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Rum Therapy Travel Highlights of 2013

2103 was a good Caribbean travel year for us here at Rum Therapy and we thought we’d share some of the adventures we enjoyed the most this year!

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Islands visited in 2013:
Anguilla
St. Maarten/St. Martin
Dominican Republic
Jamaica

We had an excellent time exploring each of the islands and here are just a few of the highlights of our visits. We’ve already written posts on some of these adventures, but stay tuned for future posts on the rest!

Anguilla

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Gwen’s Reggae Bar and Shoal Bay

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Blanchard’s Beach Shack – Mead’s Bay

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Dune Preserve and Rendezvous Bay


St. Maarten/St. Martin

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Karakter Beach Bar – Simpson Bay

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Sunset Bar & Grill – Maho Bay

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Sarafina’s Bakery – Marigot, St. Martin

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Le Galion, St. Martin


Dominican Republic

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Golf Rounds at Corales and Punta Espada

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Sampled Dominican Republic Mamajuana


Jamaica

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Enjoyed the Appleton Rum Factory Tour

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Walked, swam and SUP’ed the gorgeous Seven Mile Beach in Negril

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Spent some time enjoying Carib and conversation at the Pelican Bar

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Marveled at several absolutely spectacular Jamaican sunsets…

Where will 2014 take us? We’ve got some exciting adventures in the works – stay tuned!
Do you have any tropical adventures planned for 2014?

Check our Blog Directory by Island for more posts on island destinations!

Top Rum Therapy Tropical Tips & More Posts 2013

Tropical Tips & More was a new blog series we started this year to highlight some information we thought might be helpful in planning tropical trips – and some posts, such as “You Might Have a Tropical Obsession If…” are just for fun. Many of the posts continue to attract a very high volume of readers, so today we’re featuring the 6 posts in the series that got the highest number of views in 2013.  If you haven’t had a chance to read them yet – enjoy!

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1. The Ultimate Rum Therapy Beach Playlist

2. You Might Have a Tropical Obsession If…

3. Top Things To See & Do in the Caribbean Before You Get Too Old To Travel

4. The Fight Against the Bite

5. Sunshine on My Shoulders Makes Me… Sunburned?

6. Tropical Vacation Packing List


See other posts in this series here here: Tropical Tips & More

Top Rum Therapy Island Posts of 2013

Continuing the 2013 Rum Therapy re-cap, here are our top viewed Island Posts of the year!
Ready for a little tropication and haven’t had a chance to read them yet? Check ’em out!

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1. Rum Therapy In Kauai

2. Bomba Surfside Shack

3. Sandy Point, St. Croix

4. Sunset Bar & Grill, St. Maarten

5. Cruzan Rum Factory Tour

6. Rum Therapy on Tortola

7. White Bay, Jost Van Dyke

8. Sarafina’s Bakery, St. Martin

9. Glass Bottom Kayaking in a Bioluminescent Bay

10. Rum Therapy On Virgin Gorda

11. Le Galion Beach, St. Martin

12. Rum Therapy Sailing in the BVI – Part 1


For more Island Posts, be sure to check out our

Blog Directory by Island

Top Rum Recipes of 2013

It’s the end of another great year and time to re-cap the most viewed or top Rum Therapy recipe posts of 2013! To start off, we’ll list the 12 rum recipes that got the most views this year.

Are your favorites listed here?

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2013 Most Viewed Rum Therapy Recipes

1. Dirty Banana

2. Caribbean Rum Punch

3. Painkiller

4. Jamaican Smile

5. Bahama Mama

6. Frozen Rum Runners

7. Bushwacker

8. Miami Vice

9. Mai Tai

10. Banana Daiquiri

11. Nilla Killa

12. The Perfect Mojito

 

For more rum recipes, be sure to check out our

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Rum Recipes by Pictures

Relax, Rum Therapy Style

Gearing up for a busy week filled with company and holiday activities? If you feel yourself getting a bit stressed, try relaxing Rum Therapy style. Choose a beach video below, grab a holiday rum drink, put your feet up and take a short escape…

Honeymoon Beach, St. John

Sandy Island, Carriacou


Cinnamon Bay, St. John

Key West Sunset

A few Holiday Rum Drink Recipes:

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Candy Cane Rum Drink

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Cranberry Mojito

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Rum & Eggnog  Shooter

Enjoy the Holiday Season!

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Rum ‘N Eggnog Shooter

It’s called a shooter because of the size of glass it’s served in, but we’d recommend sipping this holiday treat! More like a desert than a drink, it’s looks will impress your guests too! Get the nice layered effect by pouring each layer slowly over the back of a spoon. Use a nice rum for this one for a tasty full bodied mix with the eggnog and Kahlúa.

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Rum ‘N Eggnog Shooter
(makes one)

.75 oz. Kahlua
1 oz. eggnog
.5  oz. aged rum (we used Zaya)
Whipped cream
Nutmeg

Pour the Kahlúa in the bottom of a shooter glass. Using the back of a spoon, slowly pour the eggnog on top of the Kahlúa. Add the rum on top of the eggnog using the same method as the eggnog. Finish it off with a nice dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Before sipping, gently stir to blend all of the layers together.

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Long Bay, Tortola

Have you had a chance to explore the mile long stretch of picturesque beach called Long Bay on Tortola’s west end?

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Of all of the beaches we’ve visited on Tortola, we’d have to say that the west end Long Bay is one of the most scenic – and Tortola has it’s share of scenic beaches! The soft, white sand combined with the vibrant blue water and views of Jost Van Dyke make Long Bay one of the prettiest around.

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Looking for a lot of amenities? Not here. Although the recently renovated Long Bay Beach Club sits close to one end of the beach, you’ll likely enjoy the beach with only a few other lucky folks.

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Need a cold beer or a rum punch? Walk down to Nature Boy Beach Bar at the far end of Long Bay and talk to Winston. He’ll serve you a great drink and tell you about how he built his bar and the history of the area.

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Nature Boy Beach Bar

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The best swimming on the each is on the far end of the beach – away from the resort because it is less rocky. Be careful entering the water anywhere on the beach though as the current can be very strong depending on the weather.

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We love Long Bay for the solitude and love to walk it and take in the a gorgeous scenery and beautiful soft sand.

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Find Long Bay on our Tortola Map

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


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Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort, Jamaica

When arranging accommodations for our recent trip to Jamaica, we wanted to stay part of the time in an area close to Ocho Rios and then move closer to Negril so we could explore more of the island.

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We chose Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort as our accommodation on the north side of the island as it seemed to be close to, but not in the middle of Ocho AND included golf! Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort is a very nice mid-range all-inclusive resort and one of three Jewel resorts in Jamaica.

The resort is about an hour away from the airport in Montego Bay, and we used a shuttle service that we arranged prior to our arrival.

The entry to Jewel Runaway Bay is fairly unassuming, but once inside, we were welcomed by the friendly staff with a rum beverage – and the adventure began! The following are pictures taken during our visit.

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Welcome Drink

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View from our room – darn, should’ve reserved a room with a plunge pool!

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Our room. The rooms at the resort are in the process of being updated, but ours had not been yet. Despite that, it was clean, comfortable and quiet. Our room had a laptop sized safe, good sized TV and a coffeemaker (with Blue Mountain Coffee!)

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Well manicured grounds

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One of 5 on site restaurants

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Delicious Jerk Chicken Pizza from Court Jesters – one of the on site dining options

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Wonderful plated meal served at the Manager’s Dinner

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Drink of the day different every day. Served at one of three bars at the resort, or brought to you by a waiter at the pool or beach.

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Speaking of the beach…

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And did we mention three sparkling pools? One with a zero edge and a swim up pool bar.

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The all-inclusive price also includes evening entertainment and green fees at the golf course.

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And if you’re lucky, you might just catch one heck of a sunset over Runaway Bay…

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We enjoyed a very relaxing 5 nights at Jewel before heading over to Negril. Would we stay here again? Yes! The resort is not huge, but has a lot of amenities and activities, a great beach, very friendly staff and it’s a good base for exploring the northern part of Jamaica. Would we do anything differently? Just a few things, like upgrade to a plunge pool room, bring our own snorkel mask so we had one whenever we wanted it, bring a sleeve of golf balls, glove and tees for our golf rounds and order a lot more Jerk Chicken Pizza – SO good.

 Kudos to the staff and new General Manager, Scott Robbins. All were very friendly and accommodating and made our stay very enjoyable!

To find out more about Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort, visit their website:
Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort


Find Jewel Runaway Beach & Golf Resort on our Jamaica Map

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YS Falls, Jamaica

We enjoyed a fun visit and a hike up the falls at Dunn’s River in Jamaica during a stop there years ago and when we heard there was a set of falls equally or even more beautiful than Dunn’s River and a LOT less crowded, we decided we really wanted to see them! Actually, there were 3 things on our list of things we really wanted to see in that area and were able to find a tour operator that could personalize a day of exploring for us. Carlton, of Turner Taxis and Tours, was an excellent, knowledgeable and fun guide that made our day of touring one that we won’t forget.

We left our resort at about 8a.m. that day to tour the SW side of Jamaica. First stop of the day was YS Falls. The journey to YS from Negril was about 2.5 hours and may be a little shorter most times, but there was a bit of road construction that slowed us up down around the Sandals Whitehouse Resort (remote and on a gorgeous quiet beach by the way!)

We passed by fields and fields of sugar cane, many fresh fruit and vegetable stands with offerings of ackee, breadfruit and peanuts and as we got closer to the coast again, fresh fish stands. We passed the Peter Tosh Memorial, which we wish we would have made time to visit, then on to Black River (where they have alligator tours???) and up into the hills towards the falls.

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Apparently no one really knows the exact origin of the name YS, but most think it was either a combination of the first letters of the original founders surnames (John Yates and Richard Scott) or was taken from the Gaelic word “wyess”, which means winding.

Upon arrival, we paid an entry fee of $15 per adult (the credit card machine was down, so we paid with cash) and caught a 10 minute ride on the tractor up to the falls.

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The number of visitors at one time are apparently limited to minimize the impact on the area, but it also created a serene and peaceful experience.

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YS consists of seven falls and there are areas to climb or just sit and enjoy. If you don’t want to get wet, there are wooden stairs next to the falls that will take you to the top. The water was flowing fast and hard the day we visited, and the water was a churned up and a bit murky, but from what we hear, the pools are quite clear.

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In one pool there are two rope swings – one that glides out over the pool,

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and one for the more adventurous!

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In addition to the swings, you can also take a zipline down the falls! Unfortunately it wasn’t running at the time we were there but it looked like it would have been a blast! You can see the line over the falls in the picture below.

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At the bottom of the falls there is a freshwater pool to swim in and numerous places to sit, relax and enjoy the scenery.

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Near the pool there are changing rooms and a small gift shop with lockers and tube rental.

Beautiful, relaxing and refreshing. We think YS Falls are well worth a visit while if you find yourself on the south or southwest side of Jamaica.

Find out more on their website: YS Falls

Find YS Falls on our Jamaica Map

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Candy Cane Cocktail

Peppermint, chocolate and rum…ahhhh, what’s not to like about that combination? Here’s a recipe that can be used with the Candy Cane Infused Rum we featured recently. This decadent dessert is a treat for your palate and your eyes and is sure to delight your holiday revelers.

Cheers to the holidays!

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Candy Cane Cocktail
(makes two)

2 oz. Candy Cane Infused Rum (or white rum with a drop or two of peppermint extract)
2 oz. Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
2 oz. vanilla rum
(we used Cruzan)
Chocolate syrup
Small crushed candy canes
(you may need a couple per glass)
Whipped cream
Candy cane for garnish

Pour a little chocolate syrup on a small plate or bowl and dip the rim of each glass in the chocolate. Gently dip the chocolate covered rim in the crushed candy canes to coat. Set aside. Pour the rums and white chocolate liqueur in a shaker over ice, shake gently, then pour into chocolate and candy cane rimmed glasses. Garnish with some whipped cream and a candy cane.

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