Jamaica General Information

Information on Jamaica

While general information on Jamaica can be found anywhere, no travel guide could better convey the country's beauty than Christopher Columbus who, when he first stepped foot on Jamaica in 1494, proclaimed it to be "the fairest isle mine eyes ever beheld". Little has changed in the five hundred years since, as Jamaica remains one of the world's most beautiful island retreats. The warm and inviting local people, a veritable fusion of ethnicities from around the world, would be proud to have the following information on Jamaica showcased - the country's vibrant culture, its wide selection of restaurants for both fine and casual dining, and the fabulous array of sports, tours, and activities to accommodate every type of visitor. There is good reason; information on Jamaica's economy lists tourism as the island's biggest industry, catering to the over one million people who flock there annually.

Currency in Jamaica: The Jamaican dollar is legal tender on the island and most international currencies can be exchanged there upon arrival at a local exchange bureau or bank. Visitors should check out information on Jamaica's exchange rate before departing for Jamaica as well as often during their trip, as rates tend to vary on a daily basis and depending on where money is exchanged. The average rate of exchange is $45 Jamaican to $1 U.S. International bank cards with the proper logos can also be used at most Jamaican ATMs.

Passport requirements: Entry requirements vary for each destination, it is your responsibility to verify you have the correct documents prior to travel. July 1, 2005 a valid passport is required for travel to Jamaica. January 1, 2006 a valid passport is required for travel to all the Caribbean and Mexico.

Time Zone in Jamaica: The island of Jamaica falls within the Eastern Time Zone (Greenwich Mean Time minus 5 hours), but it does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

Driving in Jamaica: cars drive on the LEFT hand side of the road.

Voltage in Jamaica: 110 volts/50 cycles standard, with appliances using plugs that are two-pronged and flat (as in North America).

Language in Jamaica: English is the official language of Jamaica, although it may not be immediately recognizable to other English speakers. Most Jamaicans weave a local patois unique to the island into their everyday conversation. It would be both helpful and fun to look up information on Jamaica's spicy dialect before arriving there.

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