The name 'Jamaica' comes from an Arawak Indian word meaning 'land of wood and water'.
In the 17th century when Jamaica was a haven for pirates, Port Royal was known as the wickedest city in the world.
In 1988, Jamaica became the first West Indian nation to enter the Winter Olympics when they sent a bobsleigh team to Calgary, Canada.
The only tropical countries to have entered the Winter Olympics before Jamaica were Senegal and the Philippines.
There are more churches per square mile in Jamaica than in any other country.
Noctilio leporinus, the Jamaican fish-eating bat, is found only in the Hellshire Hills in Jamaica.
Jamaicans have won the Miss World title three times. Only India, Venezuela and the UK have won Miss World more often.