Archives for May 2016

Barracuda Beach Bar, North Caicos

Always following the feed of everything Turks & Caicos, we’d run across some photos recently of a bar on North Caicos that had been built since our last visit. We were familiar with the area and the gorgeous beach that it sits on and knew we needed to stop by to check it out.

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Barracuda Beach Bar is the name of the establishment built behind the Pelican Beach Hotel in the small town of Whitby.

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Pelican Beach Hotel is far enough from the ferry building on North Caicos that you will need to either rent a car, get a taxi or take a tour that will get you there, but if you like quiet, scenic places to hang out and enjoy a rum punch or two, you might really enjoy spending some time at the Barracuda.

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The path to Barracuda Beach Bar from the Pelican Beach Hotel parking area.

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Small covered bar and dining area.

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Outdoor seating on both sides

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There’s plenty of gorgeous beach out back to walk,

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or take a swim in that gorgeous water to cool off..
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Barracuda serves food as well, but we were satisfied sipping on a rum punch and just taking it all in…

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Cheeseburger in Paradise 2016, Fiddle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

The most anticipated and attended event of the year in The Abacos, Bahamas will be taking place this year on July 1 on Fiddle Cay – Cheeseburger in Paradise 2016!

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The creators of the Cheeseburger in Paradise event on Fiddle Cay, are taking a break from hosting this wonderful event so the community of Green Turtle Cay will be throwing the party this year on July 1, 2016.
This fantastic family friendly event will feature FREE cheeseburgers, margaritas and so much more!  All proceeds of this year’s merchandise sales will go to the Amy Roberts Primary School and the Green Turtle Cay Volunteer Fire Co.

Follow the event on Facebook  for updates and additional information!

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Sponsors for this years event:
Cheney Brothers – Casamigos Tequila – John Watlings Distillery – Sands Beer – Bahama Boat Works – Green Turtle Club – Sunset Marine – Abaco Buzz – Cavu House – Island House.
Contact [email protected]om or [email protected] for inquiries or sponsorship opportunities.

St. John Villa Rentals with Island Getaways

The island of St John, USVI has been making the TOP 10 Caribbean Travel Lists for years. It’s reputation for beautiful white sand beaches and fantastic snorkeling is well deserved and is the main reason for the island’s increasing popularity, although the island also offers excellent dining options, unique shops and miles of  scenic hiking in the Virgin Islands National Park, which makes up approximately 2/3 of the island.

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With just two resorts on St John, it’s easy to see why so many people rent vacation villas for their stay on the island. Guests will find that many villas have wonderful ocean views, private decks, pools, spas and amenities.

Have you ever considered a rental villa for a vacation? Read on to find out why it’s such an appealing option and to see a few photos of the amazing properties available on St. John through Island Getaways.

Just imagine relaxing on your own private patio while gazing over a sparkling pool to a breathtaking view of the turquoise water surrounding St. John…

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Although this may seem like a dream, it’s the view from Mystic Ridge, just one of the stunning St. John rental villas from Island Getaways.

Rendezview-bedroomWake up to an amazing view at Rendezview

Island Getaways offers a selection of upscale villas that can accommodate from 2 to 12 guests with amenities like pools, spas, ocean views, gourmet kitchens, WIFI and more!

We became fans of the rental villa experience several years ago when we were looking into accommodations for our group of 6 adults. We wanted to stay in a place that would allow us all to be close by so that we could interact with one another in a comfortable setting – almost like home.

ChateauMargot-gourmet-kitchenThe gourmet kitchen of Chateau Margot

After researching the possibilities, we decided to rent a 3 bedroom, 3 bath villa to accommodate our large party and it was a great decision. Not only did each couple have a comfortable, luxurious bedroom with bathroom, but we were able to linger and socialize over coffee in the morning, meals on the deck and lounge in the sun around our private pool.

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And surprisingly, with the flexibility of preparing some of our food and beverages in our island home for the week, the per couple cost was approximately the same as a nearby resort we had priced!

Rendezview-villa-st-johnDining area at Rendezview Villa

Considering a vacation on St. John? Island Getaways specializes in luxurious villa rentals on the island. Island Getaways owner, Kathy McLaughlin, has lived, worked and managed some of St John’s top rental villas for over 20 years. Her knowledge of St John and why people visit St John sets her apart and ensures that you and your family will enjoy the perfect home-away-from-home Virgin Islands vacation.

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Island Getaways rental villas are located all across St John. Each captures the unique charms of that particular part of the Island, from Cinnamon Stones panoramic North Shore views of Tortola to Mystic Ridge’s cooling Tradewinds over Coral Bay. Enjoy locations convenient to Cruz Bay or Coral Bay. And all of the villas are a short drive to the beautiful North Snore beaches like, Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Hawksnest Beach and Maho.

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With 2 decades of positive reviews from hundreds of guests and repeat visitors – they’re confident that they can make your St John, Virgin Island vacation the relaxing island getaway you envision!

To find out more about the gorgeous villas available, visit the Island Getaways website,

Call Toll Free: 888.693.7676 or
Email: [email protected]

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CasaLuna-st-john-usviFabulous view from Casa Luna

This is a sponsored post. Although we were compensated by the company who sponsored it, the views are solely our own and we only recommend products or services we believe our readers will enjoy.

10 Beach Bars with a Unique Caribbean Style

 Beach bars. Love ’em. Love the fancy ones, love the new ones, love the old ones, but the ones we love the most are the ones that are built with a unique Caribbean style.

The following are bars we’ve had the pleasure of spending time at, of wandering through while sipping a rum drink and marveling at the structure and “decorations”. Many have been built by the loving hands of their owners with the help of their friends and family. Some look like they would blow down in a stiff wind and at least one was and was erected again. But all have that laid back, relaxed, Caribbean character. Have you visited any of these unique bars?

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As unique as the man who owns it, the Bomba Shack on the West end of Tortola is an eclectic mixture of materials donated by friends and found by Bomba himself. If you stop by during the day, you can enjoy a beautiful view of Capoon Bay and Jost Van Dyke. If you’re looking for a party, be sure to stop by and sample one of the legendary full moon parties!
See more photos of the Bomba Shack here

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We stumbled across this one while exploring the beaches on the West side of Antigua. OJ’s Beach Bar & Restaurant is located on a beautiful beach in Crabb Hill and is a virtual explosion of shells, netting and other sea adornments. We didn’t have the chance to sample a beverage here that day, but can imagine we would have enjoyed sipping rum while taking in the décor! We’ll be posting more photos of this one soon.

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It’s hard to know what to look at first when you walk into Foxy’s, located in Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke. This very popular bar is decked out with flags, shirts, stickers and a host of other memorabilia left by those lucky enough to have enjoyed time here. Live music, drinks made with Foxy’s Firewater Rum and the ultimate entertainer himself, Foxy Callwood, make this bar a must experience.
Read more about Foxy’s here

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Buy an old bus, stick it on a beautiful beach and turn it into a bar? What a great idea! That’s exactly what the owners of Karacter Beach Bar on Simpson Bay in St. Maarten did. What a great place to hang out too! Karacter has picnic tables, beach chairs and umbrellas, delicious drinks (the Ti Punch and Rum Punch are tasty) and a prime spot on the beach. Great place to hang out for a sunny afternoon.
Check out our post on Karacter here

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Simply fascinating. Jante Ramage, the owner and creator of Happy Island created,  over a period of years, his own island out of conch shells in a shallow bay just off of Union Island. Accessible by small boat, you can visit Happy Island and enjoy a Rum Punch while gazing off into the clear blue water. Janti was more than happy to give us a tour of his entire compound which includes living quarters, kitchen and bathroom in addition to tables and chairs on the deck for his customers. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch an exciting kite surfer zooming right over your head!
Read more about Happy Island here

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Tucked away on the far side of Long Bay Beach in Tortola, there’s a little establishment called Nature Boy Beach Bar. If it weren’t for the signs announcing it’s presence, it might be hard to see as it blends right into the foliage. The hours aren’t exactly set in stone, but it’s a small business and we were thrilled to pass by while Winston, the owner was behind the bar. We ordered two beers, sat in the blue chairs in front of the bar and chatted with Winston a while, while gazing at the beautiful beach Nature Boy Beach Bar sits on.
Read more about our visit to Nature Boy Beach Bar here

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While strolling down Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla on our way to experience musician Bankie Banx’s bar, Dune Preserve, we spotted a small, extremely colorful shack. Originally we wondered if it were a lemonade or ice cream stand, but upon closer inspection, we learned it was a beach bar called Sunshine Shack. The name fit. Painted in bright Caribbean colors and murals and placed right smack in the middle of one of the prettiest beaches in Anguilla, we felt like we were basking in sunshine. We ordered a tasty Rum Punch and chatted with the very friendly owner, Garvey. Couldn’t stay long during that visit, but we’ll certainly spend  more time at the Sunshine Shack on our next visit!

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Located on the west side of beautiful White Bay, this fun and funky beach bar adorned with a variety of tee-shirts, buoys and other fun junk is a great place to hang out and enjoy a Bushwaker and Lobster Quesadillas. If owner Seddy is in the house – ask to see some of his magic tricks. It’s usually quieter on busy afternoons than bars farther down the beach making it a good place to catch a few moments of beach peace…

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And  last, but certainly not least, Floyd’s Pelican Bar in Jamaica. What would a list such as this one be without this ultra-cool bar, located 3/4’s of a  mile out to sea on the SW side of Jamaica. Accessible only by boat (duh!), it is a marvel to behold and leaves one wondering how it stands during a storm. The planks of wood are carved with the names of those fortunate enough to make the trek out to the bar in the sea to enjoy a Red Stripe with a view like non other.
Read about our trip to Floyd’s here

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Kalooki’s, Beach Restaurant & Bar

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Kalooki’s, a beach restaurant & bar in Providenciales sits on a pretty stretch of beach in Blue Hills, on the north side of the island.

Kalooki's, a beach restaurant & bar in Providenciales sits on a pretty stretch of beach in Blue Hills, on the north side of the island. The location once was the site of a beach bar by the name of Horse-Eye Jacks, but was purchased by the current owners a few years ago
The location once was the site of a beach bar by the name of Horse-Eye Jacks, but was purchased by the current owners a few years ago.

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A pretty location set among some lush foliage, Kalooki’s offers dishes with a Caribbean flare and from what we hear, a dash of Jamaican seasoning as one of the owners has Jamaican roots.

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Although we didn’t dine there, we stopped by twice to enjoy a beverage on the deck with a beautiful view of the ocean.

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On our first visit, we met a very friendly bartender named James. We asked him, of course, what rum drink we should order and he quickly said, “The Happy!”

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We asked how the drink got its name and he told us a story. Wray & Nephew ran a contest to see who could come up with the best rum drink using their rum. James, who was originally from Jamaica created a mixture using peach, passion fruit, fresh lime juice , ginger beer and Wray & Nephew and won the contest! We asked him again why he named his drink “The Happy” and he said, “Just try it – you’ll see.”

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Well, he was right. The cocktail was delicious, but powerful with the overproof rum and we were indeed happy.

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The bar

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Seating on the deck

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View from the deck

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 View of the back

We enjoyed our time at Kalooki’s and would have enjoyed sampling a dinner of Jerk Chicken or Grilled Mahi Mahi or their Saturday night Beachside Barbeque, but we’re sure we’ll be back to Provo and will definitely return to Kalooki’s to “get happy”!

Have you been to Kalooki’s? Tell us about it!

Wanna find out more?
Check out their website and Facebook page!

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