The Cockspur Corn & Oil: Boat Drink Recipes

After one sip, you'll feel the spur dig in. Barbados is one of the Caribbean islands that has eluded me thus far. A sin I know. It's been called the birthplace of rum and a good friend, Mr. Rum Connection was just there exploring the island's famous rum culture. Because of this, I was inspired to sip on a little Bajan rum. Cockspur. Cockspur is a wonderful rum that hails from Barbados and … [Read more...]

Dream Getaway to Saint Maarten

Stunning beaches, mouth-watering food, casinos, and tons of activities--viva la St. Maarten! I've only spent a few days on St. Maarten, but the time I was there really made an impression on me. Everyone needs the chance to experience this island with two distinct personalities, and so much charisma. That's why when I heard about Caribbean BlueBook's St. Maarten giveaway, I wanted to share it with … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

From Nevis to Jamaica, to Anguilla and Turks and Caicos--this week's Caribbean Wrap Up has us bouncing to some pretty amazing places. Read about Pusser's new Gunpoweder Proof rum, find out which Caribbean paradise the late artist Prince loved to spend time on, and get to know Portland, Jamaica as well as the seductive Nevis. Don't you wish we could snap our fingers and boom, we were there? I … [Read more...]

Grand Cayman: A Real Life Daydream, Part 2

The following article was written by me on behalf of Choice Hotels and I was paid to write this post. However, the opinions are entirely my own. I’m sitting here at home trying to ignore all the work and projects that need to be done. Fix the Jeep, clean the floors, organize my filing cabinet--all things that needs to be done but I keep putting them off. I’d rather be in the islands. Time … [Read more...]

Boat Drink Recipe: The Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Cooler

After one sip, you'll be one sip closer to summer. I love rum. Rum is delicious, flexible, and it flows through the Caribbean like the trade winds. When it comes to mixing flavored rums into fruitiful concoctions, I usually reach for Cruzan Rum. I prefer it over other flavored rum like the Bacardi line and it comes from one of my favorite spots in the Caribbean, the USVI. Are you … [Read more...]

Aruba: A Real Life Daydream

The following article was written by me on behalf of Choice Hotels and I was paid to write this post. However, the opinions are entirely my own. If you're anything like me, then you like to daydream. During the cold winter months (yes it can get chilly here in Florida) I catch myself staring at nothing. The eyes don't register anything as the mind fills in the story. That story is almost always … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

I took a walk today to get some fresh air. I'm not sure if it was the cloudy skies or the day's drama, but I felt like it was time to escape to the islands. A decompress was needed. I came home, took Castaway Crystal to watch the sunset by the Sanibel Bridge and then sat down to type of this week's Caribbean Wrap Up. Sitting here writing about the islands and falling into daydreams every other … [Read more...]

It’s National Cocktail Day! Try This…

We Castaways are defined by a few things. Those things are Caribbean islands, sailing the blue, good island music, rum, and of course the concoctions that rum creates. Shall we mix one up? I usually post rum recipes on Wednesdays, a little push to get you over that mid-week hump. I delayed by a day this week because today...Thursday...is National Cocktail Day! I love these crazy little … [Read more...]

Tortuga Music Festival Daily Lineup

In less than a month, Ft. Lauderdale beach will be taken over by some of the biggest names in country music for three days. Are you up for it? Taking its name from the sea turtles that nest along the South Florida coast, the Tortuga Music Festival is an environment-friendly co-production between Huka Entertainment and the Rock the Ocean Foundation, the brainchild of Nashville music veteran and … [Read more...]