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Jamaica : Useful information about Jamaica


Basic facts

Time difference: GMT - 5.
Currency: Jamaican Dollar (although US Dollars are accepted in some places).
Language: English (although a creole language called Jamaican Patois is widely spoken).
Population: Approximately 3 million.
Visa information: Holders of a British passport can stay for 90 days without a visa.

Travel arrangements

Jamaica has two international airports - Kingston in the south-east of the island and Montego Bay in the north-west.

There are direct flights to Kingston three or four times per week from London Gatwick with British Airways.
There are direct flights to Montego Bay three times per week from London Gatwick with Virgin Atlantic. Thomson flies to Montego Bay three or four times per week from London Gatwick, one or two times per week from Birmingham and two or three times per week from Manchester. There are further flights with Thomson from London Stansted at certain times of year. Flight time to Jamaica is nine to ten hours.

Visitors to Jamaica can easily get around by taxi or local bus. Driving is on the left and roads might be bumpy with few street signs.


History

Jamaica was originally occupied by the Taino tribes who called it ‘Xamayca’, until Christopher Columbus landed on the island in 1494 and seized it for Spain. The Spanish enslaved many of the Taino people and also introduced African slaves, but for decades the island remained relatively undeveloped with only small-scale agricultural activity.
The indigenous population was wiped out by the mid 1600s, coinciding with the arrival of the British who formally gained possession of Jamaica in 1670. Sugar cane plantations were established and vast numbers of African slaves were sent to the island over the next few centuries.
Slavery was finally abolished in Jamaica in the 1830s, followed by an improvement in the education, health and social services in the latter part of the 19th century.
In 1958 Jamaica formed the Federation of the West Indies along with ten other Caribbean countries, then became independent from Great Britain in 1962.

Our Resorts on Jamaica

Couples Negril Jamaica -  1

Couples Negril

  • Adults only, all-inclusive resort
  • 18 acre plot of tropical garden
  • Low key, lively atmosphere
Couples San Souci Jamaica -  1

Couples San Souci

  • Adults only, all-inclusive resort
  • Intimate and romantic
  • Award winning spa
Couples Swept Away Jamaica -  1

Couples Swept Away

  • Adults only, all-inclusive resort
  • Six restaurants
  • Huge leisure complex
Geejam Jamaica -  1

Geejam

  • Hip, boutique hideaway
  • Privacy in a creative environment
  • Relaxed setting
GoldenEye Jamaica -  1

GoldenEye

  • Chic beach resort
  • Waterfront cottages
  • Nature tours and garden walks
Half Moon Resort Jamaica -  1

Half Moon

  • Exclusive and elegant
  • Accommodation to suit everyone
  • 18 hole championship golf course
Beautiful views from a terrace at dusk at Jakes, Jamaica -  1

Jakes

  • Bohemian, unique destination
  • Relaxed environment
  • Yoga available throughout the day
Jamaica Inn Jamaica -  1

Jamaica Inn

  • Small and elegant
  • Private 700 ft wide sand beach
  • Reputation for luxury
Round Hill Hotel and Villa Jamaica -  1

Round Hill Hotel & Villas

  • Private cove location
  • Rooms designed by Ralph Lauren
  • Elegant resort
Strawberry Hill Jamaica -  1

Strawberry Hill

  • Perched in the Blue Mountains
  • Sophisticated and cosmopolitan
  • 48 acre estate
Tensing Pen Jamaica -  0

Tensing Pen

  • Secluded and relaxing
  • Wood and thatched stone cottages
  • Located on own private cove
The Caves Jamaica -  1

The Caves

  • Intimate and quirky
  • Cliffside cottages
  • Vibrant live music
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