St. Kitts Better Be Ready For This Beach Blogger

All I can say is I’m truly humbled by your support. If you haven’t heard the news yet, the Castaway Army spoke and showed Marriott Caribbean Resorts that RumShopRyan should be their first Beach Blogger. You guys are the coolest bunch of beach brats out there.

I have chosen the beautiful St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino as my beach blogging destination. Why St. Kitts? I haven’t been to St. Kitts or its sister island of Nevis. I’ve had a small love affair with these island ever since I read a feature story about them in ISLANDS Magazine many years ago. The lush rain forest that flank the dormant volcanoes and the old world Caribbean vibe that they still grasp has seduced me. Time to give in and explore.

Thank You!

I would like to give a huge thank you Marriott Caribbean and Mexican Resorts for selecting me as a finalist and to the following websites and the people behind them. They were kind enough to write posts on their sites or business Facebook pages encouraging their readers to vote for this sand under his nails Castaways. Thank You:

Travel Head Club

Team Cocktail

That Shaker of Salt

Rum Connection

My Island Art

Mid-Life Cruising

Mad Gringo

Living Like A Pirate

Conch Republic Bikinis

Caron’s Beach House

Rum Therapy

Key Largo Painted Coconuts

If I have missed any site owners, which I’m sure I have, please forgive me. Please leave your business name and link below in the comment section. I want everyone to see you.

It’s impossible to thank everyone but I’d like to give a big thank you to; Pinky Dempsey, BigKahunaBrewer, BahamasDread, Scot C., Rusty, Erin and Kelly Flangan, MiniVan, 007, CB & AngRem, Christine M., Dawn K., Scott Redd, Sunshine Girl, Mattk22, CruzBayDave, Lauren C, Barbie O’neal, Barb P., Randall, chesneychic, BarefootImports, Key West Barbie, Jeff Howard, Kirk Blackburn and the ZipSet Girls. You guys are awesome, thank you so much for your support.

Finally I’d like to thank the other 4 Marriott Beach Blogger finalists, with a special thanks to finalist Gina Stark. Gina was a great sport and we had a good time pulling for each other. Their is a frozen drink that will be drank in her honor on St. Kitts.

I’ll keep you guys updated on dates and activities. Speaking of activities, if you’ve been to St. Kitts or Nevis, I’d love to get your opinions on what is a can’t miss and what is not so exciting…dining locations, beach bars, rental services, snorkeling locations.

Cheers to the Castaways!


By |2017-06-08T20:11:03-04:00March 29th, 2011|RSR Stories, St. Kitts & Nevis|23 Comments

About the Author:

Just a salty pirate looking to explore and document the wonders of the Caribbean. Professional blogger, rum judge, consultant, marketer, and consumer of blue water beauty.


  1. Angie (Losing It and Loving It) March 29, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I’m so glad to hear you won and I look forward to reading all about your experience. St. Kitts looks and sounds divine! I also look forward to looking through all the blogs/sites you mentioned above.

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    RumShopRyan March 29, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Thanks Angie! I will do my best to show you the beauty of the island. Cheers!

  3. Sherry March 29, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Congratulations Ryan! On my way to St. Kitts tomorrow for 6 nights at the Marriott. So excited that it will be very difficult to concentrate on work today. I’ll fill you in when I get back, K?

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    RumShopRyan March 29, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Please do Sherry, anxious to hear what you thought. Cheers!

  5. BahamasDread March 29, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Cant wait to see what trouble( ahem) fun you get into down there in st. kitts.

  6. Marc March 29, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Congrats on your triumphant victory. In regards to St Kitts & Nevis, check out this blog from a couple of cruisers who recently visited these islands on their live-aboard yacht. It may provide some ideas of places to eat & visit.

  7. RumShopRyan March 29, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Thanks Marc. I love the Equinox blog. I saw their St. Kitts post recently. Sad to hear that they are heading back north and not further down the Lesser Antilles.

  8. Kahuna Kevin March 29, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Looks like an awesome place to shack up for a very long time. I’m sure you’ll have a blast! Glad to help another win their dream vacation. Congrats again man!!!

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    RumShopRyan March 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks Kahuna Kevin, really appreciate all you support. Cheers man!

  10. Unclerico23 March 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Just discovered your site and having a blast cruising around. It’s a welcomed vacation from my work desk and the 40 degree weather we’re enduring.

    Congrats on the win and enjoy your trip.

  11. Caron White March 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Congratulations! I am thrilled for you – and just slightly jealous.


  12. Mid-Life Cruising! March 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    We are so excited to hear that you won and will be spending the next week in St. Kitts! Woo hoo! We’ve never been to this beautiful island (yet!) and can’t wait to hear about it!

  13. Mark Brown March 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Although you wont be there – BahamasDread & I will be raising a glass in your honor next week down in the Bahamas to celebrate this much deserved victory. Awesome job Ryan – my guess is it’s just the start of even bigger things to com…

  14. Damon @ Let's Tiki March 29, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Congrats! Can’t wait to read all about St. Kitts.

  15. Conch Republic Bikinis March 30, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Have a great time. Do us proud! Drink a lot of Rum but not too much you can’t write! We’ll send you a bikini along for some extra fun 🙂

  16. mmc67 March 30, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I am so happy for you, when I first saw the contest you instantly came to mind. I believe the people have spoken 🙂 Have a great time and feel free to have a Margarita for me.

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    RumShopRyan March 30, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Thanks mmc67, drinks will be had for all you guys! Cheers to the Castaways!

  18. CaribbeanSoul March 30, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    So glad to hear you’ve won! Looks like a great place and I’m sure you’ll find those little gems of places to drink, hang and just enjoy. Am really looking forward to your blogs. Again…Congrats!!

  19. jean March 30, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Congrats Ryan! You will love St. Kitts- beautiful island with beautiful people. Looking forward to your blog. Oh, sorry for your Jayhawks! …Jean in MO

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    RumShopRyan March 30, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks Jean, I think the only that can cheer me up from that KU loss is a trip to a tropical island. Cheers!

  21. Liz Pereira April 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    You will love St. Kitts! Friendly people, breathtaking views, variety of activities (highly recommend the full day catamaran to Nevis) and lots of fun beach bars. (Reggae Beach Bar on Cockleshell is a must!)

  22. Liz Pereira April 2, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Visit for information island excursions.

    Have a great time!

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    RumShopRyan April 3, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Hi Liz, thanks for the comments. I’m really would like to hike up Mount Liamuiga and or Mount Nevis. Have been reading a lot about this on Trip Advisor and I’m up for the adventure.

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