Grace Jones

Nonstop: Jamaica in winter – or anytime

Nonstop: Jamaica in winter – or anytime

Nonstop: One in a series of occasional articles exploring destinations easily reached from BWI-Marshall Airport.

Yes, there are gorgeous sugar sand beaches, fabulous resorts and year-round temperatures that average about 80 degrees, but Jamaica is so much more than just another sun-filled Caribbean beach destination.

Just 200 miles south of Miami, Jamaica offers a diverse cultural experience unlike that on any other nearby island. Its breezy reggae music scene launched the likes of Bob Marley and Grace Jones, and its people are renowned for their laid-back "don't worry, be happy" attitude.

But Jamaicans represent a hybrid culture evolved from a complex...