If your go-to drink is rum, then Nicaragua should be your next destination. Rum to Nicaraguans is what Malbec is to Argentineans or vodka to Russians: a part of their culture and national identity. One brand of Nicaraguan rum stands above the rest: with 126 years of family tradition, Flor de Caña is the leading export brand of Nicaragua and is currently the most awarded rum in the world.
Nicaragua's rich, volcanic soil in the Chichigalpa region and the perfect climate allow the creation of a smooth, balanced rum, only available within these unique conditions involving a series of microclimates.
Honorable mention: Barbados. Fun fact: India is the world's largest consumer of rum per capita. But chances are, if you're looking for a rum-soaked getaway, you're dreaming of swaying palm trees, Caribbean breezes, and thatched bars serving up colorful cocktails with cute little umbrellas. "There are many takes on the sugarcane-based beverage — from the crisp, dry spirit of Cuba to the smoky, vanilla-y notes of Guyana's liquor — but if you're looking for the OG of rums, you're best bet is Barbados, birthplace of Rihanna and (probably) rum," says Balboni.
Home to Mount Gay, the world's oldest rum brand, Barbados also is famous for its rich history, welcoming people, and gorgeous beaches. "Whether your dream vacation involves wearing pieces from the Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville Lifestyle collection or sipping on afternoon tea and catching a game of cricket, Barbados has you covered. Either way, come evening (or noon? It's always 5 o'clock somewhere), you can't go wrong with a glass of the dark stuff," says Balboni.