Caribbean Cowboy Returns to the Sand of Ft. Lauderdale

Location and scarcity. Location has a way of making things better. For example; rum drinks taste better at a beach bar, conch fritters are better in The Bahamas, and reggae flows through you a little smoother in Jamaica. Listening to the laid back country and island beats of Kenny Chesney sounds good in the car, at home, at work, and just about any other place. But make your listening … [Read more...]

Top RumShopRyan Drink Recipes of 2016

After one sip, you'll be missing a year. Time flies when you're having rum! It's about time to turn the lights off on 2016, but before we do let's take a look back at some of our favorite cocktail recipes of the past year. These five cocktails had the most page views out of the 40 some drink recipes that were posted here on RumShopRyan.com in 2016. By looking at the traffic numbers I can … [Read more...]

Seclusion of Andros, a Rum Bar Beach Bar, and…

Ice, snow, polar vortexes...I think it's time to mix a rum drink and hop a fast plane to the lower latitudes. If the cold weather doesn't have you dreaming about the islands, this Caribbean Wrap Up will. Seclusion on Andros, bird watching in Jamaica, rum bar beach bars, and a St. Lucian resort that boggles the imagination--there's plenty of motivation here to keep you a few degrees … [Read more...]

Live in Fast Forward with the Cruzan Spiced Apple Cider

After one sip, you'll find yourself on the coast of somewhere beautiful. I just looked at my Weather Underground app and the high temp today is suppose to be 77 degrees. Just about a perfect December day here in southwest Florida. While many of you might be cursing me as a polar vortex brings single digit temps and bone chilling wind chills your way, I do have solution and inspiration. This … [Read more...]

Find Out Why Luxury Caribbean Villas Are Off The Charts

Expansive ocean views, infinity pools, game rooms, plush furnishings, a personal chef and wait staff--this is life in a luxury Caribbean villa. Not bad right? I love staying at hotels but renting a villa in the Caribbean is a completely different vibe. In my experience, when staying in a villa you just feel closer to the island. More of a home type of feeling. If you like to really treat … [Read more...]

The Survivor: A Shot of Courage and Relief

After one sip, you'll be able to take on an angry ocean. Sometimes you just need an instant dose of relaxation. It could be in the form of a good book, a drive with the windows down, or it might be a quick and smooth rum drink. By the looks of the photo above, you won't need a map to find out which form of relaxation this story will center around. This simple and smooth rum drink is called … [Read more...]

A Salty Proposal to a Beautiful Mermaid

She said YES!!! The following is a behind the scenes look at a special moment that was a long time coming. You'll see how my mind works and doesn't work on the day I asked Castaway Crystal to marry me. If you read my two-part story about The Trip That Wasn't, then you'll know that I was planning to propose on Cat Island at The Hermitage on Mt. Alvernia. Crystal is a big cat lover and it's … [Read more...]

The Pumpkin Pie Martini – A Dessert You Can Sip!

After one sip, that weird uncle won't seem so bad. I don't know about you but 2016 had wings and a couple jet engines attached to it. It flew by in the blink of eye. I wish time would slow down a little, like back when we were all kids and summer vacation felt like an eternity. I want more time to soak up some Caribbean magic! Being that we are coming to the end of 2016 and Thanksgiving is … [Read more...]

Part 2: A Trip That Wasn’t – Lessons Learned on the High Seas

...And the conclusion of A Trip That Wasn't. If you are just joining in, you can read about Part 1 right here. Grab a life jacket, the seas get a bit rougher! Day 8: We woke early and prepared for our passage taking us to Staniel Cay and Big Majors. The winds were still blowing 15-20mph from the NE but we were traveling south on the shallow lee side of the Exuma island chain. So the … [Read more...]

Part 1: A Trip That Wasn’t – Lessons Learned on the High Seas

...And when he handed me the emergency life beacon and told us to put lifejackets on, I knew it was time to pray. If you were following our latest Bahamas trip aboard the motor yacht Mermaid Tales on social media, then you might have caught on that the trip wasn't going quite as planned. Sure, the photos we were posting on Facebook and Instagram showed smiling faces as we fed the swimming pigs … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up: Beaches, Anegada Lobster, Blue Lagoons and More!

You know the feeling you get when returning form a vacation? That feeling where you need a vacation from your vacation? That's what we are going through. Our two-week trip through the Bahamas that was suppose to end up in Turks and Caicos turned out to be the trip that wasn't. I have much more to tell you about that in the coming weeks. Let's just say boats and Mother Nature can be a son of … [Read more...]