Jamaica is an island nation in the Caribbean. Known for its strong sense of self identity expressed through its music, food and rich cultural mix, Jamaica’s influence extends far beyond its shores.
Boasting such luminaries as Marcus Garvey and musician Bob Marley, Jamaicans are proud of their cultural and religious heritage. The island is the birthplace of Rastafarianism, a religious movement which has been adopted by groups around the world who venerate the former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie. Once regarded as a revolutionary threat, Rastafarianism became a cultural force, reflected in art and music.
The island is also known for its beauty, political stability and plentiful resources in the form of bauxite and sugar. Jamaica's climate is tropical, supporting diverse ecosystems with a wealth of plants and animals.
Border Countries: Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, & Hispaniola
Capital City: Kingston
Population: 2.8 million
Language: English. Jamaicans primarily speak an English-African Creole language known as Jamaican Patois
Electricity: 110 v. Visit the World Electricity Guide for more information.
food & drink
Jamaicans eat foods that are flavored with spices such as ginger, nutmeg, and allspice (pimento). Allspice, the dried berries of the pimento plant, is native to Jamaica and is an important export crop. Many meals are accompanied by bammy, which is a toasted bread-like wafer made from cassava.
With the warm waters of the Caribbean sea surrounding the island, seafood is plentiful in the Jamaican diet. Lobster, shrimp, and fish such as red snapper, tuna, mackerel, and jackfish are in abundance.
Must-try foods include the Jamaican Jerk flavored dishes, the most common being jerk chicken, bammy, and any local seafood.