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Jamaican music has gained international support and influenced many musicians and genres worldwide. Jamaica’s music is a large part of the cultural export. By now Reggae has recognition around the world and is widely synonymous with Jamaica, but there are many other music genres and styles that have to be considered when thinking about Jamaican music: Mento, Ska, Rocksteady, Dub, Dancehall. 


Reggae is widely popular in Africa, the US, Europe, South America and parts of Asia. It influenced many international artists, such as Matisyahu who is an American Jew, punk bands like No Doubt and Reel Big Fish who also helped revive Ska music by combining it with punk music, which made it very popular among young people in the UK and the US and countless more big and small artists. Reggae has no boundaries and crosses generations, borders, cultures and styles. 


Jamaica has a strong identity and brand its values globally. This is represented by its authentic music and culture. Reggae is Jamaica’s soundtrack and is one of the country’s most valuable assets. Since the 1960s Jamaica’s incredibly creative and innovative artists have independently added to the value of the country's music exports. Creativity in Jamaica continues to be a significant driver of the inclusion and empowerment of young people and marginalized groups within the national economy. The economic, social, cultural and environmental value of Jamaica's music significantly strengthens Jamaica's brand value and continues to add resonance to "Brand Jamaica" around the world.


Kingston is the music capital of Jamaica, the nights are alive with Reggae and Dancehall. Before Corona events and parties would flood the calendar, from local street parties to popular weekly parties and large international festivals.  Being in a Jamaican dance is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and also being in the audience at a concert on the island is a really special experience you shouldn’t miss. 


All Covid restrictions, including the entertainment sector, have been lifted. Concerts, shows, parties, live music and festivals continue again in full volume all around the country. Every city and town has their own go to places and special recurring events. In Kingston especially, the music city, you can find a show, dance and party every day of the week all around the city, from early reggae and dub parties to dancehall parties and street dances that start in the middle of the night and continue into the morning hours. 

#Music Festivals in Jamaica

From major festivals like Sumfest (Montego Bay), Dream Weekend (Negril) & Rebel Salute (St. Ann) to smaller, intimate pop-ups in reggae bars across the island, the island's social scene abounds with live music all year round, no matter what time of year you visit Jamaica. While many events take place in the winter when it is tourist season many festivals and other events take place in the summer, when Jamaicans are on their holiday and have more free time. Jamaica’s Independence day and emancipation day are in the first week of August and contribute to the most fun time around the island with many parties. Holidays are traditionally celebrated with beach parties and river cookups. Carnival takes place in April and is mainly a uptown Kingston street parade. 


#Live Music

You will find live performances and stage shows a lot at smaller, more private venues, and open mic shows are popular in the countryside. Jamaican musicians and artists go out a lot and you might see the one or the other celebrity dancing next to you at a party. Star fandom is not big on the island, so you won’t see the artists swarmed by people taking selfies or asking for autographs, they are usually left alien with their crew. Sometimes you will see an artist spontaneously pick up the mic and pay respect to someone or hold a vibe. 


Popular places to find live music: 


  • Ribbiz Ocean Lounge

  • Janga Soundbar

  • Kingston Dub Club

  • Dub Wise Cafe

  • Wickie Wacke Beach 



  • Woodstock

  • Roots Bamboo 

  • Bourbon beach 


In Ocho Rios and Montego Bay it is more popular for the DJ and selecta to be in the spotlight.

  • Coral Cliff


Portland is knows for street parties at random bars and old school music. 

  • Vinyl Sunday - oldies

  • Roadblock - Dancehall

  • Acai Cafe - Afrohouse


To get to know the history and culture of Jamaica it is worth visiting music studios, Downtown & Orange Street area & Trench Town.


Jamaican music is tied to the history of Jamaican people and culture. Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean and was originally inhabited by the Taino / Arawak people. The island was colonized by the Spanish after Columbus’ voyages and soon after by the British. 


Jamaica gained importance as a major center for the transatlantic slave trade and sugar cane production. The high population of Africans, African descendants and Maroons led to many rebellions which became a big inspiration for slaves around other Caribbean islands as significant laws have changed through the rebellions and eventually led to abolishment of slavery. Jamaica made slavery illegal in 1832 but kept the island as its colony until 1962. Jamaica is still part of the commonwealth making King Charles still the king of Jamaica and it still abides by the British law system. 


Jamaican music is influenced by many countries and cultures and has its roots mainly in African music and instruments, such as the kette drum and the gong. Large parts of Jamaica’s history are painful and sad but music and singing always played a large role in keeping people’s mentality strong and fierce. Most children here know how to dance before they can walk and are not afraid of using their voice and trying to impress others with it at any given time at any location. Jamaicans love to sing out loud in public places such as in the bus or supermarket, while standing in line at the ATM, or just walking down the road. Singing while farming has a strong tradition and history going back to slavery when they kept each other going and motivated by singing rhythms in order not to get beaten or killed due to showing exhaustion. Everyone is a musician here and you will oftentimes be given a burnt CD with someone's recording who claims to be an artist. Music is Jamaica’s heartbeat and there is no Jamaica without music and there is no music without Jamaica. Jamaica’s music has influenced the rest of the world with its music. 


#African elements in Jamaican music

African musical elements formed the basis of Jamaican music. The ONE DROP rhythm, which is the distinct rhythmic element of reggae music and imitates the heart beat, is distinctly African. The singing style "call and response", common in West African music, is reflected in many genres of Jamaican music. It also forms the basis of toasting, which was the beginnings of rap. Most Jamaican music is sung in the local language Patois which is a mix of the colonizer’s English and the colonized African languages. 

#European elements in Jamaican music

English and other European influences are also evident in Jamaica music. During the colonial era, the musicians who worked for the plantation owners were expected to play the popular music of the time in Europe for their masters. This is how Africans came to be forced to perform waltzes and other European style dances. 


#Early Folk music

The man who recognized and cataloged Jamaican folklore was a man named Walter Jeyll, who wrote the first book on Jamaican folklore called “Jamaican Song and Story” in 1904. Even though it is outdated it is a catalog of Jamaican songs, stories and poetry that made up Jamaica’s artistic elements of the time.

Miss Lou was a well known personality preserving Jamaican culture and language through spoken word, folklore and pantomime. She made sure that Patois became a recognised legal language and made it “cool”. Many foreigners coming to Jamaica learn patois through listening to her shows. 



In the late 1940s Mento music emerged as a unique music genre. Mento is similar to Trinidad’s calypso and is often called Jamaican calypso, but is indeed a genre in itself. European and African elements can be found in the genre. Mento is played with acoustic instruments such as banjo, guitar and the rumba box. The lyrics play a fundamental role, are oftentimes absurd, have double meanings and allude to political and social issues. 



Ska was formed in the 1960s. It combines traditional Mento with American boogie-woogie and was very popular in Jamaica in that time. Ska is a soulful happy genre and was created in the ghettos of Kingston, largely unpopular in the more prestigious uptown class because it was thought of as too wild, until it slowly made its way into the parties of the hip and young generation. Everybody had their own Ska dances, the dancefloors were filled with many different rhythmic fun dance moves, harmonial singing and upbeat rhythms. The main instruments are trumpet and saxophone. Ska is synonymous to the Rude Boys culture, where young Jamaicans dressed as gangster and behaved confident and brash. Music battles and sound systems were popular among the ska scene. 



Rocksteady was a very short but influential genre of Jamaican music that was created in the mid-1960s. Unlike Ska, Rocksteady built its foundation in slowed beat rhythms and usually without brass instruments and trumpets. The style quickly evolved into reggae music.



Reggae music emerged in the late 1960s and went on to become the genre of music most people associate with music from Jamaica. Reggae, especially Roots Reggae, is heavily influenced by Rastafari and indigenous  culture - lyrically and musically. The base is usually the sound of the kette drum imitating the heart beat, amking the rhythm very easily enjoyable and move to. The lyrics are usually uplifting, raise social and political awareness.

Dub Music is an offshoot of reggae, usually without lyrics but few vocal tracks and is heavy on the bass line. Important creatos and influencers of Reggae music include Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Chris Blackwell and Lee “Scratch” Perry. 



Dancehall music emerged in the late 1970s as a modern form of reggae music, which reflected the violent conditions of Jamaican youth’s lives in the ghettos. Dancehall, also known as BASHMENT, continues to exist and dominate as a modern genre in Jamaica today. 

Dancehall in Jamaica is a lifestyle that represents a culture, and manages to support many independent people in the field such as DJs who play at parties, male and female dancers, party promoters, club owners, street food vendors and of course music artists.. This is a necessary and indispensable industry part of the island’s life. Dancehall fills Kingston's nightlife until the early morning hours.



Jamaican culture includes a wide variety of arts and types of creation that helped shape Jamaican society and culture, essential elements such as: music, art, dance, entertainment created an overall image of a culture full of confidence, character, expression and color.

It is impossible to be in Jamaica without feeling the culture, because it is simply a part of everything, especially the people. Jamaicans are very sociable people who will be happy to meet new people and generally like to party and enjoy life.

The culture is what makes Jamaica an unforgettable destination that brings tourists several times a year to the island. The combination of all the cultural elements create an exciting and special experience in the most beautiful place in the world. Various cultural tours will teach you about the history of Jamaica and give you an unforgettable experience during your visit to the island.

Jamaican culture consists of the religion, norms, values and lifestyle that define the people of Jamaica. The culture is mixed, with an ethnically and culturally diverse society, stemming from a history of inhabitants that begins with Jamaica's original inhabitants the Taino (TAINO) and the influence of the Spanish who conquered the island and originally brought slavery to Jamaica. After that, the British occupied the island and Jamaica was only emancipated on August 1, 1838, and independence from the British on August 6, 1962.

Black slaves became the dominant cultural force as they endured and resisted the harsh conditions of forced labor. After the abolition of slavery, Chinese and Indian immigrants were brought to the island as contract workers, bringing with them ideas from their country.

Each ethnic group has influenced the culture that Jamaica has today, a fun and special cultural diversity with lots of style and effortless vocals.


Music is the heartbeat of Jamaica. Milk is inseparable from the Jamaican being.

Like everything else in us, we have our own unique art styles. Jamaica's rich history and influences have blended together to create an extraordinary visual art that is among the best the Caribbean has to offer.


Jamaica has taken a special journey to become the island it is today. Jamaica's story is one of resilience and faith.
Jamaica leads the way in terms of dance, there are many original traditional steps and lots of groove in every simple step.
The official language of Jamaica is Jamaican Standard English, which is used in all official circumstances in the country. But the spoken language is Fatawa which is a creole language with African, Spanish and English influences. Fatwa is a language with real rhythm so music is the most natural thing to associate when hearing locals speak their native language.


Jamaica is home to a number of religious denominations that are heavily influenced by our immigrant heritage. Although more than 60% of the island's population subscribes to Christianity, the heterogeneous background of the island OUT OF MANY ONE PEOPLE also means the coexistence of other religions including Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism,...


Without a doubt, the largest religion in Jamaica is the Christian faith. The Anglican Church, the Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, the Baptists, the Seventh Day Church and the Church of God are popular throughout the country. Many old churches have been carefully maintained and/or restored. The Rastafari movement is a derivative of the larger Christian culture, but its origins were influenced by the rising consciousness of Africa, and awareness of political events on that continent. There are also a small number of Jewish synagogues in Jamaica, dating from the 17th century along with several mosques.
Elements of ancient African religions remain, especially in remote areas around the island. Some of these methods are usually described as Obeah, Kumina or Pocomania. These are traditional religious healers of African origin.
The Bahá'í Faith arrived in Jamaica in 1943, when it was brought by an American Bahá'í pioneer, Dr. Malcolm King. In 2003, as part of the 60th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Bahá'ís in Jamaica, the Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Howard Cook, on National Baha'i Day to be held every year on July 25th.


The Rastafari movement began in the 1930s and has become a movement that also represents the African-Caribbean culture of Jamaica generally through music and lifestyle. Rastafari is a monotheistic belief system, based on teachings found in the Old and New Testaments - especially in the BOOK OF REVELATION. However, what distinguishes Rastafari from Christianity, Islam and Judaism is that Rastas believe in the divinity of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.
H.I.M. (His Imperial Majesty), Haile Selassie I is regarded as a god himself, the true descendant of Solomon, and the earthly incarnation of Jeh (God) in what believers see as the fulfillment of a prophecy about the second coming of the Messiah.


Those Rasta beliefs that are not specifically mentioned in the Bible (such as the specific name of H.I.M. "Hale Selassie") are not collected into a single sacred text. Instead, Rasta beliefs are shared primarily through a community of songs, chants, and oral testimonies, as well as in written texts. The extensive use of singing and chanting on rhythm makes Rastafari a special musical source of Jamaican culture.
Rasta cultural traditions include being with dreadlocks and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, natural food from plants, not processed, in short - Ital. But it is important to know that no tradition is considered mandatory - many people who wear dreadlocks are not dreadlocks and vice versa.


One of the most controversial cultural traditions of the Rasta is the use of cannabis in religious ceremony as a way to connect to the Inner Self – your higher self and wider consciousness.
In its homeland of Jamaica, Rastafari is a minority culture and receives little official recognition. Jamaica is a predominantly Christian country, so Rasta beliefs and practices - such as the deity of H.I.M Hailie Selassie - are sometimes considered pagan by Christian Jamaicans. However, the artistic contributions of the movement, especially Bob Marley, are widely respected. Dreadlocks can be found in many countries outside of Jamaica and among many non-Jamaicans.

Dance has always been central to Jamaica - from the Maroons and colonial times to today. Most of the early rhythms and movements used in the past during Christian religious celebrations. It has been several decades that dance in Jamaica has completely crossed the borders of religion and is influential and exists as a central element in Jamaican culture.


Dance theater is also growing in importance. Rex Nettleford, Eddie Thomas, Olive Levine and Edna Manley are four Jamaicans whose influences on the arts - music and dance in particular - have been extremely important. Nettleford, Thomas and Ivy Baxter founded the National Dance Theater Company in 1962. Other important Jamaicans in dance theater included Tony Award-winning choreographer Gareth Fagan (The Lion King on Broadway).
Dancehall music, or reggae, has also inspired a number of dance styles. Ska music, with fast beats, also had fast dances. Rocksteady style also developed slower dances, which allowed dancers to stay on the floor longer.
Regarding dancing to dancehall music there are a lot of steps that are related to the lyrics of the songs themselves. Dancehall culture is now international and there are many communities of dancers who are influenced by talented young Jamaicans who create the steps inspired by their lives.


Jamaica's earliest theater was built in 1682. Several more theaters opened in the 1700s and 1800s, attracting both professional and amateur actors. During this period, classic plays such as Shakespeare were mostly produced. However, the Jewish and French communities have become large enough to merit productions aimed at them as well.
After the abolition of slavery, Jamaicans began to fuse music, humor and dance into public theatrical performances. Although it took many years for the true Jamaican styles to develop, they eventually became more common than European creations. The most popular form of theater in Jamaica today, pantomime, began in the 1940s as a fusion of English pantomime with Jamaican folklore.



Literature and writing
Derek Walcott, Nobel laureate, was born and raised in St. Lucia, attended college in Jamaica. Other significant writers from the island include Claude McKay and Louie Simpson. Playwrights and authors in English or patios: Louise Bennett, Andrew Selkey and Mikey Smith. Ian Fleming wrote his famous James Bond novels while living in Jamaica. Jean Rees is also known for the sprawling novel Sargasso Sea, set in Jamaica. Jamaican writer Marlon James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for the novel A Brief History of Seven Killings.

The Jamaican film industry is not famous but it is absolutely interesting and funny with some of the most well known Jamaican films being:

  • The Harder They Come

  • Rasta Rockett

  • Shottas

  • Third World Coop

  • Rockers

  • Countryman

  • Dancehall Queen

  • Real Ghetto Youths

Jamaica's premier annual film event the Reggae Film Festival takes place every February in Jamaica's capital, Kingston. Members of the Jamaican film industry gather here to forge new links and many new projects have grown out of the event.

Jamaica has many talented filmmakers but there is a great lack of funds and resources available for filmmakers. Since the Reggae Film Festival was established, many new films have been shot in Jamaica and the event has given a real boost to the industry, this combined with the recent CARICOM European Film Convention allowing Jamaican filmmakers to seek funding in Europe has opened a new door for filmmakers looking to apply for funding and hopefully This will make a real difference to the future of the industry.


There is nothing like Jerk Chicken that is grilled on Pimento wood on a hot summer day. Jamaica food is a feast for the taste buds. Around every corner on this small island you will find something that will make your mouth water. 

Local food will teach you about Jamaican history and culture.  

Jerking meat is originally a Maroon tradition. Maroons escaped the British colonizers and settled in the remote and hard to reach mountains areas. In those days the Maroons would cook their meat in a pit made out pimento wood and coals underground and cover it with herbs to hide the smoke in order for the colonizers not to find them. 

Breadfruit e.g. has its origin in Africa and was brought to Jamaica by Captain Bligh in the 18th century as a cheap way to feed slaves but didn’t realize it was a “superfood”. Captain Bligh brought many other fruit and vegetable seeds including Ackee, which has become Jamaica’s national fruit while in other countries the Ackee tree is mostly seen as an ornamental tree. 

Herbs and spices to preserve meat and fish were also brought from Africa and Asia, many food styles and dishes were also introduced to Jamaica with the slave ships. 


Indian and Chinese immigration waves influenced the local cuisine with curries and Chow Mein Noodle dishes. Fruits are in abundance across the island, each in their season but due to the tropical climate food can grow all year round. At least 30 types of mangos, a variety of pineapples, papayas, bananas, otehiti apples, soursop, sugar cane, avocado, starfruit and a lot more… Many deserts are made of local fruits with condensed milk. 


Jamaica is the birthplace of some of the most exquisite rums (Appletons, Worthy Park, Wray and Nephew, Blackwell, John Crow…) and coffees. The Blue Mountain Coffee is considered one of the best coffees in the world due to the climate and altitude in the stunning Blue Mountains in the east of the country.  


Jamaican food burst with flavor as Jamaicans love their natural seasoning in their pots. You will rarely see a meal cooked without scallion, thyme, pimento and scotch bonnet pepper and most likely coconut milk, and people are not afraid of spice here. A hot climate requires a hot mentality and a spicy palate. Jamaican cuisine is celebrated around the world for its unique caribbean flair and flavorful dishes. 


Jamaica is also a vegan paradise. Vegan in Jamaica is called Ital - standing for natural. You will hear many rastafari saying Ital is Vital - meaning that eating natural food that nature and farming provides is vital to a healthy lifestyle. You will find ital cookshops and restaurants around the island, most of them are rastafari businesses you will oftentimes recognize by red green and gold colored shops and flags. The food is mainly vegan - no dairy, no meat, no preservatives, no chemicals. Many people living by rivers or the sea will include fish in their diet as natural fishing is part of many people’s lifestyle who live by the water and is considered a natural part of the ecosystem, as that fish is not domesticated like cows, pigs, goats or chicken. In cooking ital no processed food is being used, that also includes spices. Most dishes are spiced and seasoned with herbs, leaves, seeds, roots etc. When spiced right, only little salt is needed, and many exclude processed salt and sugar from their diet completely. Just like eating kosher has a different meaning to every family, eating ital has different traditions in each family based on the natural surroundings. Most ingredients are found on the farm or at the markets  and not in the supermarkets. Traditionally and still very common at river cookups and Sunday family gatherings people will cook on open fire. 


Jamaican patties are famous around the world. They are delicious, stuffed, golden crusted pastries. Patties have their origins and influence from the British. Tastee’s, Juicy’s and Mothers are the most common patty chains around the island. Patties are sold at any time of the day and are a common snack and on the go street food. The commercial patties are stuffed with curry chicken, ground beef, ground beef with cheese, callaloo or soy. Ital patties are oftentimes called Yatties and are not sold commercially. You will have to ask your way around who in the area makes vegan homemade patties. These are mostly filled with ackee, vegetable, callaloo, pumpkin or lentils. 


Gizaada - small grated coconut pie seasoned with ginger and nutmeg

Coconut drops - coconut pieces cooked in caramelized sugar

Blue Draws - sweet groundfood mash (puddin) cooked in taro or banana leaves 

Tamarind drops - tangy tamarind fruit rolled in sugar

Chocolate tea -  hot chocolate made from exquisite Jamaican cocoa and cooked with coconut milk, nutmeg & cinnamon. 


Some unique fruits and vegetables you shouldn’t miss out on trying: 

Ackee - the eggless egg. As it grows the fruit is poisonous. Only once it opens on the tree the fruit is ready to harvest and prepare. In order to eliminate the poison, the fruit has to be cleaned (black seed and red vein has to cut out) and boiled. After that it can be added to rice or pastas, or fried with onions and tomatoes like scrambled egg. It is traditionally eaten for breakfast but during the season you can find it throughout the day. It is a very good source of fiber and protein. 


Breadfruit - basically like a mix of bread and potato grown on a tree. The big green round fruit is roasted in fire (or on the stove top) until completely black. After you peel it you can slice it and eat the soft yellow mellow sweetish fruit. The other common way is to fry the slices after being roasted. Young breadfruits will not roast well are cooked in stews usually with coconut milk. 

Eating breadfruit and ground food is more common the the consumption of bread. 


Callaloo - the most commonly used grean leafy vegetable that is used as any side dish. It resembles spinach but due to its high nutritional value and high content of iron callaloo is more sturdy than spinach. It is usually steamed with natural seasoning and vegetables. You can find callaloo at any time of the day. 


Chocho - a pear shaped light green / dark green or white fruit from the squash family grows on a vine. The taste is similar to kohlrabi and can be eaten raw, roasted and cooked. 

Guinep - very similar to lychee and in season sold at every corner for very cheap. 

June plum - this Jamaican plum is a wonderful source of iron and protein, juice and sour. It is usually made into and sold as juices. When unripe it is very delish with salt, lime and chilly. 

Otehiti Apple - a refreshing, sweet and juicy Jamaican apple. This dark red or pink on the outside and white on the inside pear shaped fruit is sold at every corner and most commonly on the street side to passer-bys when in season. Otehiti Apple has been used to treat diabetes and other diseases. 


Star Fruit - this delicious fruit comes in dark purple or bright green. When you cut it in the middle the seed pockets form a star like shape inside. Only a small amount of the fruit can be eatin - the part between the seed pods and the skin as the fruit contains natural laxative that can cause constipation. In Jamaica it is often referred to as “evil” as it never drops off the stem and will just rot on the tree. 

Stinking Toe - this strange but super healthy pod gets its name from its appearance of looking like a big fat toe accompanied by its smell that will make you cringe once you open a fresh pod. The outside is hard like a rock and has to be cracked open with a machete, a stone or a hammer. The seeds inside are surrounded by a brown furry pulp that is sweet and delicious. Those who don’t mind the smell snack on it, but more commonly it is blended into juices, smoothies and roots. Stinking toe is filled with nutritional values and used to cure diseases. 


Susumba - also known as gully beans, are small green berries growing on mostly wild bushes, and are also known as the Jamaican olive due to its bitter taste. It is oftentime cooked in coconut milk with salt fish. 


Bush Medicine: 

Many people rely on natural remedies and herbs to cure and prevent many diseases and ailments. Jamaica is blessed with a large variety of herbal medicine growing cultivated and in the wild. These include ginger, turmeric, aloe vera, a large variety of bitter herbs (cerasee, dog bitters, shame-me-darlin, jack in the bush, chaney root etc.) soursop leaf, bissy, cinnamon, fevergrass, leaf of life and endless more… Every plant has a different medicinal value and treat different ailments and most country and hills people have a good knowledge about what is good for/against what. So when you have cuts, stomach- or headaches, certain chronic diseases don’t hesitate to ask about bush medicine. 

Alcoholic drinks:

Jamaicans love to party and to have a good time. You will see almost every bar playing loud music and serving drinks, mostly rum with energy drinks. Alcohol, especially local rum and beer, is very easy to come across anywhere you are. Jamaica must have the most bars and churches per capita. 

Rum - you have white and dark rum. White rum is over proofed and dark rum is aged in oak barrels. Rum is made from sugar cane and is actually a byproduct of the sugar production. Jamaica has been producing rum at an international level and has had several award-winning brands for centuries. Factories such as Appleton Estate and Worthy Park Estate can be visited to learn about sugar and rum production. 

A shot of rum is very cheap, not more than $2US in local bars. Usually it is served with a chaser such as energy drinks, natural juice or just water and lime. 

Unfortunately Appleton and Wray and Nephew have been bought up by Campari, an Italin company making the Jamaican made rum not Jamaican owned. 

Beer - Red Stripe is a local beer that uses local cassava as its starch input. The flavor is very nice, and served ice-cold very refreshing, no wonder the beer is dubbed the coolest beer in the world. It is a pale lager filled in brown 0,3l glass bottles, that used to be used as medicine bottles in pharmacies. If you like dark beer go for the Dragon, a local stout, or the Firespit for a slightly different taste. It is a sweet, heavy dark stout beer. Guinness Export and heineken are the two other most common beers. When ordering a beer you will often be asked whether you want it hot or cold, meaning out of the fridge or room temperature as many Jamaicans prefer to have their dark beers “hot” and beer (lager) cold. 


Blue Mountain Coffee:

Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is considered to be one of the most expensive varieties in the world, largely sold to Japan. The Blue Mountains are the tallest mountains in Jamaica, with its peak lying at 2300m / 7400ft. Blue Mountain coffee only gets its name once grown in the altitude 900 - 1500m / 3000 - 5000 ft in the Blue Mountain range on the east side of the island. Blue Mountain coffee has been grown in Jamaica since 1728 when coffee was first introduced to the island. It is an Arabica coffee with a sweet hue, easy to consume without added sugar, contains vitamins and nutrients which makes it beneficial for health for daily consumption and is grown in nutrient-rich and volcanic soil. The Area is blessed with its own microclimates and significantly cooler temperatures due to its foggy and moist cloud forests

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