Beach Ethics – The Unwritten Rules of the Sand

Rules of the beach

I wrote this story back in 2011 but thought it needed to be brought back to life. Castaway Crystal and I this past Sunday on Lovers Key here in Southwest Florida and experience a total lack of beach ethics. I'd like to tell you about the situation and then refresh the list of the unwritten rules of the beach. There we were, sitting on the white sand on the Big Carlos Pass side of Lovers Key. It … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

Caribbean travel stories

Shut out the stress of the world and dive into the stories in this week's Caribbean Wrap Up. You'll learn about the Havana Club rivalry, watch a video interview with Foxy Callwood of Jost Van Dyke, dream about a large island for sale in the Turks and Caicos and much more. I feel more relaxed just putting this story together. Just reading about the islands seems to have that affect. … [Read more...]

Ti Punch With Rhum Clément: Boat Drink Recipes

ti punch recipe

After one sip, you'll be talking with strangers on the coast of Martinique. In Martinique, a Ti’Punch (pronounced “tee paunch” or the more American way “tee punch) is more than just a cocktail, Ti’Punch is a part of Martinique’s culture. Ti’Punch brings together friends, reconciles foes, and is a way to welcome strangers with open arms. That associated culture certainly was brought to life the … [Read more...]

Save It For A Rainy Day, Chesney Style

Save it for a rainy day Chesney

Boats, Caribbean blue, float planes and a song about keeping your head up after love punches you in the stomach--something all us Castaways can probably relate to. I've been listening to Kenny Chesney's album, The Big Revival, on heavy rotation since it dropped and it's awesome to see each song released ride a wave all the way to number one on the charts. The latest to do so is the single, Save … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

Caribbean bloggers

I love writing and sharing my personal Caribbean travel stories, but spending time each week picking out the best of the best for the Caribbean Wrap Up is truly a treat. It lets my mind dream and see the island through the eyes of other passion travelers. This week's wrap up was one of those treats. In this week's wrap up we will drink some fine rum with Angostura, dive the Sculpture Park of … [Read more...]

A Look at Saba, The Unspoiled Caribbean Queen

Saba Caribbean

Saba. I had known about her for years, but as I sat on the balcony of my St. Maarten hotel room, I could see the dark outline of the island sitting in the distance. It called to me then, it calls to me know. It's about time to answer that call. Sharing this passion for the Caribbean is what I love to do. But sometimes I hesitate to write about a particular place. That hesitation is born out of … [Read more...]

Happy National Rum Punch Day!

National Rum Punch Day

Raise 'em high for National Rum Punch Day!  Isn'it awesome that near everything has a special day? Cats, broccoli, and even talking like a pirate have "national" days dedicated to them. Just so happens that today is the day dedicated to one of our favorite drinks...Rum Punch! Rum punch comes in many different colors and tastes, the overall theme though is its fruity, refreshing, and tastes … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

Caribbean blogs

If you love to eat local Caribbean cuisine, island hop the BVI, explore the remote Cayman Brac, and get lost on secret beaches in the Turks and Caicos then you're going to love this week's wrap up. These stories are hand picked and represent the best Caribbean escape of the week. So turn your imagination on and let your self dream. Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Aruba’s Top Foodie Finds & … [Read more...]

Gubba Gold Espresso Martini: Boat Drinks

Espresso Martini Recipe

After one sip, you'll be dancing on the sand all night long. It's funny how after a trip to the Caribbean, one becomes inspired and ready to take on new challenges that will hopefully bring them to the islands more often. That's what happened to me after a trip to St. John in 2007 and that's what happened to Steve Gubb, a passionate rum enthusiast, after a trip to St. Martin. After that trip … [Read more...]

10 Beach Chairs You Want To Be Sitting In

Warderick Wells Exumas

If you're anything like me, you let your imagination wander when soaking in the beautiful vistas of the Caribbean. Sometimes that beauty is so strong you forget to breath and get a little weak in the knees. I think that's why the following spots have special places to sit and let the moment consume you. The following are some special places that should you find yourself, I encourage you to have … [Read more...]

An Interview With The Mad Gringo Novelist

The Legend of Mad Gringo

Books let your mind escape and imagination wander like nothing else. They keep you on the edge of your seat and have you anticipating every page turn. They can relax you, inspire you, frighten you, and cause you to dream. Funny how words on paper can do so much. I've been "internet" friends with Greg Chambers for a long time. He owned a pretty kick ass clothing company called Mad Gringo back in … [Read more...]