Area: 10,991 sq km (4244 sq. miles)
Language: English (and local patois)
Religion: Protestant majority
Time Zone: GMT -5
Electricity: 110V AC, 50Hz single phase
Passport: Required by all except U.S. and Canadian citizens
Currency: Jamaican Dollar (J$) = 100 cents
Health: No special precautions
Climate: Tropical all year. The rainy months are May and October.
International Dialling Code: 1+809
Jamaica is the third-largest island in the West Indies, a narrow outcrop of a submerged mountain range. The island features a range of mountains reaching 2256m (7402ft) at the Blue Mountain Peak in the east and descending towards the west. Most of the best beaches are on the north and west coasts. Jamaica's luxuriant tropical and subtropical vegetation is probably unsurpassed anywhere in the Caribbean.