Merry Christmas To All You Caribbean Castaways!

Caribbean Christmas

Merry Christmas Castaways! I'd like to take this time to thank each and everyone of you for reading RumShopRyan.com and allowing me to share our mutual passion for the Caribbean. This site wouldn’t be anything without all of you, for that I thank you. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Cheers, RumShopRyan … [Read more...]

The New Ocean Inspired Tattoo

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Like many of you, my love for the Caribbean runs deep into my bones. It's more than just a lifestyle that we live, it's part of who we are, it's entrenched in our DNA. I recently took that love and added a permanent reminder of it to my body. This permanent reminder was about 3 years in the making and I'd like to share the personal story with you. The Shirt It was about 3 years ago on the … [Read more...]

A Magical Sunset Cruise Aboard Old Glory

Fort Myers Sunset Cruise

Is it possible to be a tourist in your own town? I've called the Naples/Bonita Springs/Ft. Myers area home now for 12 years now and I still can't get enough. I still hit the beach every chance I can get, I find myself in the fun touristy beach bars and I still find Gulf sunsets truly magical every time.  It doesn't matter, I've seen hundreds of them, but each one captures my attention like it does … [Read more...]

Cooking (And Eating!) Spiny Caribbean Lobster

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I think I have a tapeworm. For the past three or four weeks I've been starving come lunch and dinner time. So much so that I've started eating my lunch at 10:30am and dinner around 6pm. Food has been forefront in my mind and today is no different. Must. Have. Food. The Caribbean has a rich food culture that includes ingredients like conch, jerk chicken, sweet fruits, peas and rice and of course … [Read more...]

Take The Beach With You When You Go

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Which beach do you want to be on right now? The right answer would be any beach, but I'm sure you have a favorite. One that left an impression on you. One that your mind wanders to when you look up from your work computer and day dream out the window. The memory is so sweet, so deep that you can almost feel the sand under your feet right now. You would give anything to be on that beach wouldn't … [Read more...]

Meet Earl, The Rum Loving Egret

Beach Egret

Beaches are fantastic, they relax the soul and offer beautiful vistas. Another thing that makes beaches so wonderful is the wildlife that calls them home. The transition from sea to land is home to all sorts of critters; dolphins, crabs, sea birds, bait fish, pale-white tourists, all these things can be found on or around the beach. This story is about one particular bird, a friendly White Egret … [Read more...]

Video: Authentic Caribbean Conch Salad Recipe

Conch Salad Recipe

Conch, what a wonderful and delicious animal. You can steam it, have it cracked, frittered, turned into a burger, use it for gumbo or chowder and a host of other creative dishes. It reminds me of when Bubba educated Forrest on all the ways to prepare shrimp...fried shrimp, blackened shrimp, sauteed shrimp...you get the idea. One of my favorite ways to enjoy this mollusk is to have it prepared … [Read more...]

The Bimini Blunder

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Last weekend I took my first trip to Bimini in the Bahamas. It was a fantastic trip, but it was a trip that almost didn't happen. Two months prior to last weekend myself, Mike from RumConnection.com and Shawn from Coastlines & Tan Lines started planning a weekend trip to the Big Game Club on Bimini. We researched the hotel and we researched Bimini, and of course the excitement built as the … [Read more...]

The Seven Ton Calamity, By JC Perez

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Your mind is about ready to go on a little adventure. Smuggling, a daring low altitude flight across Cuba and some of Jamaica's finest home grown; a story that you have to read. This is a guest post by JC Perez, author of Heisting the Beard The Seven Ton Calamity It was a hot day in Bimini, the year was 1984. Jamaica was waiting, they had the plane, but a few things were missing, vital of … [Read more...]

Mishka, Beach Bars & Brothers In Crime

Mishka

Bloody Mary's and the salt air blowing over your face isn't a bad way to start the day. A weekend full of highlights was capped off with the sweet sweet sound of Mishka playing his smooth style of reggae in Ybor City Tampa. Where do I start? With rum. Slowing down just enough to let me jump in, Mike from RumConnection.com and Shawn, now with Coastlines & Tan Lines, picked me up and we head … [Read more...]

Top Caribbean Blogs of 2011 – Fun In The Sun With Some Rum

Where has the year gone? 2011 has come and gone like the relentless tide. I guess it's true what they say, time does fly when you're having fun rum. Part of my job as a Caribbean blogger is to constantly be on the look out for new Caribbean sites that I can learn from and in-turn tell you about. Reading other island sites/blogs is one of the best parts of this job. I love seeing what other … [Read more...]