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...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

Want to sit on the wind of Jimmy Buffett's plane and watch him land on the infamous St. Barths runway? How about sink your teeth into a Jerk Burger? You can do that and more in this week's Caribbean Wrap Up! Enjoy. Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up A Jimmy Buffett Landing: Watch Jimmy Buffett land his plane on the hair-raising St. Barth runway. Nice work pirate. The Best All-Inclusive Resorts … [Read more...]

The Journey, The Climb, The Reward – Ram Head, St. John

This is a guest post by the beautiful Castaway Crystal. Enjoy the story! “The ones who climb the mountain don’t wait for permission…They just start walking.” I stumbled across this quote the other day and instantly it reminded me of our hike up Ram Head Trail on St. John.  Unlike RumShopRyan, I don’t do much research when traveling. I like to go in blindly with no expectations and just let … [Read more...]

Want A St. John Beach All To Yourself?

Shhhhhh, don't tell everyone. They say the best things in life take a little effort. That same idea holds true for beaches. If a beach takes a little work to get to, chance are you'll have it nearly all to yourself. A secluded beach paradise fantasy come true. That's what Castaway Crystal and I were in search of during our first full day on St. John in the USVI. A beach that was untouched by … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

Sometimes the need for island therapy flashes through your body with the force of a ocean squall. You have no choice but to listen and obey. This is the feeling I have right now as I write this week's Caribbean Wrap Up. Why? Because finding the best stories each week is meant to not only inspire you, it inspires this salty pirate as well. There's no getting out of the way, I just have to … [Read more...]

Hiking St. John’s Reef Bay Trail

Does this beast ever end? St. John in the US Virgin islands is covered in hiking trails. One of the most famous and the longest is the Reef Bay Trail. At 2.2 miles long with another .44 miles if you want to see the famed St. John Petroglyphs, this trail will test your endurance. Starting high in the mountains off of Centerline Road, the trail takes you through the forest, down the mountain, and … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

Want to see Zac Brown Band play in the Riviera Maya? How about a sip of Pusser's new rum? Maybe music and rum isn't your thing. How about a hike on Tortola in the BVI, a Jamaican adventure, or getting wet in the famous waterfalls of the Dominican Republic? Don't like doing that either? Then you are on the wrong website. Enjoy exploring the Caribbean in this week's Wrap Up! Caribbean … [Read more...]

Get To St. Maarten for the 2016 Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival

Delicious rum, refreshing island beer, and a tropical island with two personalities..sign up me! Did I tempt you as well? Good. This November 4th and 5th the Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival is heading back to one of the Caribbean’s most exciting islands, St Maarten. The Festival is a boutique style event which maintains a reputation for providing festival goers with an opportunity to … [Read more...]

How To Be Your Own Pirate Captain On St. John

It’s funny how amazing ideas happen over a couple large margaritas. Castaway Crystal and I were looking for a dinner spot in Cruz Bay on St. John. It was a hard day of relaxing on Maho Bay beach watching the pelicans dive into bait balls. That sort of relaxation really works up an appetite and the perfect remedy was a big ass burrito. We stroll into Margarita Phil’s and instantly run into … [Read more...]

In Search of the Perfect Sandy Footprint

I have a little treat for you Castaways today, here is a guest post by the one and only Castaway Crystal about her quest for the Caribbean's perfect sand. In the Bahamas, just three miles east of Paradise Island is a small uninhabited piece of heaven called Rose Island. Last February, thanks to the good people of Sandy Toes Beach Bar, RumShopRyan and I had the opportunity to explore the … [Read more...]