5 Facts – Physical Jamaica


Here are 5 fabulous facts about Jamaica’s physical makeup that you may or may not have known:

  1. Jamaica is 4,244 square miles or 10,991 square km in size. It is the largest English-speaking island in the Caribbean. It is the third largest of the four Greater Antilles and the third-largest Anglophone nation in the Western Hemisphere.
  2. Measuring 1,213 km² in size, St Ann is the largest parish in Jamaica. The smallest parish is Kingston, which is the island’s capital.
  3. The highest point on the island is the Blue Mountain Peak, which is 7,402 feet or 2,256 metres above sea level.
  4. Did you know that Jamaica is actually an archipelago? According to the international law of the sea, an archipelago is a group of islands within 100 miles off the coast. The Jamaican archipelago is made up of 65 rocks, cays and islands, most of which are along the south coast.
  5. The longest river in the country is the Rio Minho, which measures 92.8 km from its source close to the centre of the island to where it meets the Caribbean Sea at Carlisle Bay in Clarendon. Initially, Black River in St Elizabeth was believed to be the longest river, but research showed that it was 53.4 km in length, compared to the Rio Minho.