The name Jamaica is derived from the Taino word “xaymaca,” which means “land of wood and water” and is fitting for a country where beauty flows from lush green mountains through crystalline rivers to a turquoise sea. Here, nature weaves its way through villages alive with rich Jamaican history and blends into burgeoning centres of prosperity and growth. Forested slopes stretch the length of the island and are home to over 3,500 plant species, 900 of which are endemic. Jamaica also has an exceptional array of birds and reptiles, with more endemic species than any other Caribbean island. From the Blue Mountain range made famous by the coffee that bears its name to Pedro Bank, historically one of the world’s largest suppliers of queen conch, our country’s natural treasures are its most valuable resources.