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How Many Islands Are In Jamaica?

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RESPONSE: by Wellesley

On the face of it, I asked, 'What a ridiculous question?'Jamaica is an island country, one island!

But I paused, because that is not quite so!

I reflected on some new and insightful information which indicated that Jamaica is actually the main (biggest) land mass in an archipelago of 28 islands and cays!

Yes 28!

The Pedro Cays, Morant Cays and Goat Islands are probably the the most know, but there are several others, although some are not even as big as a football field.

They include:

  • Navy Island,
  • Booby Cays,
  • Port Royal Cays (eight of them)
  • Cabarita Island
  • Kokomo Island (now Sandals Cay)
  • The Santamaria Island
  • Pigeon Island
  • Emerald Island &
  • South West Rock

They essentially extend Jamaica's economic zone and access to all living and non-living resources.

It is said that The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) place and maintain beacons and lighthouses on the islands to guide vessels coming to Jamaica.

The Caribbean Enviroment Group and Loop Jamaica has much detailed information on this.

I suggest that you read more on those sites.

So what do you make of this? I'd love to get your feedback in the comments below.


P.S. Why should you NOT visit Jamaica? Here are some 'great' reasons.

References & Sources

  • "Geography Of Jamaica",,, Accessed, March 20, 2020
  • "The United Islands of Jamaica: the ones you probably never heard of", Loop Jamaica,, Accessed, March 20, 2020
  • "Cruising Safely Lighthouses & Beacons",, Accessed, March 20, 2020
  • "Trip to South West Rock and Pedro Cay",,, "Accessed, March 20, 2020

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