Captain Jack Sparrow knows a thing or two about sailing the Caribbean.  Turns out that in real life Mr. Johnny Depp has a strong affliction for hidden tropical islands and rum just as his flamboyant pirate character.

Last week I read a fascinating story about Depp that was published in Vanity Fair magazine last year and have to share it with you. The story almost reads as a fairy tale. Jetting cross country in a private jet, commandeering a 156 foot luxury yacht in the Bahamas and cruising to a private island in the ultra secluded Exumas. Rum and Corona flowing like water. If that isn’t a fairy tale, I don’t know what is.

The thing that grabbed me most is how much Depp loves and yearns for the escape the islands offer. We all know the passion that Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney have for the island way of life.  This passion flows out of them, through our radios and into our imaginations. It’s interesting to see others catch the island bug and how it can completely transform ones perspective on life, family and the world when immersed in such natural beauty. Depp caught the bug.

Here are a couple quotes I pulled from the story that give you a window into the mind of this talented actor.

Depp says, “I don’t think I’d ever seen any place so pure and beautiful. You can feel your pulse rate drop about 20 beats. It’s instant freedom.”

“As our voyage gets under way, Depp speaks of the need for escapism in a world gone wrong. How does the individualist, he wonders, find dignity and purity in a plastic culture and a polluted world? “Little Hall’s Pond is my decompression,” he says. “It’s my way of trying to return to normalcy. There is a period once you finish a guy—a character—when you’re looking to go back to yourself, and sometimes it can manifest illness. I mean, after I made The Libertine“—in which Depp plays the debauched Earl of Rochester—“I was in bed for two weeks. When you’re working, you don’t get sick, then suddenly it hits you like a two-by-four. After Dillinger, my head was done in. I needed to escape. So being able to get on the boat and move allowed my head freedom again. Escapism is survival to me.”

Depp's Yacht the Vajoliroja

See what I mean. The islands get into your blood and they become part of you. Like a drug.

Here is the link to the full story.

Johnny Depp’s Great Escape

I’m heading to the Exuma islands in a couple weeks and looking forward to becoming an addict.

Let me know what you thought of the story.

Cheers,
RumShopRyan