Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

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Seaplanes, rum, Out Islands...these are just a handful of the story topics in this week's Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up. These stories have me thinking about hopping a fast plane south. The weather has turned cold here in south Florida this week (50's is cold here!) and I'm not a fan. This bald head of mine has to keep warm and a trip to the islands is a damn fine solution. Caribbean Weekly Wrap … [Read more...]

Caribbean Beers – Remember The Islands By Taking A Drink

Caribbean beers

Yes the Caribbean is famous for its rum, and deservedly so, but sometimes there's nothing like an ice-cold refreshing beer to beat back the tropical heat. The islands aren't known for their beers, in fact I've heard plenty of people complain about how all the beers in the Caribbean are light, tasteless and indistinguishable from each other. I can see how some people would say this, but I also … [Read more...]

ISLANDS Magazine Readers’ Choice: Best of the Caribbean

Best Caribbean Golf

Let's pretend you have unlimited funds, unlimited vacation time and you want the make the Caribbean your oyster. Your goal is to do the best and see the best the islands have to offer. Well the people of ISLANDS Magazine have put together a Reader's Choice list giving you the "Best of " Caribbean. Over 17,000 seasoned Caribbean travelers weighed in on the best the islands have to offer. Best … [Read more...]

The Cockspur Jam “Rita” Café Boat Drink Recipe

Cockspur rum

  After one sip, you'll be chasing the rooster. Barbados, an island that rolls off the tongue as smoothly as rum rolls across it. This eastern most island of the Caribbean is known for many things, but rum might be on the top of that list. Although Rihanna might be pushing hard for that tops spot. To a Castaway though, Barbados will always equal rum. When you think of rum and … [Read more...]

Barbados Webcam, Time to Hit Mullins Beach

This week's Caribbean Webcam comes from Barbados. This live Barbados webcam shows Mullins beach, in the parish of St.Peter, one of the most popular beaches on the west coast of Barbados. Mullins Beach is a very popular hangout with snorkelers, locals and visitors. Located in a cove, the water is always calm and clear, the beach bar's drinks are cold and the sun is always shining. Damn I need my … [Read more...]

Barbados Webcam – Port St. Charles

Beautiful Barbados. This week's Caribbean webcam sits on the west side of Barbados over looking the Port St. Charles marina. The Port St. Charles marina is an affluent and upscale luxury marina development situated on the western coast of Barbados. The marina is in close proximity to the main area of Speightstown in Six Mens Bay. Port St. Charles is made up exclusive villas, condos and … [Read more...]

August 16th, National Rum Day!

Seems we silly Americans have a day for everything. There’s a national fly a kite day, national Star Wars day, and even something called National Hammock Day, a personal favorite. Today, August 16 particularly appeals to me because it’s National Rum Day. Just how this designation was born I haven’t been able to find one consistent story, but who cares? It’s an excuse to make a delicious rum … [Read more...]

Three Sheets hits Barbados – Rum Shop Heaven!

I just fell in love. I've heard of the show "Three Sheets" with Zane Lamprey, but had never seen it.  Then when I saw a link on rumconnection.com to this Barbados show I had to watch. I couldn't pass up a show about Rum Shops and turning invisible. Invisible? Just watch. Zane goes to the birthplace of rum. He explores an island original known as Falernum, drinks “corn and oil,” and meets up … [Read more...]

How I Chose RumShopRyan as my Pen Name

summer-beach-balls

I was asked last week after I wrote the "How a Kansas Boy Ended up in Florida" post, how did I come up with the name of RumShopRyan.  It's a good question and there's a good answer. No I don't have a liquor store and only sell rum. No I'm not a expert rum connoisseur and can tell you the everything there is to know about this tasty spirit. What I can tell you is that the name was inspired by the … [Read more...]

Barbados Naked Part 3 – Activities and Things to Do

National Heroes Square

Here is the last of the article of the Bardados Naked series by Definitive Caribbean. Click on Part 1 and Part 2 to read the previous articles.  These stories were written awhile back so some of the shopping places might not be perfectly up-to-date, but will be close.  My Barbados friends usually leave comments and tell you the best places anyways!  Enjoy. Things to do in Beautiful … [Read more...]

Barbados Naked – Part 2

Barbados Cliff Restaurant

This is the second installment of Barbados Naked series.  Read Part 1 here. Food and Cooking Barbados style You can eat well on the island - some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean are along the West Coast but you really should venture out from the tourist areas if you want to really 'taste' Barbados. Local food also has its own strong tradition in Barbados, and this can be … [Read more...]