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30 Jamaica Travel Hints And Facts - Part IV.
There are several incoming duty-free items into Jamaica; an adult 18 years
or older is allowed the following duty-free items:
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 80°F / 27°C. The average yearly temperature range is between 78°F and 85deg;F. Extreme Jamaican temperatures range from a low of 65°F to a high of 95°F. 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 80-86°F (27-30°C).
Even up in the Jamaican Blue Mountains temperatures are only just under 68°F (20°C) 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.
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