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Rum cocktails at the Pelican Bar in Jamaica

From Jamaica's Treasure Beach, on the island's southwestern coast, we hired a local boat owner to zoom us a few miles north to the Pelican Bar (pictured). About a mile offshore, the Pelican sits on stilts on a sandbar in the Caribbean Sea. The only way to get there is by boat. Under the thatched roof, a group of fishermen were playing dominoes and sipping Red Stripe beers. I ordered a cocktail made from Jamaican Appleton Estate rum and passionfruit-orange juice. Then I laid back in the bar's hammock, felt the warm breeze sift through bar's crosshatch "walls," listened to reggae tunes, and sipped my drink. It was one of the dreamiest travel moments of my life.

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