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...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up: Antigua, St. Lucia and Beach Bars

I hate Hurricane Matthew. Right now as I write this the storm is battering Grand Bahamas and making it's way towards the Space Coast of Florida. While we aren't getting much weather from the storm here in Ft. Myers, it has caused a lot of damage throughout the Caribbean. I've been monitoring the Facebook accounts of my friends in the Bahamas and it looks pretty bad, especially in Nassau and … [Read more...]

A Place of Pain and Beauty: The Contrasts of Annaberg Sugar Plantation Ruins

The Caribbean is a place of contrasts. There's the stunning blue of the sea and towering peaks surrounded by clouds. There's the glitz of places like St. Barths and the quiet peace of the Out Islands in the Bahamas. Contrasts can be found everywhere, but one place sparks a different type of contrast...the Annaberg Sugar Plantation ruins on St. John in the USVI. It's a place of deep-seated pain … [Read more...]

Step Back In Time With the Callwood Rum Distillery In The BVI

You won't need a Delorean to go back in time to see how Caribbean rum use to be made. All you need is a passport and a trip to the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Here you will find the Callwood Rum Distillery located in Cane Garden Bay, one of the oldest continuously run rum distilleries in the Caribbean. We got the chance to visit the famous Callwood Rum Distillery during our … [Read more...]

Saba, The BVI, The Happiest Island and More: Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

Take me away. This week's Caribbean Wrap Up takes you to some amazing places. Aruba, the BVI, Punta Cana and Puerto Rico are all waiting for you. But it's the story about the smallest island of the bunch that captures me the most. Saba, you're on my mind. I hear people rave about its raw natural beauty and towing cliffs. I hear people speak about how nice the people are. I hear people … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

Do you have the itch? Not the itch you get if you forgot to shower for a day or 4, it's the island itch. It's a feeling you get when it's been too long since your last trip. I have the itch. As I'm getting older I've realized that the itch comes quicker and quicker. May was our last jump to the islands and now it's September. My body is beginning to tell me that it's over due. October can't get … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

Where do you want to go? If you're a regular on this website, then chances are your day dreams take you to the land of dancing palm trees, white sand beaches and Caribbean culture. If that's true, then you and I have something in common. Cheers! I see comments all the time of people (Castaways) saying they "wish" they could visit this island or that beach. Wishes and dreams are great, but … [Read more...]

A Day At Maho Bay, St. John – Paradise Found

This is a place where the palm trees lean towards the calm blue waters as if they wanted a refreshing dip. This is a place where pelicans dive into bait balls, tarpon swim next to you, and stingrays glide through the water. This is a places surrounded by rolling green hills covered in forest, not homes and hotels. This is Maho Bay, St. John. I'm not sure what day it was, they seem to … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

Want to learn about the real Nassau? You can now get their easier with our friends at Jet Blue. Want to sip rum and explore St. Kitts and Nevis? I can help. Feel like experiencing the charms of Terre-de-Haut, Guadaloupe? Then keep reading. Enjoy your weekly fix of Caribbean travel stories! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up French Immersion In Terre-de-Haut, Guadaloupe: Standing on the dock at a … [Read more...]