Jamaica Unit Study: Interactive Foam Map [Geography]

Jamaica is a Caribbean island nation, with lush topography of mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches. Many of its all-inclusive resorts are clustered in Montego Bay, with its British-colonial architecture, and Negril, known for its diving and snorkeling sites. Jamaica is famed as the birthplace of reggae music, and its capital Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the famous singer.

We chose a lovely cheerful yellow for our interactive foam map this month. Love the contrast on the back plastic tray. You can download the map outline to make your own hands on learning map along with tags of the larger cities HERE.

Kingston – is the capital of the island of Jamaica, lying on its southeast coast. In the city center, the Bob Marley Museum is housed in the reggae singer’s former home. Nearby, Devon House is a colonial-era mansion with period furnishings. Hope Botanical Gardens & Zoo showcases native flora and fauna. Northeast of the city, the Blue Mountains are a renowned coffee-growing region with trails and waterfalls. Population: >660,000.

Ocho Rios – is a port town on the north coast of Jamaica. A former fishing village, it’s now a resort with a cruise ship harbor and a busy bay beach that’s lined with hotels. The surrounding parish of Saint Ann is home to rainforest, rivers and waterfalls. Dunn’s River Falls is a terraced, 180m mountain waterfall with lagoon pools, surrounded by trees. Population: >16,000.

Montego Bay – is the capital of Saint James Parish on Jamaica’s north coast, and a major cruise ship port with numerous beach resorts and golf courses. There’s also snorkeling and diving at coral reefs in the protected waters of Montego Bay Marine Park. Population: >110,000.

Negril – is a town in western Jamaica. It’s known for its miles of sandy beaches on shallow bays with calm, turquoise waters. Long Bay opens onto a lagoon protected by coral reefs and is a snorkeling and scuba-diving destination. Population: ~7,000.

Spanish Town – is the capital and the largest town in the parish of St. Catherine in the historic county of Middlesex, Jamaica. It was the Spanish and British capital of Jamaica from 1534 until 1872. The town is home to numerous memorials, the national archives, and one of the oldest Anglican churches outside England. Population: >160,000.

Mandeville – is the capital and largest town in the parish of Manchester in the county of Middlesex, Jamaica. Mandeville has a town square, parish church and clock tower, and many large, elegant early nineteenth-century houses line the winding streets in the town centre. Population: ~ 72,000.

Savanna-La-Mar – is the chief town and capital of Westmoreland Parish, Jamaica. A coastal town, it contains an 18th-century fort constructed for colonial defense against pirates in the Caribbean. Savanna-la-Mar was originally established as a settlement in Spanish Jamaica. Population: >20,000.

Falmouth – is the capital city of Jamaica’s Trelawny Parish. It’s a busy cruise-ship port that lies between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay on the island’s north shore. The city is characterized by its Georgian architecture, concentrated in the Falmouth Historic District. Population: >8,000.

Lindstead – is a town in the parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica in the West Indies. It holds a Grand Market celebration each Christmas Eve when people come out and fill the streets, small shops sell toys and other Christmas gifts, and events and parties are held in the square. It was popularized in the song Linstead Market. Population >15,000.

Portmore – is a large coastal town in southern Jamaica in Saint Catherine, and a dormitory town for the neighboring city of Kingston and Spanish Town. It is divided into two regions, the plains to the north and the limestone hills of Hellshire to the south. Population: >140,000.

Port Antonio – is a city on Jamaica’s northeast coast and the capital of Portland Parish. It’s known as a gateway to nearby tropical jungles, mountains and waterfalls. In the John Crow Mountains, Reach Falls flows into a river pool. Near Hope Bay, Somerset Falls flows on the grounds of a former plantation. In the east, the Blue Lagoon is known for its blue waters, fed by the Caribbean Sea and underground springs. Population: ~14,000.

St. Ann’s Bay – a settlement in Jamaica, the capital of Saint Ann Parish. When Christopher Columbus first came to Jamaica in 1494, he landed on the shores of St. Ann’s Parish. He returned to Jamaica on his fourth voyage and was eventually marooned for one year at St. Ann’s Bay. A statue of Christopher Columbus is located near the town’s main traffic intersection to commemorate the discovery of the bay. Population: ~14,000.

Morant Bay – is a town in southeastern Jamaica and the capital of the parish of St. Thomas, located about 25 miles east of Kingston. Attractions include Morant Fort, Garden, Court House & St. Thomas Parish Church. Population: >90,000.

Port Maria – is the capital town of the Jamaican parish of Saint Mary. Originally named “Puerto Santa Maria”, it was the second town established by Spanish settlers in Jamaica. Population: >7,500.

May Pen – is the capital and largest town in the parish of Clarendon in the Middlesex County, Jamaica. It is located on the Rio Minho river, and is a major market center for the Parish. Population: ~60,000.

Black River – is the capital of St. Elizabeth Parish, in southwestern Jamaica. It developed as a port around the mouth of the river of the same name. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, it was a thriving sugar port with a market for African slaves. Today the city is a center of environmental tourism and a gateway to the Treasure Beach resort area. Population: >4,000.

Lucea – is a coastal town in Jamaica, between Negril and Montego Bay. It’s known for its secluded beaches. At the mouth of Tom Pipers Bay is Fort Charlotte, built by the British. The fort is said to have a tunnel leading to the 18th-century Hanover Parish Church nearby. The forests around Lucea have a number of waterfalls, including Mayfield Falls. Population: >5,000.

Baby sister wants to learn too!

It’s so much fun to learn about the different towns/cities of Jamaica. When my husband and I visited in 2013, we flew into Montego Bay and stayed near Ochos Rios. It would be so much fun to explore the rest of the country! Someday…

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