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.
25 Interesting facts about Jamaica you probably don’t know
Fact 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.
Fact 2. Jamaica produces Blue Mountain Coffee, a highly sought-after and expensive coffee that is popular across the globe.
Fact 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.)
Fact 4. Jamaica is home to over 200 species of exotic orchid, 73 of which are indigenous.
Fact 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.
Fact 6. In 1994, Jamaica was the first Caribbean country to launch a website – www.jamaicatravel.com.
Fact 7. Jamaican, Kool Herc, is responsible for starting rap and hip-hop music.
Fact 8. Established in Jamaica in 1868, The Manchester Golf Club is the oldest in the western hemisphere.
Fact 9. Despite being predominantly Christian, Jamaica’s Jewish residents are among the oldest on the island.
Fact 10. The “healing waters of Jamaica” are made up of several natural mineral baths and hot springs that are thought to have therapeutic properties.
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Fact 11. Surprisingly, Rastafarians make up less than 1% of the total Jamaican population.
Fact 12. AT&T copied Jamaica’s telephone system.
Fact 13. While it may be widely spoken, Jamaican Creole or Patois is not a written language.
Fact 14. Jamaica’s Kingston Harbor is the largest natural harbor in the world.
Fact 15. Jamaica has the most rum bars per square mile – a pleasant surprise for many visiting rum connoisseurs.
Fact 16. Cranberry is a sought-after luxury item in Jamaica.
Fact 17. Jamaica has more multiple live births than any other country in the world.
Fact 18. In 1688, Jamaica was the first British colonial territory to establish a postal service.
Fact 19. Reciting The Lord’s Prayer is a mandatory part of the morning proceedings in all public schools.
Fact 20. Jamaica was the first commercial producer of bananas in the Western world.
Fact 21. Chicken is probably the true favorite among Jamaican meat eaters.
Fact 22. Jamaica is home to the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt.
Fact 23. Back in the late 1400s Christopher Columbus referred to Jamaica as “the fairest isle that eyes ever beheld”.
Fact 24. Jamaica officially holds the title of being the “5th Happiest Place in the World”.
Fact 25. Milk River Bath is known to be the most radioactive mineral spa in the world.