Jamaica at a Glance

A One-of-a-Kind Jamaican Vacation

Start with an adventure you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the world. Just outside of Montego Bay lies the Luminous Lagoon, a glowing cove that harbors bioluminescent water—meaning you’ll glow in the dark if you go swimming at dusk. There are only a few spots in the world where you can do this.

Country & Capital

Jamaica, island country of the West Indies. It is the third-largest island in the Caribbean Sea, after Cuba and Hispaniola.

The capital city of Jamaica is Kingston

Geographic Location & Population

It is situated some 100 miles (160 km) west of Haiti, 90 miles (150 km) south of Cuba, and 390 miles (630 km) northeast of the nearest point on the mainland, Cape Gracias a Dios, on the Caribbean coast of Central America.

Population
2.935 Milllion

Language

English, the official language, is commonly used in towns and among the more-privileged social classes. Jamaican Creole is also widely spoken. Its vocabulary and grammar are based in English, but its various dialects derive vocabulary and phrasing from West African languages, Spanish, and, to a lesser degree, French.

Government & Weather

Jamaica is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government.

Weather
In Jamaica, the climate is tropical, hot all year round, with little difference between winter and summer (just a few degrees). Even in winter, daytime temperatures are around 27/30 °C (81/86 °F) and night-time temperatures around 20/23 °C (68/73 °F).

Currency & TimeZone

The official currency in Jamaica in the Jamaican Dollar. 100 Jamaica dollars is apprx to 0.69 U.S Dollars. All Inclusive resorts and key tourist areas also use US Dollars. Credit and debit cards are accepted in major tourist areas, and you can withdraw Jamaican Dollars from ATMs

Time
Time zone in Jamaica is Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5) Whereby 7pm in Nigeria is 1pm in Jamaica,

Electricity

For Jamaica, there are two associated plug types, types A and B. Plug type A is the plug that has two flat parallel pins and plug type B is the plug which has two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin. Jamaica operates on a 110V supply voltage and 50Hz.