors; The first and third largest alumina producers, Alpart and Alcoa, closed and there was a significant reduction in production by the second largest producer, Alcan. In addition, tourism decreased and Reynolds Jamaica Mines, Ltd. left the Jamaican industry.

Government and politics

.Jamaica is a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy with the monarch being represented by a Governor-General.^ Upon recommendation of the Prime Minister, the Governor General is appointed by the queen to represent Her Majesty.

[12] .The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who officially uses the title "Queen of Jamaica" when she visits the country or performs duties overseas on Jamaica's behalf.^ Jamaica is classified a developing country and enjoys a mixed, free-market economy consisting of state-owned entities and private-sector organizations.

^ BASSETERRE, St Kitts: Heads of State and Governments of Haiti, Jamaica and Montserrat will be among the new faces when the 27th Conference of Caribbean Heads of Government convenes in St Kitts next month.

^ While Jamaica recognizes valid International Driver’s Licenses, visitors from North America may use their license for up to three months per visit.

.The Governor General is nominated by the Prime Minister and the entire Cabinet and appointed by the monarch.^ Upon recommendation of the Prime Minister, the Governor General is appointed by the queen to represent Her Majesty.

.All the members of the Cabinet are appointed by the Governor-General on the advice of the Prime Minister.^ Upon recommendation of the Prime Minister, the Governor General is appointed by the queen to represent Her Majesty.

.The monarch and the Governor-General serve largely ceremonial roles, apart from their potent reserve power to dismiss the Prime Minister or Parliament.^ Upon recommendation of the Prime Minister, the Governor General is appointed by the queen to represent Her Majesty.

.Jamaica's current Constitution was drafted in 1962 by a bipartisan joint committee of the Jamaican legislature.^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): The Jamaican House of Representatives passed the Proceeds of Crime Act on Wednesday, following a suspended debate that began last year, and simultaneously approved the report of the joint select committee, read more..

.It came into force with the Jamaica Independence Act, 1962 of the United Kingdom Parliament, which gave Jamaica political exile.^ After winning its Independence from British rule in 1962, Jamaica chose to be a part of the British Commonwealth and keep the Queen of England as the titular head of the country.

This was followed by a reformation of the island's national anthem.
.The Parliament of Jamaica is bicameral, consisting of the House of Representatives (Lower House) and the Senate (Upper House).^ The Government of Jamaica was based on the Westminster model, and is composed of the Queen and a bicameral Parliament.

^ Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Senator A. J. Nicholson, piloted the Bill.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): Jamaican government Senator, Professor Trevor Munroe, has moved a Motion in the Upper House for the regulation of funding for political parties and their campaigns.

.Members of the House (known as Members of Parliament or MPs) are directly elected, and the member of the House of Representatives who, in the Governor-General's best judgment, is best able to command the confidence of a majority of the members of that House, is appointed by the Governor-General to be the Prime Minister.^ Patterson expresses confidence in Jamaicas new prime minister .

.Senators are appointed jointly by the Prime Minister and the parliamentary Leader of the Opposition.^ Upon recommendation of the Prime Minister, the Governor General is appointed by the queen to represent Her Majesty.

.In February 2006, Portia Simpson-Miller was elected by delegates of the ruling People's National Party (PNP) to replace P. J. Patterson as President of the Party.^ Simpson-Miller will be sworn-in to replace P.J. Patterson as prime minister in six weeks.

^ Thanks to Portia Simpson-Millers recent victory as the first female prime minister of Jamaica, I have come to realize the potency of the oxymoronic pair of words.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP): Jamaica is poised to get its first female prime minister after Portia Simpson-Miller was named head of the Caribbean nation's ruling party.

.At the end of March 2006 when Patterson demitted office, Simpson-Miller became the first female Prime Minister of Jamaica.^ Simpson-Miller will be sworn-in to replace P.J. Patterson as prime minister in six weeks.

^ Jamaica swears in first female PM .

^ Patterson expresses confidence in Jamaicas new prime minister .

.Former Prime Minister Patterson had held office since the 1992 resignation of Michael Manley.^ Patterson has been prime minister since 1992.

^ Simpson-Miller will be sworn-in to replace P.J. Patterson as prime minister in six weeks.

^ BASSETERRE, St Kitts: St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, Dr Denzil Douglas, has hailed Jamaicas former Prime Minister, P.J. Patterson, as one of the pre-eminent stalwarts of the Caribbean region, in a message to mark the Jamaican leaders demitting office.

Patterson was re-elected three times, the last being in 2002.
.On 3 September 2007, Bruce Golding of the Jamaica Labour Party was voted in as Prime Minister-Designate after achieving a 33 - 27 seat victory over Portia Simpson-Miller and the PNP in the 2007 Jamaican general election.^ Jamaica to get first woman prime minister .

^ Upon recommendation of the Prime Minister, the Governor General is appointed by the queen to represent Her Majesty.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP): Jamaica is poised to get its first female prime minister after Portia Simpson-Miller was named head of the Caribbean nation's ruling party.

.Portia Simpson-Miller conceded defeat on 5 September 2007.[13] On 11 September 2007, after being sworn in by Governor-General Kenneth Hall, The Hon.^ Simpson-Miller will be sworn-in to replace P.J. Patterson as prime minister in six weeks.

^ Thanks to Portia Simpson-Millers recent victory as the first female prime minister of Jamaica, I have come to realize the potency of the oxymoronic pair of words.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP): Jamaica is poised to get its first female prime minister after Portia Simpson-Miller was named head of the Caribbean nation's ruling party.

.Bruce Golding assumed office as Prime Minister of Jamaica.^ Jamaica to get first woman prime minister .

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller, last week reaffirmed Jamaica and CARICOM's commitment to assist Haiti to achieve its development goals.

^ Thanks to Portia Simpson-Millers recent victory as the first female prime minister of Jamaica, I have come to realize the potency of the oxymoronic pair of words.

.Jamaica has traditionally had a two-party system, with power often alternating between the People's National Party and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP): Jamaica is poised to get its first female prime minister after Portia Simpson-Miller was named head of the Caribbean nation's ruling party.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: History was created on Saturday in the annals of the ruling Peoples National Party (PNP) and in the history of Jamaica when Portia Simpson-Miller was elected the first female and fourth president of the PNP. This now clears the way for her to be the first female prime minister of Jamaica.

.However, over the past decade a new political party called the National Democratic Movement (NDM) emerged in an attempt to challenge the two-party system, though it has become largely irrelevant in this system, as it garnered only 540 votes of the over 800,000 votes cast in the 3 September elections.^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): A motion brought by Senator Trevor Munroe, calling for urgent legislation to govern political party funding and reform in election campaign financing regulations, was supported in the Jamaican Senate last Friday.

^ New fingerprint identification system becomes operational in Jamaica next month .

.Jamaica is a full and participating member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).^ WASHINGTON, USA: Prime Minister P.J. Patterson of Jamaica, speaking in Washington on Thursday, stressed that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will do everything in its power to ensure that Haiti is no longer isolated.

Parishes

Hanover Saint Elizabeth Saint James Trelawny Parish Westmoreland Clarendon Manchester Saint Ann Saint Catherine Saint Mary Kingston Parish Portland Saint Andrew Saint Thomas Jamaica parishes numbered2.png
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Jamaica is divided into 14 parishes, which are grouped into three historic counties that have no administrative relevance.
Cornwall County Middlesex County Surrey County
1 Hanover 6 Clarendon 11 Kingston
2 Saint Elizabeth 7 Manchester 12 Portland
3 Saint James 8 Saint Ann 13 Saint Andrew
4 Trelawny 9 Saint Catherine 14 Saint Thomas
5 Westmoreland 10 Saint Mary

Military

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is the small but professional military force of Jamaica. The JDF is based on the British military model with organisation, training, weapons and traditions closely aligned with Commonwealth realms. Once chosen, officer candidates are sent to one of several British or Canadian basic officer courses depending on which arm of service they are selected for. Enlisted soldiers are given basic training at JDF Training Depot, Newcastle or Up Park Camp, both in St. Andrew. As with the British model, NCOs are given several levels of professional training as they rise up the ranks. .Additional military schools are available for speciality training in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.^ TORONTO, Canada (JIS): Ambassador to the United States, Professor Gordon Shirley, has called on Jamaicans in the Diaspora to invest in their homeland and, in so doing, contribute to the countrys development.

The JDF is directly descended from the British West India Regiment formed during the colonial era. .The West India Regiment was used extensively by the British Empire in policing the empire from 1795 to 1926. Other units in the JDF heritage include the early colonial Jamaica Militia, the Kingston Infantry Volunteers of WWI and reorganised into the Jamaican Infantry Volunteers in World War II. The West Indies Regiment was reformed in 1958 as part of the West Indies Federation.^ Jamaica (Reuters), KINGSTON: A probe into the weekend killing of former world heavyweight boxing champion Trevor Berbick has uncovered "strong leads" and an arrest is expected soon, Jamaican police said on Sunday.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): Commissioner of Police, Lucius Thomas is encouraging citizens to play their part in helping to rid the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) of corrupt members by reporting incidents of police corruption.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS):: The Jamaican Ministry of Health has launched an HIV anti-stigma campaign, which is aimed at reducing the discrimination that is associated with the disease.

The dissolution of the Federation resulted in the establishment of the JDF.
The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) comprises an infantry Regiment and Reserve Corps, an Air Wing, a Coast Guard fleet and a supporting Engineering Unit. The infantry regiment contains the 1st, 2nd and 3rd (National Reserve) battalions. The JDF Air Wing is divided into three flight units, a training unit, a support unit and the JDF Air Wing (National Reserve). The Coast Guard is divided between seagoing crews and support crews. It conducts maritime safety and maritime law enforcement as well as defence-related operations. The support battalion contains a Military Police platoon as well as vehicle, armourers and supply units. The 1st Engineer Regiment provides military engineering support to the JDF. The Headquarters JDF contains the JDF Commander, Command Staff as well as Intelligence, Judge Advocate office, Administrative and Procurement sections.
.In recent years the JDF has been called on to assist the nation's police, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in fighting drug smuggling and a rising crime rate which includes one of the highest murder rates in the world.^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): Commissioner of Police, Lucius Thomas is encouraging citizens to play their part in helping to rid the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) of corrupt members by reporting incidents of police corruption.

^ PARAMARIBO, Suriname: The year-long so-called butter dispute between Suriname and Jamaica has finally come to an end.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: The crime fighting capability of the Jamaica Constabulary Force is to receive a major boost come October, when the Automated Palm and Fingerprint Identification System (APFIS) becomes operational.

JDF units actively conduct armed patrols with the JCF in high-crime areas and known gang neighbourhoods. There has been vocal controversy as well as support of this JDF role. In early 2005, an Opposition leader, Edward Seaga, called for the merger of the JDF and JCF. This has not garnered support in either organisation nor among the majority of citizens.

Geography

Doctor's Cave Beach Club is a popular destination in Montego Bay.
The picturesque Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Ríos.
.Jamaica is the third largest island and the fourth largest country in the Caribbean.^ An exotic land of Blue Mountains, bustling towns and soft sands, Jamaica is the pinnacle of island getaways in the Caribbean.

^ Book your Jamaica vacation, Jamaica all inclusive resort or hotel and spend your next vacation relaxing on the shores of this stunning Caribbean island.
  • Jamaica All Inclusive: Book Your Jamaica Hotel & Vacation Online | BookIt.com 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.bookit.com [Source type: General]

^ Jamaica (Reuters), KINGSTON: Jamaica called out the army to provide security on Wednesday, the second day that nearly a third of the Caribbean island's police force called in sick in a wage dispute.

The island is home to the Blue Mountains inland and is surrounded by a narrow coastal plain. .Most major towns and cities are located on the coast.^ Most major towns in Jamaica have car rentals, normally requiring a minimal age of 25.

.Chief towns and cities include the capital Kingston, Portmore, Spanish Town, Mandeville, Ocho Ríos, Port Antonio, Negril, and Montego Bay.^ Air Jamaica serves Sangster International and other domestic airports including Tinson Pen in Kingston, Negril Aerodrome in Negril, Boscobel in Ocho Rios and Ken Jones in Port Antonio.

^ Whether savoring the sights and sounds of Montego Bay just minutes from the airport, relaxing on Negril's famous Seven-Mile Beach or discovering the natural beauty of Ocho Rios, the options for adventure are nearly limitless.
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^ Jamaica’s three main regions of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril are all linked by lush jungle, white sand beaches, and of course, reggae music.
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The Kingston Harbour is one of the largest natural harbours in the world. There are several tourist attractions scattered across the country, including Dunn's River Falls in St. Ann, YS Falls in St. Elizabeth, the Blue Lagoon in Portland, and Port Royal, which was the site of an earthquake that helped form the island's Palisadoes.
.The climate in Jamaica is tropical, with hot and humid weather, although higher inland regions are more temperate.^ Lightweight, tropical clothing is best suited for Jamaica’s warm year-round climate.

^ Jamaica’ climate is tropical at sea level and temperate towards the highlands of the interior.

Some regions on the south coast, such as the Liguanea Plain and the Pedro Plains, are relatively dry rain-shadow areas. .Jamaica lies in the hurricane belt of the Atlantic Ocean; as a result, the island sometimes experiences significant storm damage.^ While Jamaica has seen little in the way of direct hurricane hits, there is a possibility of a storm during this period.

.Hurricanes Charlie and Gilbert hit Jamaica directly in 1951 and 1988, respectively, causing major damage and many deaths.^ Many of Jamaica’s ATMs can be accessed with Visa, Mastercard, Cirus and Plus logo cards, and most vendors accept the major credit cards.

^ While Jamaica has seen little in the way of direct hurricane hits, there is a possibility of a storm during this period.

In the 2000s, hurricanes Ivan, Dean, and Gustav also brought severe weather to the island.

Demographics

Ethnic origins

.According to the 2001 census, Jamaica's population mainly consists of people of African descent (referring to those who have origins mainly from Africa), is 2.5 million.^ This is the third largest island in the Caribbean and is populated by fewer than 3 million people.

There is also a sizeable population of multiracial Jamaicans. Jamaicans of Indian and Chinese ancestry, the largest minority groups, total 160,000. Lebanese, Syrian, English, Scottish, Irish, and German Jamaicans make up around 3,000-4,000 people.[1] .In recent years, immigration has increased, coming mainly from China, Haiti, Cuba, Colombia, and other Latin American countries; 20,000 Latin Americans currently reside in Jamaica.^ PARAMARIBO, Suriname: The year-long so-called butter dispute between Suriname and Jamaica has finally come to an end.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): The Ministry of Health in Jamaica is again allaying fears that the current malaria outbreak will affect the staging of next year's ICC Cricket World Cup in Jamaica.

^ Jamaica is developing 5,000 additional hotel rooms in the coming years and we will be an integral part of making these new properties a success.

About 7,000 Americans also reside in Jamaica.[14][15][16]

Language

.The official language of Jamaica is English.^ The official language of Jamaica is English, although most Jamaicans speak a local dialect influenced by several different languages.

.Jamaicans primarily speak an English-African Creole language known as Jamaican Patois, which has become known widely through the spread of Reggae music.^ The official language of Jamaica is English, although most Jamaicans speak a local dialect influenced by several different languages.

Emigration

.Many Jamaicans have emigrated to other countries, especially to the United Kingdom, the United States, and to Canada.^ WASHINGTON, USA (UPI): The United States and Jamaica have agreed to install radiation detection equipment at Jamaican ports.

^ TORONTO, Canada (JIS): Ambassador to the United States, Professor Gordon Shirley, has called on Jamaicans in the Diaspora to invest in their homeland and, in so doing, contribute to the countrys development.

.In the case of the United States, about 20,000 Jamaicans per year are granted permanent residence.^ Officially, Jamaicans celebrate ten public holidays per year.

^ WASHINGTON, USA (UPI): The United States and Jamaica have agreed to install radiation detection equipment at Jamaican ports.

^ TORONTO, Canada (JIS): Ambassador to the United States, Professor Gordon Shirley, has called on Jamaicans in the Diaspora to invest in their homeland and, in so doing, contribute to the countrys development.

[17] The great number of Jamaicans living abroad has become known as the Jamaican diaspora. There has also been emigration of Jamaicans to Cuba.[18] The scale of emigration has been widespread and similar to other Caribbean entities such as Puerto Rico, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago. It is estimated that up to 2.5 million Jamaicans and Jamaican descendants live abroad.[19] .An estimated 60% of the highly educated people of Jamaica now live abroad.^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: Air Jamaica has announced that its redesigned website airjamaica.com is now live.

[20]
.Concentrations of expatriate Jamaicans are large in a number of cities in the United States, including New York City, Buffalo, the Miami metro area, Atlanta, Chicago, Orlando, Tampa, Washington, D.C, Philadelphia, Hartford, Providence and Los Angeles.^ Further information can be obtained by contacting the Embassy of Jamaica at 1520 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036, telephone (202) 452-0660; the Jamaican Consulate in Miami or New York; honorary consuls in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Seattle or Los Angeles; or via the Internet at http://www.congenjamaica-ny.org or visit travel.state.gov .

^ USA, NEW YORK: Citing the absence of communication and transparency about the government-led initiative to mobilize Jamaicans abroad, tri-state area Jamaicans convened Saturday at the Jamaican Consulate to craft a New York position.

^ New York area Jamaicans frustrated with Diaspora movement efforts in US .

.In Canada, the Jamaican population is centred in Toronto, and there are smaller communities in cities such as Hamilton, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa.^ TORONTO, Canada (JIS): Jamaica's Cabinet Secretary, Dr Carlton Davis, has said that the Jamaican economy was showing very positive signs.

^ TORONTO, Canada (JIS): Ambassador to the United States, Professor Gordon Shirley, has called on Jamaicans in the Diaspora to invest in their homeland and, in so doing, contribute to the countrys development.

^ TORONTO, Canada (JIS): Two Jamaican movies will premiere at this years Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), while a third will be presented 34 years after its original release.

.In the United Kingdom, Jamaican communities exist in most large cities where they make up the larger part of the British-Caribbean community.^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: Three Jamaican players were scheduled to depart the island en route to the United Kingdom Friday night, where they are slated for trials with English Premier League side Sheffield United.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Jamaican government will be placing increased focus on intelligence as part of its crime fighting strategy and over the next few months, will be making significant investments in applying the most up-to-date technologies to the intelligence-gathering arsenal.

^ Drivers from the United Kingdom can use theirs for up to twelve months.

Crime

See also: Prisons in Jamaica
.Jamaica has had one of the highest murder rates in the world for many years, according to UN estimates.^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): The Ministry of Health in Jamaica is again allaying fears that the current malaria outbreak will affect the staging of next year's ICC Cricket World Cup in Jamaica.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): Jamaica's Commissioner of Police, Lucius Thomas, on Tuesday unveiled an eight-point action plan designed to reduce the countrys murder rate by five per cent by the end of the calendar year.

^ PORT ANTONIO, Jamaica (AFP): The mother of a 20-year-old suspect is being questioned in connection with the brutal murder of former world heavyweight boxing champ Trevor Berbick, Jamaican police said.

[21][22] .Some areas of Jamaica, particularly cities such as Kingston, experience high levels of crime and violence.^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): A special Committee has been established in Jamaica to review the procedures for granting work permits, particularly to migrant workers.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (UPI): The Jamaican government will increase its pension rate for some 87,000 senior citizens by 66 percent beginning next month.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters): Gunmen killed three men and wounded two others near some of Montego Bay's upscale hotels on Friday, the first day of the tourist high season in the violence-plagued Jamaican resort city, police said.

[23] Many Jamaicans are hostile toward LGBT and intersex people,[23] and several mob attacks against gay people have been reported.[24][25][26]

Religion

Christianity is the largest religion practiced in Jamaica. According to the 2001 census, the country's largest denominations are the Church of God  (24% of the population), Seventh-day Adventist Church (11%), Pentecostal (10%), Baptist (7%), Anglican (4%), Roman Catholic (2%), United Church (2%), Methodist (2%), Jehovah's Witnesses (2%), Moravian (1%) and Brethren (1%)[27] The Christian faith spread rapidly as British Christian abolitionists joined educated former slaves in the struggle against slavery.[citation needed]
The Rastafari movement had 24,020 adherents, according to the 2001 census [27]. Other religions in Jamaica include the Bahá'í faith, which counts perhaps 8,000 adherents[28] and 21 Local Spiritual Assemblies,[29] Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.[30] There is a small population of Jews, about 200, who describe themselves as Liberal-Conservative.[31] The first Jews in Jamaica trace their roots back to early 15th century Spain and Portugal.[32] Muslim groups in Jamaica claim 5,000 adherents.[27]

Culture

Marcus Garvey, Father of the Back to Africa Movement and Jamaica's first National Hero.
Bob Marley, the most famous reggae artist from Jamaica.
.Though a small nation, Jamaica is rich in culture and has a strong global presence.^ Jamaica’s natural treasures are complemented by a rich cultural experience of history, music, food and the arts.

.The musical genres reggae, ska, mento, rocksteady, dub, and, more recently, dancehall and ragga all originated in the island's vibrant, popular urban recording industry.^ Radio is incredibly popular in Jamaica, and with nearly 20 FM stations, you can get local and international news, sports, weather and music of all genres.

.Jamaica also played an important role in the development of punk rock, through reggae and ska.^ CASTRIES, St Lucia: The national flag carrier of Jamaica says while its primary role is to transport passengers from one point to another, it has a development agenda which is just as important.

Reggae has also influenced American rap music, as they both share their roots as rhythmic, African styles of music. Some rappers, such as The Notorious B.I.G. and Heavy D, are of Jamaican descent. .Internationally known reggae musician Bob Marley was born in Jamaica and is very respected there.^ Jamaica is the birthplace of Belafonte's calypso and Bob Marley's reggae, and home to many celebrated music festivals .
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.Many other internationally known artists were born in Jamaica including Lee "Scratch" Perry, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Big Youth, Jimmy Cliff, Dennis Brown, Desmond Dekker, Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Shaggy, Grace Jones, Shabba Ranks, Super Cat, Buju Banton, Sean Paul, I Wayne, Bounty Killer and many others.^ Air Jamaica serves Sangster International and other domestic airports including Tinson Pen in Kingston, Negril Aerodrome in Negril, Boscobel in Ocho Rios and Ken Jones in Port Antonio.

Famous band artist groups that came from Jamaica include Black Uhuru, Third World Band, Inner Circle, Chalice Reggae Band, Culture, Fab Five and Morgan Heritage. The genre jungle emerged from London's Jamaican diaspora. .The birth of hip-hop in New York City, New York also owed much to the city's Jamaican community.^ New York area Jamaicans frustrated with Diaspora movement efforts in US .

^ USA, NEW YORK: Citing the absence of communication and transparency about the government-led initiative to mobilize Jamaicans abroad, tri-state area Jamaicans convened Saturday at the Jamaican Consulate to craft a New York position.

^ Top Jamaican athletes for New York Int'l Sports Awards .

The Rastafari movement was founded in Jamaica. This Back to Africa movement believes that Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was God incarnate, the returned black messiah, come to take the lost Twelve Tribes of Israel back to live with him in Holy Mount Zion in a world of perfect peace, love and harmony. Bob Marley, a convert to the faith, spread the message of Rastafari to the world. .There are now estimated to be more than a million Rastafarians throughout the world[citation needed].^ OCHO RIOS, Jamaica: In todays busy world, it is more important than ever for businesses to stay connected and up to date on vital information.

Cannabis was most likely introduced to Jamaica by the Bantus and Bushmen of West Africa who referred to it as "Dagga" or "bengue" during the Atlantic slave trade. Originally At the start of a native "smoke-in" session, a certain amount of water was poured into the horn, one would then suck smoke from the horn that was drawn through the water and inhaled quickly a few times and then exhaled. The process continued until the fumes of the dagga produced a kind of intoxication or delirium and the devotee commenced to recite or sing, with great rapidity and vehemence, the praises of himself or his chief during the intervals of coughing or smoking. The practice of smoking marijuana for spiritual purpose was an easy adoptation for the Rastafarians because it was already entrenched in parts of the African culture from the time of slavery.[33]. .The practice of smoking marijuana throughout Jamaica was popularized as a direct result of the Rastafarians' use of it for medatation purposes.^ The use, sale, or possession of drugs such as ganja (marijuana), cocaine, crack, ecstasy, heroin and any other controlled substance is illegal in Jamaica.

.The popularity of the Rastafarian movement out of Jamaica through music helped increase the use of marijuana worldwide as it was promoted as "the weed of wisdom", said to be found on Solomon's grave[citation needed].^ GEORGETOWN, Guyana: The Guyana Ministry of Health said on Monday it is ready to lend support to sister CARICOM nation, Jamaica, to help stop the spread of malaria.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: In response to passenger demand, Air Jamaica will increase the number of flights it operates out of select destinations this summer.

^ The use, sale, or possession of drugs such as ganja (marijuana), cocaine, crack, ecstasy, heroin and any other controlled substance is illegal in Jamaica.

Ian Fleming, who lived in Jamaica, repeatedly used the island as a setting in the James Bond novels, including Live and Let Die, Doctor No, For Your Eyes Only, The Man with the Golden Gun and Octopussy. In addition, James Bond uses a Jamaica-based cover in Casino Royale. So far, the only James Bond film adaption to have been set in Jamaica is Doctor No. Filming for the fictional island of San Monique in Live and Let Die, however, took place in Jamaica.
.The American film Cocktail, starring Tom Cruise, is one of the most popular films to depict Jamaica.^ One of Jamaica’s most popular wonders, Dunn’s River Falls, begins where the river meets the Caribbean Sea and ends at the summit of a 600-foot, fresh water cascade.

.A look at delinquent youth in Jamaica is presented in the 1970s musical crime film The Harder They Come, starring Jimmy Cliff as a frustrated (and psychopathic) reggae musician who descends into a murderous crime spree.^ Jimmy Cliff's reggae beat drives 'Harder They Come': New DVD .

^ Jamaica is the birthplace of Belafonte's calypso and Bob Marley's reggae, and home to many celebrated music festivals .
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^ USA (Bloomberg), NEW YORK: When the original negative of "The Harder They Come" was found to be disintegrating from a fungus, writer-director Perry Henzell decided to help restore his classic 1972 Jamaican musical.

.Another popular Jamaican-based film is the 1993 comedy Cool Runnings which is loosely based on the true story of Jamaica's first bobsled team trying to make it in the Winter Olympics.^ PARIS, France (AFP): The Jamaican bobsleigh team, the inspiration behind the Cool Runnings film of the 1990s after their 1988 debut at Calgary, have already got a feel for the Cesana track at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin.

^ Jamaican medallist shows 'Cool Runnings' not so crazy after all .

^ CESANA PARIOL, Italy (AFP): Eighteen years after the "Cool Runnings" legend was born, a Jamaican bobsleigh athlete stood on an Olympic podium -- proving that the concept was not so crazy after all.

Errol Flynn lived with his third wife Patrice Wymore in Port Antonio in the 1950s. He was responsible for developing tourism to this area, popularising raft trips down rivers on bamboo rafts.[34]
.The island is famous for its Jamaican jerk spice which forms a popular part of Jamaican cuisine.^ Fresh produce, hand-made souvenirs, island rums and famous Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee are among the most popular items here.

^ Friendly faces from around the globe can be found dancing to reggae rhythms, savoring Jamaican jerk and basking in the island sun.

.Jamaica is also home to the world-renowned Red Stripe beer and Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.^ Everything from grilled burgers and Red Stripe beer to filet mignon and rich lattes are enjoyed in the diverse culinary world of Jamaica.

^ Blue Mountain Coffee Co-Operative Society Ltd of Jamaica, Coffee Pacifica will be the exclusive world-wide marketer and distributor of the Penlyne Castle brand Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee beans.

^ Dine Jamaican style with delicious jerk chicken at a beachside barbecue, take in the lasting aroma of world-renowned Blue Mountain Coffee or sip fine wines under a setting Caribbean sun.

National symbols

(From the Jamaica Information Service[35]
  • National Bird — Doctor Bird (Red-billed Streamertail Hummingbird, Trochilus polytmus)
  • National Flower - Lignum vitae (Guiacum Officinale)
  • National Tree — Blue Mahoe (Hibiscus talipariti elatum)
  • National Fruit — Ackee
  • National Motto — "Out of Many, One People."

Sport

Chris Gayle is smashing six
.Sport is an integral part of national life in Jamaica and the island's athletes tend to perform to a standard well above what might ordinarily be expected of such a small country.^ NEW YORK , USA: US national retail chain Macys has joined forces with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) to celebrate the genius of the islands cuisine.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: Jamaican world record holder and IAAF Male Athlete of the Year, Asafa Powell, voiced his disappointment at the lack of recognition given to other athletes who have served the country well.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): The Jamaican Cabinet on Monday approved an allocation of $30.2 million, to provide an emergency response to the outbreak of malaria in certain parts of the country.

.While the most popular local sport is cricket, on the international stage Jamaicans have tended to do particularly well at Track and Field.^ Jamaica, KINGSTON: Jamaican Olympic 200 metre champion Veronica Campbell says she has no excuses after suffering her second defeat to countrywoman Sherone Simpson at the Jamaica International Invitational track and field meeting on Saturday.

.The country was one the venues of 2007 Cricket World Cup and West Indies cricket team is one of the only 10 ICC full member teams who participate in international Test Cricket.^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: Festivities relating to cricket were in the air on Saturday March 11, at the launch of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup (CWC) West Indies 2007 Volunteer Programme and the introduction of the mascot, Mello.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: With less than six months to the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 in the West Indies, members of the Jamaican Local Organising Committee (LOC) will embark on a second major North American promotional tour.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): State Minister in Jamaica's Ministry of National Security, Dr Donald Rhodd, has said that within the next two weeks Cabinet would release a list of countries whose nationals will need visas to enter Jamaica for the ICC Cricket World Cup next year.

.The Jamaica national cricket team competes regionally, and also provides players for the West Indies.^ Breese withdraws from Jamaica's cricket team .

^ LONDON, England (AFP): Former England winger John Barnes has been approached to become coach of Jamaica's national football team, it was revealed on Saturday.

^ Jamaica Cricket World Cup team targets North American fans .

.Sabina Park is the only test venue here and Greenfield Stadium (Trelawny) is also used for cricket.^ Jamaica's Sabina Park and Trelawny Stadium ready for action .

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): Executive Director of the Jamaica Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the ICC Cricket World Cup, Robert Bryan, has said that Sabina Park and the multipurpose stadium in Trelawny were "ready for action".

.Since independence Jamaica has consistently produced world class athletes in track and field.^ Meander through beautiful museums, where Jamaica’s inspiring landscape has produced world-renowned artwork.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: Jamaica's World Junior 200-metre record holder Usain Bolt has rejected talk of him still acting like a kid and not taking the track and field business seriously.

^ He was earlier voted IAAF Male Athlete of the Year and Track and Field News Male Athlete of the Year.

.In Jamaica involvement in athletics begins at a very young age and most high schools maintain rigorous athletics programs with their top athletes competing in national competitions (most notably the VMBS Girls and Boys Athletics Championships) and international meets (most notably the Penn Relays).^ Most major towns in Jamaica have car rentals, normally requiring a minimal age of 25.

^ PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad: Jamaica's young Sunshine Girls won the Jean Pierre Under-16 Caribbean Netball Championships after the finishing the tournament hosted by Trinidad and Tobago as the only unbeaten nation.

^ One of Jamaica’s most popular wonders, Dunn’s River Falls, begins where the river meets the Caribbean Sea and ends at the summit of a 600-foot, fresh water cascade.

In Jamaica it is not uncommon for young athletes to attain press coverage and national fame long before they arrive on the international athletics stage.
.Over the past 6 decades Jamaica has produced dozens of world class sprinters including most recently Usain Bolt, world record holder in the 100m for men at 9.58s, and 200m for men at 19.19s.^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: American 1968 Olympic 400-metres gold medallist and former World record holder in the event, Lee Evans has declared that he wants to coach Jamaican World Junior 200m record holder, Usain Bolt.

^ Jamaica, KINGSTON: Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell has confidently sent a message to the man who broke his world record in Doha, Qatar on Friday.

^ Greene aims at Powell's 100m world record .

.Other noteworthy Jamaican sprinters include Arthur Wint--the first Jamaican Olympic Gold Medalist, Donald Quarrie--Olympic Champion and former 200m world record holder, Merlene Ottey, Delloreen Ennis-London, Shelly-Ann Fraser--the current World and Olympic 100m Champion, Kerron Stewart, Aleen Bailey, Juliet Cuthbert, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Sherone Simpson, Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Yohan Blake, Herb McKenley, George Rhoden--Olympic Gold Medalist, Deon Hemmings--Olympic Gold Medalist as well as former 100m world record holder and Olympic Gold medallist Asafa Powell.^ Greene aims at Powell's 100m world record .

^ Jamaican government rewards Powell for world record .

^ MELBOURNE, Australia: Stephen Francis, the coach of high-profile Jamaican sprinter and 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell, believes that his pupil Sherone Simpson can upstage Olympic gold medallist Veronica Campbell in the women's 200m dash at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

.Jamaica has also produced several world class amateur and professional boxers including Trevor Berbick and Mike McCallum.^ BUFF BAY, Jamaica (AFP): Harold Berbick, the nephew of former world heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick, and a teen accomplice were remanded in police custody in Jamaica on Friday after being charged with murdering the fighter.

^ PORT ANTONIO, Jamaica (AFP): The mother of a 20-year-old suspect is being questioned in connection with the brutal murder of former world heavyweight boxing champ Trevor Berbick, Jamaican police said.

^ BUFF BAY, Jamaica (AFP): Harold Berbick and Kenton Gordon, the men charged with the murder of former world heavyweight boxing champion Trevor Berbick, were denied bail in a court appearance here Tuesday.

.Second generation Jamaican athletes have continued to make a significant impact on the sport internationally, especially in the United Kingdom where the list of top British boxers born in Jamaica or of Jamaican parents includes Chris Eubank, Audley Harrison, David Haye, Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno.^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: Three Jamaican players were scheduled to depart the island en route to the United Kingdom Friday night, where they are slated for trials with English Premier League side Sheffield United.

^ MIAMI, USA (JIS): As celebration activities for Black History Month (February) get underway, Jamaicas Consul General to the Southeast United States, Ricardo Allicock, has reminded students of the significant contributions, which Caribbean nationals continue to play in the development of the US. read more..

^ Police arrest Jamaica-born Muslim who harangued British home secretary .

.Association football and horse-racing are other popular sports in Jamaica.^ Radio is incredibly popular in Jamaica, and with nearly 20 FM stations, you can get local and international news, sports, weather and music of all genres.

.The national football team qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.^ Jamaica qualifies for Barbados golf World Cup .

^ MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AFP): Theodore Whitmore, Jamaica's hero in the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals in France where he scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Japan, has hinted he is quitting international football.

^ MIAMI, USA (Reuters): Jamaica, along with Mexico, booked their places at December's golf World Cup in Barbados after finishing first and second at the Nations Cup qualifying tournament in Aruba on Sunday.

.The Jamaica national bobsled team was once a serious contender in the Winter Olympics, beating many well-established teams.^ LONDON, England (AFP): Former England winger John Barnes has been approached to become coach of Jamaica's national football team, it was revealed on Saturday.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: Jamaica national senior and Olympic football coach, Windell Downswell has resigned from his post, reports from the island stated on Wednesday.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Jamaican Under-17 football team is slated to face Mexico National U-17 team in a two-leg friendly international series in preparation for the 2007 CONCACAF U-17.

.There is a notable amount of golf in Jamaica, but it appears to be focused on the international tourism market.^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: Basil Smith has been selected to fill the position of Director of Tourism of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), after an extensive local and international search.

^ There are two international airports in Jamaica: the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston and the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

[citation needed]
Chess, and Basketball are widely played in Jamaica which are supported by the Jamaica Chess Federation (JCF), and the Jamaica Basketball Federation (JBF). .Netball is also very popular on the island, with the National Netball Team called The Sunshine Girls consistently ranking in the top five in the world.^ PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad: Jamaica's young Sunshine Girls won the Jean Pierre Under-16 Caribbean Netball Championships after the finishing the tournament hosted by Trinidad and Tobago as the only unbeaten nation.

^ There are three daily national newspapers and five weekend newspapers, all available at hotel front desks, newsstands and vendors island-wide.

Education

The emancipation of the slaves heralded in the establishment of the Jamaican education system for the masses. Prior to emancipation there were few schools for educating locals. Many sent their children off to England to access quality education.
After emancipation the West Indian Commission granted a sum of money to establish Elementary Schools, now known as All Age Schools. Most of these schools were established by the churches.[36] This was the genesis of the modern Jamaican school system.
Presently the following categories of schools exist:
  • Early childhood – Basic, Infant and privately operated pre- school. Age cohort – 1 – 5 years.
  • Primary – Publicly and privately owned (Privately owned being called Preparatory Schools). Ages 5 – 12 years.
  • Secondary – Publicly and privately owned. Ages 12 – 18 years. .The high schools in Jamaica may be either single-sex or co-educational institutions, and many schools follow the traditional English grammar school model used throughout the British West Indies.
  • Tertiary - Community Colleges, Teachers’ Colleges with The Mico Teachers' College(now The MICO University College) being the oldest founded in 1836,The Shortwood Teachers' College (which was once an all female teacher training institution), Vocational Training Centres, Colleges and Universities - Publicly and privately owned.^ Jamaica is classified a developing country and enjoys a mixed, free-market economy consisting of state-owned entities and private-sector organizations.

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    ^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): Training of volunteers selected for the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) West Indies 2007 will commence by December, after 1,923 applications of potential volunteers undergo security screening by the ICC. read more..

    There are five local universities namely: The University of the West Indies (Mona Campus); the University of Technology, Jamaica formerly The College of Art Science and Technology (CAST); the Northern Caribbean University formerly West Indies College; the University College of The Caribbean and the International University of the Caribbean.
Additionally, there are many community and teacher training colleges.
Education is free from the early childhood to secondary levels. There are also opportunities for those who cannot afford further education in the vocational arena through the Human Employment and Resource Training-National Training Agency (HEART Trust-NTA) programme[37] and through an extensive scholarship network for the various universities.
They are taught Spanish in school from primary school, about 40-45% of Jamaican knows some form of Spanish.

Economy

.Jamaica is a mixed economy with both state enterprises and private sector businesses.^ Jamaica is classified a developing country and enjoys a mixed, free-market economy consisting of state-owned entities and private-sector organizations.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): Jamaican senator Kern Spencer, has called on entrepreneurs in the micro, small and medium enterprise sector to utilise the opportunities that are available from small business incubators, read more..

^ Thats because 2005 has been a record year in Jamaicas tourism sector, and investors from the United States, Spain, and China have flocked to the island.

.Major sectors of the Jamaican economy include agriculture, mining, manufacturing, tourism, and financial and insurance services.^ Tourism and mining are responsible for most of the foreign exchange, while agriculture and manufacturing also contribute to the economy.

.Tourism and mining are the leading earners of foreign exchange.^ Tourism and mining are responsible for most of the foreign exchange, while agriculture and manufacturing also contribute to the economy.

.An estimated 1.3 million foreign tourists visit Jamaica every year.^ Jamaica welcomed a record 3 million visitors last year .

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): The government of Jamaica will be expending millions of dollars this fiscal year to refurbish hospitals, health centres, laboratories and training institutions.

^ NEW YORK, USA (JIS): The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is to continue its passport acquisition campaign in the United States, by visiting Boston in the North East.

[38]
Supported by multilateral financial institutions, Jamaica has, since the early 1980s, sought to implement structural reforms aimed at fostering private sector activity and increasing the role of market forces in resource allocation. Since 1991, the government has followed a programme of economic liberalization and stabilization by removing exchange controls, floating the exchange rate, cutting tariffs, stabilising the Jamaican currency, reducing inflation and removing restrictions on foreign investment. Emphasis has been placed on maintaining strict fiscal discipline, greater openness to trade and financial flows, market liberalisation and reduction in the size of government. .During this period, a large share of the economy was returned to private sector ownership through divestment and privatisation programmes.^ Jamaica is classified a developing country and enjoys a mixed, free-market economy consisting of state-owned entities and private-sector organizations.

The macroeconomic stabilisation programme introduced in 1991, which focused on tight fiscal and monetary policies, has contributed to a controlled reduction in the rate of inflation. The annual inflation rate has decreased from a high of 80.2% in 1991 to 7.9% in 1998. inflation for FY1998/99 was 6.2% compared to 7.2% in the corresponding period in CUU1997/98. The Government of Jamaica remains committed to lowering inflation, with a long-term objective of bringing it in line with that of its major trading partners.
After a period of steady growth from 1985 to 1995, real GDP decreased by 1.8% and 2.4% in 1996 and 1997, respectively. .The decrease in GDP in 1996 and 1997 was largely due to significant problems in the financial sector and, in 1997, a severe island-wide drought (the worst in 70 years) that drastically reduced agricultural production.^ Thats because 2005 has been a record year in Jamaicas tourism sector, and investors from the United States, Spain, and China have flocked to the island.

^ Local banks are open island-wide throughout the day and are ready to provide credit card advances, traveler’s checks and other financial services.

.In 1997, nominal GDP was approximately J$220,556.2 million (US$6,198.9 million based on the average annual exchange rate of the period).^ Rates Displayed Are Average Per Person Nightly (Pre-Tax) For Up to 2 Adults Based Upon a 3 Night Stay.
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Fishing boats and bauxite cargo ships share the waterways near Alligator Pond, Jamaica
.The economy in 1997 was marked by low levels of import growth, high levels of private capital inflows and relative stability in the foreign exchange market.^ Tourism and mining are responsible for most of the foreign exchange, while agriculture and manufacturing also contribute to the economy.

.Recent economic performance shows the Jamaican economy is recovering.^ TORONTO, Canada (JIS): Jamaica's Cabinet Secretary, Dr Carlton Davis, has said that the Jamaican economy was showing very positive signs.

^ Jamaican economy showing positive signs, says Cabinet Secretary .

.Agricultural production, an important engine of growth increased 15.3% in third quarter of 1998 compared to the corresponding period in 1997, signaling the first positive growth rate in the sector since January 1997. Bauxite and alumina production increased 5.5% from January to December, 1998 compared to the corresponding period in 1997. January's bauxite production recorded a 7.1% increase relative to January 1998 and continued expansion of alumina production through 2009 is planned by Alcoa.^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): Minister of State for Agriculture and Lands, Errol Ennis, has urged banana farmers to increase production for local consumption, even as they continue to supply the export market.

[39] Tourism, which is the largest foreign exchange earner, showed improvement as well. .In the third quarter of 1998, growth in tourist arrivals accelerated with an overall increase of 8.5% in tourism earnings in 1998 when compared to the corresponding period in 1997. Jamaica's agricultural exports are sugar, bananas, coffee, rum,and yams.^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): President of the Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA), Dr Andre Gordon, has reported a 39 per cent growth in exports for the period January to May 2006, with earnings moving from approximately $641,361,000 to $827,000,000.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): Minister of State for Agriculture and Lands, Errol Ennis, has urged banana farmers to increase production for local consumption, even as they continue to supply the export market.

Jamaica's the number two exporter of Bauxite in the world, falling short only to the much larger Australia.
Jamaica has a wide variety of industrial and commercial activities. The aviation industry is able to perform most routine aircraft maintenance, except for heavy structural repairs. There is a considerable amount of technical support for transport and agricultural aviation. Jamaica has a considerable amount of industrial engineering, light manufacturing, including metal fabrication, metal roofing, and furniture manufacturing. Food and beverage processing, glassware manufacturing, computer software and data processing, printing and publishing, insurance underwriting, music and recording, and advanced education activities can be found in the larger urban areas. The Jamaican construction industry is entirely self-sufficient, with professional technical standards and guidance.[40]
Since the first quarter of 2006, the economy of Jamaica has undergone a period of staunch growth. With inflation for the 2006 calendar year down to 6.0% and unemployment down to 8.9%, the nominal GDP grew by an unprecedented 2.9%.[41] .An investment programme in island transportation and utility infrastructure and gains in the tourism, mining, and service sectors all contributed this figure.^ Tourism and mining are responsible for most of the foreign exchange, while agriculture and manufacturing also contribute to the economy.

^ Thats because 2005 has been a record year in Jamaicas tourism sector, and investors from the United States, Spain, and China have flocked to the island.

All projections for 2007 show an even higher potential for economic growth with all estimates over 3.0% and hampered only by urban crime and public policies.
.In 2006, Jamaica became part of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) as one of the pioneering members.^ Jamaica is classified a developing country and enjoys a mixed, free-market economy consisting of state-owned entities and private-sector organizations.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: Come December 31, 2008, when the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) is fully implemented, there will be no need for CARICOM nationals to have permits or skills certificates to work in members states.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: The establishment of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the way forward for meetings of the Committee established by CARICOM Heads of Government and Leaders of the Parliamentary Opposition were discussed in Jamaica on Monday.

Infrastructure

Transport

.The transport infrastructure in Jamaica consists of roadways, railways and air transport, with roadways forming the backbone of the island's internal transport system.^ LONDON, England (UPI): An Islamic cleric tied to the July 7, 2005 bombings of London's transportation system will likely be freed and deported to Jamaica.

^ Extensive treatment and supply systems have developed island-wide, allowing all of Jamaica’s water to be purified and filtered by modern methods.

Roadways

.The Jamaican road network consists of almost 13 049 miles (21,000 kilometres) of roads, of which over 9 321 miles (15,000 kilometres) is paved.^ More than 10,000 miles (17,000 km) of networking roads connect the islands major towns.

[1] .The Jamaican Government has, since the late 1990s and in cooperation with private investors, embarked on a campaign of infrastructural improvement projects, one of which includes the creation of a system of freeways, the first such access-controlled roadways of their kind on the island, connecting the main population centres of the island.^ LONDON, England: Jamaicas Highway 2000 has expanded its toll collection infrastructure with the opening of the Portmore gateway, completing the first phase of a three-tiered project.

^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): Jamaican government Senator, Professor Trevor Munroe, has moved a Motion in the Upper House for the regulation of funding for political parties and their campaigns.

^ Although not official holidays, many Jamaicans recognize events such as Bob Marley Day (February 6) and Carnival Sunday (the first Sunday after Easter).

This project has so far seen the completion of 21 miles (33 kilometres) of freeway.

Railways

.Railways in Jamaica, as in many other countries, no longer enjoy the prominent position they once did, having been largely replaced by roadways as the primary means of transport.^ Jamaica is classified a developing country and enjoys a mixed, free-market economy consisting of state-owned entities and private-sector organizations.

Of the 169 miles (272 kilometres) and of railway found in Jamaica, only 35 miles (57 kilometres) remain in operation, currently used to transport bauxite.[1]

Air transport

.There are two international airports in Jamaica with modern terminals, long runways, and the navigational equipment required to accommodate the large jet aircraft used in modern and air travel: Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston and Sangster International Airport in the resort city of Montego Bay.^ There are two international airports in Jamaica: the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston and the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

^ Air Jamaica serves Sangster International and other domestic airports including Tinson Pen in Kingston, Negril Aerodrome in Negril, Boscobel in Ocho Rios and Ken Jones in Port Antonio.

^ Jamaica - Montego Bay Area $109: SAVE 50% OFF NEW RESORT! Reg.
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.Both airports are home to the country's national airline, Air Jamaica.^ Discovered by the Amerindians, claimed by the Spanish and ruled by the British, Jamaica has both influenced and been influenced by the world’s nations.

^ Jamaica Vacation Packages - Funjet Vacations - Jamaica vacation air hotel Travel Packages Home Destinations Hotels Hot Deals Vacations Your Way Welcome!
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.In addition there are local commuter airports at Tinson Pen (Kingston), Port Antonio, Ocho Ríos, and Negril which cater to internal flights only.^ Air Jamaica serves Sangster International and other domestic airports including Tinson Pen in Kingston, Negril Aerodrome in Negril, Boscobel in Ocho Rios and Ken Jones in Port Antonio.

^ There are two international airports in Jamaica: the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston and the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

Many other small, rural centres are served by private fields on sugar estates or bauxite mines.

Ports, shipping and lighthouses

.Owing to its location in the Caribbean Sea in the shipping lane to the Panama Canal and relative proximity to large markets in North America and emerging markets in Latin America, Jamaica receives high container traffic.^ While Jamaica recognizes valid International Driver’s Licenses, visitors from North America may use their license for up to three months per visit.

The container terminal at the Port of Kingston has undergone large expansion in capacity in recent years to handle growth both already realised as well as that which is projected in coming years.[42] .Montego Freeport in Montego Bay also handles a variety of cargo like (though more limited than) the Port of Kingston, mainly agricultural products.^ There are two international airports in Jamaica: the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston and the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

^ Guests booking with All Inclusive Outlet should select Montego Bay as their arrival airport since transfers are not available from Kingston to any resorts.

There are several other ports positioned around the island, including Port Esquivel in St. Catherine (WINDALCO), Rocky Point in Clarendon, Port Kaiser in St. Elizabeth, Port Rhoades in Discovery Bay, Reynolds Pier in Ocho Rios, and Boundbrook Port in Port Antonio.
To aid the navigation of shipping, Jamaica operates nine lighthouses.

Energy

Jamaica depends on petroleum imports to satisfy its national energy needs.[1] Many test sites have been explored for oil, but no commercially viable quantities have been found.[43] The most convenient sources of imported oil and motor fuels (diesel, gasoline, and jet fuel) are from Mexico and Venezuela.
Jamaica's electrical power is produced by diesel (bunker oil) generators located in Old Harbour. .Other smaller power stations (most owned by the Jamaica Public Service Company - the island's electricity provider) support the island's electrical grid including the Hunts Bay Power Station, the Bogue Power Station, the Rockfort Power Station and small hydroelectric plants on the White River, Rio Bueno, Morant River, Black River (Maggotty) and Roaring River.^ Departure tax is now included with the cost of most airline tickets purchased in the United States for travel to Jamaica.

^ Soak up the sun on Negril's beautiful beaches, take a tour of Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios, or enjoy some shopping in Montego Bay.
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^ Local banks are open island-wide throughout the day and are ready to provide credit card advances, traveler’s checks and other financial services.

[44] A wind farm, owned by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, was established at Wigton, Manchester.[45]
Jamaica imports approximately 80,000 barrels of oil energy products per day,[43] including asphalt and lubrication products. .Just 20% of imported fuels are used for road transportation, the rest being used by the bauxite industry, electricity generation, and aviation.^ Just like the United States, Jamaica’s electrical supply is 110 volts/50 cycles standard, and uses plugs that are two-pronged and flat.

Jamaica produces enormous quantities of hydrous ethanol (5% water content), most of which appears to be consumed as beverages, and none of it used as motor fuel. Facilities exist to refine hydrous ethanol feedstock into anhydrous ethanol (0% water content), but the process appears to be uneconomic at this time and the facility remains idle.[46]

Communication

Jamaica has a fully digital telephone communication system with a mobile penetration of over 95%.[47]
The country’s three mobile operators - Cable and Wireless (marketed as LIME - Landline, Internet, Mobile and Entertainment), Digicel, and Oceanic Digital (operating as MiPhone and now known as Claro since late 2008) - have spent millions in network upgrade and expansion.Both Digicel and Oceanic Digital were granted licences in 2001 to operate mobile services in the newly liberalised telecom market that had once been the sole domain of the incumbent Cable and Wireless monopoly. Digicel opted for the more widely used GSM wireless system, while Oceanic opted for the CDMA standard. Cable and Wireless, which had begun with TDMA standard, subsequently upgraded to GSM, and currently utilises both standards on its network.
With wireless usage increasing, landlines supplied by Cable and Wireless have declined from just over half a million to roughly about three hundred thousand as of 2006.[47] In a bid to grab more market share, Cable and Wireless recently launched a new land line service called HomeFone Prepaid that would allow customers to pay for minutes they use rather than pay a set monthly fee for service, much like prepaid wireless service.
.A new entrant to the Jamaican communications market, Flow Jamaica, recently laid a new submarine cable connecting Jamaica to the United States.^ Jamaica is classified a developing country and enjoys a mixed, free-market economy consisting of state-owned entities and private-sector organizations.

^ Departure tax is now included with the cost of most airline tickets purchased in the United States for travel to Jamaica.

^ Just like the United States, Jamaica’s electrical supply is 110 volts/50 cycles standard, and uses plugs that are two-pronged and flat.

This new cable increases the total number of submarine cables connecting Jamaica to the rest of the world to four.
.Two more licences were auctioned by the Jamaican government to provide mobile services on the island, including one that was previously owned by AT&T Wireless but never utilised, and one new licence.^ Local banks are open island-wide throughout the day and are ready to provide credit card advances, traveler’s checks and other financial services.

International rankings

Organization Survey Ranking
Institute for Economics and Peace[2] Global Peace Index[48] 102 out of 144
United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index 100 out of 182
Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 99 out of 180
World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 91 out of 133

See also

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Further reading

  • Chapman, V.J. 1961. The Marine Algae of Jamaica. Part 1. Myxophyceae and Chlorophyceae. Institute of Jamaica.
  • Chapman, V.J. 1963. The Marine Algae of Jamaica. Part 2. Phaeophyceas and Rhodophyceae. Institute of Jamaica.

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Capital Kingston
Government Constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy
Currency Jamaican dollar (JMD)
Area total: 10,991 km2
land: 10,831 km2
water: 160 km2
Population 2,758,124 (July 2006 est.)
Language English (official), Jamaican Creole
Religion 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%
Electricity 110 volt / 50 Hz (USA Plug)
Calling Code +1-876
Internet TLD .jm
Time Zone UTC-5
For other places with the same name, see Jamaica (disambiguation).
.Jamaica [1] is an island nation in the Caribbean, located to the south of Cuba and to the west of the island of Hispaniola.^ Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba .
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^ Located in the Greater Antilles, Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean after Cuba, which lies 90 miles to its north, and Hispaniola (home of Haiti and the Dominican Republic), which is about 100 miles to the east.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

^ Finally, unlike most other Caribbean islands, because Jamaica is a relatively large island and is ideal for travelling around.
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.Jamaica is divided into 3 counties and 14 parishes.^ Jamaica’s Resorts Jamaica is generally divided into a number of ‘resorts’.
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^ It shall be the function of the Standing Committee to keep under continuous review - the number of constituencies into which Jamaica is to be divided; and the boundaries of such constituencies.
  • JAMAICA: Constitution of 1962 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC pdba.georgetown.edu [Source type: Original source]

Cornwall County:
  • Hanover
  • Saint Elizabeth
  • Saint James
  • Trelawny
  • Westmoreland
Middlesex County:
  • Clarendon
  • Manchester
  • Saint Ann
  • Saint Catherine
  • Saint Mary
Surrey County:

Understand

Jamaica, which was originally claimed for Spain in 1494, has a history that has been greatly affected by slavery and the slave trade. .The island was taken from Spain in 1655 when British Admiral William Penn and General Venables seized the island.^ England seized the island in 1655 and established a plantation economy based on sugar, cocoa, and coffee.
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.Jamaica for almost two centuries was the world's largest sugar exporter, which was achieved through the use of imported slave labour, resulting in the island's large Black population.^ Finally, unlike most other Caribbean islands, because Jamaica is a relatively large island and is ideal for travelling around.
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^ The importing of cars, foreign foods and foreign restaurants that use recyclable and non-recyclable containers and the burning of rubbish have caused Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, to have a waste disposal and vehicular pollution problem typical of a densely populated urban area.
  • Jamaica - Economic analysis of government's policies, investment climate and political risk. 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.mkeever.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Accommodation Jamaica has a huge range of accommodation, a reflection both of the large number of visitors, who come to the island for their different reasons, and of the island’s ‘resorts’, each of which has its own distinct character.
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.Jamaica also has a sizeable minority of East Indians, and varying numbers of Whites, Afro-Chinese, and persons of Syrian/Lebanese decent, many of which have intermixed throughout the generations.^ There are also 0.2% Chinese, 1.3% East Indian, 0.2% Europeans along with 0.6% other (immigrants from other Caribbean islands, Portuguese and German).
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.Individuals on the island seldom belong to one racial group; the genetic roots of many people can be traced to origins that are not necessarily physically apparent.^ Jamaica's motto is "Out of Many, One People".
  • Jamaica - Economic analysis of government's policies, investment climate and political risk. 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.mkeever.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Jamaica 's motto: "Out of many, one people" Jamaica is the 3rd largest English speaking country in the Americas , behind U.S.A. and Canada .
  • Jamaica Honeymoon | Jamaica All Inclusive Resorts 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC honeymoonsinc.com [Source type: General]

.Christianity is the major religion in the island (It is estimated that about 80% of the island's 2.5 million inhabitants are Christians).^ The estimated population of the three islands, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman, is 5000 for the largest island, and about 1000 between the two smaller islands.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Jamaica's resources include coffee, papaya, bauxite, gypsum, limestone and sugar cane.
Both airports receive vast numbers of international flights daily. .There are smaller airports in Negril and Ocho Rios as well as another smaller one in Kingston, which can be accessed by smaller, private aircraft.^ This small resort 3 km (2 miles) from downtown Ocho Rios offers a private beach and more than 2 hectares more--> .
  • WhereToStay.com: Jamaica Villas, Hotels and Resorts with reviews. 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.wheretostay.com [Source type: General]

^ In Negril there is a delightful group of small hotels in superb settings on the cliffs of the West End (as well as several on the beach).
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^ It is a 60 minute scenic drive from Montego Bay airport and 25 minutes to Ocho Rios and Dunn's River Falls.
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By train

.Jamaica has about 250 route miles of railroad, of which 77 are currently active to handle privately operated bauxite (aluminum ore) trains.^ Bauxite and aluminum make up fifty-five percent of Jamaica's exporting goods.
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^ The Cayman Islands, having an area of about 225 square miles, are situated some 180 miles to the W.N.W. of Negril Point, Jamaica.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ By early 1987, when 120 US companies operated in Jamaica, cumulative US investment, excluding the bauxite industry, was over US $1 billion.
  • Jamaica - Economic analysis of government's policies, investment climate and political risk. 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.mkeever.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Passenger and public freight service ceased in 1992, but increasing road congestion and poor highway conditions have caused the government to re-examine the commercial feasibility of rail operations.^ The Governor-General, acting on the advice of the Public Service Commission, may by instrument under the Broad Seal direct that, subject to such conditions a.
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^ Since that time, the government has discretionarily given greater autonomy to the central bank and transferred its operational revenue and expenditure accounts to commercial banks.
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^ Elections are normally held every three years on the basis of universal adult suffrage and local government authorities are responsible for public health and sanitation, poor relief, water supply, minor roads, and markets and fire services.
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  • Clarendon Express A Tourist Railroad in Clarendon, Jamaica.

Clarendon Express

.A tourist railroad on Alcan Railroad tracks using Jamaica Railway Corp.^ Illegal drug use is prevalent in some tourist areas, leading to numerous American citizen arrests and incarcerations in Jamaica every year.
  • Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Coaches, with American-built diesel-electric locomotives for motive power.

By car

Driving as a tourist in Jamaica is an adventure in and of itself. Jamaican roads are not renowned for their upkeep nor are their drivers renowned for their caution. Roads in and around major cities are generally overcongested, and rural roads are dangerous, especially in inclement weather. Alert and courteous driving is advised at all times. .There are very few north-south routes as well, so travel from the north to the south can involve treks on mountain roads.^ When driving between Norman Manley International Airport and Kingston, travellers should take the South Camp Road (also known as the Humming Bird Route) rather than Mountain View Avenue where frequent altercations between rival gangs occur.
  • Jamaica Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

These trips can induce nausea in the more weak of stomach, so it is advisable that if you suffer from motion sickness to bring dramamine or similar medication. .Roads can be very narrow, and be especially alert when going around bends.^ The B highways and rural roads are often very narrow and frequented by large trucks, buses, pedestrians, bicyclists and open range livestock.
  • Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Jamaican drivers do not slow down because of these twists and turns, so beware.
.Jamaica, as a former British colony, drives on the left.^ Drivers and pedestrians should remember that, unlike the United States, driving in Jamaica is on the left-hand side of the road.
  • Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Make note of this when driving, especially when turning, crossing the street, and yielding right of way.
There are relatively few stoplights. .These only are generally found in major city centers, such as Montego Bay, Kingston, Spanish Town and Ocho Rios.^ Ocho Rios, a town on the northern coast, boasts Dunn's River Falls, where adventure seekers can navigate up 600 feet of limestone tiers.
  • Jamaica Resort, Jamaica Resorts, Jamaica Vacations, Jamaica Vacation, Jamaica All-Inclusive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC jamaicaresort.com [Source type: General]

^ Areas to be avoided include inner-city and poor neighbourhoods such as Whitfield Town, Payne Land, West Kingston, Grant's Pen, August Town, Denham Town, Hannah Town, and Tivoli and Olympic Gardens in Kingston, as well as Flankers and Mount Salem in Montego Bay (except for the resort areas), Central Village and Spanish Town.
  • Jamaica Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

^ The North Coast highway project will eventually improve the connection between the main tourist areas (Negril-Montego Bay-Ocho Rios), but implementation has been slow, primarily because of the pace of Japanese funding for the project.
  • Jamaica - Economic analysis of government's policies, investment climate and political risk. 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.mkeever.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Renting a car is easily done, and it is advised to go through an established major car rental company such as Island Car Rental, Hertz or Avis.^ Departure taxes are generally $28.00 U.S. Rental Cars: To rent a vehicle, the driver must be 25 years of age.
  • Jamaica Vacation Packages - Apple Vacations - Vacations for Families, Weddings, Luxury, Groups, Golf, Honeymoons,Spa and more 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.applevacations.com [Source type: General]

^ Reputable Jamaican Car Rental Companies An listing of the top Jamaican car rental companies .

Do your research before renting and driving.

By boat

.It is not advised to travel by boat unless the service is operated by a hotel or tourism company.^ Hotels & Resorts Jamaica has some of the most famous hotels in the Caribbean, stalwarts that have been offering top knotch service to returning travellers for forty or fifty years.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

It is not a quick way to get around unless you want to tour the coastline. .Many fishermen may offer this service to willing tourists but they may overcharge.^ Having developed many relationships with local citizens on the island, we are able to give insight and perhaps offer some idea of life outside the tourist industry.

^ They offer the finest guest services and amenities, tailored to the needs of the discriminating traveler, i.e.
  • Jamaica Honeymoon | Jamaica All Inclusive Resorts 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC honeymoonsinc.com [Source type: General]

^ You can also expect centralised maid service like a hotel, usually on a daily basis, but like a private villa, you may also be offered a cook and a butler to look after you as well.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

Get around

By bus

.Don't be afraid to take Jamaican local buses—they're cheap and they'll save you the headache of negotiating with tourist taxis.^ But even if you do nothing more than take a tour from your hotel, there are so many tourist attractions in Jamaica.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

^ You'll never forget a true Jamaican party.

^ When you ask travelers that honeymoon in Jamaica what they love the most, you'll get many answers.
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Be prepared to offer a tip to the luggage handlers that load your luggage into the bus. The ride is very different from what you are probably used to. Many resorts offer excursions by bus. .Check with the resort's office that is in charge of planning day trips for more information.^ For more information contact CIC at 1 888 242-2100 (in Canada only), check the CIC Web site or contact your provincial or territorial government.
  • Jamaica Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

^ Travelers to Kingston may wish to check with the U.S. Embassy for current information prior to their trip.
  • Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ For more information, contact the foreign government office accredited to Canada.
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.Excursions by bus from Ocho Rios to Kingston and Blue mountain, can turn into a long bus ride without many stops.^ Strawberry Hill An exquisite small hotel in modernised plantation style, set at 3000 feet above Kingston in the Blue Mountains.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

^ Montego Bay and Ocho Rios are the main ‘volume tourism’ and cruise ship destinations, and they have many of the principal hotels, sights and shopping areas.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

^ Alligator Pond, Discovery Bay, Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, Rocky Point, Port Esquivel (Longswharf) .
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.umsl.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.A visit to Kingston might consist of a stop at a shopping center for lunch, a visit to Bob Marley's home and a 2 minute stop in the Beverly Hills of Jamaica.^ Bob Marley of Jamaica Bob Marley, the king of reggae music.

.The guided tour at the Blue Mountain coffee factory can be interesting and informative.^ Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee beans .
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

^ Fresh produce, hand-made souvenirs, island rums and famous Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee are among the most popular items here.

^ Blue Mountain Jamaican Coffee: Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is famed throughout the world.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

By taxi

Local taxis (called "route taxis") are an interesting way to get around and far cheaper than tourist taxis. For instance, it may cost 50J (less than a dollar) to travel 20 miles. It will just look like a local's car, which is precisely what it is. .The licensed ones usually have the taxi signs spray painted on their front fenders, although there seems to be little enforcement of things like business licenses in Jamaica.^ There is no casino gambling in Jamaica, although a number of resorts have game rooms with slot machines.
  • Breezes - The All Inclusive In Jamaica - Jamacian Vacation Destination Resorts | Breezes 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.breezes.com [Source type: General]

^ Jamaica's transportation sector is reasonably developed, however, the local transportation system is clearly considered one of the most serious problems in doing business in Jamaica.
  • Jamaica - Economic analysis of government's policies, investment climate and political risk. 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.mkeever.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Seldom you will find one with a taxi sign on the top, because not many do this.^ Just west of Ocho Rios, you’ll find the resort town of Runaway Bay, one of Jamaica’s most popular destinations, and home to Breezes Runaway Bay.
  • Breezes - The All Inclusive In Jamaica - Jamacian Vacation Destination Resorts | Breezes 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.breezes.com [Source type: General]

^ Use "Personalize You Search" to Find EXACTLY What You're Looking For √ Loading Personalized Countdown One Moment Please...Almost Done!
  • Jamaica All Inclusive: Book Your Jamaica Hotel & Vacation Online | BookIt.com 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.bookit.com [Source type: General]

The color of the licencse plate will tell you. .A red plate will tell you that it is for transportation, while a white plate will tell you it is a private vehicle.^ These are identified by red-and-white "PP" licence plates and a lime green JUTA sticker on the window.
  • Jamaica Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

^ All cabs have red PPV plates (Public Passenger Vehicle) along with regular license plates.
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^ Travelers who use taxicabs should take only licensed taxicabs having red-and-white PP license plates or taxis recommended by their hotels.
  • Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The yellow plate indicates a government vehicle (like a police car or ambulance) and the list continues.^ Media reports indicated a higher percentage of female students continued their education and that males were much more likely to drop out.
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.Although the route taxis generally run from the center of one town to the center of the next town, you can flag a taxi anywhere along the highway.^ Just west of Ocho Rios, you’ll find the resort town of Runaway Bay, one of Jamaica’s most popular destinations, and home to Breezes Runaway Bay.
  • Breezes - The All Inclusive In Jamaica - Jamacian Vacation Destination Resorts | Breezes 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.breezes.com [Source type: General]

.Walk or stand on the side of the road and wave at passing cars and you'll be surprised how quickly you get one.^ Sine Says: February 3rd, 2006 at 3:17 pm Being mixed has nothing to do about wether you can “pass” for one side or the other.
  • breath of life » DAMIAN ‘JR. GONG’ MARLEY / “Welcome To Jamrock” 20 November 2009 7:33 UTC www.kalamu.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Just west of Ocho Rios, you’ll find the resort town of Runaway Bay, one of Jamaica’s most popular destinations, and home to Breezes Runaway Bay.
  • Breezes - The All Inclusive In Jamaica - Jamacian Vacation Destination Resorts | Breezes 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.breezes.com [Source type: General]

^ But, you know, that is a hard question: how does one genuinely identify with the ‘other’?
  • breath of life » DAMIAN ‘JR. GONG’ MARLEY / “Welcome To Jamrock” 20 November 2009 7:33 UTC www.kalamu.com [Source type: Original source]

.Route taxis are often packed with people, but they are friendly folk and glad to have you with them.^ Wherever you go in Jamaica, the friendly smiles of its people and the natural beauty of the island will keep you coming back.
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^ Often they are very well priced, so if you are happy to cater for yourself then they can be among the least expensive places to stay in these towns.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

Route taxis are the primary mode of transportation for Jamaicans and serve the purpose that a bus system would in a large metropolitan city. This is how people get to work, kids get to school, etc.
.Route taxis generally run between specific places, but if you're in the central taxi hub for a town you'll be able to find taxis going in any of the directions you need to go.^ Vacations To Go has helped more than a million vacationers map memorable trips to destinations worldwide, and here, you’ll find your ideal Jamaican escape for the lowest possible price!
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^ Often they are very well priced, so if you are happy to cater for yourself then they can be among the least expensive places to stay in these towns.
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^ Between these main towns you will find smaller areas, almost destinations in their own right.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

.Route taxis don't run very far, so if you need to get half way across the island you'll need to take it in stages.^ If you were, then you don't need to hear it from me.

^ So you see, Christopher Columbus did saw something special about the island, but he didn't even see the half!

^ You'll need to know a few things BEFORE you start.

.If worst comes to worst, just keep repeating your final destination to all the people who ask where you're going and they'll put you in the right car and send you on your way.^ The response depends on who you ask.

^ You'll know the total cost of your trip before you leave home.
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^ While passport cards are sufficient for entry into the United States, they may not be accepted by the particular country you plan to visit; please be sure to check with your cruise line and countries of destination for any foreign entry requirements.
  • Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.You may have to wait until the taxi has enough passengers to make the trip worthwhile for the driver, and many route taxis travel with far more people in them than a Westerner would ever guess was possible.^ Vacations To Go has helped more than a million vacationers map memorable trips to destinations worldwide, and here, you’ll find your ideal Jamaican escape for the lowest possible price!
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^ Both astute and unassuming travelers will find the fare in Jamaica to be more than satisfying.

^ But even if you do nothing more than take a tour from your hotel, there are so many tourist attractions in Jamaica.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

.If you have luggage with you, you may have to pay an extra fare for your luggage since you're taking up space that would otherwise be sold to another passenger.^ By booking your travel and hotel arrangements at the same time you can take advantage of special combinable rates that we negotiate with hotel and flight suppliers.
  • Cheap flights to Jamaica | Book Jamaica flights from £419 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.dialaflight.com [Source type: General]

^ Additionally, there have been frequent allegations of police corruption Tourists should take all necessary precautions, always pay extra attention to their surroundings when traveling, and keep windows up and doors locked while in a vehicle.
  • Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Please be patient this may take up to 60 seconds.
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By car

.A great way to enjoy a vacation in Jamaica is by renting a car and allowing yourself to relax while your friend takes you through breathtaking countryside to various destinations.^ Safety: Kingston has a crime problem so, if you choose to go there, take common sense precautions and remain alert to your surroundings.
  • Jamaica Vacation | Jamaica Resort | Jamaica Travel 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.libertytravel.com [Source type: General]

^ Vacations To Go has helped more than a million vacationers map memorable trips to destinations worldwide, and here, you’ll find your ideal Jamaican escape for the lowest possible price!
  • Jamaica Resort, Jamaica Resorts, Jamaica Vacations, Jamaica Vacation, Jamaica All-Inclusive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC jamaicaresort.com [Source type: General]

^ By booking your travel and hotel arrangements at the same time you can take advantage of special combinable rates that we negotiate with hotel and flight suppliers.
  • Cheap flights to Jamaica | Book Jamaica flights from £419 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.dialaflight.com [Source type: General]

.Jamaicans drive on the left side of the road, and the highways are pretty crazy by US standards.^ Above all else, remember that Jamaicans drive on the LEFT side of the road.

.There is plenty of passing on blind corners and communication with the horn.^ The atmosphere is quiet and upscale, yet there's plenty of fun around every corner.
  • Jamaica Vacation | Jamaica Resort | Jamaica Travel 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.libertytravel.com [Source type: General]

Jamaican cars will have better functioning horns than seat belts.

By plane

.If money is no object, you can fly between the minor airports on the island on a small charter plane.^ English is the official language of the island, so no worries with the communication problems you can have in Spanish speaking areas.
  • Jamaica Honeymoon | Jamaica All Inclusive Resorts 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC honeymoonsinc.com [Source type: General]

^ It is a small island so even if your are from “upper class”, you know what is going on around you.
  • breath of life » DAMIAN ‘JR. GONG’ MARLEY / “Welcome To Jamrock” 20 November 2009 7:33 UTC www.kalamu.com [Source type: Original source]

^ A 1981 treaty between the U.S. and Jamaica makes all meeting expenses tax deductible, allowing you to enjoy the island with the assurance of economic benefits.

.There are only a couple of companies that provide this service and you need to make an appointment at least a day in advance.^ Your email will not be sold or provided to third parties, and you will only receive emails from Caribbean Tours and Cruises / All Inclusive Outlet.

^ This service is provided so that we can contact and assist you in an emergency abroad, such as a natural disaster or civil unrest, or inform you of a family emergency at home.
  • Jamaica Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

^ The email addresses you provide will be used for this mailing only.
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A flight across the entire island (from Negril to Port Antonio, for instance) runs about US$600.

Talk

.Most Jamaicans speak Jamaican Creole, also known locally as Patois (Patwa).^ The official language of Jamaica is English, although most Jamaicans speak a local dialect influenced by several different languages.

^ English and Jamaican Patois, the lively dialect of Jamaican Creole English.
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.Jamaican pronunciation and vocabulary are significantly different from English, despite heavy usage of English words or derivatives.^ The official language of Jamaica is English, although most Jamaicans speak a local dialect influenced by several different languages.

.Jamaican Creole is almost exclusively used when Jamaicans speak between one another.^ Use "Personalize You Search" to Find EXACTLY What You're Looking For √ Loading Personalized Countdown One Moment Please...Almost Done!
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.In all other cases (especially around tourists) English is used.^ Marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other illegal narcotics are especially potent in Jamaica, and their use may lead to severe or even disastrous health consequences.
  • Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Having paid for all their food and drinks, their guests tend not to leave the compound (which these hotels literally are in some cases), and the result is that independent restaurants and other services around the area suffer.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

.Although all Jamaicans can speak English, Westerners may have trouble understanding them.^ The official language of Jamaica is English, although most Jamaicans speak a local dialect influenced by several different languages.

^ Most Jamaicans speak fluent English, as well as Patois, a Creole mixture of several languages.
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It's English, but a heavily accented version. Even the billboards use the Jamaican phoenetic slang, like "Ebery 'ting is ah right" to mean "Everything is alright." .Some Jamaicans speak a little bit of the other popular languages, like Spanish.^ English is the official language of the island, so no worries with the communication problems you can have in Spanish speaking areas.
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^ A listing a some of the most popular and exciting Jamaican beaches.

^ Most Jamaicans speak fluent English, as well as Patois, a Creole mixture of several languages.
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.You may hear some Jamaicans say "Waah gwan?", "Waah appen?"^ Bohwe Says: November 19th, 2005 at 12:38 am It’s amazing how some Jamaicans, and yes I’m going there, criticize the Marley clan.
  • breath of life » DAMIAN ‘JR. GONG’ MARLEY / “Welcome To Jamrock” 20 November 2009 7:33 UTC www.kalamu.com [Source type: Original source]

or "what tah gwan", which is the patois variation of "What's up?" or "What's going on?". More formal greetings are usually "Good morning", or "Good evening".

See

.Visit Nine Mile where Bob Marley was born and now buried.^ Other sights visited are the Bob Marley museum, the Governor’s residence and the University of the West Indies.
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^ Visit the Seville Great House and Nine Miles , birthplace of Bob Marley.
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.The journey up into the mountains lets you experience the heart of the country.^ Black River Safaris: Journey into the wilds above Ocho Rios through a region admired for its lush vegetation, mountainous slopes, clearstreams, and hidden waterfalls.
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^ You can pick from among hotels in the mountains, on plantations and beaches, even the city and then link them up to create your own independent itinerary around the island.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

.Spend a day at Negril 7 mile beach and finish off at Rick's Cafe for a spectacular sunset and watch even more fantastic cliff diving.^ For spectacular sunsets, continue west to mellow Negril, where mountain biking, cliff diving, camping, snorkeling and duty-free shopping are popular pastimes.
  • Jamaica Resort, Jamaica Resorts, Jamaica Vacations, Jamaica Vacation, Jamaica All-Inclusive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC jamaicaresort.com [Source type: General]

^ With a mix of rooms, suites and villas surrounding a pool and entertainment lawn, Moon Dance Cliffs is upbeat and lively by day and in the evenings.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

^ Laze away the day on the beach, dive, water ski, dance under the stars & more!
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Buy

.The currency of Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar ($, J$, JA$).^ The currency in Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar..
  • Jamaica Vacation Packages - Apple Vacations - Vacations for Families, Weddings, Luxury, Groups, Golf, Honeymoons,Spa and more 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.applevacations.com [Source type: General]

^ The currency is the Jamaican dollar (J$).
  • Jamaica Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

It comes in notes of $50, $100, $500, $1,000 and $5,000. Coins in circulation are $20, $10, and $5 (with smaller coins being almost worthless). .As of December 2009, the exchange rate hovers near 83 Jamaican dollars for every US dollar.^ Jamaican dollars (JMD) per US dollar - 72.236 (2008 est.
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Jamaica 22 September 2009 21:55 UTC www.cia.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Departure Tax: You will be charged a US$27 departure tax at the airport, payable either in US or Jamaican dollars.
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^ The island's official currency is the Jamaican dollar, but the US dollar is widely accepted.
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.The US dollar is widely accepted in places most tourists visit.^ The island's official currency is the Jamaican dollar, but the US dollar is widely accepted.
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^ Currency is the Jamaican dollar, but American dollars are widely accepted.
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.Indeed, all hotels, most restaurants, most shops, and almost all attractions in major cities will accept the US dollar.^ Required Proof of Citizenship: Valid US Passport Traveling with minors: Tips: Hotels have a service charge of 10-15%, the same amount is generally accepted at restaurants.
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^ The major hotels in the island are all located on the beach and most are within a shout of the major resort towns, along the north shore between Negril, Montego Bay and a little beyond Ocho Rios.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

^ Vacation Deals *All FROM™ hotel + air package pricing displayed in US Dollars, based upon latest rate updates, and shown per person (based upon double occupancy).
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.However, be aware that some places accept the dollar at a reduced rate (although it still may be a better rate than exchanging money beforehand).^ A Bill other than a Money Bill may be introduced in either House, but a Money Bill shall not be introduced in the Senate.
  • JAMAICA: Constitution of 1962 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC pdba.georgetown.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ And—although I’m not sure that Damien is doing this—we do need to reject anyone who pimps the sufferation of the people for purely personal aggrandizement, however “authentic” that person’s own sufferation may be.
  • breath of life » DAMIAN ‘JR. GONG’ MARLEY / “Welcome To Jamrock” 20 November 2009 7:33 UTC www.kalamu.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It is well worth seeking them out, because some of them rate as the coolest places to stay in the whole of the Caribbean.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

.While it is possible for someone visiting only touristy places or for a few hours to not see the Jamaican currency at all, be advised that US dollars won't be accepted at a lot of "local" shops on the outskirts of cities and in rural areas.^ Pros: good places for family living Read the Entire Review Read Other Reviews Visit the Reader Blog Page Visit the ePodunk Blog Register for My ePodunk to: Tell us the pros & cons of Jamaica Blog about Jamaica LOCAL GUIDES More info about Jamaica: .
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^ Departure Tax: You will be charged a US$27 departure tax at the airport, payable either in US or Jamaican dollars.
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^ Evening dress varies from very casual to quite formal, depending on the places you visit; a few upscale hotels and restaurants require a jacket and tie.
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.Always stay up-to-date on the exchange rate and carry a calculator.^ OCHO RIOS, Jamaica: In todays busy world, it is more important than ever for businesses to stay connected and up to date on vital information.

^ Rates Displayed Are Average Per Person Nightly (Pre-Tax) For Up to 2 Adults Based Upon a 3 Night Stay.
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It's easy to assume everything will be inexpensive when US$1 is worth almost JA$90 as of early 2009, but you'll want to avoid paying US$9 for a bottle of imported shampoo. The cost of living in Jamaica is comparable to the metropolitan US.
.US dollars, Canadian dollars, GBP's and Euros are easily converted to Jamaican dollars at forex cambios and commercial banks island wide.^ Departure Tax: You will be charged a US$27 departure tax at the airport, payable either in US or Jamaican dollars.
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^ Local banks are open island-wide throughout the day and are ready to provide credit card advances, traveler’s checks and other financial services.

^ Jamaican dollars (JMD) per US dollar - 72.236 (2008 est.
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Jamaica 22 September 2009 21:55 UTC www.cia.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Buy products made on the island. They are cheaper and you are supporting the local economy.
.Prices are usually higher in tourist areas like Negril and Ocho Rios.^ Runaway Bay (so called because slaves once used this area as an escape route) is a short distance west of Ocho Rios and home to several resorts.
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^ Book a Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, or Negril vacation package today!
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^ Soak up the sun on Negril's beautiful beaches, take a tour of Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios, or enjoy some shopping in Montego Bay.
  • Jamaica All Inclusive: Book Your Jamaica Hotel & Vacation Online | BookIt.com 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.bookit.com [Source type: General]

.Shops in "tourist traps" usually have higher prices than native ones, and you'll see the same items on offer in them.^ Vacations To Go has helped more than a million vacationers map memorable trips to destinations worldwide, and here, you’ll find your ideal Jamaican escape for the lowest possible price!
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^ But even if you do nothing more than take a tour from your hotel, there are so many tourist attractions in Jamaica.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

^ The price you see on our site is your final price.
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.Credit cards such as VISA, MasterCard and to a lesser extent American Express and Discover are accepted in many business establishments, such as supermarkets, pharmacies and restaurants in Kingston, Montego Bay, Portmore, Ocho Rios and Negril and most other major towns.^ Many of Jamaica’s ATMs can be accessed with Visa, Mastercard, Cirus and Plus logo cards, and most vendors accept the major credit cards.

^ Credit cards are widely accepted.
  • Jamaica Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

^ Ocho Rios, a town on the northern coast, boasts Dunn's River Falls, where adventure seekers can navigate up 600 feet of limestone tiers.
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A curious exception is petrol stations which mostly require cash. .There are a few petrol station in uptown Kingston which will accept a credit card, but most will not.^ Credit cards are widely accepted.
  • Jamaica Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

^ Check with your bank to find out if your credit card will be accepted abroad.
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^ Many of Jamaica’s ATMs can be accessed with Visa, Mastercard, Cirus and Plus logo cards, and most vendors accept the major credit cards.

.Cash advances from your MasterCard, VISA, Discover or American Express credit card will be quickly available at commercial banks, credit unions or building societies during normal banking hours.^ The driver must post a bond to meet insurance regulations with cash, major credit card, or travelers checks.
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^ Many of Jamaica’s ATMs can be accessed with Visa, Mastercard, Cirus and Plus logo cards, and most vendors accept the major credit cards.

^ Canadians should remain vigilant when using their credit or bank cards in public places such as restaurants and other merchants.
  • Jamaica Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

.For cash advances on a non-Jamaican bank issued Mastercard or VISA cards or any American Express or Discover card, be prepared to show your foreign issued passport or overseas drivers license.^ Canadian citizens returning to Canada who present other documents, such as a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, birth certificate, provincial driver’s license, or foreign passport, instead of a Canadian passport, may face delays or be denied boarding by transport companies.
  • Jamaica Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

^ Check with your bank to find out if your credit card will be accepted abroad.
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^ Verify with your financial institution whether your bank card can be used with ABMs abroad.
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.A bit of advice if you are paying for "fully inclusive" when you arrive or any other big ticket item such as tours, when you are there, take travelers checks in $'s.^ Safety: Kingston has a crime problem so, if you choose to go there, take common sense precautions and remain alert to your surroundings.
  • Jamaica Vacation | Jamaica Resort | Jamaica Travel 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.libertytravel.com [Source type: General]

^ There are import and export regulations on items such as firearms, produce, and pets.
  • Jamaica Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

^ Additionally, there have been frequent allegations of police corruption Tourists should take all necessary precautions, always pay extra attention to their surroundings when traveling, and keep windows up and doors locked while in a vehicle.
  • Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Why? There is something like an 8% additional charge on a Visa/MC transaction. .Hotels/resorts usually charge the highest exchange rates.^ Jamaica Hotels and Beach Resorts Online Hotel Reservation Center with up to 76% Discount on Published Rates !!!
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^ DefinitiveCaribbean usually makes the distinction between ‘Small Hotel and Inns’ and ‘Hotels and Resorts’ at around 35 rooms.
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^ The quote box at right will provide rates for all-inclusive resorts, as well as traditional hotels.
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.ATMs called ABMs in Jamaica, are widely available in every parish and almost all ABMs in Jamaica are linked to at least one overseas network such as Cirrus or Plus and sometimes both.^ All-Inclusive Value Plus Jamaica's original all-inclusive resort, Couples Tower Isle (formerly Couples Ocho Rios), captures the essence of Old Jamaica...
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^ Many of Jamaica’s ATMs can be accessed with Visa, Mastercard, Cirus and Plus logo cards, and most vendors accept the major credit cards.

^ So whether you’re looking for a round at the links or an excursion through underwater caves, Jamaica’s resources can fill every waking hour with island endeavors.

.Indeed, the safest way for a visitor to transact business in Jamaica is to use an ABM to withdraw your daily cash requirement directly from your overseas account in local currency, as flashing foreign currency, foreign credit cards or large quantities of cash might draw unwanted attention, and will almost certainly be disadvantageous when bargaining for the best price.^ From the beaming smiles locals flash in your direction to fruit baskets precariously perched on rickety stands along roadsides, Jamaica resonates with sing-song vitality.
  • Jamaica Resort, Jamaica Resorts, Jamaica Vacations, Jamaica Vacation, Jamaica All-Inclusive 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC jamaicaresort.com [Source type: General]

^ Credit cards and debit cards should be used with caution due to the potential for fraud and other criminal activity.
  • Jamaica Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

^ Many of Jamaica’s ATMs can be accessed with Visa, Mastercard, Cirus and Plus logo cards, and most vendors accept the major credit cards.

.Don't be alarmed if you go to an ATM and you find an armed guard, he is there to protect you.^ Safety: Kingston has a crime problem so, if you choose to go there, take common sense precautions and remain alert to your surroundings.
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^ Curiously, given Jamaica's musical heritage, there is a noticeable lack of tourist nightclubs outside of hotels, so rather than you going to the bands, the bands come to you.
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Jerk stands along Highway A1 in central Jamaica.
Jerk stands along Highway A1 in central Jamaica.
Jamaican food is a mixture of Caribbean dishes with local dishes. .Although Jamaican food gets a reputation for being spicy, local trends lean towards more versatile food variety.^ The official language of Jamaica is English, although most Jamaicans speak a local dialect influenced by several different languages.

.Some of the Caribbean dishes that you'll see in other countries around the region are rice and peas (which is cooked with coconut milk) and patties (which are called empanadas in spanish speaking countries).^ Finally, unlike most other Caribbean islands, because Jamaica is a relatively large island and is ideal for travelling around.
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^ All over the island there are tight valleys that explode with greenery and run with stunningly beautiful rivers (some of which you can raft, others with waterfalls you can climb).
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^ The Government of Canada cannot intervene in ongoing legal proceedings in other countries or regions, unless requested to do so by local authorities.
  • Jamaica Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

.The national dish is Ackee and saltfish, and MUST be tried by anyone visiting the island.^ The Jamaican national dish is ackee and salt-fish - a concoction made from imported salted cod and the fruit of the ackee tree , mixed with onions, peppers, and tomatoes.
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.It is made with the local fruit called Ackee, which looks like scrambled eggs, but has a unique taste of its own and dried codfish mixed with onions and tomatoes.^ Persons found working illegally may be held in local prisons until arrangements for their return to Canada (at their own cost) are made.
  • Jamaica Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

^ The Jamaican national dish is ackee and salt-fish - a concoction made from imported salted cod and the fruit of the ackee tree , mixed with onions, peppers, and tomatoes.
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.You probably won't get a chance to try this food anywhere else, and if you really want to say that you did something uniquely Jamaican, then this is your chance.^ You can say your "I Dos" at a marriage officer's home, office, or location of your choice.
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^ Jamaica Restaurants Your guide to all the best Jamaica food & drink spots when you visit.
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^ Jamaica's hospitality, shimmering sunsets and spicy flavors will leave you with a feeling of tranquility you won't want to leave behind.
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.Freshly picked and prepared ackee is 100 times better than tinned ackee, but must be harvested only when the ackee fruits have ripened and their pods opened naturally on the large evergreen tree on which they grow: unripe ackee contains a potent toxin (hypoglycin A) which causes vomiting and hypoglycemia .^ Many are very large indeed, with more than 200 rooms, though it is only recently that they have overtaken the 400 room Titchfield Hotel, which was open in Port Antonio in the early twentieth century.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

^ The Jamaican national dish is ackee and salt-fish - a concoction made from imported salted cod and the fruit of the ackee tree , mixed with onions, peppers, and tomatoes.
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.Another local food is called bammy, which was actually invented by the Arawak (Taino) Indians.^ For example, the Arawak Indian cassava is used today as " bammie ," a toasted flat cake eaten with fried fish.
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.It is a flat floury cassava pancake normally eaten during breakfast hours that kind of tastes like corn bread.^ For example, the Arawak Indian cassava is used today as " bammie ," a toasted flat cake eaten with fried fish.
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There is also hard-dough bread (locally called hard dough bread), which comes in both sliced and unsliced varieties. Try toasting it, for when it is toasted, it tastes better than most bread you'll ever eat. .If you are looking for dishes with more meat in them, you can try the jerk flavoured foods.^ They look more like factories than hotels and are hardly the sort of place that you would want to spend a week on holiday.
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.The most popular is jerk chicken, although jerk pork and jerk conch are also common.^ The Ocho Rios Village Jerk Centre is a popular place to sample lots of different seafood and spicy jerk chicken and pork, served outdoors under a canopy.
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^ Jerk chicken, reggae, rum, the sun, the beach are common answers, but the one you hear the most is the people.
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The jerk seasoning is a spice that is spread on the meat on the grill like barbeque sauce. .Keep in mind that most Jamaicans eat their food well done, so expect the food to be a bit drier than you are accustomed to.^ You can also expect centralised maid service like a hotel, usually on a daily basis, but like a private villa, you may also be offered a cook and a butler to look after you as well.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

^ Most Jamaicans speak fluent English, as well as Patois, a Creole mixture of several languages.
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.There are also curries such as curried chicken and curried goat which are very popular in Jamaica.^ There shall be a Supreme Court for Jamaica which shall have such jurisdiction and powers as may be conferred upon it by this Constitution or any other law.
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^ There shall be a Court of Appeal for Jamaica which shall have such jurisdiction and powers as may be conferred upon it by this Constitution or any other law.
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^ All Inclusive Jamaica Honeymoon packages are very popular for many reasons.
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The best curried goat is made with male goats and if you see a menu with curried fish, try it.
.You may even want to pick up a piece of sugar cane, slice off some pieces and suck on them.^ The complexes very in style and services - some may have central facilities such as a pool and a bar or even a restaurant, but others may not.
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^ In the absence of somewhere that suits your requirements you may want to look under the Small Hotels and Inns section.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

^ You can pick from among hotels in the mountains, on plantations and beaches, even the city and then link them up to create your own independent itinerary around the island.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

Fruit and vegetables in Jamaica are plentiful. Many of the local varieties are unknown to visitors. Locally grown fruits and vegetables are inexpensive. .Visitors may well find that imported produce tends to be more expensive than in their home country.^ Beginning with a scenic ride from Ocho Rios to Kingston, the nation’s capital, the drive south will take visitors through the splendor of Fern Gully, where they can find more than 500 varieties of fern.
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^ There are occasional problems, but not much more than in other Caribbean islands, or in other countries around the world.
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^ A couple of the hotels listed below may have more than this, but they are selected because their atmosphere is more that of a small hotel and sometimes because they are small by comparison with the hotels that they are surrounded by.
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Grapes in particular tend to be very expensive on the island.
Chinese food is available in many places from Chinese takeout stores and has a distant Jamaican taste.
It is recommended to sample the local fruit and vegetables. If unfamiliar with a particular fruit it can pay to ask a local about which parts can be eaten. Local and imported fruits are available from road-side vendors. If the fruit is to be eaten immediately the vendors can generally wash the fruit for you on request.
Finally, there is the category of "ital" food. Ital food is completely vegetarian and generally consists of a vegetable stew. .Ital food is not generally on the printed menus in the upscale tourist restaurants and can only be found by going to smaller places (often just somebody's house.^ Evening dress varies from very casual to quite formal, depending on the places you visit; a few upscale hotels and restaurants require a jacket and tie.
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) Rastafarians are often vegetarians and eat (and serve) ital food.

Drink

.There are many drinks in Jamaica.^ But even if you do nothing more than take a tour from your hotel, there are so many tourist attractions in Jamaica.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

.Standards such as Pepsi and Coca-Cola can be found, but if you want to drink local soda, you can try Bigga Cola, Champagne cola or grapefruit soda called "Ting" and also Ginger beer.^ Try our quality Jamaica calling cards and Jamaica phone cards which offer the low rates you need to save money on international calls.
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^ Inevitably standards vary, but you will find that most have good local character and a friendly attitude.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

.Also, try any soda by Desnoes & Geddes, typically labelled as "D&G." "Cola champagne" and "pineapple" are popular flavors that you won't find anywhere else.^ Pioneers of the all-inclusive vacation concept, you won't find an island that does it better.
  • Jamaica Vacation Packages - Apple Vacations - Vacations for Families, Weddings, Luxury, Groups, Golf, Honeymoons,Spa and more 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.applevacations.com [Source type: General]

^ Jamaica's hospitality, shimmering sunsets and spicy flavors will leave you with a feeling of tranquility you won't want to leave behind.
  • Jamaica All Inclusive: Book Your Jamaica Hotel & Vacation Online | BookIt.com 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.bookit.com [Source type: General]

Since the turn of the century, the majority of soft drinks are bottled in plastic instead of glass. .You can try the local lager called Red Stripe (which is exported to many countries in the west, so there is a good chance you have already tasted it) and Dragon Stout.^ Inevitably standards vary, but you will find that most have good local character and a friendly attitude.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

^ But even if you do nothing more than take a tour from your hotel, there are so many tourist attractions in Jamaica.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

Most beers can be found in Jamaican pubs and hotels. .A local hard drink is Jamaican Rum, which is made from sugar cane.^ Fresh produce, hand-made souvenirs, island rums and famous Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee are among the most popular items here.

It normally tends to be overproof and drunk with cola or fruit juice. DRINK WITH CAUTION! It's not designed for someone who is drinking for the first time. .Since Jamaica was colonized by Britain, the drinking laws are 18 and over, but they don't generally enforce it as strictly as it would be in the Western countries (minus the ones with no drinking laws, of course)!^ Jamaica 's motto: "Out of many, one people" Jamaica is the 3rd largest English speaking country in the Americas , behind U.S.A. and Canada .
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^ Home » Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs » Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor » Releases » Human Rights » 2006 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices » Western Hemisphere » Jamaica .
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^ Home » Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs » Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor » Releases » Human Rights » 2007 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices » Western Hemisphere » Jamaica .
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Guinness is popular and the export 7% proof has a kick.
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  • Rose Hall Resort & Spa, a Hilton Resort, P.O. Box 999, 876-953-2650, [3].^ Rose Hall Resort .

    ^ ROSE HALL RESORT .

    ^ Montego Bay- Nestled between Jamaica's Blue Mountains and the Caribbean Sea on the ruins of an 18th century plantation, Rose Hall...
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    checkin: 3:00PM; checkout: 11:00AM. .4-Star Resort in the Rose Hall area of Montego Bay.^ NEW RESORT Riu Montego Bay Jamaica - All Inclu...
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    ^ ROSE HALL RESORT .

    ^ Jamaica - Montego Bay Area $109: SAVE 50% OFF NEW RESORT! Reg.
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    .Featuring one of the Caribbean's largest water parks, 72 championship holes of golf, and the relaxing services of Soothe Spa. From $99/nt.
    ^ One of the few Caribbean villas with its own spa.
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    ^ A large and luxurious beach hotel, it has the exceptional service of the Ritz-Carlton brand and includes a full service spa, a championship golf course and conference facilities.
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    ^ Key Features: One bedroom, shoreside Caribbean cottage rental.
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Marriage in Jamaica

.Would you believe that almost 50% of all marriages in Jamaica are done by tourists/visitors-categorized as "hotel marriages"? Jamaica is fast becoming a hotbed for international travellers to exchange their wedding vows.^ Jamaica's all-inclusive resorts are especially popular because meals, beverages and activities are included in the price you pay upfront.
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^ Use our Jamaica car rental quote system and in 2 minutes you will have a comparison of all providers in Jamaica.
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^ Please direct any health related questions to the Jamaica Tourist Board office nearest you.

.Over the past several decades, with the rapid growth of the tourism industry, "hotel marriages" have become a significant contributor to the total number of marriages occurring in the island.^ Despite the huge number of hotels in the island, more are still being built, and even larger than before, some with literally thousands of rooms.
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^ The island is probably best known for its beachside hotels and resorts, which include a large number of all-inclusives (see below), but this is by no means all that Jamaica has to offer.
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.Hotel marriages are any marriage occurring in the island, performed by a certified marriage officer of the island and taking place under the auspices of a hotel, villa, lodge, cottage or any other property designated to the purpose of tourist accommodation.^ A person who is a citizen of Jamaica other than by virtue of 3 (1), ( a ), ( b ) or ( c ), shall not be deprived of his citizenship except by or under the provisions of a law - specifying the grounds on which such deprivation may take place and the procedure for such deprivation; and securing to any person affected thereby a right of access to the Supreme Court for the purpose of reviewing the decision to deprive him of his right to such citizenship.
  • JAMAICA: Constitution of 1962 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC pdba.georgetown.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ At the other end of the island, Negril has little space for private villas on the beach itself, but there are a few private villas on the cliffs at the West End.
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^ Unlike other islands, most of Jamaica’s private villas have live-in staff who have their own separate accommodation.
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The following is what you need to know or provide for your marriage in Jamaica:
.1)Proof of citizenship - certified copy of Birth Certificate, which includes father’s name.^ Certified Copy of Birth Certificate with father's name If under 18, parent's written consent If divorced or widowed, original divorce certificate or death certificate of previous spouse.

.2)Parental consent (written) if under 18 years of age.^ Certified Copy of Birth Certificate with father's name If under 18, parent's written consent If divorced or widowed, original divorce certificate or death certificate of previous spouse.

^ It also provides that no person under the age of 18 years may be employed in a night club.
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3)Proof of divorce (if applicable) - original Certificate of Divorce.
.4)Certified copy of Death Certificate for widow or widower.^ Certified Copy of Birth Certificate with father's name If under 18, parent's written consent If divorced or widowed, original divorce certificate or death certificate of previous spouse.

5)French Canadians need a notarized translated English copy of all documents and a photocopy of the original French documents.
6)Blood tests are not required by law.
.7)Italian Nationals celebrating their marriage in Jamaica must notify their Embassy to be legalized and translated.^ NEW YORK , USA: US national retail chain Macys has joined forces with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) to celebrate the genius of the islands cuisine.

The edge of the Blue Mountains just north of Kingston.
The edge of the Blue Mountains just north of Kingston.
.Jamaica's climate is tropical, supporting diverse ecosystems with a wealth of plants and animals.^ Lightweight, tropical clothing is best suited for Jamaica’s warm year-round climate.

^ Jamaica’ climate is tropical at sea level and temperate towards the highlands of the interior.

Jamaica's plant life has changed considerably over the centuries. When the Spanish came here in 1494- except for small agricultural clearings- the country was deeply forested, but the European settlers cut down the great timber trees for building purposes and cleared the plains, savannas, and mountain slopes for cultivation. Many new plants were introduced including sugarcane, bananas, and citrus trees.
In the areas of heavy rainfall are stands of bamboo, ferns, ebony, mahogany, and rosewood. Cactus and similar dry-area plants are found along the south and southwest coastal area. Parts of the west and southwest consist of large grasslands, with scattered stands of trees.
The Jamaican animal life, typical of the caribbean, includes a highly diversified bird life. Parrots, hummingbird, cuckoos, and green todies for example. .The wild hog is one of the few native mammals in Jamaica, but there are many reptiles and lizards.^ But even if you do nothing more than take a tour from your hotel, there are so many tourist attractions in Jamaica.
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^ Jamaica 's motto: "Out of many, one people" Jamaica is the 3rd largest English speaking country in the Americas , behind U.S.A. and Canada .
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Birds are abundant.
Jamaican waters contain considerable resources of fresh-and saltwater fish. The chief varieties of saltwater fish are kingfish, jack, mackerel, whiting, bonito, and tuna. Freshwater varieties include snook, jewfish, gray and black snapper, and mullet.
Among the variety of terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems are dry and wet limestone forests, rainforest, riparian woodland, wetlands, caves, rivers, seagrass beds and coral reefs.
.The biodiversity is indicated by a number five (5) ranking amongst countries worldwide of the endemic plants and animals in jamaica.^ Jamaica also has thousands of flowering plants, almost a third of which are endemic, and, for the Caribbean, it has a very varied wildlife.
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.The authorities had recognized the tremendous significance and potential of this aspect of their heritage and designated some of the more 'fertile' areas 'protected'. Among the island's protected areas are the Cockpit Country, Hellshire Hills, and Litchfield forest reserves.^ Despite the huge number of hotels in the island, more are still being built, and even larger than before, some with literally thousands of rooms.
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^ But Jamaica also has more depth than most other Caribbean islands in other areas.
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.In 1992, Jamaica's first marine park, covering nearly 6 square miles (about 15 square km), was established in Montego Bay.^ Whether savoring the sights and sounds of Montego Bay just minutes from the airport, relaxing on Negril's famous Seven-Mile Beach or discovering the natural beauty of Ocho Rios, the options for adventure are nearly limitless.
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^ Air Jamaica jazzes up Montego Bay .

^ Jamaica - Montego Bay Area $109: SAVE 50% OFF NEW RESORT! Reg.
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.The following year Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park was created on roughly 300 square miles (780 square km) of wilderness that supports thousands of tree and fern species, rare animals, and insects, such as the Homerus swallowtail, the Western Hemisphere's largest butterfly.^ Forres Park Guest House A small and friendly nature retreat in Mavis Bank in the heart of the Blue Mountains.
  • Jamaica Travel Guide, facts on Jamaica, Jamaica Information, tourist attractions in Jamaica 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.definitivecaribbean.com [Source type: General]

^ CAMBRIDGE, England: The Cockpit Country, home to 27 of Jamaicas 28 endemic bird species and the giant swallowtail, the largest butterfly in the Americas, is reportedly at risk from bauxite mining.

^ The more easily accessed, prime tourist section is the 193,000-acre John Crow Mountain National Park.
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Do

.Hiking, camping, snorkeling, horse back riding, backpacking, swimming, jet skiing, sleeping, visiting the Giddy house, drinking and swimming with dolphins.^ Access to Low Cay Beach and James Bond Beach, kayaks, windsurfers, snorkelling equipment, jet skis (extra charge).
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^ You can spend your days doing everything from horseback riding along the surf, to snorkeling in the swimming cove, to lounging by the infinity pools.
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^ Most resort areas also offer snorkeling, jet skiing, kayaking and body boarding, and surrounding land adventures such as horseback riding and mountain biking are never far away.

Work

Unemployment in Jamaica is at a high. .The government does not invest in venture to turn over capital but instead sells government paper to banks and overseas financial entities at very high interest rate.^ MANDEVILLE, Jamaica (JIS): Jamaican Agriculture and Lands Minister, Roger Clarke, has called on persons with capital to invest in sustainable agricultural ventures.

.In an effort, as they say, to balance the budget [which the People National Party (P.N.P) has been trying to do some 16 years now] a prominent member of the party describe this as been the most massive transfer of resources from the poor to the rich that has ever occurred in this country since the abolishment of slavery.^ In a 2005 exploratory assessment, the IOM stated that some trafficking occurred in the country, primarily for sexual exploitation.
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^ Most were decided within 90 days, but some took longer to resolve due to the complexity of the dispute or delays requested by the parties.
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^ Hotels & Resorts Jamaica has some of the most famous hotels in the Caribbean, stalwarts that have been offering top knotch service to returning travellers for forty or fifty years.
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.A whole lot of people who should be gainfully employed in the work force are not as a result of government policies.^ The CDA managed facilities for at-risk children, and the government provided funding to NGOs that worked to reintegrate child laborers who were victims of trafficking.
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The garment industry for example has seen a sharp decline over the years due to soaring interest rates. so now banks make money, not by lending money to potential investors, but by buying government paper so the unemployment in the country is as a direct result of government policies. Agriculture, manufacturing, and various other sectors are in a shambles causing many workers to find alternatives.

Stay safe

Jamaica has the 5th highest murder rate in the world. .As in any foreign country, should any emergency situation arise, especially at the domestic level, it is advised to immediately contact your government's embassy or consulate.^ The law provides for freedom of movement within the country, foreign travel, emigration, and repatriation, and the government generally respected these rights in practice.
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.Governments usually advise travelers staying in the country for an extended period of time to notify their embassy or consulate so they can be contacted in the case of emergency.^ The law provides for freedom of movement within the country, foreign travel, emigration, and repatriation, and the government generally respected these rights in practice.
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^ In practice the government provided protection against refoulement, the return of persons to a country where there is reason to believe they feared persecution, and handled refugee or asylum cases administratively.
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^ In practice the government provided protection against refoulement, the return of persons to a country where they feared persecution, and handled refugee or asylum cases administratively.
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.If you are approached by a Jamaican looking to sell you drugs or anything else that you are not interested in buying, the conversation will most likely go like this: "Is this your first time on The Island?"^ Vacations To Go has helped more than a million vacationers map memorable trips to destinations worldwide, and here, you’ll find your ideal Jamaican escape for the lowest possible price!
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^ So whether you’re looking for a round at the links or an excursion through underwater caves, Jamaica’s resources can fill every waking hour with island endeavors.

Respond: "No, I've been here many times before." (whether true or not they will think of you as less likely to be a sucker). Next they will ask "Where are you staying?" .Respond with a vague answer: For instance, if you are approached on Seven Mile Beach, respond by saying "Down the street". If asked "Which resort?", respond with another vague answer.^ Half Moon This elegant colonial-style resort is hidden among 400 tropical hillside acres and has a private mile-long beach.
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^ Negril: Situated along Seven Mile Beach, this is one of the best strands of sandy beach on the island, and is known for its carefree atmosphere.
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They will see that your are not stupid nor ready to be taken advantage of. They will appear to be engaging in friendly conversation, but once you are marked a sucker (i.e. "Its my first time here" "I'm staying at Negril Gardens"), you will be harassed. .If you are further pushed to buy drugs or something else, calmly tell them: "I've been to this Island many times before, please don't waste your time trying to sell me something.^ You may need to let the phone ring for a significant amount of time before it is answered.
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^ Try a travel search in the "You Know What To Do" tool on the top left of this page for up-to-the-minute availability for your vacation.
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I'm not interested." .They should leave you alone, they may even say "Respect" and pound your fist.^ You'll know the total cost of your trip before you leave home.
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^ You can say your "I Dos" at a marriage officer's home, office, or location of your choice.
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^ It may take a while to become accustomed to, but once you do the local expressions will never leave your tongue.

.The cultural and legal abhorrence against homosexuals (battymen) in Jamaica is far-reaching, and not only from a legal perspective, from which anal sex may be punished with up to 10 years.^ The Offenses Against the Person Act prohibits "acts of gross indecency" (generally interpreted as any kind of physical intimacy) between men, in public or in private, which are punishable by 10 years in prison.
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^ The Trafficking in Persons Act, which came into force on March 1, provides penalties of up to 10 years' imprisonment for permitting or facilitating trafficking.
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^ The law prohibits "acts of gross indecency" (generally interpreted as any kind of physical intimacy) between men, in public or in private, which are punishable by 10 years in prison.
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However, heterosexual anal sex is gaining in popularity, and while technically illegal, has never been prosecuted by the state. .It is advisable to not display affection to people of the same sex in public, especially between two men - Jamaica is a nation notorious for its persistent intolerance of homosexual behavior, gay bashings are not uncommon (particularly in popular reggae and dancehall music in Jamaica) and victims would be met with indifference by the authorities.^ In December 2005 authorities charged Lawrence Clayton, a police officer, with false imprisonment for his role in the 2004 police abduction of two men in Kingston.
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^ KINGSTON, Jamaica: Two quick goals after the half hour mark propelled the Jamaican Reggae Boyz to a face-saving 2-1 victory over Canada in their international friendly match at the National Stadium on Sunday night.

^ Music is, of course, Jamaica's claim to fame, and followers of Bob Marley come from around the world to celebrate reggae music.
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.Lesbians are more widely accepted by younger Jamaicans, and it is not unusual to see lesbians openly enjoying the 'sights' from the front row at one of Kingston's strip clubs.^ KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS): On its one-year anniversary, the Jamaica-Cuba Eye Care Programme has successfully facilitated corrective eye surgeries for more than 3,000 needy Jamaicans.

^ Currency is the Jamaican dollar, but American dollars are widely accepted.
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^ The island's official currency is the Jamaican dollar, but the US dollar is widely accepted.
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.It should be noted that thousands of homosexuals live in Jamaica, and by and large are accepted, except when homosexual affectations and acts are flaunted in public.^ Except for the purpose of making appointments thereto or to act therein or of revoking an appointment to act therein, the provisions of this section shall not apply in relation to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
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.That being said, Jamaica is not a suitable destination for homosexual men who are unwilling to hide their affection in public.^ Awards granted under any law for the time being in force in Jamaica in respect of the public service shall be charged on and paid out of the Consolidated Fund.
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^ Homosexual men were hesitant to report incidents against them because of fear for their physical well-being.
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^ On September 28, police shot a Grants Pen resident, Andre Thomas, who was among a group of men whom the police said were acting suspiciously.
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.Marijuana, (locally known as ganja) although cheap, plentiful and powerful, is illegal on the island.^ The use, sale, or possession of drugs such as ganja (marijuana), cocaine, crack, ecstasy, heroin and any other controlled substance is illegal in Jamaica.

Numerous foreigners are arrested and prosecuted every year for drug use and or possession. Jamaican prisons are very basic and places you would want to avoid at all costs.
If in need of police, dial 119 - just don't expect them to show up on the spot.
Also, it is best to avoid certain parts of the island at night. Drugs and alcohol are prevalent, and rural areas are especially dangerous. Armed men may pose a threat to women in some areas. .Inner-city parts of the island such as Spanish Town and some neighborhoods in Kingston (Trench Town, etc.^ The JCF continued an initiative of community policing to address the problem of long-standing antipathy between the security forces and many poor inner-city neighborhoods.
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^ The JCF continued a community policing initiative to address the long-standing antipathy between the security forces and many poor inner-city neighborhoods.
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) should be avoided even during the day.
.September, October, and November have a lower number of tourists due to being hurricane season.^ Hurricane season officially starts June 1 and ends on November 30.

^ Each year the island sees two rainy seasons, from May to June and September to November and the average temperature ranges from 66 to 99 degrees Fahrenheit.

^ High-season runs from mid-December to mid-April, the peak tourist months, with Christmas and Easter being the busiest weeks.
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As a result, the police are encouraged to take their vacation during this time. .This reduction in police force can cause areas like Montego Bay's hip strip to be less safe than normal.^ The gangs often were better equipped than the police force and conducted coordinated ambushes of joint security patrols.
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^ Jamaica - Montego Bay Area $259: Up to 65% OFF Luxury Resort Reg.
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^ Jamaica - Montego Bay Area $97: SAVE 55% at Beachfront Hotel!
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Stay healthy

.Medical facilities on the island are not always up to par with European or American health care standards Falling ill can sometimes result in major medical fees.^ Medical care also was poor; primarily a result of having few doctors on staff.
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^ Medical care also was poor, primarily a result of having only three full-time doctors, one full-time nurse, and no psychiatrist to cover 13 facilities with 4,790 inmates across the island.
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Therefore, it is advised to buy travel insurance, as this will ensure peace of mind in emergency situations.
.The water quality is generally good and safe to drink.^ Nonetheless, to be on the safe side, drink bottled water whenever possible.
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^ Water: It's usually safe to drink the water, which is filtered and chlorinated.
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.All piped water in Jamaica is treated to international standards, and will be of the same quality you could expect to find in North America or Europe.^ Jamaica's all-inclusive resorts are especially popular because meals, beverages and activities are included in the price you pay upfront.
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^ Cradled by the glistening, aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica lures visitors with diverse, fun offerings that fit all budgets.
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^ Destination: We could not find the destination city you are looking for.
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.Water service in rural areas can sometimes go out for several hours at a time.^ Awards granted under any law for the time being in force in Jamaica in respect of the public service shall be charged on and paid out of the Consolidated Fund.
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^ The salaries for the time being payable to members of the Public Service Commission under this Constitution shall be charged on and paid out of the Consolidated Fund.
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^ The direct International telephone service operates 24 hours a day in all areas, and operators will gladly facilitate third party, collect and credit card calls.

Individuals in rural areas have their own water tanks, which catch water when it rains, so be ready to draw from a tank instead of turning a pipe. Water from these sources, should be boiled before consumed. Bottled water such as Wata (a local brand), Aquafina and Deer Park are widely available.
.Be cautious of the water quality at public swimming beaches, such as "Walter Fletcher Beach" in Montego Bay, which some locals call "dump-up beach", situated near the north gully.^ On the northwest corner lies Montego Bay, or MoBay, as locals call it.
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^ Air Jamaica jazzes up Montego Bay .

^ On April 5, a police officer set fire to a detainee who was in custody at the St. James police headquarters lock-up in Montego Bay.
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Large amounts of solid and human waste flush down the gully during storm events. .The water flowing down Dunn's River Falls has also been said to contain high amounts of coliform bacteria, indicating fecal contamination.^ Ocho Rios, a town on the northern coast, boasts Dunn's River Falls, where adventure seekers can navigate up 600 feet of limestone tiers.
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^ Nearby are the Dunn's River Falls, Jamaica's most famous attraction, where you climb steps carved in stone as a cascading river pours down them!
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^ Dunn's River Falls : Hands down the all-time favorite natural attraction in Jamaica.
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The country's adult HIV/AIDS prevalence is nearly at 1.6%. This is >2.5 times higher than the USA and 16 times higher than the UK. Practice safe sex and avoid risky intravenous drug use.
Malaria can be a risk, mostly near the Kingston area. The island had been malaria free for decades, until isolated incidents popped up in recent years.
.Rumors have been heard of people suffering from symptoms similar to Dengue fever after visiting the cockpit country, but confirmed reports may not exist.^ The report also stated there may be trafficking, including that of children, within the country for domestic servitude and forced labor.
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Respect

Many Jamaican people are very generous and warm. Returning this warmth and friendliness is a great way to show them you appreciate their country.
.Chances are, you will be approached at one point or another during your travels in Jamaica for money.^ A passport whenever you travel to another country is your best option, but to enter Jamaica you can also use an original birth certificate (or a certified copy) plus a government issued photo ID. Visits are limited to a maximum of 6 months.
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^ Try our quality Jamaica calling cards and Jamaica phone cards which offer the low rates you need to save money on international calls.
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^ We recommend that you have at least two free pages in Visas section of your passport before any international travel.
  • Jamaica Visa : Application, Requirements. Apply for Jamaican Visas Online. 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC jamaica.visahq.com [Source type: General]

Do not feel pressured into giving money. A strong "I'm alright" and walking away is usually the best advice for instances such as this. This also applies in the infamous straw markets. Note that the European method of just walking away does not work well. You will generally need to engage with someone in order to get away from them.
That being said, if you befriend or encounter one of the many wonderful Jamaican people and you wish to give a friendly gift, that is perfectly acceptable and welcome. Just exercise common sense when it comes to money.
Cultural respect is far more important. You are guests on their island. Please know also that when speaking to the elderly you should say, "Yes ma'am." or "Yes, sir". Good manners should be displayed at all times. Respect the environment and the people. It is a simple rule of thumb that should always be applied when traveling abroad. Don't expect that everyone will respect you, however.
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  • enPR: jə-mā'kə, IPA: /dʒˈmeɪ.kə/, SAMPA: /dZ@"meI.k@/

Etymology

.Taino Xaymaca (land of wood and water).^ Its indigenous Arawakan-speaking Tano inhabitants named the island Xaymaca, meaning either the "Land of Springs," or the "Land of Wood and Water".

^ "The Land of Springs" and the "Land of Wood and Water", Jamaica (Jah-may-ca) is the most scenic and sought-after destinations among all the islands in the Caribbean Sea.
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^ The Arawaks called the island ‘Xaymaca, ’ meaning ‘land of wood and water.’ .
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Proper noun

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Jamaica
  1. A particular country in the Caribbean.
  2. The island comprising most of that country.

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