Cocktail in Jamaica

Brian Flanagan (played by Tom Cruise) has his sights set on a high paid job in the city, but needs to earn a marketing degree first. He saves up by working in a bar, which eventually leads him to setting up shop in the exotic Jamaica.

What takes place at the scene: Beautiful blue waters, rich vegetation and grand waterfalls, who could forget the romantic scene between Brian and Jordan as they frolic at Reach Falls, before ending the day in each other’s arms on the beach?

People who starred: Tom Cruise, Elisabeth Shue, Bryan Brown, Gina Gershon

Year of release in UK: 1988

Insider blogger tips to Jamaica

As a traveller I’ve always enjoyed trying to learn new skills that I can utilize around the world. A few years ago, I attended a bartending course and our teacher mentioned that he was inspired by the movie, Cocktail. The first thing I did that night was watch the movie and it made me fall in love with Jamaica. I remember the scene where Tom Cruise is running around some beach huts, and it just looked like every piece of paradise – beaches, cocktails, waterfalls, beautiful people. I still haven’t managed to get there, but it’s on my bucket list.

Fun Fact

Before Tom Cruise was eventually cast as Brian Flanagan, Robin Williams, Charlie Sheen and Jim Carrey were all considered for the role.


The best weather in Jamaica falls between December and March – but for those who are happy to risk sporadic rainfall, the best of Jamaica’s festivals and carnivals take place between June and November.


Nestled in the Montane Forest of the John Crow Mountains is the idyllic location of Reach Falls. Visitors can bathe in the emerald river pools, underneath exotic waterfalls for a natural relaxing experience.

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