Book Review: Second Chance Gold

Second Chance Gold

How do you do a book review without spoiling the book? Hang on tight because we're going to give it a try! Second Chance Gold is the 4th book in a series written by author John H. Cunningham. The series follows the adventures of Buck Reilly, a once hotshot darling of Wallstreet, now a down on his luck pilot that lives in a hotel in Key West. Buck is what I would call a cross between Jimmy … [Read more...]

The Island State of Mind Wrapped Around Your Wrist

Island Braclet

Every once in awhile I get a little carried away when collecting items that remind me of the islands. My flip flop collection is out of control and I have ball caps over flowing out of 2 closets. It's a problem I know, but I can't help it! I think they call that an addiction right? Recently my eye has been drawn to stylish island hook bracelets. Oooooohhh, shiny! A couple weeks ago while … [Read more...]

Exuma: A Thousand Shades of Blue

Exuma Video

The Exumas are a visual masterpiece of sand banks, remote islands, stunning under water animals, and some of the bluest, clearest water I've ever seen in my life. I've talk about these islands quite a bit on this site and judging by the comments, you love them just as much as I do. Because of that love I want to tell you about a film I just watched, simply titled...Exuma. I recently received … [Read more...]

Review of Mishka’s “The Journey” Album

The Journey Mishka

Last Tuesday, November 19th 2013, Mishka released his first full length studio album since 2010. Titled, The Journey, this album was put together using the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. This allowed him to have complete creative control to put out an album true to himself. The Journey is different from his previous albums, it focuses more on vocals and instrumental tones. It does not have … [Read more...]

Casual and Comfy Bokos Sandals: Product Review

bokos sandals

Sandals and flip flops, they are the symbolic announcement that  summer time has arrived. You slip into a pair and you can't help but feel more relaxed. Sandals are just like any other type of footwear, you have nice ones, dirty ones, ones you wear to the beach and ones you go walking in. Today I want to tell you about a new pair of sandals I got that fill another gap, they casual everyday utility … [Read more...]

Old Mango Teams Up with My Island Art For Spectacular Results

Island Art Old Mango

Sometimes two things come together and the combination is a match made in heaven. Peanut Butter and chocolate, biscuits and gravy, chips and salsa (I must be hungry)--that's what happened when island photographer William Torrillo (Old Mango) and My Island Art got together. William has a fantastic eye that captures the true island beauty, each photo is so life-like and vivid that you can almost … [Read more...]

Review of Harborside Resort Timeshares

Harborside Resort Time Share Paradise Island

This post is brought to you by Harborside Resort Timeshares. Paradise Island is a small, yet amazingly beautiful island in the Bahamas which features some of the clearest blue water you have ever seen. Because of its inarguable beauty, the island has understandably become a prime tourist spot. People come from all over the world to experience the breathtaking water views and walk along its … [Read more...]

The Launch of Sand Dollar Media Group

Sand Dollar Media Group

Today is a big day! They say that if you do what you love then you'll never work a day in your life. That's how I feel every day when I sit down in front of the computer and dive into the island lifestyle world with RumShopRyan.com. Now I want to expand that world and help others in the process. Today is the launch of Sand Dollar Media Group, a Social Media Marketing company that focuses on … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Deadly Quiet Sea

The Deadly Quiet Sea by Ron Laughlin

It could have happened to anyone of us, you're out fishing one night in the Florida Keys and happen to stumble upon a boat in distress. You act quickly to save any souls on board, but next thing you know you're caught up in a drug fueled assassination attempt and now you're running for your life. Hey, it could happen. The book titled, The Deadly Quiet Sea by Ron Laughlin, puts you in the shoes … [Read more...]

Learning To Paddle Board With Hooked on SUP: Video

Hooked on SUP

You see them slowly paddling their way across the water. At first it may look like the person is literally standing on the surface of the water, Jesus style. They glide through the shallows, they glide through the surf. They are standup paddle boarding and they enjoy everything the water and landscape has to offer. The sport has been growing in popularity and it was about time to see what all they … [Read more...]

Flirting With A Red Head – Panama Red Rum

Hemingway's Papa Doble Daiquiri

When someone invites you to their restaurant for a rum tasting the words, "does tomorrow work for you?" can't fly out of ones mouth fast enough. A few weeks ago Justin Fleming, the General Manager of Hemingway's Island Grill, invited me and my lovely assistant to stop by for dinner and a little rum tasting. The rum that was to be tasted is called Panama Red and is a brand that is exclusive to the … [Read more...]