Jamaica is located 90 miles south of Cuba and is the third largest island in the Caribbean. It is one of the most diverse of all Caribbean destinations. Here youíll find something for everyone. If youíre adventurous, try white water rafting, if you want to take it easy, try a leisurely raft ride down the Rio Grande River on a bamboo boat.
For action stay in the Montego Bay area, which is on the northwest coast. Thereís a bustling city, beautiful white sand beaches such as Cornwall Beach and Doctorís Cave. Visit Belvedere Estate, one of the first sugarcane plantations in Jamaica, which is now a working citrus, banana, and coconut plantation. Visit the new theme park in Montego Bay with its giant water slide, go-kart track, sports bar, and state-of-the-art nightclub.
For a more laid back holiday, Negril has seven miles of white sand beach and coconut palms. Scuba dive and snorkel at the offshore coral reef, watch a spectacular sunset, listen to reggae music and dance until dawn.
Ochos Rios on the north coast has fine dining, great beaches and excellent nightlife. A popular attraction in this area is Dunnís River Falls.
Kingston is the cultural, commercial and governmental hub of Jamaica and offers some of the best shopping, dining, and nightlife on the island.
Jamaica has more churches per square kilometre than any other country in the world.
New Year's Day; Ash Wednesday; Good Friday; Easter Monday; Labour Day (May 23); Independence Day (first Mon in Aug); National Heroes' Day (third Mon in Oct); Christmas; Boxing Day.
US and Canadian citizens do not need passports for visits of up to six months. All other visitors must arrive with a passport, but most Western travellers do not need a visa.
10,991 sq km (4,243 sq miles)
Jamaica Head of state
Queen Elizabeth II, represented by Governor-General Patrick Allen
English and patois
Jamaica Main exports
Bauxite, alumina, garments, sugar, bananas, rum
2.7 million (UN, 2009)
Jamaica Telephone codes
00 1 876