About Us

ABOUT US

Welcome to Rita’s Original Jamaican Market,

Guaranteed by a rigorous system of controls,  we export  the best  quality regional products to consumers worldwide, from the farmer, plantation, producer to your home.

Blending experience, innovation and passion to spread the Culture of Jamaica around the world, with a led a path of excellence with energy and determination, transparency, reliability, commitment.

Here to find the best selections of   100% Blue Mountain Coffee’, High Mountain Coffee, Coffee Blends, Herbal Tea, Spices, Jamaican Tropical Sauces, Marmelades & Jams, made in a traditional way, products for body care strictly organic, precious books about Jamaican cuisine, Jamaican Art , Jamaican Flowers and Plants; for a comparative exploration of the Caribbean literatures and cultures. 

It is a labor of love supported to this work that has been able to involve local farmers, producers and distributors completely because it is bound to our desires to discover, travel and go beyond.

check our website, is constantly updated with excellent new products !

 

 

 

 

ABOUT JAMAICA

Jamaica, a Caribbean island nation, has a 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. 

Island of the Great Antilles, 240 km long and 80 km wide, located in the Caribbean Sea. It is 630 km from the Central American continent, 150 km from Cuba to the north and 190 km from the island of Hispaniola, on which are located Haiti and the Dominican Republic, to the east northeast.

 

HISTORY

The Arawak native Taino natives called the island Xaymaca, which means either the land of springs or the land of wood and water. Christopher Columbus landed on the island in 1494, landing at Discovery Bay, between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. He described the new discovery as “the most beautiful island the human eye has ever seen” and baptized Santiago. Jamaica, already known as the Spanish possession under the name of Santiago, became the possession of the British Empire in the West Indies of Jamaica. The population of the country is mainly composed of descendants of former African slaves. It is the third most populous Anglo-African country in the Americas, after the United States of America and Canada.

GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Latitude 17.43 degrees / 18.43 degrees north. Longitude 76.11 degrees /78.21 degrees West. The highest point on the sea level is the Blue Mountain Peak at 7,402 feet. From the Blue Mountains there are about 120 watercourses spreading across the island. Only here you can appreciate about 200 species of wild orchids, the 550 species of tropical ferns, not to mention the 250 different species of birds 24 are in extinction. Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean.

CLIMATE

The average temperature is 82 degrees F. It is cooler in the hills with a mean temperature of 70 graphs F.

In Kingston the degree of humidity varies from 63% in February to 75% in October.

The sun rises approximately at 0600 and is set to 1900.

 

GDP per capita
4,868.25 USD ‎(2016)
Gross domestic product
14.03 billion USD ‎(2016)
Life expectancy
75.80 years ‎(2015)

 

PRIME MINISTER : Andrew Holness

AIRPORTS

(KGN) -Norman Manley International Airport, about 20 Km from Kingston.
(MBJ) -Donald Sangster International Airport, 3Km from Montego Bay.
Sangster – Ocho Rios: 1 hour flight from Negril

DOCUMENTS

Entry to the island is required for a valid passport for the expatriate and a paid return ticket.

BANKS

Bank of Jamaica * Bank of Nova Scotia JA Ltd. * CIBC, JA Ltd. * Citibank * Citizens Bank (Jamaica) Ltd. * Eagle Merchant Bank * National Commercial Bank * Workers bank.

BANK HOURS

From Monday to Thursday 9 AM-2 PM.
Friday: CIBC JA. Ltd. & Eagle Commercial Bank 9 AM-12 PM & 2:30 AM-5 PM PM.
All other commercial bank from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
A shift office is available at Kingston and Montego Bay airport for international flight passengers.

OFFICE TIMES

From Monday to Friday 09: 00-17: 00.
Shopping From Monday to Friday 09: 00-17: 00. Saturday 10: 00-18: 00. Some Supermarkets are open until 10 p.m.

TAXES

The starting fee is 1000 Ja $ (about 18 Euros) and you pay at the airport on departure.

Consumption tax (our VAT) is 20%

LEGAL CURRENCY / CAMBIO
Rate of exchange fluctuates daily, depending on foreign exchange markets. Bank of Jamaica.

Currently US$1.00 is about JA$124.00. 
There are several licensed authorized foreign exchange dealers located island wide called “Cambios”

LANGUAGE

The official language is English but Patois, a mix of English and African, is the language most popular and used.

POPULATION

2 970 340 millions

TRANSPORTATION

Drive to the left. Foreign licenses are valid for up to 3 months.

ELECTRICITY

110 Volts / 50 AC is standard. 220 volts is available in some hotels. Some hotels supply adapters.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Hospitals and pharmacies are present in all major locations. Specialists and dentists are also available around the island.

DOGS & CATS

Pets are generally not allowed in Jamaica. To do so requires a special permit followed by a quarantine period for the animal. Not recommended.

RELIGION

There are many religious congregations in the island that are peacefully Anglican, Catholic, Episcopal, Islamic, Pentecostal & Presbyterian Churches etc.

Churches and tents for religious communities are spread everywhere in the island.

AIRLINE COMPANIES

Air Canada · Air Jamaica · ALM · American Airlines · American Trans Air · Avianca · British Airways · BWIA · Cayman Airways · Condor · Continental · COPA · Cubana · LTU · Northwest · Trans World Airlines · US Air

RESTAURANTS

A wide choice of  delicious Local Gourmet and International Restaurants.

For those who choose the formula in the villa, a Jamaican mamy with staff is at your disposal to cook the best of local dishes. Just decide in the morning what you want for lunch or dinner and your desires will come true.

NIGHTLIFE

For those who love the nightlife , Negril and Montego Bay are the best equipped resorts. Also Port Antonio , Ochio Rios and Kingston offer incredible nightlife opportunity, ask to a local!

SHOPPING

Jamaica produces the famous Blue Mountain Coffee, a renowned coffee market worldwide, Tia Maria coffee liquor and famous Rum Appleton. Wooden craft are recommended, which can be found on various markets or along the roads. Very popular gadgets are the colorful jamaican-style wool jumper caps, net t-shirts, ecc.

TRIPS / TOURS

For those who love nature, Jamaica is a true tropical paradise. Every area of ​​the island offers precious jewelery of rare beauty. Breathtaking waterfalls, spring water lagoons, botanical paradises and many species of birds and butterflies. Be ready for Evocative moments.

SPORTS

Horse riding · Cricket · Tennis · Watersports · Deep sea fishing · Snorkeling · Scuba Diving

NATIONAL FESTS

February 28: Ash Wednesday.
April 10: Good Friday.
April 13: Easter Monday
May 23: Labor Day
August 1: Emancipation Day.
August 6: Independence Day.
October 19: National Heroes Day.
December 25: Christmas Day.
December 26: Boxing Day.

 

WISHES FOR A PLEASANT STAY!

 

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