Top Caribbean Blogs of 2011 – Fun In The Sun With Some Rum

Where has the year gone? 2011 has come and gone like the relentless tide. I guess it’s true what they say, time does fly when you’re having fun rum.

Part of my job as a Caribbean blogger is to constantly be on the look out for new Caribbean sites that I can learn from and in-turn tell you about. Reading other island sites/blogs is one of the best parts of this job. I love seeing what other people have to say about particular islands and the fascinating characters that call them home.

Below is a list of some of the top Caribbean Travel/Island/Sailing blogs that I’ve found and read on a daily basis. I wrote about the top Caribbean blogs last year as well, it’s interesting to see how the list has changed over the past year. There are a few new comers and of course ones that continue to produce great content and make our island dreams come true. Each one of these sites has a great person or team behind it and will give you great insight into their part of the island lifestyle.

The list is in no particular order. Don’t be offended if you aren’t on the list. I read a lot more than just these, I just can’t list hundreds of blogs here. If you have an Island/Beach/Caribbean style blog and would like to be mentioned, just leave a comment and link below and I’ll check it out. Always looking for more Caribbean sites to lime with!

Top Caribbean Travel Blogs of 2011

 

2 Gringos in the Caribbean – Tired of the rat race and cold weather in the northeastern United States, we decided to chuck the life and try something new. We pulled up roots, sold the house, took only the most prized possessions and with child and Jack Russell Terrier headed to the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Adventure Antigua – a blog about island life spent with sun, sea and sand.

Anguilla Bliss – Great blog about the day to day happenings on Anguilla.

Bahama Bob’s Rumstyles – Based out of Key West Florida and bartender at the Rum Bar on Duval Street, Bahama Bob will tell you tales of the high seas and smooth rum. His blog will take you through the Rum lifestyles of a fine group of people that enjoy the fun and pleasure of fine rums. He travels to distilleries, partys, and Rum Events to bring people the Rumstyles of all those he comes in contact with.

Barbados Sun – Beach, Sea, Sun – It doesn’t get any better. Barbados travel information.

Bermuda Shorts – For island news and tropical updates, it’s your daily dish from paradise.

BigKahuna Brew – Fun in the sun with the beer and the rum. Enjoying craft beer, food of all kinds, airplanes, beaches and the high planes of eastern Colorado.

Bonaire Bliss – Great blog about the day to day happenings on the south Caribbean island of Bonaire.

BVI Music – the one-stop source for artist information and live music performances taking place in The British Virgin Islands.

Camille in the Caribbean – “Chronicling my journey with the Peace Corps”. Based out of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Caribbean Travel and Life – Great magazine blog page about all things Caribbean. Travel discounts, information and more.

Caribbean Travel News – Offers Caribbean hotel information and other great travel tips.

Chesney World – your number one stop on the web for Kenny Chesney news and tour information.

Coastlines & Tan Lines – Written by a finalist in the Tommy Bahama Rumologist contest, my friend Carl Grooms represents the island vibe to a T. This island boy produces great videos of his Caribbean and rum explorations.

Discovering Puerto Rico – brings you non biased, accurate information on things to see and do in Puerto Rico. From popular attractions to lesser known spots around the island I hope to provide you with information to help make your vacation here memorable.

Following The Equator: Voyages of Equinox – Welcome Aboard! We’re just a family following our dreams, living aboard and cruising where we can. Feel free to follow in our wake as we journey aboard our our 2007 Kadey-Krogen 58′!

Irie Time – “My Irie Time is a collection of photographs and stories from our travels through the Caribbean. “Irie” means to be at peace with your state of being, and in a worry-free mindset, just how I feel when my feet hit the sand on the beach.”

ISLANDS Magazine – This magazine’s blog is great. It features stories from islands all over the world. They have some of the best writers and photographers in the business.

Jimmy Buffett World – your number one stop on the web for Jimmy Buffett news and tour information.

Key West The Blog – is a local’s perspective and, in pictures and words,  sharing the news and views of the island life with you.

No See Um’s Blog – Life on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. This guy posts some great photos of how weird and crazy life in the islands can be.

Pirate’s Paradise Adventures – This is a blog for a boat rental company in the USVI. They do a great job of writing interesting stories about the Virgin Islands.

Professor Beach – From the professor: I’ve always said “its fun to visit the worlds best beach locations, but what really matters is that there is great town up the road to eat, drink, shop, sleep and be entertained in”.

Rum Connection – This guy knows his rum. Mike from RumConnection.com is a rum expert and regular judge in international rum competitions. Dedicated to providing rum lovers with the latest news, exclusive articles and critical information about the tradition and culture of rum.

Rumdood – Matt Robold is an Orange County, California-based rum connoisseur and cocktail enthusiast that likes to write about his passions on his blog RumDood.com.

Rum Therapy – A soft tropical breeze, the warm sun touching your skin and a rum beverage in hand. Therapeutic, huh? We think so and through our line of vacation wear, t-shirts, caps and more, we hope to embody the island spirit so you can capture that feeling when you need to.

San Pedro Scoop – “About 5 yrs ago, I moved as a single woman to San Pedro from NYC. I want to show all sides of island life; give you the SanPedroScoop. The island is one of the most beautiful places on earth but every day I see something hard to Belize.”

See St. John – St. John Life – All about St John, Virgin Islands (USVI)

On-St. John – My favorite St. John blog. These guys make the best island videos and give the coolest information of beautiful STJ.

St. Thomas Blog – “We created this website to share our experience and knowledge of St. Thomas. We want to fill you in on everything; great St Thomas restaurants, nightlife, bars, St Thomas real estate, which car ferry to St. John is the fastest, how to greet the locals, what time and day to hit the post office in order to avoid a 35 minute line…you get the idea.”

Taco Girl – “I stepped outside the box and moved to the tropical island of Ambergris Caye off the coast of Belize where I started tacogirl.com – a daily expat travel blog with a unique twist.”

Team Cocktail – These guys know how to party. Based out of my home town of Kansas City but have salt water their veins, Team Cocktails is an island inspired clothing company. They have a fun blog and are always giving away some great TC gear.

The Blog of Maho – Green Musings of an Eco Resort. Maho Bay Camps North Shore Road, St. John, US Virgin Islands. An Eco Resort in the US Virgin Islands.

The Sand Slipper – “Journey with me as I navigate the 700 islands, and direct you to the best fishing holes, watering holes, beaches , party spots, and the most secret getaways that weren’t discovered by Christopher Columbus.”

The Trinadad Charlies – Melissa, Emily, and Noelle or Charley M, E, or N. Three girls on a journey to find their own palm tree paradise. Join us as we embark on a wild ride!

Uncommon Caribbean – UC offers an engaging journey beyond the region’s well-trod sun, sand and sea attractions to reveal a unique side of the Caribbean seldom featured in traditional travel guides.

Webcam Grenada Blog - “Our website is not just another travel guide for Grenada. It is much much more. Grenada is our home, and on this site you will get to see some of the ‘real’ Grenada. Here you will see a selection of things we like to do, places we visit and events which we have gone to, which we have written about in our blog.”

Windtraveler – When two people, with the same life long dream of sailing around the world find each other, there’s only one thing to do… make it happen!

Zero To Cruising – “From total sailing newbies to live-aboard cruisers. How we made it happen!” Follow their island hopping adventures throughout the Caribbean. I got the chance to hang out with Mike and Rebecca on Grenada this year and hand a blast with them. Great people and a fun blog to follow.

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Again, if you have a Island/Beach/Caribbean style blog and would like to be mentioned just leave a comment and link below and I’ll check you out.

Have a great New Year Castaways!
Cheers,
RumShopRyan

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Comments

  1. Wow Ryan! That some seriously good company you put me in!
    And what a great list! There are 5 or 6 that were not on my radar.

    Thanks very much!
    See ya in…. 22days and counting!

  2. Thanks buddy for including the Sandy Slipper on your famous list. I’ll be drinking some good rum, and looking forward to 2012 to see what fun we can get into.
    Cheers to 2011 it was a fun ride!

  3. Excellent resource and some fun reading.

    Next time you assemble a list of blogs dedicated to a very undefined genre of ridiculousness loosely associated with fantasy Caribbean living and guitar plunking musicians , the Shell Princess better be on it!

  4. http://MissingMiami.com – one of the most unique blogs out there. You’re right Shell Princess, I think I need to add that one to the list. Again, hard to name them all!

    Cheers!

  5. Great list Ryan. Includes many of my personal favs, and looks like a few I need to add. Better get surfin!

    Jeff

  6. Wow what work you all put into this. TY TY TY
    Tom Pelton

  7. Posted link to my FB page. Ill be up all night reading. Who needs a Kindle when you have this Ty

  8. Thanks so much for the mention for My Irie Time!

    W

  9. Hey there, thanks for this – that’s great reading for sure. We’d love it if you checked us out. We’re pretty new to blogging, but we love the beach and a great margarita!
    Cheers!
    johnny

  10. Thanks for listing us amongst such great company! Looking forward to checking out some of our fellow island loving bloggers! Cheers!

  11. Thanks for the list….its mad long tho still ill checkout what i like :-)

  12. Love this list Ryan, I am in the mood, heading down to Provo in a few weeks for some rest, cant wait!

  13. Have a great time Andrew. Have a rum punch at Da Conch Shack for me. Cheers!

  14. Ryan – Great resources! Learned about a few new ones. Hopefully, when you update your list for 2012 you might add our blog about St John to your list…

  15. Great idea! :)

    How about Caribbean photo blog? http://sunandstielttos.com

    Cheers,
    L

  16. Those count in my book Lily! I’ll check it out. Cheers!

  17. We would be very happy to be added to your list as we are new to blogging. W e are located in the city of Arima on the island of Trinidad. We launched our blog with a competition for the Caribbean and would like very much to be a part of Caribbean bloggers community.

  18. Great list of Jamaica travel blog. Jamaica is without a doubt one of my favorite vacation spots in the world.

  19. Have you seen the Island Store blog? It’s not mine but I love their site.

  20. I don’t think I have. I’ll check it out. Thanks Karen!

  21. Great list, but it’smissing our one. Maybe we’ll make it on the 2012 list..

  22. Great list Ryan. Thanks for putting it together!

  23. Great List. How are the sites rated? Is there a list for sites that have a Caribbean focus but not a travel blog?

  24. Love your blog of Caribbean blogs! Loved it so much that I linked it into a squidoo article I wrote about Saona Island (in the Dominican republic). Here’s the link:

    http://www.squidoo.com/saona-island-a-review-of-our-punta-cana-dominican-republic-excursion

    Thanks for putting your blog together. I’m planning on reading the whole thing! Lori

  25. Thank you Lori!

  26. Really a great blog!!! love it..Thank you so much for such an awesome and fantastic blog ever….

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