Few places on earth are as hospitable to free spirits as Jamaica. This easy-going island is proudly home to denizens celebrated for being patriotic rebels, music lovers and experts in leading a laid-back lifestyle. Jamaicans also take extreme pride in their rum. Tour the most popular rum distillery, the eco-friendly Appleton Estate. The liquor crafted here has a unique taste thanks to the property’s limestone-filtered water. Appleton’s manufacturing process is emission-free, thus preserving the beautiful countryside for which Jamaica is revered. For another look at the spirit, go “rumming” around the coast on Island Routes Reggae Catamaran Cruise. The three-hour boat excursion includes sampling fruity rum cocktails and appetizers while jammin’ on the sparkling waters of the Caribbean.
Where to Stay: Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay may look familiar because it has been featured regularly in movies (hello, How Stella Got Her Groove Back) and is famous for hosting JFK and Jackie, among other bold-faced couples. This intimate oceanfront property boasts guest rooms impeccably designed by Ralph Lauren (room rates start at $479 a night; roundhill.com).