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Prickly Pear Cays, Anguilla

About six miles from Road Bay, Anguilla lies a set of uninhabited islands called Prickly Pear Cays.

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During a recent sail trip, our Captain suggested we make a stop there to enjoy some time in the sun on a gorgeous, quiet beach. The backside of the Cays were rocky with little vegetation.

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But…as soon as we rounded the corner….wow. A beautiful cove of clear vibrant blue water fringed by a long stretch of very white sand.

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We could hardly wait to dive in an swim ashore. The Captain anchored close to the picturesque point.

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After lounging in the water and enjoying the floating bar, we took our time kicking and floating our way in to the beach.

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And enjoyed exploring the small cay. There’s a small beach bar called Prickly Pear Bar & Restaurant where you can grab some food and drink, watch the sugar birds and lizards and lounge in the beach chairs.

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We spent most of our time that day walking the sugar sand beach and floating in the calm water.

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Excursions to Prickly Pear are available either from Road Bay, Anguilla or neighboring St. Maarten/St. Martin. Snorkeling was good out a little farther at the reef, but we had a hard time keeping our head under water when the view was so beautiful above….

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Mt. Pellier Domino Club, St. Croix

Well, the name certainly doesn’t even hint as to the interesting things you will encounter at this bar/attraction tucked into the rain forest on the northwestern side of St. Croix.  In fact, the only thing we knew about it prior to visiting was that they have beer drinking pigs (non-alcoholic) and we should definitely order some Mama Wanna (a homemade liquor made with rum, honey, and secret roots and spices). So, we set off to find the place. Finding it is a bit of a challenge – the road is windy and there are not a lot of street signs, but we thought it was well worth a bumpy drive through the lush rainforest.

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Thank goodness for a good sign! We pulled in and headed for the bar.

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It was mid afternoon and there we just a few others throwing back a cold one in the bar, although we hear this place can get hopping at times.

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We were served by Norma, the owner and chef who happily told us about the Domino Club…and her beer drinking pigs.

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After sampling a Mama Wanna Shooter (mmm…), we headed over to see the current pigs named Hurricane and Grunt. There was a small admission fee per person and $2 per non-alcoholic beer to feed those thirsty pigs.

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We love to explore while on any island and this place was definitely one of those interesting finds. We didn’t have a chance to sample the food (which we hear is tasty), but the rum and conversation were good, we enjoyed exploring the St. Croix rainforest (a complete contrast to the islands eastern, more arid side) and beer drinking pigs? Yes, we’re easily amused, but really, where else do you get to experience that?

Have you been to Mt. Pellier Domino Club on St. Croix?

 

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Rumaggedon

We enjoyed a week long sail through the Grenadines last year on the tall ship Diamant with Island Windjammers and in addition to the great itinerary (read about the trip here: Island Windjammer Cruise) we absolutely loved happy hour. Most evenings we were served up the scrumptious Rum Swizzles that the Diamant is famous for, but on the last evening aboard, they pulled out the stops and served up another excellent rum drink called the “Rumaggedon”. Even with some intense prying, o.k – maybe even a little whining,  our bartender Brandon would not divulge the yummy recipe. Imagine our surprise when we found that Island Windjammers posted the Rumaggedon recipe on their Facebook page today! I’m sure these are the tastiest when enjoyed during happy hour on board the Diamant or Sagitta, but maybe you can mix up a batch, close your eyes and start imagining your next sail!

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Rumaggedon
(recipe: Island Windjammers)

2 parts dark rum
2 parts orange juice
1 part mango juice
1 part guava and/or passion fruit juice
1-2 dashes of bitters
top with grated nutmeg and cinnamon
garnish with orange wheel (or a cherry and umbrella!)

Shake, pour over ice, sprinkle with grated nutmeg and cinnamon, garnish and enjoy!

Rum Therapy Sailing in the British Virgin Islands (The Wrap Up)

 From Trellis Bay, we headed over to the island of Jost Van Dyke. On our previous sail, the conditions were not favorable the day we were to head to JVD, so we were not able to get there and that made us even more excited to visit this time.

We made our first stop on beautiful little Sandy Cay between Tortola and Jost.

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After spending some time in the water we took the hike through the center of the island.

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We made our way back to the boat and headed just a short hop north to an even smaller uninhabited island called Sandy Spit.

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The snorkeling was excellent and we felt like we had our own private island for just a few hours…

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After spending a quiet night moored at East End Harbour, JVD, we began the last day of our trip motoring into White Bay.

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We spent the day visiting all of the great beach bars on White Bay from one end to the other – for research purposes, of course, as well as lounging in its crystal clear blue water…

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One more Nilla Killa and a few more minutes of sand and sun and we headed back to the boat for a short nap and a sail to Norman Island to spend our last night at Willie T’s

After an excellent dinner aboard the cat prepared by our Chef, our Captain dinghied us over to the Willie T where we spent the rest of the evening having a great time. We made a lot of new friends that probably didn’t remember us the next day and the only problem we had was finding our dinghy after an evening of revelry! Hmmm…and some of us somehow ended up with a Willie T tattoo… ;)

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Find the rest of the Rum Therapy Sailing in the BVI series here:
Part 1 (Norman and Peter Island
Part 2 (Virgin Gorda)
Part 3 (Saba Rock and Anegada)
Part 4 (Great Camanoe, Trellis Bay, Beef Island)

To see more posts on the BVI and other islands, check out our Island Blog Directory

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Watermelon Rum Freeze

Looking for a cold and refreshing treat for summer? This Watermelon Rum Freeze might just do the trick. Cold, refreshing and fruity – with a punch of rum of course! Make it in large batches and store it in the refrigerator for a cold summer party beverage!

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Watermelon Rum Freeze
(makes 9-10 cups)

3 c. ripe seedless watermelon
1.5 liters lemon lime soda (or diet lemon lime)
6 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate
1/2  750 ml. bottle white rum

Slightly blend watermelon on low in a blender (it’s ok if there are small chunks). In a very large bowl, add all ingredients and stir. Pour into gallon sized zip lock bags – I used two for this recipe (hint: clean out the top part of the blender and set on counter. Put a gallon bag on the inside and pour in mix until 1/2 to 3/4 full, then remove bag and close tightly) Put bags in the freezer for 12-24 hours. Spoon into glasses and garnish with watermelon balls and mint.

 

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Little Deadman’s Beach, Peter Island

Little Deadman’s Beach, an extension of Deadman’s Beach on Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands, is a beautiful expanse of soft, light colored sand, excellent for sunbathing, snorkeling or just totally relaxing…

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Rumored to have gotten its name for the pirates marooned on neighboring Dead Chest Island who drowned while attempting to swim to Peter Island and washed up on shore, Deadman’s Bay is gorgeous and well worth a visit!

Accessible only by boat, Little Deadman’s Beach offers beautiful views of Deadman’s Beach, Peter Island Resort and Tortola.

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The protected bay is great for swimming, kayaking, walking the beach or just floating in the turquoise waters…

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Walk over to the stunning Deadman’s Bay Beach, where although the beach chairs and other amenities are for use by the Peter Island Resort guests, day visitors can order lunch or beverages from Deadman’s Beach Bar & Grill.

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If you want to stretch your legs a bit, take a hike up the road where you can sit and take in more amazing views of the bay.

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And the other side of the island…

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Big Bay Reef, Peter Island

And, if you’re looking for a little “alone” time, just head over to Honeymoon Beach right next to Little Deadman’s Beach, where you’ll find just one thatched palapa with two lounge chairs.

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One day on Little Deadman’s Beach wasn’t nearly enough and got us thinking that maybe a longer stay on island at the Peter Island Resort might just go on the “list”!

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Find Little Deadman’s Beach on our Peter Island Map

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Guy’s Driftwood Boat Bar, St. Maarten

Many of you have already visited, or at least heard of Sunset Bar and Grill on Maho Beach in St. Maarten, but did you know there’s another fun bar at the other end of Maho? It’s called Guy’s Driftwood Boat Bar, and yes, as the name implies, the bar is a boat.

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A little quieter than its neighbor down the beach, Guy’s Driftwood Boat Bar is a great place to relax, enjoy some reasonably priced beverages and stare out at the gorgeous blue water of Maho Bay.

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Order a $2 beer or a rum concoction and sit at the boat bar, or grab a seat at one of the picnic tables.

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Or lounge in a beach chair overlooking the water.

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Wherever you sit, you’ll be treated to a great view of Maho Beach and airplanes landing at the airport just behind the boat bar full of lucky vacationers getting ready to start their next tropical adventure!

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Find Guy’s Driftwood Boat Bar on our St. Maarten/St. Martin Map

 

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BBC-Bailey’s Banana Colada

BBC – Bailey’s, Banana Colada, I think. We’ve enjoyed several BBC’s while on vacation, but whenever you ask what BBC stands for, you get a different description – usually involving the C. Some say coconut, some say colada, but we say, whatever it is, it’s GOOD.

We tried several different recipes, but played around a little with them and came up with one that we really like. Here it is – enjoy!!

BBC - Banana Bailey's Colada Rum Recipe

BBC (Bailey’s Banana Colada)
(makes 2)

1 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 oz. banana rum (we used Cruzan) or banana liqueur
1 oz. coconut cream
2 oz. dark rum
1 banana
drizzle of chocolate syrup
1 to 1  1/2 c. ice

Blend all ingredients (except the chocolate syrup) in a blender and blend until smooth. Drizzle a little chocolate syrup around the inside of a martini glass, then pour the blended mix slowly in the center of the glass.

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BBC-Bailey's Banana Colada
 
BBC - Bailey's Banana Colada. A delicious and creamy blend of banana and banana rum, Bailey's, coconut creme and dark rum.
Author:
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 oz. banana rum (we used Cruzan) or banana liqueur
  • 1 oz. coconut cream
  • 2 oz. dark rum
  • 1 banana
  • Drizzle of chocolate syrup
  • 1 to 1-1/2 c. ice
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients (except the chocolate syrup) in a blender and blend until smooth. Drizzle a little chocolate syrup around the inside of a martini glass, then pour the blended mix slowly in the center of the glass.


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Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla

Have you ever seen a beach so white and so beautiful that it was almost blinding?

During our recent trip to Antigua we had Rendezvous Bay on our list of places to visit. Not actually to see the beach as much as to visit a famous beach bar (which we’ll talk more about later). I mean, we had just spent time on Shoal Bay and Upper Shoal Bay earlier. Nothing could be a as beautiful as those two beaches – could it? Little did we know…

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We parked at the Anguilla Great House and walked through to the beach. It was a bit breezy that day so we kept our heads down a bit to keep the sand out of our eyes and we were busy checking out the pretty grounds of the hotel. When we got to the beach and looked up we let out a little gasp.To the left was a long, long expanse of super white beautiful sand and extremely blue, blue water. So white and so blue that it was really almost blinding – yet we couldn’t take our eyes off of it.

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To the right was an even longer stretch. The beach was nearly secluded – just a few people playing and enjoying the gorgeousness. Two miles of secluded white sand fringing beautiful turquoise blue water and a great view of nearby St. Martin. Stunning.

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We made our way to the right, intent on finding the beach bar we were searching for, but moved slowly to try and take it all in.

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Halfway down the beach we walked by a colorful and fun looking bar called The Sun Shine Shack. Wanting to stop and sample a beverage, we decided to continue down the beach and stop on our way back. (We did and highly recommend stopping in to say hi to Garvey and to enjoy a rum punch  or two!)

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Further down the beach we came across the beautiful CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. CuisinArt sits on an amazing long stretch of beautiful Rendezvous Bay.

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By now we were getting thirsty and just in time. Just a short way past CuisinArt we spotted the beach bar that we were originally hoping to see – Dune Preserve.

We enjoyed a rum punch at Dune Preserve while looking back at the beauty of Rendezvous Bay and realized that this is one beach we’d like to spend a lot more time on…a LOT more time…

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If you’re heading to Anguilla, we’d recommend Rendezvous Bay for swimming, sunbathing, walking and enjoying time at the Sun Shine Shack and Dune Preserve.

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Find Rendezvous Bay on our Anguilla Map

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Coconut Bar, Young Island Resort

I was looking at some FB pics the other day and saw a picture of a bar that looked very familiar. As I read on, I realized that we had visited the bar a number of years back and had completely forgotten.

The name of the bar is Coconut Bar and it’s a swim up bar in the water just off of Young Island Resort, which is a private resort/island just off the coast of St. Vincent. I looked through our archives of pictures from past trips and found it.

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Located just a few strokes away from the beach, Coconut Bar had a good selection of rum cocktails as well as good cold Hairouns (St. Vincent beer).

We were ready to embark on a week long sail through the Grenadines and our boat was anchored on the southeast side of St. Vincent at the Young Island Cut. While waiting to board, we were told that we might enjoy taking the free water taxi over to Young Island and enjoying a bit of sunbathing and a beverage.

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The island itself looked like a tropical rainforest with lush foliage and flowers everywhere.

The beach had a selection of comfortable lounge chairs and hammocks and we enjoyed the afternoon lounging in the sunshine while watching the boats move in and out of the Cut and looking across at beautiful St. Vincent….

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And the best part? When we got a little too warm (or thirsty!) we just took a short swim over to the Coconut Bar to chat with the bartender and enjoy another beverage!

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Have you been to the Young Island Resort or the Coconut Bar? If so, let us know about your visit!

To find out more about Young Island Resort and the Coconut Bar, you can visit their website here:
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