New Wicked Dolphin Florida Spiced Rum

Wicked Dolphin Spice rum

Cape Spirits, makers of Wicked Dolphin Silver Rum are making noise early in 2014 by releasing a their very own spiced rum.  Wicked Dolphin is made in Cape Coral, Florida--essentially my back yard so I'm excited to taste their new offering. Both Wicked Dolphin Silver and Spiced are available now through Republic National Distributing Company and at the Wicked Dolphin Distillery in Cape … [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...]

This Is Why I Live In Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida

This website is dedicated to the beauty and wonder of the Caribbean, but every once in awhile I'll post something about my backyard, southwest Florida. Today is one of those days, and you'll be glad it is. As many of you know I moved from Kansas to the Naples/Ft. Myers area back in 2001. Before that move I had never been to the area, never head much about it, I just knew it was on the coast and … [Read more...]

International Coastal Cleanup Day: Saturday, September 21st

Coastal Clean up day

Tomorrow, September 21st is International Coastal Cleanup Day. Ocean trash is a serious pollution problem that affects the health of people, wildlife and local economies. If you're a reader of this blog then there's a near 100% chance that you love beaches, not just in the Caribbean but any coastal environment. It's important to give back and take care of the beaches and waterways we love so … [Read more...]

Floating To A Naples Sunset

Naples Princess Sunset Cruise

Wednesday was Pirate Girl's birthday, so a little something special was on the itinerary. I told her we were going up to a super fancy McDonalds in Fort Myers but that was just my clever smoke screen. I wouldn't tell her where we were going until we pulled into the Port-of-Call, we had a date with a Gulf of Mexico sunset aboard the Naples Princess. I won't bore you with all the details like … [Read more...]

Driving Over The Fort Myers Beach Bridge…Over and Over and Over

Fort Myers Beach Bridge

When I first moved to southwest Florida from Kansas City in 2001, I had heard Fort Myers Beach was the happening place to be. It had waterfront restaurants, beach bars, live music and damn good rum runners. Fort Myers Beach is actually the City of Fort Myers Beach and is an long barrier island. Only two ways on, only two ways off. A true "gone coastal" type of place. At the time I lived down in … [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...]

A Fort Myers Beach Sunset: Why Traffic Can Be Good

Fort Myers Beach Sunset

Fort Myers Beach is my local slice of paradise. It's an 8 mile long stretch of sand with one main road. Yes, traffic gets backed up like a bear, but I really don't mind it. Put a little Mishka on radio, roll down the windows and turn your clock to island time. If you're going to be stuck in a slow moving mass of steel and rubber, this is the place to do it. Just a quick glance over your shoulder … [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...]

Lovers Key State Park – Island Lime Videos

Lovers Key State Park

Top down, wind blowing and Buffett singing a cover of Marley's Redemption Song was streaming from the speakers as I climbed over the New Pass bridge. On the other side awaits a maze of mangroves, seashell covered beaches and unspoiled paradise, all surrounded by water. On the other side awaits Lovers Key State park. One of my favorite places in all Southwest Florida. I've done an Island Lime … [Read more...]

Video Boat Drink: The Express De-Stress

Rum Recipe

After one sip, you'll be a puddle of relaxation. Question, is your flass empty and ready? I hope so because I'm about to fill it with liquid awesomeness. Watch as Charles, A.k.A. BigKahunaBrew, and I mix up a special Boat Drinks recipe and talk about the upcoming Conched in Key West Charity Bar Crawl. This Boat Drink isn't a new one on RSR and I didn't even create it, but it's a tastes so good … [Read more...]