The largest English speaking island, and the third largest overall. This means that incredible variety is available. On the other hand, with a population of 2.7 million,
Jamaica is the largest English-speaking island in the Caribbean and the third largest in the region. With a total land area of 4,442 square miles, the island is 146 miles long with widths varying between 22 and 51 miles.
The terrain is very mountainous with much of the land rising above 1,000 feet. The highest point, Blue Mountain Peak, is 7,402 feet above sea level. Complementing its mountains, Jamaica also brims with valleys and plains. The annual average rainfall is 78 inches. Mountainous areas receive almost 300 inches of rainfall each year while sections of the island’s western region get as little as 30 inches. The annual average temperature is 27 degrees Celsius. The hottest months are in the summer, from May to September. The “winter” season (December to March) is appreciably cooler. Over 120 rivers flow through the land from the central mountain region to the coasts. Jamaica is also a haven for wildlife. For example, over 252 species of birds can be found in there. Of these, 27 are found nowhere else. Information and photograph courtesy of theJamaica Tourist Board. For more detail on the island, that’s a great place to start.