Religion in Jamaica
61% of the island’s believers are Protestants, the rest are adherents of various religious cults and Catholics.
Transport in Jamaica
International airports are located in Kingston and Montego Bay. There is also a well-developed network of domestic airlines that deliver tourists from the country’s capital to the main resort cities.
The main form of transport in the country is buses. Buses run between cities and within them. You can also use taxi services.
In order to rent a car, you must be over 25 years old, have an international driver’s license and a credit card. Traffic on the roads of Jamaica is on the left.
Plant and Animal World in Jamaica
The island has preserved forests untouched by man, where ebony and dalbergia grow. Thickets of bamboo and logwood are widespread. The western part of the island is occupied by savannas, where elephant grass, bearded vultures, baobab and umbrella-shaped acacias are found. The most common tree in Jamaica is the cotton tree (ceiba). In addition, over 200 species of orchids and many colorful flowers grow here.
Many species of animals were brought to the island during its settlement by Europeans, manatees and crocodiles, snakes, iguanas and several species of bats remained from the indigenous ones. Of the animals brought here, mongooses and mynas have taken root.
Minerals in Jamaica
Reserves of bauxite, gypsum, limestone and marble have been discovered in Jamaica.
Banks in Jamaica
Banks are open from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 14:00, on Friday – from 9:00 to 17:00 with a lunch break from 12:00 to 14:30. Exchange offices at major airports are open 24/7.
Money in Jamaica
The official currency of Jamaica is the Jamaican dollar. 1 Jamaican dollar is equal to 100 cents. In circulation are denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 100 dollars and coins of 1 and 5 dollars, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50 cents. Now you can also find many commemorative coins of various shapes.
Currency is exchanged at the airport, banks, hotels and exchange offices, but usually the exchange rate in hotels is not favorable. Receipts that are issued during the exchange are best kept until the end of the trip. In most Jamaican shops you can pay in US dollars, and traveler’s checks should be purchased in US dollars.
Political State in Jamaica
According to politicsezine, Jamaica is an independent republic that is part of the British Commonwealth. The British monarch is considered the head of state, and his representative in Jamaica is the governor general. Legislative power is in the hands of a bicameral parliament, while executive power is vested in the government headed by the prime minister.
Population in Jamaica
Most of the inhabitants of Jamaica are descendants of Africans, about 15% are born from mixed marriages of Africans and Europeans (mestizos). The island is also inhabited by Indians, Chinese and Europeans.
The official language of Jamaica is English, but the locals speak Patois, a mixture of English and Creole.
Cuisine in Jamaica
The local cuisine has absorbed the traditions of the peoples living in Jamaica: Africans, Europeans, Indians and Chinese.
The menu of any restaurant includes dishes such as Creole pork, stewed chicken with rice, fried and baked bananas of a special variety, beef with Picadillo rice, char-grilled goat meat with beans, marinated and char-grilled meat “jerk” and all kinds of seafood, which are marinated before cooking.
Fruits, fruit salads and pies with fruit fillings are served for dessert. Finish your meal with a glass of freshly squeezed fruit juice or smoothie. Locals love coffee, and the Blue Mountain variety is exported to various countries. Of the alcoholic beverages, one cannot fail to mention the world-famous brands of Jamaican rum “Appleton” .