Population - 2.7 million
Currency - Jamaican dollar
Capital - Kingston
Time Difference - GMT - 5 hours
Average Flight Time from London - 9 hours 45 minutes
Language - English
Religion - Christianity
Telephone - International dial - 00 1 876
When to go
Jamaica boasts fantastic temperatures throughout the year, averaging between 27C and 30C. The summer months of July and August frequently hit temperatures of more than 33C, while the cooler winter months of January and February still offer fantastic highs of 26C.
There are two short rainy seasons in Jamaica, one from May to June and one from September to October, with showers more frequent on the east coast of the island. However, due to Jamaica's tropical climate these showers are brief and often offer welcome respite from the high temperatures.
What to see
Holiday makers visiting Jamaica can enjoy an endless variety of activities and attractions. The Blue Mountains with their spectacular waterfalls offer wonderful hiking opportunities, while visitors can go river rafting on more than 100 rivers that flow through the tropical rainforest.
There are countless beaches all around the island, perfect for basking in the sunshine as well as a wide range of thrilling water sports including water skiing and windsurfing. Numerous other sports can be enjoyed all over the island, with golf, tennis and horse riding all widely available.
Jamaica also features beautiful attractions such as the tropical gardens at Montego Bay and the Green Grotto Caves that hosted scores of pirates many years ago. Of an evening holiday makers can sample excellent local fare in a host of top class restaurants, while there is also a wealth of bars spread across the island including Negril's popular Jungle Night Club and Sports Bar.