New RumShopRyan Caribbean Castaway Koozies!

They've been a long time coming, but the new RumShopRyan Caribbean Castaway koozies are finally here. These have the new logo on them and the branded hashtag of #JustGo to help give you a little nudge to take that Caribbean trip you've been dreaming about. The koozies come in three colors as you can see; black, white, and lime green. You can call one yours for only $5. Owning a Castaway Koozie … [Read more...]

And The Winner of the Two 2016 Tortuga Music Festival Tickets is…

It's been two weeks since announcing the ticket giveaway to the Tortuga Music Festival and the entries have been streaming in. With the cut-off point happening last night, it's time to choose a winner. Are you ready to find out if it's you?! With a total of 548 entries, if you entered, the odds are pretty good for you to win a pair of tickets valued at $199 each. These tickets will get you into … [Read more...]

A New Radio Station From Your Favorite Island

Coming to you live from one of the most beautiful places on Earth, our friends at the Soggy Dollar Bar in White Bay on Jost Van Dyke bring us the new Soggy Dollar Radio. No matter where you're at in the world, chances are you'd rather be sitting on the sand of White Bay, sipping on a Painkiller or three. Listening to Soggy Dollar Radio lets your mind escape to the BVI where those cold drinks … [Read more...]

Enjoy Island Time All The Time With West Indian Rags

If you're anything like me, you have a large collection of t-shirts you've gotten during your travels thought the Caribbean. You put one on and it just feels good. It brings back memories and is an instant conversation starter with anyone that notices it. That island feeling is always with us salty souls. A couple weeks ago I was introduced to Paul, owner of West Indian Rags. We talked about … [Read more...]

Beach Ethics – The Unwritten Rules of the Sand

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...]

10 Beach Chairs You Want To Be Sitting In

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

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...]

The Winner of the Key West Express Drink Contest Is…

Today is the day. It's time to announce the winner of the Key West Express Drink Contest. It's been one week, I received over 30 drink recipes, narrowed it down to 5 finalists, and now there's just one drink standing. Without further delay, the winner of the drink contest is... 5 Shots to the Wind – By Patricia Dean Paulson One shot good dark rum (Mount Gay) One shot fresh squeezed … [Read more...]

5 Finalist for the Key West Express Drink Contest.

The drink recipes are in and it's clear you Castaways know your cocktails. Below is a list of the five finalist. I will be meeting with the great staff of the Key West Express tonight to do a taste test of these five and then I will announce the winner this Wednesday. The winning person will receive two tickets aboard the Key West Express and will have their drink served on the ferry boat … [Read more...]

Key West Express Drink Contest – Win Two Tickets!

Rum and the sea fit together like to two dancers locked in a sexy rhythm of movement. Is that too dramatic? Nah, we are Castaways, we love our smooth rum and blue blue waters. Because rum and the sea fit together so well, I have teamed up with the Key West Express to send two cocktail enthusiasts to the Conch Republic on aboard one of their fast ferries. Getting to Key West really is half the … [Read more...]

Castaway Cruise Details and Future Dates

I can almost feel it now, the wind blowing across my face with the blazing blue water of the Exumas flowing past as I stand there on the bow of Mermaid Tales. It's a life-altering feeling that I want you to experience. That's why I'm working with Captain Mike of Tropical Escape Yacht Charters, I want to change your perspective on the world. The next Castaway Cruises are coming up and the … [Read more...]