Cuba, for so long it has been the forbidden land for us Americans. Its treasures like rum, culture and of course cigars have been hidden from us. With restrictions loosening, you may soon find yourself taking puffs of the world’s best cigars.

In this week’s Caribbean wrap up, there is a great story and video about why the Cuban cigar is so cherished. Give it a watch, I think you’ll like it.

Other topics include the Key West Express drink contest I’m running, Jamaica’s Red Stripe beer becoming more local, sexy island bathrooms, and a great story about the very special island of Bequia.

Enjoy the escape!

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

Key West Express Drink Contest: Do you want to win two tickets aboard the Key West Express ferry that travels from Ft. Myers to Key West? Of course you do! Simple give me an original drink recipe and have the name relate to Key West or the Key West Express, and you’ll be entered to win. The winning drink will be served aboard the boat during your trip and I’ll be there to document the fun! –Story by RumShopRyan.com

Cigars, The Heart and Soul of Cuba: Cuba is the Holy Grail for cigar smokers. This video, “Cigars: The Heart and Soul of Cuba” will take you on a journey across the island with acclaimed cigar expert James Suckling to discover why Cuban cigars are the best in the world. –Story by jamessuckling.com

Red Stripe’s Newest Ingredient in Jamaica: Red Stripe Beer is now using cassava starch produced locally in Jamaica as a key ingredient in its brew. This change in ingredients represents a shift from imported barley to locally grown raw material. –Story by Caribbean Journal

The Sexiest Hotel Bathrooms In The Caribbean: The Caribbean is hands down one of the world’s most romantic destinations. The region’s gorgeous islands and quaint coastal communities draw thousands of honeymooners and couples every year with their pristine beaches, laid-back vibe, and outstanding resorts. Many hotels cater to couples, and hotel designers, aware that an appealing bathroom with a deep tub can be the cherry on top of a romantic getaway, are spending more time than ever in coming up with the best bathroom layout. -Story by HuffingtonPost.com

Island Paradise: The Best of Bequia: Goats roam freely among the headstones in a small cemetery. The owner relies on them to trim the grass. Welcome to Bequia, a seven-square-mile island where being in a hurry is met with puzzled looks–and a sense of community prevails. As part of the necklace of isles making up St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bequia welcomes visitors at Port Elizabeth where they find a landscape worthy of a watercolor painting. –Story by Intelligenttravel.nationalgeographic.com

If you would like to include any Caribbean stories please leave a comment below or email me your story. Thank you!

Cheers,

RumShopRyan