Jamaica is the largest English-speaking island in the Caribbean and the third largest overall. The island spans 4,400 square miles.
Jamaica is populated by over 2 million people, largely descendents of the freed African slaves brought over to the island by the spanish and British. Jamaica is classified as a developing country. Tourism and mining are the two most profitable economic sectors along with agriculture and manufacturing. Jamaica has been an independent country since 1962 when it ceased to be a British colony but remains part of the British Commonwealth.
Jamaica’s lush colorful landscapes act as muse for its people. These vibrant colors are reflected in the visual arts.Jamaicans have produced some of the best paintings, sculptures, and pottery in the Caribbean. Jamaican artists draw influences from their diverse culture. These colorful works of art include precious treasures produced by unconventional artists ranging from the academic to the self-taught artisan.The official language of Jamaica is English. However, most likely you will hear traces of what sounds like a foreign tongue. The language on the streets is called Patois. Patois is a combination of English, spanish. Portuguese and African phrases which sounds more rhythmic then traditional English.
Jamaica’s climate is tropical and is one of the few nations that enjoy a somewhat consistent low and high temperature throughout the year across the entire country.The average temperature in Jamaica is about 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
Low temperatures range from the low 70’s to the the high 80’s with summers slightly warmer than the winter months.Even during the warmer summer months,the early morning temperatures linger around a comfortable 79 degrees Fahrenheit gradually rising to reach a average high of around 87 degrees in the early afternoon.