Jamaica is the third largest of the Caribbean islands and the largest of the English speaking islands. The country is a very mountainous with almost half of the island above 1,000 feet (305m). Blue mountain Peak, the highest point, is 7,402 feet (2,256m) above sea level. Jamaica has a population of over 2.6 million and remains a part of the Commonwealth of Nations. You many only associate Bob Marley, reggae and the Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt with Jamaica, but it has so much more to offer.  There are pristine white sand beaches, cascading waterfalls, rafting adventure and a captivating musical culture. The Jamaican people are proud of their locally produced beer, rum, jerk spice cuisine and Blue Mountain coffee.

Jamaica Quick Facts

Language: English is the official language.

Currency: The official currency is the Jamaican dollar, but some places will take the US Dollar.

Electricity: Jamaica does not have a standard electrical outlet. You’ll either have 110v or 220v, so packing an adapter is a good idea.

Passport/Immigration: All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from Jamaica.

Drinking Water: The water in Jamaica is, for the most part, safe to drink. Check to make sure it is desalinated and if it's not, then stick to bottled water.

Time Zone: Central Standard Time (UTC/GMT -5 hours)

Peak Season: Peak season in Jamaica is mid-December – mid-April.


January 81°F 73°F 0.24 in.
February 81°F 72°F 0.08 in.
March 83°F 73°F 0.24 in.
April 83°F 74°F 1.93 in.
May 94°F 79°F 0.87 in.
June 95°F 79°F 0.87 in.
July 94°F 83°F 0.39 in.
August 94°F 79°F 0.87 in.
September 94°F 74°F 1.02 in.
October 92°F 78°F 0.55 in.
November 84°F 75°F 0.87 in.
December 82°F 74°F .31 in.

*Historical averages.

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