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Video Welcome to Jamaica!

- Jamaica's History -

- General Facts -


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Check out a fantastic site dedicated to the preservation of Jamaica's traditional music.

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 Interactive Map & Additional Info


Official Name


Out of Many One People

Latitude between 18 degree 15' north. Longitude between 77 degree 30' west.
10,991 km²
4,244 sq mi .... more

Located in the Caribbean Sea south of Cuba.. more

For additional information, photos and videos for places  highlighted in red, click on the location on the map.  Click on '(c) Lonely Planet' to access that site.
Tropical climate, hot to temperate interior : Seasonal rains in May & October, heavy rains in summer months 'hurrican season' (June - Sept.) Temp : varies very little between 88 °F (31 °C) and 71 °F (22 °C) at the coast though mountain temperatures can be considerably lower .... more
Interior mountains and plateaus cover much of Jamaica's length, and nearly half of the island's surface is more than 1,000 feet (300 metres) above sea level... more

Total estimated population as of July 2005 - 2,651,000.
Official  Language

  • The island - discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1494 - was settled by the Spanish early in the 16th century. The native Taino Indians, who had inhabited Jamaica for centuries, were gradually exterminated. England seized the island in 1655 and a plantation economy - based on sugar, cocoa, and coffee - was established.  Jamaica gradually obtained increasing independence from Britain, and in 1958 it joined other British Caribbean colonies in forming the Federation of the West Indies. Jamaica gained full independence when it withdrew from the federation in 1962.

  • Jamaica has been a stable democracy since its independence in 1962, with free expression of opinion, a free press and well-established traditions of democratic participation. In spite of modest long-term growth, Jamaica has made substantial progress in poverty reduction since it began monitoring living conditions in 1988. (Source)

  • Ever since Errol Flynn cavorted here with his Hollywood pals in the 1930s and '40s, travelers have regarded Jamaica as one of the most alluring of the Caribbean islands. Its beaches, mountains and carnal red sunsets regularly appear in the sort of tourist brochures that promise paradise. Unlike other nearby islands, it caters to everyone from beach bums to newlyweds: you can choose a private villa with your own secluded beach; laugh your vacation away at a party-hearty resort; or throw yourself into the thick of the island's life while experiencing the three R's: reggae, reefers and rum. (Source)

Sources: Wikipedia, CIA World Factbook; Lonely Planet.com

CLICK HERE to see islands that surround Jamaica in the Caribbean




  "Life and Debt is that rare breed of documentary which succeeds in both educating and informing its viewers on a complex topic while also entertaining them from start to finish...."

"... Sadly, for most Jamaicans, the paradise tourists enjoy is more like a living hell for those who live in it. Using individual interviews and cases the filmmakers weave a damning portrait of the consequences of Free Trade, structural adjustment and other notions of development imposed from outside the country and sold as being in the best interests of Jamaica and its people...

... finish reading the review here.

View the film here




Jamaican Style  - Videos










Aria would like to introduce you to Oliver Samuels, one of Jamaica's premiere comedians who made it very big in Jamaica in the 1990's in his show "Oliver at Large" where he poked fun at class relations in Jamaica.  Nowadays, Oliver is large all over the world.  And... Oh... oh... have to add that this celebrity did spend a day at Aria's house in New York... woohoo!  Here are clips from his very first show...

Oliver at Large - "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" 

             Part 1              Part 2             Part 3            Part 4


Almost Jamaican lol...


Russell Peters - I Grew Up with Jamaicans

(Parent Advisory -  slip of the tongue)


Spring Break in Jamaica!

(Parent Advisory -  slip of the tongue)



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