10 Most Visited Rum Therapy Island Blog Posts of 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, we looked back to see which of our island posts were visited the most during the year. Although some we expected, some surprised us, such as our #3! In case you missed any of them, here’s the countdown.

From #10 to #1, the 10 Most Visited Rum Therapy Island Posts of 2016 are:

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Located on Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos, Miss Emily is purported to be the originator of the delicious rum concoction, the Goombay Smash. Read about our visit to this interesting little bar here:

Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar, Home of the Goombay Smash

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Depending on the time and day you motor or dinghy up to this iconic floating bar located at The Bight on Norman  Island in the BVI, you could encounter anything from a quiet lunch crowd to an all out party! Read more about it here:
Have You Taken the Plunge at the Willy T?

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Are you heading to the French side of St Martin in 2017? If so, you should check out this post on things to see and do in the town of  Marigot! Shopping, great food and historical sites are just a few of the things you could encounter. Our personal favorite? A visit (or two) to Sarafina’s French Bakery. Ooh la la..
What to See and Do in Marigot, St. Martin

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The health benefits of walking on the beach. Can we get a prescription for that? Find out what they are here:
Health Benefits of Walking on the Beach

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A just for fun post we did on National Rum Day this year that includes a short quiz about rum.
Happy National Rum Day! What’s Your Rum IQ?

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One small, beautiful island – SO many great beach bars! Jost Van Dyke in the BVI is home to some of the best beach bars in the Caribbean! Let’s go bar-hopping!
Bar Hopping on Jost Van Dyke

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I’ve never been a big fan of sharks – it’s just those teeth! But, swimming with the nurse sharks in Exuma was…cool. I’d even do it again! Read about the experience here:
Swimming with Sharks on Compass Cay

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A visit to the Callwood Rum Distillery on Tortola is like taking a walk back in time. If your a rum aficionado, this is a tour you’ll probably enjoy. Find out more here:
Callwood Rum Distillery, Tortola

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No surprise here – this list, compiled by suggestions from you, has been visited thousands of times since we published it! Looking for songs to put on your beach playlist? You’ll find a wide variety of songs here!
The Ultimate Rum Therapy Playlist

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Crescent Beach, Compass Cay - copyroght Rum TherapyAnd our most visited blog post of the year?
Health Benefits of Spending Time In or Near the Ocean!

Here’s to spending more time in or near the ocean in 2017! Cheers!

Find more Tropical Tips here:
Tropical Tips & More

To see more island posts, check out our Island Blog Directory

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2016 Holiday Gifts for Island Lovers!


Do you have an island lover on your list that has been especially “good” this year? Or, are you in need of something tropical to fill your stocking? Well grab a glass of good rum and check out this list of Holiday Gifts for Island Lovers! (and use code HOLIDAY10 at checkout for 10% off your order)

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Deck your tree with our Santa Enjoying a Little Rum Therapy or It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere ornament!

rum-therapy-hats-600-oRum Therapy Hats! Pirate Bones, Island Girl & Rum Therapy Cures What Ails Ya Pigment Dyed or Distressed in lots of great colors.

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Sarongs and Batik Headhuggers! Headhugger in 4 colors, Full Length Hand Stamped Batik Sarong in Gift Box and Mini Sarong.

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Brand new Rum & Cigar Club Tee! Sips and Sticks baby…

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Men’s & Women’s Life Is Short Tees! Men’s Tee, Women’s Tee, Women’s Tank
Check out our other Men’s Tees & Women’s Tees too!

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Beautiful Caribbean colored Fire Opal Jewelry Sets! Choose from Palm Trees, Starfish & Dolphins.

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Anklets & Toe Anklets! Beautiful around the pool and on the beach. Check our anklets and bracelets here!

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Got a pirate on your list? Our Skull & Bones Bracelet, Pirate Bones Tee and Pirate Bones Hat will bring them “arrrrs” of enjoyment!

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Beach Inspired Necklaces! Salt In The Air, Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses, Sea Turtle & more.

Want to see more? Be sure to check out the Rum Therapy Store, and use code HOLIDAY10 at checkout for 10% off all purchases until November 24!

While you’re at it, check out our Blog Directory by Island for ideas of what to see and do on your next Island Adventure and our Rum Recipes!

And if you haven’t already, be sure to JOIN us on Facebook  for a daily dose of island fun!

Happy Holidays!

10 Great Gift Ideas for the Beach Lovers on Your List!

Do you have friends or family on your holiday shopping list that love the beach, the laid-back style of island life, and maybe enjoy an umbrella drink or two?  The best gift for this type of person would probably be an all expenses paid trip to a beautiful tropical island, but if they haven’t been THAT good, or if you that’s just a wee bit out of your price range, we’ve assembled a list of gifts that could be the next best thing! Check out the list below for gifts that are sure to bring a smile to their sun luvin’ faces!

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Rum Therapy Caps – several styles and colors to choose from. Pirate Bones Cap, Island Girl, and Rum Therapy Cures What Ails Ya caps – find ’em all here!

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Matted Beach Photos with Quotes new this year! Get the full set of 5 – 8×10 beautiful island photos with beach quotes, each in a beveled double 11×14 soft white mat with 4-ply backing. Ready to hang or display as is, or to put in a larger frame.
Get the full set of 5 here
Shop individual photos here

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Anklet & Toe Anklet – the ladies will love this stunning set of foot jewelry. Comfortable, beachy and oh, so pretty!
Get the Toe Anklet here
Get the Set Here

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Women’s Necklaces – several styles to choose from including Patina Sea Necklaces, Life is Better at the Beach Necklace, May You Always Have a Shell in Your Pocket Necklace and the popular Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses!
Shop for Necklaces here

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Men’s Anchor Necklace – our adjustable Men’s Anchor Necklace will look good on all the salty sailors on  your list!
Find Men’s Anchor Necklace here

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Bracelets – beachy bangle bracelets and beautiful leather bracelets for the ladies!
Shop bracelets here

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Wristbands – great adjustable leather wristbands for the guys, including the popular Skull and Bones – Arrr Matey!
Shop wristbands here

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Wine Glass or Stemware Beach Charms – great for wine glasses or other stemware, these pretty charms come in two different styles: On the Beach, or In the Sea!
Shop Beachy Wine Glass Charms here

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Shot Glasses & Shooters – perfect for mixing up any of the delicious Rum Recipes found on our website!
Shop for Rum Therapy Shooters and Shot Glasses here

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RumHuggers – last, but certainly not least, the one and only Rum Therapy RumHugger! Great stocking stuffer! Easily wraps around any can, bottle and some glasses to keep your beverage cold and your hands warm!
Shop RumHuggers here

Happy Shopping & Happy Holidays!

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Rum Therapy Top Posts of 2014

It’s always fun for us to look back on the year and see which posts were visited most by our wonderful readers. We always try to make out own predictions on which posts were the most popular, but there are always some surprises. This year was no different as posts on the Virgin Islands made up 8 of the top ten!

Island Posts

10. Sailing the British Virgin Islands on a Crewed Charter
9. Hog Heaven, Virgin Gorda
8. Floyd’s Pelican Bar, Jamaica
7. Rum Therapy in St. Croix
6. Sarafina’s Bakery, Marigot, St. Martin
5. Angels Rest, St. John
4. Have You Taken the Plunge at Willy T?
3. Callwood Rum Distillery
2. Barhopping on Jost Van Dyke

And the number one most visited Rum Therapy Island Post in 2015?

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1. Bomba Surfside Shack

Tropical Tips & More. a category that we have a bit of fun with, made a respectable showing on our top visited list with the following posts:


Tropical Tips & More

1. The Ultimate Rum Therapy Beach Playlist
2. Top Things to See & Do in the Caribbean Before You Get Too Old to Travel
3. You Might Have a Tropical Obsession If…

 And last, but certainly not least, our top rum recipe posts of the year were:

 Rum Drinks & Recipes

10. Banana Daiquiri
9. The Perfect Mojito
8. Nilla Killa
7. Voodoo Juice
6. Miami Vice
5. Frozen Bushwacker
4. Jamaican Smile
3. Jamaican Smile
2. Eggnog Rum Bread with Butter Rum Glaze

And the top visited recipe on our site this year?

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Authentic Rum Punch

1. Authentic Rum Punch

Happy New Year to all of you! Looking forward to another year of beaches, islands and RUM!

Check out our:

Island Posts
Tropical Tips & More
Rum Recipes

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Holiday Gifts for Island & Rum Lovers!

Have a few island & rum lovers on your Holiday list this year? Or are you a rum & island lover that would like to request a gift that you’d enjoy? Either way, we have a few gifts that are worthy of those on your “nice” list!


2014 Rum Therapy Calendar

12 gorgeous Caribbean Beach Pictures and
12 scrumptious rum drinks with recipes!
Stay in a tropical frame of mind year-round with this excellent gift – just $18.95!

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RUMHUGGERS!
Keep those frosty concoctions cold and your fingers dry with these “slap” Koozies. Molds right around your favorite cocktail, bottle or can! Get one, or a Party Pack of 4!

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TEE IN A RUM BOTTLE!
Well, not a real rum bottle, but this 100% cotton pre-shrunk Rum Therapy Just Limin’ Tee is compressed into the shape of a rum bottle, making it an excellent gift or stocking stuffer!

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MEN’S ISLAND TEES
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WOMEN’S ISLAND TEES

What’s your favorite island? Where have you enjoyed a little Rum Therapy? Choose a super comfortable tee with one of our island designs to wear at home, on your next island adventure – or anytime you need a little “tropication”!

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Distressed, pigment dyed, ladies styles, mesh back, visors & more! With all of the options, you’re sure to find the perfect Rum Therapy Cap for you!

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Want to see more? Be sure to check out the Rum Therapy Store, grab your favorite rum drink and get your holiday shopping done fast and easy!

While you’re at it, check out our Blog Directory by Island for ideas of what to see and do on your next Island Adventure and our Rum Recipes!

And if you haven’t already be sure to JOIN us on Facebook  for a daily dose of island fun!

Sandy Island, Carriacou

Spending time on a deserted tropical island has always held a certain allure to me. Not long enough to name a volleyball (or coconut) Wilson, but long enough to forget the noise of the everyday hustle and bustle and to hear yourself think again.  No cell phone service, just the sound of the water lapping the shore…

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With the ease of travel nowadays and the popularity of the Caribbean and other tropical locations, it isn’t always easy to find a deserted spot anymore. During two different sails to the Grenadines, we ran across a few islands that we were lucky enough to have to ourselves for a day, or at least a few hours and loved every quiet minute of it.

Petit Tabac and Mopion were two deserted and uninhabited islands that we visited during a week long catamaran sail in the Grenadines, and we spent time on Sandy Island, off the shores of Carriacou, during our sail with Island Windjammers.

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Sandy Island is not easy to get to (perhaps this is why you can still spend time alone on the island) and is little more than a spit of sand on a cay off of – what I believe is the largest of the Grenadine islands, Carriacou.

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Those who sail in the Grenadines have found this little gem, and during high season you might actually share Sandy Island with a few other island loving friends.

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Even though our sail was during high season, we enjoyed an afternoon on Sandy Island with just a few of our boatmates, swimming, snorkeling in the clear and abundant water, exploring the tiny island and soaking in the sun (o.k – and a little rum!).

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Makeshift hammock on Sandy Island

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Floatin’ in the clear water taking pictures of the shore

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Leaving a couple of footprints in the gorgeous soft, white sand.

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Checking out the coral, shell and driftwood sculptures left by other visitors.

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And adding a small piece of driftwood on top of a cairn as a remembrance to the time we got to spend on beautiful Sandy Island, Carriacou.

We spent a few minutes making a video to remember the sights and sounds of Sandy Island, then reluctantly left the little slice of deserted island paradise….

Find Sandy Island on our Grenadines Map

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

 

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Pinel Island, St. Martin

In the northern part of Orient Bay on the French side of St. Martin and just off the town of Cul de Sac, lies a small island called Pinel. Depending on who you talk to or the travel guide you read, Pinel Island can also be called Isle Pinel, Ilet Pinel, or Ile de Pinel.

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We visited Pinel Island last year during a sail around St. Maarten/ St. Martin but if staying on or visiting St. Martin, Pinel Island is very easily accessed by ferry from the town of Cul de Sac.

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The day we visited, Pinel Island was very busy and the beach was much more crowded than we normally like and we hear that is really pretty normal for the small island – and many people obviously don’t mind the crowds! Even though we’d probably rather spend the day at a quieter beach somewhere, we still had fun and recommend a visit for the following reasons:

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Pinel Island main beach has lovely soft sand and the water is clear and very calm.
It’s a great area to bring the family to play in the water. You can also kayak over from St. Martin.

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A short hike from the beach you can find a snorkel trail with decent snorkeling and we were told that  snorkel equipment can be rented there.

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If you continue up the trail from the snorkel trail and you’ll be treated to fantastic views of St. Martin and Orient Beach.

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At the top of the trail you get a good look at the island of Tintamarre and if you look south, you may even catch a glimpse of St. Barths.

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There are also a couple of more deserted beaches on Pinel that you can reach and explore via a short hike.

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Umbrellas and chairs on the beach in front of Up on the Key Beach Bar/Restaurant

After your hike, you might want to head back down to sit under a beach umbrella and enjoy a frosty beverage. At the time of our visit, there were three beach bars/restaurants on Pinel: Karabuni, Up on the Key and Yellow Beach.

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Karabuni Beach Bar/Restaurant. Known for it’s fresh Lobster

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Yellow Beach Bar/Restaurant (located under the thatched roofs)

While writing this article, I found a FB link for Up on the Key that said the beach bar/restaurant was razed this past July amid some controversy (see article in The Daily Herald), so as of this writing, it looks as if Up on the Key is no longer located on Pinel Island. For those of you that have been there, it was the two story structure in between Karabundi and Yellow Beach. Too bad – they served up some good rum drinks and friendly conversation and I’m sure the beach looks quite different now.

Just a few more colorful images from our day of sun, fun and rum at Pinel Island, St. Martin…

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Find Pinel Island on our St. Maarten/St. Martin Map

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Sandy Cay, British Virgin Islands

Between Tortola and Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands there’s a small uninhabited island called Sandy Cay.

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Sandy Cay is quite small, yet larger than it’s also uninhabited sister island to the north, Sandy Spit. Both islands have become popular with the many people who love to sail the BVI and with excursions from neighboring islands, yet are so very fun to visit and you might still find yourself enjoying the island by yourself, depending on the time of year you visit.

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What we liked most, well there’s really nothing we didn’t like…but the island has an amazingly beautiful beach that wraps around nearly half of it, gorgeous blue water and great views of neighboring islands.

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We’ve visited Sandy Cay a couple of times and during one of our visits we took the path that cuts through the center of the island. We left from the beautiful, warm, sandy beach on the south side and worked our way through what felt like a jungle.

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On the path we saw a multitudes of crabs scurrying around as well as lush green foliage.

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View of Tortola from Sandy Cay

The path began to open up after a few minutes and we could see just how different this side of the small island was from the other. Instead of palm trees, there was cactus and the shoreline on this side was very rocky and rough.

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Instead of palm trees, we saw cactus, and the shoreline on this side, although still beautiful, was very rocky and rough.

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From our vantage point on this side of Sandy Cay, we could see Sandy Spit’s white sliver of sand in front of Green Cay with Little Jost to the left.

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After spending a few moments checking out the phenomenal view, we headed back to the south side to spend some time on the white sand beach and play in the crystal clear blue water…

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Have you been to Sandy Cay?

Find Sandy Cay on our Jost Van Dyke Map


To see more posts on the British Virgin Islands and other islands, check out our
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Coconuts on the Beach, St. Croix

When visiting a new tropical place, we always try to scope out the funky beach bars and the locals hangouts. Before visiting St. Croix, we asked the folks at St. Croix Lime for recommendations. They obliged and also reminded us to check the calendar on their website for live music and updates.

Coconut’s on the Beach was a bar we saw mentioned on the website and passed by it while driving through Frederiksted and thought we’d stop for some liquid refreshment.

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There was a cloud looming overhead and no cruise ships in port that day so Coconuts was quiet, but looked like a great place to sit back and relax.

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We ordered a few Corona’s, sat down and took it all in. From Coconut’s you can see the cruise ship pier at Fredriksted, you can catch a glimpse of the lovely Sandy Point Beach or you can stare out at the beach right under the bar.

Would have loved to have been there to enjoy the nightlife and some live music! By the time we left, a few more tables had filled up and as we walked through the Wall of Lost Soles, we figured we’d be back someday…

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For another Corona, or perhaps a Cruzan Confusion!!

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To find out more, visit Coconuts website here:
Coconuts on the Beach

More posts on St. Croix that you might be interested in:

Rum Therapy On St. Croix

Turtle Beach, Buck Island, St. Croix

Sandy Point, St. Croix

Cruzan Rum Factory Tour

Snorkeling at Buck Island

Mt. Pellier Domino Club, St. Croix

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