Essential info for Jamaica
Population: About 3 million
Capital city: Kingston
Geography: Jamaica is the third biggest island in the Caribbean. Much of inland Jamaica is covered in rough and mountainous terrain, with a significant number of small and underground rivers traversing the country. The coastline is made up of a combination of white sandy beaches and rugged, rocky areas.
Political system: Parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy
Major religions: Christianity
Main languages: English and Jamaican Patois
Money: The country's official currency is the Jamaican Dollar (JMD), which is divided into 100 cents. ATMs and card facilities are available in most major urban centres and tourist areas.
Tipping: A tip of 10 to 15 percent is generally expected for most services
Electricity: 110 volts, 50 Hz. Plugs with two flat blades are used throughout the country.
Internet domain: .jm
International dialling code: +1 (876)
Emergency contacts: 119 (police), 110 (fire and ambulance)
Transport and driving: Taxis and buses are the most common form of public transport in Jamaica. Buses can be crowded and unreliable, but taxis are available in most urban centres and often offer a quicker way to get around. Vehicles drive on the left-hand side of the road.