Situated in the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is the third largest Caribbean island and is most commonly known for its miles of white sandy beaches and as the birthplace of Reggae music.
But did you know that Jamaica also has the most churches per square mile than any other country in the world? Check out these 5 fun facts about this Caribbean paradise and impress everyone you meet with your knowledge during your next TravelSmart getaway to Jamaica!
James Bond was ‘born’ in Jamaica
James Bond author, Ian Fleming, made Jamaica his home away from home and lived for many years in his second home there, aptly called GoldenEye. Jamaica features prominently in almost all of Fleming’s novels and he has been quoted as saying that the James Bond series would probably never have existed had he not fallen in love with the Caribbean island.
TravelSmart Fun Fact: Dr. No, the first film version of the books, was also set and was filmed entirely on location in Jamaica
Orchids run wild
There are over 200 species of Orchids growing wild and of those 200, there are 73 species that can only be found on the island itself in part because of its tropical climate. With over 1000 species of trees and 500 species of ferns, Jamaica is one of the best places to see wild flora and fauna.
Shortage of Snakes
After Mongooses were imported in 1872 to rid the sugar cane fields of rats, the snake population also dropped drastically. Now it is very rare to encounter snakes in Jamaica. There are 8 native snake species on the island, none of which are venomous!
The national drink is…. RUM
Rum has been part of the island’s history since the 17th century and Jamaican Rum is some of the best you will ever try. They produce many different kinds, from light rum for cocktails or the ever popular dark spiced rum. Order a traditional rum cocktail on your next TravelSmart getaway to the island and discover for yourself just how good it really is!
The colours of the flag
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