- Home to reggae music, Rastafarians, and regal beauty, Jamaica is the third-largest Caribbean island and the most populous of the British Commonwealth nations in the region.
- The island, whose name is derived from the Arawak Indian word Xaymaca, is situated about 90 miles south of Cuba. With its white beaches and verdant inland forests, Jamaica is a
- However, behind the beautiful natural scenery lies significant poverty, crime, and urban growth. Tourists are warned to avoid certain parts of the capital, Kingston, where gang activity is high
prime tourist destination.
- we have over 100 rivers here in Jamaica, although many are unexplored and not navigable
- The Black River is the largest. It is 73 kilometers long, and for 28 kilometers from its mouth it is navigable for small vessels.
- The Rio Minho is the longest river in Jamaica. It rises close to the mainland's geographic centre, flowing generally south-southwest, reaching the Caribbean Sea at Carlisle Bay in the central south coast, to the west of the island's southern-most point, Portland Point. The town of May Pen in Clarendon lies on the banks of the it.
Major Rivers in Jamaica
- Jamaica's two major cities are Kingston and Montego Bay (Mo' Bay). The latter, along with the towns of Negril and Ocho Rios (Ochi) are popular tourist destinations. Kingston is the capital city of Jamaica and it is not a popular tourist destination.
The general seasonal weather conditions?
- The average temperature is 83-89 degrees all year long and the minimum is 71-79 degrees
- Average sunshine per day is 7-9 hours.
- Average number of days with rain is 9 at the minimum 14 at the maximum.
- Average relative humidity (%) the max. is 82% the min. is 79%
- Before Christopher Columbus landed in Jamaica in 1492, the original inhabitants of the island were a Amerindian tribe called the Arawaks. They grew the spinach-like callaloo, papayas (which they called pawpaws), and guava. They also produced two crops each per year of maize (corn), potatoes, peanuts, peppers, and beans.
Sport in Jamaica is a significant part of Jamaican culture. The most popular sports are those imported from Britain. The most popular sport is cricket; other popular sports include association football, athletics, and netball.
- The music of Jamaica includes Jamaican folk music and many popular genres, such as mento, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub music, dancehall, ska jazz, reggae fusion and related styles.
- Traditional clothing for women in Jamaica consists of a dress or skirt and top which are constructed using calico fabrics. Calico is a lightweight fabric--similar in pattern to plaid--that is made locally in Jamaica, and commonly used in the local fashion. Much of the traditional clothing in Jamaica is made by hand by the local villagers. According to Maps of the World, women generally accompany their outfits with a headscarf which they wrap around their hair to keep their locks off their shoulders. Traditional Jamaican clothing for men consists of trousers, which can be long or short, and a short-sleeved shirt
There are 3 main ones i picked, these are the ones i found that are native to Jamaica! There are a total of 31 species of reptiles living on Jamaica. This includes turtles, snakes, lizards, and even crocodiles! There are a total of 324 species of birds on the island. 28 of these species are endemic, which means that they live only on the island of Jamaica.
The Swallow Tail Hummingbird
Although there are about 320 species of hummingbird living on the island of Jamaica, the swallow tail or Doctor hummingbird is a favorite. In fact the swallowtail hummingbird is the national bird of the island nation. The Doctor bird has the beautiful iridescent feathers common to hummingbirds and two long, thin, whip like feathers that extend from its tail. This variety of hummingbird is found nowhere else in the world and it is a favorite subject of island folklore.
The Fruit Bat
The Jamaican Fruit Bat
Staying with winged creatures, there are 21 species of 6 different bat families represented on the island of Jamaica. Bats are nocturnal mammals and fruit bats are invaluable in pollinating trees and flowers. Most bats feed on either fruit or insects and they are usually harmless to people.
The Swallow Tail Butterfly
The Swallow Tail Butterfly
Certainly swallow tail species seem to be popular in Jamaica, but this butterfly with its wing span of almost 6 inches across, is one of the largest butterflies in the Western Hemisphere. Its bright yellow and black coloration makes it easy to spot. It was first documented by British colonists in the 18th century.
Here are some tips for traveling to Jamaica!
- No matter where in the world you’re traveling, it’s important to read the news, stay safe, travel in groups when you are unsure of where you’re going, and keep an eye on your property at all times. Here are some tips to make your Jamaican vacation safe and fun.
- 1- Make sure you travel with a valid passport or visa (if required). Also, bring another valid form of photo I.D., and photocopies of both I.D.s. in case of loss or theft.
- 2- Read up on local laws and practices before you get here.
- 3- Give friends and family your contact information and itineraries in case of emergency.
- 4- Register with your country’s embassy or consulate before you travel. That way your country is aware of your whereabouts in case of emergency.
- 5- Keep luggage, handbags or backpacks in view at all times.
- 6- Keep possessions close to your body.
- 7- Don’t take around large amounts of cash.
- 8- Avoid wearing expensive jewelry on road trips or excursions.
These are some tips of Jamaica!