60 Interesting Facts About Jamaica

Last updated on November 12th, 2017

Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, consisting of the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles. While many people associate Jamaica with coconuts, rum, and lilting accents, the country has a lot more to offer. With these 60 interesting facts about Jamaica, let’s learn more about its history, culture, people, flag, reggae music, and some weird and funny facts.

Interesting facts about Jamaica you probably didn’t know

#1. The original inhabitants of Jamaica cultivated corn and yams. Today, Jamaica is famous for cultivating sugar cane, bananas, and mangoes, none of which are indigenous.

#2. Jamaica produces Blue Mountain Coffee, a highly sought-after and expensive coffee that is popular across the globe. It is one of the rarest coffees in the world.

#3. In 1988, Jamaica was the first tropical country to send a bobsledding team to the Winter Olympics (Bobsledding – a winter sport in which teams of two or four teammates make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked, iced tracks in a gravity-powered sled. The timed runs are combined to calculate the final score.)

#4. Jamaica is home to over 200 species of exotic orchid, 73 of which are indigenous.

#5. With 3 winners and 3 runners-up in the Miss World competitions, Jamaica truly does boast some of the most beautiful women in the world.

#6. In 1994, Jamaica was the first Caribbean country to launch a website – www.jamaicatravel.com.

#7. Jamaican, Kool Herc, is responsible for starting rap and hip-hop music. Google celebrated the 44th Anniversary of the Birth of Hip Hop with a Doodle on their home page on August 11, 2017.

Dr Kool Herc
Herc spins records in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx at a 28 February 2009 event addressing the “West Indian Roots of Hip-Hop.” Image Credit – Wikipedia.org

#8. Established in Jamaica in 1868, The Manchester Golf Club is the oldest in the western hemisphere.

#9. Despite being predominantly Christian, Jamaica’s Jewish residents are among the oldest on the island.

#10. The “healing waters of Jamaica” are made up of several natural mineral baths and hot springs that are thought to have therapeutic properties.

The “healing waters of Jamaica”
A spring of water with some healing properties as believed by many. Image source

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#11. Surprisingly, Rastafarians make up less than 1% of the total Jamaican population.

#12. AT&T copied Jamaica’s telephone system.

#13. While it may be widely spoken, Jamaican Creole or Patois is not a written language.

#14. Jamaica’s Kingston Harbor is the seventh-largest natural harbor in the world.

#15. Jamaica has one of the highest numbers of rum bars per square mile – a pleasant surprise for many visiting rum connoisseurs.

#16. Cranberry is a sought-after luxury item in Jamaica.

#17. Jamaica has more multiple live births (wherein the mother delivers two or more offspring.) than any other country in the world.

Triplet Boys
Identical triplets are extremely rare. Image credit – Wikipedia.org

#18. In 1688, Jamaica was the first British colonial territory to establish a postal service.

#19. Reciting The Lord’s Prayer is a mandatory part of the morning proceedings in all public schools.

#20. Jamaica was the first commercial producer of bananas in the Western world.

#21. Chicken is probably the true favorite among Jamaican meat eaters.

#22. Jamaica is home to the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt.

Jamaica facts: Bolt after winning his fourth 200 m world title.
Bolt after winning his fourth 200 m world title in 2015 Beijing World Championships. Image credit – Erik van Leeuwen

#23. Back in the late 1400s Christopher Columbus referred to Jamaica as “the fairest isle that eyes ever beheld”.

#24. Jamaica is among the happiest places in the world.

#25. Milk River Bath is known to be the most radioactive mineral spa in the world.

Jamaica on map with neighboring countries
Jamaica on the map with neighboring countries

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