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30 Jamaica Travel Hints And Facts - Part IV.

Jamaican Customs: There are several incoming duty-free items into Jamaica; an adult 18 years or older is allowed the following duty-free items:
- No more than 50 cigars, or 200 cigarettes, or pound of tobacco
- One quart or one liter of spirits, cordials and wine
- Six fluid ounces of perfumed spirits and 12 fluid ounces of toilet water For more information contact the Jamaican customs house.
The following incoming items are restricted: Fresh flowers, plants, honey, fruits, meats and vegetables (except canned), coffee (in any form), firearms, explosives and dangerous drugs (including marijuana). Persons who use Kosher foods must have documentation for all carcasses being imported: (a) meat inspection certificates from the USDA/Official Government Vet. Ministry of Agriculture & Veterinarian Division in Canada certifying ante and post mortem inspection; (b) stamp of approval on all carcasses; (c) an import license from the Ministry of Agriculture in Jamaica. Contact the
Jamaica Tourist Board to make arrangements for obtaining the license.

Jamaican Island Size: Jamaica is 4,411 square miles. Slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut in the U.S.

Jamaican Population: Kingston, 800,000; Montego Bay, 82,000; Mandeville, 13,681; Port Antonio, 10,426; Ocho Rios, 5,851; Negril, 1,166

Jamaican Religion: Jamaican religion is a protestant majority (Church of God, Anglican, Baptist and Methodist) with Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Bahai communities. Rastafarianism, a religion based on belief in the divinity of the late Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie (Ras Tafari), is also widely practiced.

Jamaican Climate: Jamaica's average annual temperature is 80F / 27C. The average yearly temperature range is between 78F and 85deg;F. Extreme Jamaican temperatures range from a low of 65F to a high of 95F. There is a fresh Jamaican sea breeze by day and a gentle breeze from the Jamaican mountains by night. The high season in Jamaica is the winter season from December 15 to April 14. The Jamaican winter season is when Jamaica is windiest. The Jamaican winter season is the most popular time to visit Jamaica and the most expensive also requiring the greatest amount of pre-planning. You should make your reservations 2 or 3 months prior to your desired winter season visit to assure that you can get your desired Jamaican accommodations. During the Jamaican summer season temperatures are only a couple of degrees warmer than in the winter. The Jamaican summer season resort rates drop 20-50%. The Jamaican rainy season is usually during the fall. Usually brief showers followed by sunshine. Overcast days are rare. Jamaica is a year-round destination thanks to its idyllic tropical maritime climate. Jamaican seasons are virtually non-existent and daytime maximum temperatures along the coast hover constantly around 80-86F (27-30C).

Even up in the Jamaican Blue Mountains temperatures are only just under 68F (20C) for most of the year. If you plan on spending time on the east coast or in the Jamaican Blue Mountains, you may wish to take account of the so-called rainy season, which extends from May to November with two peaks: May/June and October/November. Although this time of year is a little more humid than others, rain usually falls for short periods (normally in the late afternoon) and it's quite possible to enjoy sunshine for most of your visit. The Jamaican peak tourist season runs from mid-December to mid-April, with Jamaican Christmas and Jamaican Easter the busiest weeks. During this period the resort areas of the island are flooded with foreign tourists and Jamaican hotel prices are highest. You can save wads of money (40% or more at some hotels) by visiting during the less-crowded low season which lasts from May to November.

Jamaican Location: Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, 90 miles south of Cuba. Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean Sea. It is located 898 kilometers southeast of Miami, 144.8 kilometers south of Cuba and 160.9 kilometers south west of Haiti. The island has an area of 11 420 square kilometers; its highest point is the Jamaican Blue Mountain Peak, which rises 2 256 meters above sea level.

Jamaican Government: Constitutional monarchy. Jamaica gained independence from the UK in 1962. Head of State: HM Queen Elizabeth II, represented locally by Jamaican Governor General. Head of Jamaican Government is Prime Minister Portia Simpson.

Jamaican Language: The official language of Jamaica is English. Local patois is also spoken.

Jamaican Tipping: Most Jamaican hotels will include a 10 to 15% charge on your bill. These charges are not automatically included in Jamaican restaurant bills, so tipping is suggested.

Jamaican Hotel Tax: There is a room occupancy Jamaican tax which varies somewhat according to the type of hotel. On average there is a 10% service charge plus a 15% G.C.T. charge. Some Jamaican hotels include this in their rack rate.

Jamaican Post Office: Jamaican airmail is available. Opening hours are from 8:00AM to 4:00PM Monday to Friday.

Jamaican Ethnic Groups: This is a healthy blend of Black Jamaicans, mixed or Jamaican mulattos, East Indian , whites and Chinese.

Jamaican Driving Times:
- Montego Bay to Negril 80 Km 1  hours drive
- Montego Bay to Ocho Rios 100 Km 1 hours drive
- Ocho Rios to Port Antonio 97 Km 2  hours
- Ocho Rios to Kingston 96 Km 2 hours
- Kingston to Mandeville 105 Km  1 hours
- Kingston to Port Antonio 109 Km 2 hours

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