Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

One of the biggest thrills I get is when Castaways like yourself share with me your Caribbean and rum adventures. Nearly every day I receive a photo of a beach, asking me about a bottle of rum, or showing me that you're living with your toes in the sand. I'm floored that you remember to think of this humble website, and honored that you want to share it with me and other salty island lovers. … [Read more...]

Dream Getaway to Saint Maarten

Stunning beaches, mouth-watering food, casinos, and tons of activities--viva la St. Maarten! I've only spent a few days on St. Maarten, but the time I was there really made an impression on me. Everyone needs the chance to experience this island with two distinct personalities, and so much charisma. That's why when I heard about Caribbean BlueBook's St. Maarten giveaway, I wanted to share it with … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

From Nevis to Jamaica, to Anguilla and Turks and Caicos--this week's Caribbean Wrap Up has us bouncing to some pretty amazing places. Read about Pusser's new Gunpoweder Proof rum, find out which Caribbean paradise the late artist Prince loved to spend time on, and get to know Portland, Jamaica as well as the seductive Nevis. Don't you wish we could snap our fingers and boom, we were there? I … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

Do you have any summer travel plans that involve the Caribbean? May is generally the start of 0ff- or slow-season in the islands. You'll find great deals on hotels and charters, unfortunately I haven't seen much of a dip in airfare prices. You would think that will the fall in oil and gas prices, that airfares would fall as well. Well they haven't. A couple weeks ago I bought two tickets to St. … [Read more...]

Grand Cayman: A Real Life Daydream, Part 2

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. I’m sitting here at home trying to ignore all the work and projects that need to be done. Fix the Jeep, clean the floors, organize my filing cabinet--all things that needs to be done but I keep putting them off. I’d rather be in the islands. Time … [Read more...]

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

I took a walk today to get some fresh air. I'm not sure if it was the cloudy skies or the day's drama, but I felt like it was time to escape to the islands. A decompress was needed. I came home, took Castaway Crystal to watch the sunset by the Sanibel Bridge and then sat down to type of this week's Caribbean Wrap Up. Sitting here writing about the islands and falling into daydreams every other … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

March is my favorite month of the year, but it's not without its faults. March means Spring Break and my home stretch of sand, Ft. Myers Beach, can be overwhelmed by thousands of drunken college kids. While the people watching is amazing, I much prefer a quiet stretch of sand. You'll find plenty of those in this week's Weekly Wrap Up. Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up St Lucia’s Rodney Bay: “Floating, … [Read more...]

The Sandy Toe Drink Recipe. Make It!

After one sip, you'll want to make your new address the Bahamas. In the last few weeks I've been posting about our time at Sandy Toes Beach Bar on Rose Island in the Bahamas. It's my favorite escape when in Nassau. This little slice of beach heaven has a signature cocktail appropriately called the Sandy Toe. You're going to want one. I've had many requests for this drink recipe, and I don't … [Read more...]

A Day on the Beach: Sandy Toes Beach Bar, Rose Island Bahamas

Believe it or not, being a rum judge at Rum Bahamas Festival is hard work. And when this pirate needs a break from that hard work, I head to the beach bar. And when in Nassau, my beach bar of choice is Sandy Toes on Rose Island. Rose Island is a long narrow island just to the east of Nassau. It’s a little Out Island feeling near the hustle and bustle of the city. Sandy Toes has boat … [Read more...]

An Insider’s Guide To Festival Rum Bahamas 2016

It's nearly upon us, the 2016 Festival Rum Bahamas. As the event draws closer more and more great stories about the event are coming out. Here is one of the best I've seen. Tru Bahamian Food Tours does a great job highlighting the food, the music, the people, the culture and of course the rum. Here is a small part of the story and a link to read the entire piece. Now is the time to begin … [Read more...]