Jamaica is deservedly proud of its rum. Visitors go for the dark Appleton brand, while locals often express a preference for the brutally strong white rum of Wray & Nephew. Red Stripe is the national beer, though stout is very popular. Bars, from roadside shacks to classy cocktail bars, abound, and are often open until the small hours.

Sound-System Culture

It's often been noted that Jamaica is a country that comes with its own soundtrack, and the reggae and dancehall sound-system culture is second to none. Most clubs and street parties have weekly events. Things often don't get going until midnight. Kingston and Negril tend to have the best music events, though you can often find street dances in even the tiniest of towns at the weekend.