About Us

ABOUT US

Welcome to Rita’s Original Jamaican Market,

If you are not a gourmet, when you enter this site , you will soon want to be. Aromas from dark coffee beans, teas, and bulk spices envelop you as you approach the hand-labeled commodities.

We offer the best selections of   100% Blue Mountain Coffee’, High Mountain Coffee, Coffee Blends, Herbal Teas , a full range of pure & natural spices, Jamaican Tropical Sauces, Marmelades & Jams  made in a traditional way; Bodycare products strictly organic; Unique handmade Jamaican Sigars and Books about Jamaican cuisine, Jamaican Art , Jamaican Flowers and Plants for a comparative  literatures and cultures exploration about this beautiful Caribbean Island.

Guaranteed by a rigorous system of controls,  we export our 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, it involves local farmers, producers and distributors completely because it is bound to our desires to discover, travel and go beyond.

With quality our goal and fast turnaround times for our products, you can rest assured our products are not only fresh, but packed with flavor.

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 and recently has inagurated The Peter Tosh Museum.

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

 DEPARTURES TAX

An airport departure tax of US$35 is payable when departing Jamaica. In most cases this tax is included in the cost of the airline ticket (paid in advance)

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

Consumption tax (our VAT) is 33.3%

General consumption tax (GCT) is generally imposed at the standard rate of 16.5%

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

Currently US$1.00 is about JA$124.90. 
There are several licensed authorized foreign exchange dealers located island wide called “Cambios”

LANGUAGE

The official language is English. 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 . 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. According to the most recent census (2001), religious affiliation in Jamaica consists of 64% Christian (62%Protestant and 2% Roman Catholic), 2% Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3% unstated, and 10% other.

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

CUISINE

Jamaican cuisine includes a mixture of cooking techniques, flavours, spices and influences from the indigenous people on the island of Jamaica, and the SpanishIrishBritishAfricansIndian and Chinese who have inhabited the island.  Popular Jamaican dishes include curry goat, fried dumplings, ackee and saltfish (cod) – the national dish of Jamaica – fried plantain, “jerk”, steamed cabbage and “rice and peas” (pigeon peas or kidney beans) .  Jamaican patties and various pastries and breads are also popular as well as fresh fruit beverages , Red Stripe beer and Jamaican rum. The Jamaican cuisine is quite diverse and mention must be made of the Rastafarian influence. Rastafarians have a vegetarian approach to preparing food, cooking, and eating, and have introduced a host of unique vegetarian dishes to the Jamaican cuisine. They do not eat pork, and the strict ones do not eat meat, including poultry and fish. There are even some who believe in cooking with little or no salt and cooking in an ‘Ital’ way.

MUSIC

Music is the heartbeat of Jamaica. Jamaica’s musical and dance forms are rich, powerful and vibrant and reflect both the high and low points in the society . The island boasts a wealth of extraordinarily popular genres such as Ska, Rocksteady,dancehall and dub, as well as having a long history of folk music, and lesser known, yet highly influential genres such as mento. Several recording studios are available for booking, many of them owned by famous International artists, who also are promoter of great events. Fantastic is the experience of the Jamaican Carnival.

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 made from talented Craftmen 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. Art Gallery specialized in paintings, drawings, sculpture and ceramics are remarkable.

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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