Aruba: A Real Life Daydream

The following article was written by me on behalf of Choice Hotels and I was paid to write this post. However, the opinions are entirely my own. If you're anything like me, then you like to daydream. During the cold winter months (yes it can get chilly here in Florida) I catch myself staring at nothing. The eyes don't register anything as the mind fills in the story. That story is almost always … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

Rum and islands float through my mind constantly. Does this happen to you? As of right now I have two trips on the schedule, Nassau for the Rum Bahamas Festival where I'll be judging some of the best rums in the Caribbean, and St. John, where I'll be collecting photos, hiking and exploring the island from a different point of view. That and I talk about STJ so much that Castaway Crystal said … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

Addictions spawn other addictions. My love of southwest Florida and the Keys, pushed me into a love affair of the Caribbean islands, and now the islands have turned me on full force to the art of sailing. Beam reach, who is the give-way vessel, how to trim the sails, reading the weather and sea conditions...I think about all the ins-and-outs all the time. A new addiction. Luckily I have a … [Read more...]

Bolongo Bay Resort Celebrates National Hangover Day

I've had a love affair with the Bolongo Bay Resort on St. Thomas ever since my first Castaway Beach Bash 4 years ago. This family owned resort really has it all--location, fantastic beach bar, and a wonderful staff that will do everything they can to make your experience special. The bartenders at Bolongo Bay's Iggies Beach Bar have put together their top 10 list of tried-and-true hangover … [Read more...]

Caneel Bay Resort Celebrates 60 In Style

Caneel Bay will mark its 60th anniversary in 2016 while delighting guests with new developments. The breathtakingly beautiful resort in St. John, USVI, will be more inviting than ever with newly renovated guest rooms, the culinary talent of new Executive Chef Nicholas Arnold, a 60th Anniversary Package and much more. It has been more than six decades since the environmentalist and … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

The South Pacific and the Maldives are famous for their shallow clear waters and their glamorous overwater bungalows. The type where you can look through the floor when you're sleeping and see Spotted Eagle Rays and any number of fish. This type of resort has, for the most part, been absent from the Caribbean. Why? I have no idea. That all might be coming to an end though. Find out which … [Read more...]

Grace Bay Beach Named a Top Beach Destination for Weddings

The acknowledgement from Caribbean Journal comes after Grace Bay was ranked as the #2 beach in the world by TripAdvisor earlier in 2015. The island of Providenciales itself received a TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award in 2015 as the TOP island in the world. The Venetian on Grace Bay is offering a special promotion for newlyweds and honeymooners to celebrate this amazing news! To celebrate … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

As beautiful as the Caribbean is, it like nearly all areas of the world is not immune from mother nature's power. As Tropical Storm Erika soaks the northern Caribbean let's keep in mind that the human element is the most important and for all affected to be safe. Now for the side of the Caribbean that we all love--beaches, rum drinks and pure escape. Enjoy this week's wrap up! Caribbean … [Read more...]

Five Ways a Villa Vacation Can Rekindle the Romance

When I go to an Island I like to to blend in with the every day life. The best way to do that is rent a house or villa. A hit and run on a giant cruise ship is the the furthest thing from that experience. Staying at a relaxing hotel is close, but you're still pretty pampered. Staying at a house or villa gives you that, hey this is my home, type feeling. You go grocery shopping, you clean up … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

You would have thought Jamaica would be one of the first places to legalize marijuana, not Colorado and Washington state. Well it looks like the Jamaican government is moving to decriminalize the drug. That story and some amazing BVI photos from one of my new favorite boating blogs and some resort tips fill story lines in this week's Caribbean Wrap Up. Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Boat Life … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

Have your flip-flops been giving you dirty looks from your closet? Give them a little love and slip them on for this week's Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up, I promise it will help set the mood for a little island state of mind. This week's wrap up showcases Havana Club Mojitos, new Cuban travel rules for Americans, Jamaica and James Bond, low-key Caribbean resorts and some fun activities when … [Read more...]