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

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...]

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

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...]

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...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

The best beach bar in (off) Nassau, floating pizzia, exploring George Town in the Exumas, get to know Anguilla, and sip on one of Bahama Bob's summer cocktails. All that in more in this week's Caribbean Wrap Up! Enjoy the escape! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up The Caribbean’s First Pizza Boat: A floating pizzeria? In a spot off the southeastern coast of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, it’s a … [Read more...]

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

One of the biggest thrills I get is when Castaways like yourself share with me your Caribbean and rum adventures. Nearly every day I receive a photo of a beach, asking me about a bottle of rum, or showing me that you're living with your toes in the sand. I'm floored that you remember to think of this humble website, and honored that you want to share it with me and other salty island lovers. … [Read more...]

The Sandy Toe Drink Recipe. Make It!

After one sip, you'll want to make your new address the Bahamas. In the last few weeks I've been posting about our time at Sandy Toes Beach Bar on Rose Island in the Bahamas. It's my favorite escape when in Nassau. This little slice of beach heaven has a signature cocktail appropriately called the Sandy Toe. You're going to want one. I've had many requests for this drink recipe, and I don't … [Read more...]

A Day on the Beach: Sandy Toes Beach Bar, Rose Island Bahamas

Believe it or not, being a rum judge at Rum Bahamas Festival is hard work. And when this pirate needs a break from that hard work, I head to the beach bar. And when in Nassau, my beach bar of choice is Sandy Toes on Rose Island. Rose Island is a long narrow island just to the east of Nassau. It’s a little Out Island feeling near the hustle and bustle of the city. Sandy Toes has boat … [Read more...]

An Insider’s Guide To Festival Rum Bahamas 2016

It's nearly upon us, the 2016 Festival Rum Bahamas. As the event draws closer more and more great stories about the event are coming out. Here is one of the best I've seen. Tru Bahamian Food Tours does a great job highlighting the food, the music, the people, the culture and of course the rum. Here is a small part of the story and a link to read the entire piece. Now is the time to begin … [Read more...]