For another national treat, head to Niah's Patties on the seven-mile beach. Patties are never hard to find in Jamaica, but the dedication and care put behind it at Niah's Patties may be. A German woman named Nikki works out of a small wooden stall alongside a man named Niah, often in sweltering weather, to create her own special take on patties on a wood-burning fire, from Italian (red peppers, cheese and onion) and even to lobster. The flakiness of the patty is owed to kneading the dough by hand as soon as you place your order. It's the perfect to-go snack to take on the beach and wash down with a Red Stripe or ice cold Ting.
And what about the best jerk chicken in Negril? There will perhaps, never be a resolute answer for this, but Bourbon Beach, which does not shy away from the ever-spicy Scotch bonnet sauce, key to any jerk sauce, is definitely worth a try. It's location directly on the beach doesn't hurt either.
Negril is but one of many options for any traveler headed to Jamaica. As you leave and take in the scenery of roadside bars, communal gatherings by the ocean, and the pride of the Rastafari movement, you realize that there is so much more to come back to enjoy, and even more to learn from Jamaica's culture.