The Answers to questions about villas in Jamaica
If you are thinking about taking a cheap Jamaican vacation, or
you are having a Jamaican honeymoon, there are many things that
you should know about your Jamaican villa vacation before you
depart. One of the most telling things about a place is
the way that it is represented. This is portrayed in the
country's flag. The colors displayed on the Jamaican Flag
have a deep symbolism, and are rooted strongly in the islands
culture and history. The yellow on the flag in representative
of the islands year-round sunshine and abundance of resources.
The Black is indicative of the island's troubled past, with it's
roots in subjugation and slavery. The green on the flag represents
the Islands lush forestd and plantlife, as well as the agricultural
prosperity of Jamaica.
August 6 is Independence Day on the Island of Jamaica. This day
celebrates the day in 1962 when Jamaica was finaly granted independence
from imperial control. Jamaica had remained a British colony up
to this time. Despite the island's history of slavery and subjugation
at the hands of the British as well as the Spanish and others,
two of Jamaica's National hero's were British subjects. Norman
Manly, whose face appears on Jamaican currency with the title:
"The R.T. Excellent Norman Manley - National Hero".
is credited with many social reforms that have benefited Jamaican
society greatly. Also displayed as a national hero on Jamaican
currency is the face Sir Alexander Bustamante, who is also credited
with great contributions to the wellfare of Jamaican society.
Other national hero's pictured on Jamaican curreny include another
Englishman, The R.T. Excellent George William Gordon, as well
as Native Jamaicans like The R.T. Excellent Marcus Garvey, who
is pictured on the 20 Dollar coin.Samuel Sharpe is pictured on
the 50 dollar bill. Samuel Sharp was a Jamaican slave who led
a revolt against the ruling authorities of the island in 1831.
This rebellion and it's aftermath have been credited as playing
part in the abolition of slavery across the British empire two
years later in 1833.
Despite the designation of "dollar" on Jamaican currency,
most Jamaicans refer to their money as "JA", pronounced
"jay", since this JA is the symbol that appears before
a dollar amount, just as "$" indicates the American
The American Dollar is acceptable currency in most parts of Jamaica.
However, it is good to exchange some of your money for Jamaican
currency, since many of the smaller Jamaican shops and sellers
may have a difficult time getting change for your larger and more
valuble american currency.