Tuesday June 19, 2012 | 03:07 PM
Maine and Jamaica have a good deal in common, like sandy spots and coastal waters -- even if Maine's are much, much colder. In a way, they're like long-lost cousins separated by a cruel Atlantic that thinks Maine is a bad influence on Jamaica's affable "no worries" temperament.

And Jamaica isn't doing any favors for Maine's strict "drive on the right" traffic policies.

Despite the family drama, Maine likes Jamaica just fine. And Maine really likes the reggae.

Reggae Sunday on Peaks Island has become a summer staple, with ferry-loads of locals showing up on the island to pile into Jones Landing for an afternoon of reggae and beer specials.

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The reggae was revived for the season a few weekends ago and will continue on Sundays through September 9.

Local reggae bands East Wave Radio and Stream alternate weekends. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the music starts at 1 p.m. What does one do to kill time before the reggae begins? How about Bloody Marys, Mimosas, give-a-ways and drink specials?

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Of course, when the room is packed with tipsy, reggae-swaying locals on a hot summer afternoon, you might just forget you're in Maine.

FMI: www.joneslanding.net

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Shannon Bryan, content producer for MaineToday Media, likes exploring Maine - from mattress races to cardboard boats, she's into the weird stuff.

Karen Beaudoin, online editor for MaineToday Media, likes knowing the important things - like who's just opened their deck for a sunny afternoon beer and what Portland's eclectic set of street performers are up to.

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