The pull is growing strong. It’s hard to explain. There’s something in my DNA. There are walls that need to be overcome, but it will happen. Is it the color blue? Is it the wind in the sails? Maybe it’s just the freedom. The pull is growing strong.

Maybe it’s reading stories like the ones that populate this week’s Caribbean Wrap Up. Rum, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, the Caymans, and the mystical Saba–all of them are pulling. I know this salty Castaway isn’t alone, you feel the pull as well.

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

Rum Bahamas Awards: The 2nd annual Festival Rum Bahamas in beautiful Nassau was a huge success drawing more than 4000 attendees over the last weekend in February. Like last year, event organizers put together a juried tasting competition with more than 50 of the world’s best rums. 10 judges from the Bahamas and the US evaluated these rums based on a variety of characteristics and chose the top three in each category. Here are the winners. –Story by

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in the Dominican Republic: The Dominican Republic is the undisputed most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean. In 2014, the Dominican Republic welcomed 5.1 million tourists. That was 2 million more than… –Story by Caribbean & Co.
7 Great Places to Eat (And Drink) in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos: Whether you choose Turk’s Head Amber, Light or Lager (or the limited-edition Summer Wheat Ale or Stout) these are seven spots that are perfect for kicking back and enjoying a true taste of the TCI. –Story by Caribbean Journal

Saba – The Unspoiled Queen From Top To Bottom: The unspoiled queen is what they call her; and for good reason. Saba is among few Dutch Caribbean islands that haven’t been inundated with tourism and the carbon footprint that is left behind. –Story by

Photo Essay of Cayman Brac, Grand Cayman’s Sister Island: There are no stoplights, no franchises, no high-rises, and no nightlife. But it’s for these reasons that it is a destination. Most of the island is undeveloped since a bluff covers a majority of it. Local food menus change daily based on local seafood availability. And yet the waters around it are considered some of the best diving waters in the world according to the Cousteau family. –Story by

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