Nightlife & the Arts in Jamaica

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Jamaica Nightlife

For the most part, the liveliest late-night happenings throughout Jamaica that tourists take part in are in the major resort hotels, and on the beach in Negril. Some of the all-inclusives offer a dinner-and-entertainment pass from about $50 to $100; call ahead to check availability and be sure to bring a photo ID with you. Consult Daily Gleaner, the Jamaica Observer, or the Star (available online and at newsstands throughout the island) for listings of who's playing when and where. In Negril, cars with loudspeakers travel through the streets in the afternoon announcing the hot spot for the evening.

Usain Bolt: Jamaica's 2nd International Champ

Until recently, reggae legend Bob Marley was Jamaica’s only international icon. But these days, the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, has also reached global icon status and is hero-worshipped on the island. Bolt holds the current Olympic record for the 100-meter and 200-meter, successfully defending his own titles, and was part of the Jamaican team to win the 4x100-meter relay. He now holds six Olympic gold medals for sprinting and is a five-time world champion. As well as being one of the world’s most marketable athletes, he is a goodwill ambassador for Jamaica and undertakes charitable works for children. Bolt grew up in the parish of Trelawny and now lives in Kingston, where he owns the sports bar Tracks and Records. His winning track shoes and outfits are on display there. Bolt is not the only Jamaican sporting star, as fellow athletes Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake are also champion male runners, while Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the current 100-meter Olympic champion for the second consecutive time. Visitors can tour the training ground in Kingston used by these stars and the many other champion Jamaican runners who dominate international sports.

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