It was the 1980s and kids were given a movie star idol who couldn’t be any greater: he knew how to fly a fighter jet, he’s adorable in a button-down and socks and was amazing making cocktails of every color and flavor. I’m sure that with that information alone you know I’m referring to Tom Cruise, who at the time was an established Hollywood star on the scene who made a huge first impact thanks to his good looks, making women fall in love with him on and off the silver screen.
I’m sure that in watching him win over Elisabeth Shue as a summer cocktail artist in Cocktail, more than one person was captivated, not only by the characters, but also by the film’s set: the always hospitable Jamaica where the warmth of the sun and the sound of the waves make everyone ecstatic, and even more so if the bartender making the mojitos is as easy on the eyes as Tom Cruise.
But, since those things only happen in the movies, perhaps we should focus on what the island has to offer, lest we run the risk of disappointment. It’s much better to visit as a couple, to be able to bask in the romanticism of the area from the very first day, but make sure the movie plot doesn’t happen to you and a coiffed know-it-all tries to take your girl, beware.
I should talk about Jamaica little by little since this island has so much to offer. But one of the things you absolutely must see are its incredible waterfalls, which will not only amaze you with their visual effect, but also deafen you with the sound of thousands of liters of waters pouring over the mountains in a natural freshwater paradise that makes you want to stay there forever. And, if you want to bring back memories from the film, we will leave that to you, it’s not included in the promotion.
Or, if you prefer something more historically and traditionally Jamaican, look back to the golden age of the sugar industry. It’s an unfortunate memory for those who were enslaved on the numerous plantations that made the island the largest sugar producer in the world in the 18th century. Today it is just a memory of one of the distinguishing marks of the history of the beautiful Caribbean island.
Back at the Iberostar hotel, stop at the bar, order a combinado and sit and watch the sea (or the waiter) and enjoy the crisp sweetness of this tempting destination.
Image: Cocktail (Property of Touchstone Pictures)