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:

#10
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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

#9 
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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?

#5
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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

#3
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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

#2
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

#1
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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Rum Therapy’s Top 10 Rum Recipe Posts of 2015

We recently posted the Rum Therapy Top 10 Island Posts of 2015, and are following up with the top rum recipe posts of the year. As with the top island posts, we never know which recipes will make the top visited posts of the year and there are always a few that surprises.

Here are the 10 most visited Rum Therapy Rum Recipe Posts of 2015, starting at the bottom and working up to #1. Which recipes have you tried?

10. Nilla Killa

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The Nilla Killa brings back good memories for us. During our first trip to White Bay, JVD and the Soggy Dollar, as we jumped in the water to swim ashore, our captain told us to be sure and sample a Nilla Killa, which of course, we did. Apparently others have enjoyed a Soggy Dollar Nilla Killa, making this recipe one of the top visited recipes of the year.
Get the Nilla Killa Recipe here.

9. Banana Daiquiri

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Can’t beat the taste of this delectable Caribbean rum cocktail and we’ve had the pleasure of sampling a few good ones, including the extremely tasty ones served at Saba Rock Resort in the BVI. Find the recipe here:
Banana Daiquiri

8. Miami Vice

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 How can you beat the taste of a Strawberry Daiquiri intertwined with a Piña Colada? Exactly. Probably why the Miami Vice recipe was one of the top visited of the year. Find the recipe here:
Miami Vice

7. Lime in de Coconut

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This frozen concoction screams tropical umbrella drink, in or out of a coconut! Find the recipe here:
Lime in de Coconut

6. Dirty Banana

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The flavor of fresh banana mingled with dark rum and coffee flavored liqueur will remain etched in your mind, long after your Jamaican vacation! Recipe here:
Dirty Banana

5. Bushwacker

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Bushwackers’s. Delicious. We sampled our first Bushwacker atop Paradise Point in St. Thomas many, many years ago and were pretty much hooked. I mean, who wouldn’t be? Chocolate, rum and the amazing overlook of Charlotte Amalie – wow, paradise. Apparently others are hooked too…Find the recipe here:
Bushwacker

4. Frozen Rum Runners

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Yes, we love Rum Runners and the best one we’ve ever had was actually in the very non-tropical (but gorgeous!) South Lake Tahoe, California on the beach at The Beacon. We haven’t been able to exactly replicate the taste of the Rum Runners at the Beacon, but this recipe is delicious non-the-less:
Frozen Rum Runner

3. Bahama Mama

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Oh my goodness, this one packs a punch with 3 different rums and Kahlua, but my oh my – it tastes great. Find this popular tropical cocktail recipe here:
Bahama Mama

2. Painkiller

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The fact that the Painkiller made the list is no surprise, really. This delicious tropical rum delight can be found in nearly every restaurant and bar in the Virgin Islands – and other regions as well. It’s easy to make and the taste will surely remind you of relaxing in the sun and sand on your favorite island…Recipe here:
Painkiller

And the number one most searched recipe on our site for 2015?

#1 – Caribbean Rum Punch!

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Caribbean Rum Punch differentiates itself from an “Authentic Rum Punch” in that a variety of fresh fruit juices can be used, creating tastes that can vary immensely depending on the combination. The recipe calls for orange and pineapple juice, but why not try mango or papaya for a completely different taste? Find the basic recipe here:
Caribbean Rum Punch

Be sure to watch for even more rum recipes in the coming year on our site and subscribe to our YouTube channel to see videos on how to easily create some of our favorite rum drinks.

Find more rum recipes here:

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Rum Therapy’s Top 10 Island Posts of 2015

With the end of 2015 fast approaching, we thought we’d find out which island posts were the most visited and compile our annual list of  Top 10 Island Posts of the Year. As in years past, some of the posts that made the list are a little surprising, while others are, well, rather expected. Some were written this year, and some have been around for a few years. At any rate, if you happened to miss any of them when they were published, now’s your chance to check them out. We’ll start with 10 and make our way to #1.

10.  Staniel Cay Yacht Club, Exuma Cays, Bahamas

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On Jimmy Buffett’s list of “10 great places for a Waterside Drink”, the Staniel Cay Yacht Club is a great place for just that, and a whole lot more…
Find out what’s so special about SCYC from our visit this year.
Staniel Cay Yacht Club, Exuma Cays


9. Coco Beach Bar & Grill, Treasure Cay, Bahamas

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In 2015 we made our first trip to The Abacos, a chain of islands in the Bahamas located just 175 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida. We were stunned by the gorgeous beaches and enjoyed some time at a few unique beach bars; one of which was Coco Beach Bar & Grill located on beautiful Treasure Cay Beach. See more about this laid back beach bar and the views you can enjoy while sipping a cold rum punch here:
Coco Beach Bar & Grill, Treasure Cay, Bahamas


8. Angels Rest, St. John

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Although we swam out to visit Capt. Peter in his floating bar by the name of Angels Rest during a visit to St. John in 2014, the post continues to get a lot of views. Why wouldn’t it? Visiting Angels Rest was definitely one of the highlights of that trip! Find out more about Capt. Peter and Angels Rest here:
Angels Rest, St. John


7. The Fight Against the Bite

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Apparently we aren’t the only mosquito magnets out there. A post we wrote in 2013 on protecting yourself from bug bites while on vacation still gets a lot of visits. Even if you’re not a “high attractor” type, you might find the information in this post interesting:
The Fight Against the Bite

6. Bomba Surfside Shack, Tortola

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This one was a surprise. For several years in a row, the post on our Bomba Shack visits made the Top 10 list. We’ve had the chance to visit the Bomba Shack during the day when it’s quiet and when you can sit and enjoy the view across Cappoons Bay to Jost Van Dyke, and we’ve also had the chance to check out a famous Bomba Shack Full Moon Party where, for research purposes of course, we sampled a bit of the mushroom tea. Always an adventure, find out more about the Bomba Shack here:
Bomba Surfside Shack, Tortola

5. Barhopping on Jost Van Dyke

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Although a few things have changed a bit since we first posted this article, Barhopping on Jost Van Dyke continues to be a very popular post. Probably because it’s a favorite destination for many of our readers! There’s a big change coming to White Bay in January with the addition of a new bar called Hendo’s Hideout. Check out a list of other bars you can visit while visiting Jost Van Dyke here:
Barhopping on Jost Van Dyke

4. Callwood Rum Distillery, Tortola

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Want to experience a slice of Tortola history dating back as much as possibly 400 years? Then be sure to visit the Callwood Rum Distillery in Cane Garden Bay while visiting Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Check out our post to see more photos and find out about the rum they make there, including the infamous Panty Remover…
Callwood, Rum Distillery, Tortola

3. Compass Cay, Exuma and its One Full Time Resident

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Our entire visit to the Exuma Cays was filled with amazing sites and water as clear as a swimming pool. Compass Cay is a small cay in the chain where you can swim with pet nurse sharks and enjoy an incredible quiet beach called Crescent Beach. Apparently you enjoyed looking at the gorgeous hues of blue found around Compass Cay and learning the story of the only person that resides there full time too, as it was the 3rd most visited post of the year. Read more about it here:
Compass Cay and its One Full Time Resident


2. Health Benefits of Spending Time in or Near the Ocean

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This was an eye-opening post to research and put together as we have always felt that spending time in the sea has been therapeutic for us. As it turns out, there is some scientific evidence to support that theory. Find out more here:
The Health Benefits of Spending Time in or Near the Ocean


1. The Ultimate Rum Therapy Playlist

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And the most visited post of the year! The Ultimate Rum Therapy Playlist! It’s no surprise, this was a fun list compiled with suggestions from our beach loving readers. We continue to update it from time to time, so if you run across a song you think should be on it, be sure to let us know!
The Ultimate Rum Therapy Playlist

Thank you for another wonderful year at Rum Therapy! We appreciate you following us, reading about our island adventures and sharing your island adventures with us. Looking forward to more “island time” in 2016!

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

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Scavenger Hunt for FREE Rum Therapy Bucks!

Aye mateys! Are you ready for a scavenger hunt to win FREE Rum Therapy Bucks?

There are 8 questions listed below. The answer(s) for each of these questions can be found somewhere on our website. Once you feel you have as many answers as you can find, email us the answers (only one email per email address) at [email protected] Do not post the answers on the website or on FB – those entries will be disqualified. Must be 21 or older to play. Deadline is 5:00pm EST on Monday, August, 24.

Prizes (Rum Therapy Bucks for use in our online shop!)
First two people with the most correct answers = $40 in FREE Rum Therapy Bucks
Second two people with the most correct answers = $20 in FREE Rum Therapy Bucks
Third two people with the most correct answers = $5 in FREE Rum Therapy Bucks
(credit given as a coupon code)

Ready? Here are the questions!

1. What ingredients do you need to make this drink?

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2. What eight posts have we published about our trips to Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques so far?

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3. What Tropical Tips & More post says, “The blues and greens of the ocean and the tropics are cool and relaxing colors. It is even said that certain hues of blue (especially light blues) can cause physical reactions such as a decrease in respiration and blood pressure.”?

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4. How many bars are listed in our Barhopping on Jost Van Dyke post?

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5. What is the price for this shirt in a 2XL?

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6. What year did we start the company Rum Therapy®?

7. How many individual maps are featured under our Island Maps dropdown menu?

8. How may drink recipes are listed under our Tropical Rum Drinks category?

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Good luck!

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Rum Therapy Scavenger Hunt Answers:

1. Drink pictured: Dirty Banana (find drink pictures here)
Ingredients for the Dirty Banana: 2 oz. Tia Maria, 2 oz. dark rum, 2 oz. rum cream liqueur, 4 oz. milk, 1 oz. simple syrup, 3/4 banana, Ice

2. What 8 posts have we published so far about our trips to Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques so far? (listed under Blog Directory by Island)
 A Day Trip to Culebra
A Day Trip to Vieques
Al’s Mar Azul Bar, Vieques
Bacardi Rum Factory Tour
Culinary Walking Tour of Old San Juan
El Morro, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
El Yunque Rain Forest
Flamenco Beach, Culebra

3. What Tropical Tips & More post says, “The blues and greens of the ocean and the tropics are cool and relaxing colors. It is even said that certain hues of blue (especially light blues) can cause physical reactions such as a decrease in respiration and blood pressure.”? (listed under Tropical Tips & More)
Health Benefits of Spending Time In or Near the Ocean

4. How many bars are listed in our Barhopping on Jost Van Dyke post? (find under Blog Directory by Island)
12

5. What is the price for this shirt in a 2XL? (find under Shop)
$21.95

6. What year did we start the company Rum Therapy®? (find under About)
2010

7. How many individual maps are featured under our Island Maps dropdown menu? (find under our Island Maps – see tool bar on our front page)
20

8. How many drink recipes are listed under our Tropical Rum Drinks category? (find under our Rum Recipes by Category)
32

AND THE RUM BUCKS WINNERS ARE:

1. Cathy K. = $40 (Correctly answered all questions!)
2. TJ O. = $40
3. Wayne P. = $20
4. Alex L. = $20
5. Alyssa L. = $5
6. Margie T. = $5

Thanks for playing! We’ll contact the winners by the email used to submit their entries.

Cheers!

Wind In Your Sails Punch

We were recently asked by our friend William of Old Mango to create an original rum cocktail in honor of an upcoming sail trip he was about to embark on and photograph. We were up for the challenge and after a bit of experimenting and mixology, we came up with a tasty concoction we named Wind In Your Sails Punch. Originally posted on the Old Mango website, we were recently asked by a FB friend to re-post it on our site for easy reference. Whether you’re about to sail the beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean or  just dreaming of being there – enjoy!

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Wind In Your Sails Punch

Wind In Your Sails Punch
(makes one)
recipe by Rum Therapy

1 oz. banana rum (use St. Martin Ma Doudou Vanilla-Banana Rhum or another Banana Rum such as Cruzan)

1 oz. coconut rum

.5 oz. white rum

1/4 c. pineapple juice

1/4 c. orange juice

1/4 c. ginger ale

splash of grenadine

Pour together the rums, juices and ginger ale. Shake over ice then pour into a glass over ice. Add a splash of grenadine and garnish with banana slices, a pineapple wedge or an orange twist. À la vôtre and Proost! (Cheers in French and Dutch!)

 

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Rum Therapy – Who the Heck Are You?

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Rum Therapy – Who the Heck Are You?

Hee hee.
This is a question we received via email this weekend in response to an inquiry about purchasing Bones Rum…from us.

In fact, we’ve received a LOT of inquiries lately asking for Bones Rum or to see if we take reservations at our bar(?), or where one could purchase our rum (Rum Therapy Rum? Hmmm…not a bad idea!) So, we thought, maybe we should re-introduce ourselves!

After all, there are a growing number of great websites and Facebook pages that focus on a tropical lifestyle or tropical destinations and even rum, so it’s easy to see why some are getting confused about what we do! So, what makes us – Rum Therapy?

We thought we’d have a little fun with this. After all, you come to Rum Therapy to see pictures of beautiful beaches, get ideas of what to see and do and where to stay on your next tropical adventure and of course, to get Rum Recipes. So – who’s behind the scenes at Rum Therapy?
Take our pop quiz and see how you score!


Who is Rum Therapy?:

1. Some large unknown corporation
2. Pamela & John who currently reside at 7,200 feet so they like to escape whenever possible to any place warm, sunny and sandy
3. Bob the beachbum who wants to make just enough to buy his rum at the local beach bar
4. I don’t really care as long as I get my daily tropical fix


What IS Rum Therapy?

1. A website that focuses on rum…and therapy…
2. A website that provides lots of pictures and articles experienced during our own travel about tropical destinations, oh, and rum recipes too.
3. A tropical state of mind
4. I don’t really care as long as I get my daily tropical fix.


Where can I experience Rum Therapy?

1. www.rumtherapy.com
2. https://www.facebook.com/Rumtherapy
3. http://www.pinterest.com/rumtherapy/
4. Any beautiful, tropical beach
5. I don’t really care as long as I get my daily tropical fix

 

Why should I follow Rum Therapy?

1. ‘Cause most everyone needs a little tropication sometime…
2. To get ideas of what to see and do and where to stay on my next tropical adventure!
3. For rum recipes that might help me get back in that tropical state of mind
4. I don’t really care as long as I get my daily tropical fix

 

And for those who have so kindly asked why we don’t talk more about us, or show more pictures of ourselves, we ask you:

Would you rather look at this?

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or this?

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Yeah. We thought that might be the case.

Anyway, thanks for taking the Rum Therapy Quiz. Did you pass? Check your answers here:

Who: #2 (although #3 sounds better!)
What: #2 and #3 (but #1 and #4 are probably acceptable answers as well…)
Where: #1, #2, #3 and #4. But if you guessed #5, I guess you have a right to your own opinion ;)
Why: Again, #1, #2 and #3. If you guessed #4 again, you’re really in need of a tropical vacation.

So you passed with flying colors? What do you get?
Absolutely nothing. Except our eternal thanks for following us on this fun journey.

Be sure to keep up with new posts, pictures and info by following us on:
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Twitter
 If you’d like to receive an occasional email with special deals and other good stuff, you can sign up here!

And please tell all of your friends (well at least the ones you’d be willing to vacation with) about us.

 

Oh, and if you know of any companies that have products that might compliment what we are doing here, or visa versa, please have them contact us to get some information on how we might work together. We’re ALWAYS looking for good sponsors!

 

Contact us anytime – even if you aren’t sure who we are or what we do. We’d be happy to fill you in and want to hear more about you too!

Thanks from your friends at Rum Therapy (aka Pamela & John)!

Rum Therapy/Rum Gallery British Virgin Islands Flotilla

Have you always wanted to try sailing? Have you ever dreamed of visiting the British Virgin Islands and getting to see what those beautiful islands have to offer?

Well, now may be your chance!

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We’d love for you to join us on the 1st Annual Rum Therapy/Rum Gallery Flotilla!!

Destination: British Virgin Islands
Date: April 5 – 12, 2014

We are teaming up with rum expert Dave Russell of Rum Gallery to provide you with an
itinerary that will include some of the prettiest beaches and best beach bars that the BVI has to
offer. In addition to the great stops and sailing adventure, Dave will also be holding a rum
tasting to learn more about different rums of the region! We have a limited number of boats and
cabins available and will fill them on a first come, first served basis, so if you’re interested, let us know right away!

Boat Options

A Fully Crewed Charter on a Catamaran
Why a crewed charter?
This option is probably the best for you if you have never sailed before and just want to sit back, relax and enjoy the experience. We have 21 crewed charter cabins (6 boats total) available and they are through Festiva Sailing Vacations.

What’s included in the price?
Festiva is giving us a discount off of their normal Spring price per cabin (see pricing below) and the deposit and booking of these cabins will be through them. Check their website (http://www.festivasailingvacations.com/) to see the Lagoon 450 and Lagoon 440 and how the cabins are configured. Each cabin on either vessel has it’s own bathroom and each cabin sleeps 2 in a queen size bed.

The rate below includes: Captain, Chef, 5 dinners, 6 lunches, 7 breakfasts, appetizers, snacks, standard bar, snorkel gear, sea kayak, and taxes. That’s right – it even includes your beverages (standard bar – premium liquor can be purchased and brought aboard or furnished by them for an additional fee). AND this rate will include  a Rum Therapy goodie bag per cabin which will contain 2 Rum Therapy Flotilla Tees, 2 Rum Therapy Caps, 2 RumHuggers, and lots of other surprises! The rate does not include the crew gratuity and a cruising permit fee of $39 per cabin.

Crewed Charter Cabin Rates:

Lagoon 450: 4 cabins per boat $3, 951 per cabin

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Lagoon 440: 3 cabins per boat $3, 921 per cabin

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How do we reserve a cabin?

Contact Pamela ([email protected]) to let her know if you’d be interested in a cabin on the 450 or the 440. She will provide you with the Festiva contact information to put down your deposit. If you have friends that would like to come as well, let us know so that we can put you on the same boat. If you have either 3 or 4 couples and would like to have an entire boat to yourselves, that can be arranged. Solo couples will be given a cabin based on a preference for the Lagoon 450 or Lagoon 440.

What’s the deposit and when is it due?
A deposit of 50% of the cabin rate will be due by August 22 to reserve your cabin with the balance due 60 days before our sail. Upon booking, Festiva will send you a questionnaire about food allergies, likes and dislikes.

We have sailed 3 times with Festiva and it’s been a great, relaxing experience. If you have specific questions about the boats or itinerary, please let me know. Contact me to let me know if you would like to reserve a cabin on one of the crewed charters!
[email protected]

 

A Catamaran with a Skipper
Dave Russell will be the Skipper on this “sure to be a blast” catamaran and this is what he has to say about the experience.

Thank you for expressing interest in sailing in the BVI’s with Skipper Dave.  The Rum Gallery and Rum Therapy would love to welcome you to the Flotilla.  You probably have many questions, so let’s tackle the biggest ones first to see if this boat is the right one for you.

How much will this cost, and what is included in the price?
46-foor Sunsail 464 catamaran – $3700 per cabin.  Each cabin has a queen size bed, a door that closes, private head (toilet) and shower.  The price is fully inclusive of all breakfasts and lunches onboard, one dinner aboard, beverages and refreshments aboard.  Meals ashore and beverages ashore are paid by the passenger.  No tipping is required.  A $925 (25%) non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your cabin.

Do we have to sail?
Yes:  A boat functions best as a team.  Active participation in the sailing, raising and trimming the sails, steering the boat, mooring, stocking the cooler with beverages and ice, managing the dinghy, etc is highly desired.  The vacation will be what we make it.  If you are new to sailing, this will be an experience in which you’ll have a blast learning what makes your boat  go.  If you’re an experienced sailor, even better!  My motto is “Safety First.”
What else do we do?
We will sail 3-5 hours each day, arriving at a different island paradise.  The sailing conditions during April in the BVI are usually perfect, with just the right amount of wind and relatively calm seas.  At each destination, we will have plenty of daylight left for island exploring, swimming, snorkeling, island-style shopping, lounging around, reading a book or doing pretty much nothing. There will be a beach, a restaurant and bar (or several) at each destination.
Who is Skipper Dave?
I’m a certified sailing instructor.  I sail all over the world, about five-six trips each year.  I’ve sailed the BVI so many time I’ve lost count.  Sailing is my passion, and with every new sail I’m as excited as my very first time.  At home I sail in San Francisco Bay.
What about the Rum?
I have a rum review website called rumgallery.com.  I judge rum at tasting competitions and tour rum distilleries all over the world several times each year.  My taste for rum was acquired while sailing in the Caribbean over 20 year ago.  A glass of rum has been known to be in my hand after the sailing is finished for the day and we’re safely moored somewhere for the night.  I am a half-decent bartender, so we’ll have plenty of nice sundowners.  We sail and drink responsibly.
Other stuff
Meals – We are the chef.  We will have plenty of food for breakfasts and most lunches aboard.  We will probably eat ashore every night except one, but cook one dinner onboard.  Dietary Needs – Before submitting the food and beverage provisioning request, I will ask each of you about your food preferences so that the boat is provisioned with things you like.
Smoking – This is a boat for non-smokers.

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Bareboat

If you are qualified to sail a vessel on your own, there are several catamarans and monohulls
available and we can hook you up with some information on chartering. You will be responsible for setting up the charter and then you can meet up with the rest of the group for an exciting week of rum adventure! Contact Pamela for more information.
[email protected]

Are you ready to set sail? We hope so and hope to welcome you aboard soon!

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The Fight Against The Bite

 Unfortunately insects like the tropics too. Mosquitos, No-See-Ums (sand fleas), ticks and more would love to make you their next tropical treat. And equally unfortunate is the fact that some folks just seem to be insect – especially mosquito – magnets. Studies show that approximately 20% of people are considered “high attractor types”. If the prospect of spending your well deserved time in paradise swatting and itching and returning with what appears to be a horrible case of the chicken pox actually makes you think twice about spending time on a beautiful beach dressed in anything other than a full body suit, here are a few tips on how to avoid becoming insect bait.

Anguilla2 - copyrightFirst of all, whether you are a “high attractor type” or not, everyone should take steps to protect themselves from insect and bug bites as they can, at the very least, cause discomfort and allergic reactions and far worse – insects are carriers of some very nasty diseases such as the West Nile Virus, malaria and dengue fever. Even if you are not prone to getting munched on, you should follow these important tips:

1. Either avoid being outside during peak mosquito and other insect hours – dusk to dawn, or take extra precautions such as covering up with more clothing and being vigilant in using a repellent.

2. Wear lighter clothing as mosquitos are apparently attracted to darker colors.

3. If your accommodations do not have screened windows, use a mosquito net while sleeping.

4. Avoid wearing perfumes or any products containing a fragrance.

What about bug repellent?
Experts believe at this time that the most effective ingredient in bug repellent is DEET and of course, the products with the highest concentration of DEET provide the most protection. But, some people are very sensitive or allergic to DEET and others are concerned about its potential toxicity.

Are there any alternatives to DEET? According to the CDC, other ingredients with good repellent value are: picaridin (KBR 3023), Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus/PMD, or IR3535. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely on all products to maximize efficiency and minimize side effects.

Are there more natural alternatives?
There are quite a few natural alternatives that are beginning to show promise in the fight against the bite. These include:

Essential Oils, such as citronella and eucalyptus

Neem (Azadirachta indica) mixed with coconut oil

Soybean oil-based repellents such as Bite Blocker

Mosquito Milk containing Lemon Grass

Here is a recipe for a Make It Yourself Natural Bug Repellent found on NYR Natural News:
Fill a small (4 oz.)spray bottle with:
1.5 oz. water
1.5 oz. vodka
15 drops citronella essential oil
15 drops eucalyptus oil
5 drops lemon grass
5 drops lavender
Shake the bottle before each use and spray on skin and clothing as necessary (requires more frequent application, at least every 2 hours)

And lastly these foods and supplements have shown some promise as well:

Garlic – some studies have shown that ingesting more garlic may increase your repellent ability, and that rubbing it on your skin may be even more effective, although it may repel more than mosquitos!

Vitamin B-1 – increasing the amount of vitamin B-1 in your diet for several weeks prior to your vacation is sworn to work by some.

As with all medications and supplements, be sure to check with your physician before trying anything new. And, most importantly, be prepared and find out what works for you before your next tropical escape to prevent disease, discomfort, allergic reactions and returning from vacation with a terrific tan, but legs that look like a connect the dots game!

Mosquito BitesHave you found some other effective way to prevent mosquitos, no-see-ums and other insects from making a meal out of you? If so, we’d love to hear them!

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Saltwhistle Bay Beach, Mayreau

A beautiful crescent shaped beach with soft, white sand and incredibly clear, calm water. Saltwhistle Bay Beach is found on the small island of Mayreau in the Grenadine chain. Good anchorage for the boats and yachts that clamor for mooring in the beautiful bay.

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Access:
Get to Mayreau by boat. Good anchorage (although it’s getting better known by boaters and so it can get busy with boats trying to moor there). We also noticed several larger ships anchored in Saline Bay. From Saline Bay you can hike over the hill through the village of Old Wall and down into Saltwhistle Bay.

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Beach:
a long crescent of soft white sand beautifully fringed with palm trees. Great for swimming with gentle sandy access and usually calm surf. Shallow for quite a way out. Great walking beach. Separated from the rougher Atlantic side by a small strip of land.

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Recommended for:
swimming, walking, relaxing and those that don’t need or want a ton of amenities.

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Tip:
if you have the time, hike up the hill to the village of Old Town. There are several good bars (careful – they serve Sunset Very Strong Rum – good, but potent!), great views and very friendly people.

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Other St. Vincent and the Grenadines post that you may be interested in:

 Jack’s Bar, Bequia

Coconut Bar, Young Island Resort

Petit Tabac, The Grenadines

Mopion, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Happy Island, an Island and a Bar


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Mudjin Harbour, Middle Caicos

On the North coast of a sparsely populated island called Middle Caicos is a beautiful area that is a bit reminiscent of Ireland – with probably a wee bit more sunshine. The area is called Mudjin Harbour and it’s spectacularly beautiful!

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Middle Caicos is one of the island in the Turks and Caicos chain. The largest of the islands, Middle Caicos, is 48 square miles with a population of under 300. The north shore of Middle Caicos is more dramatic than the other Caicos Islands with limestone cliffs and long sandy beaches.

Access: If not taking an excursion via a local tour operator, the best way to get to Middle Caicos is to take the ferry from Providenciales to North Caicos, rent a car on North Caicos and drive across the causeway to Middle Caicos. Credit cards are sometimes not accepted at gas stations – so be sure to bring cash and fill up on North Caicos as there are no gas stations on Middle Caicos.

Once on Middle Caicos, turn left into the Blue Horizon Resort and park by the cement path to the beach. Follow the Beach Cave Trail for a  short hike to the overlook of Mudjin Harbour.

Mudjin 2Beach Cave Trail Sign
Mudjin 4Overlook of Mudjin Harbour
Mudjin 8Looking down at Mudjin Harbour
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Beach:
Snorkeling in this area can be excellent when the ocean is calm and the beach is wonderful for walking and exploring small beach caves. When the tide is low you can walk from the beach to “the dragon” – the rocky outcropping about 200 yards off the beach. Take the trail from Mudjin Bar & Grill over the top of the cliffs for stunning views of the area.

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Amenities:
 Mudjin Bar & Grill serves food and drinks with an excellent view. Want to stay longer? The cottages at Blue Horizon Resort offer quiet and tranquility with easy access to the beach.

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Recommended for:
anyone willing to go a little out of the way to see a stunning beach and overlooks of limestone cliffs and a turquoise sea, those who like to explore relatively unknown and uncrowded beaches, and photographers
.

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Tip:
In addition to Mudjin Harbour, while on Middle Caicos, be sure to check out the caves – some of which you can explore on your own and some that require guides. Hike part of the Crossing Place Walking Trail. Stop at Conch Bar Village for some fresh seafood and the Middle Caicos Co-op to see a collection of handmade TCI crafts. Drive a little further to see beautiful Bambarra Beach and if you’re lucky enough to be in the area around Valentines Day, check out the Traditional Model Sailboat Races in the Valentines Day Cup

Find Mudjin Harbour on our Turks & Caicos Map

To see more St. Thomas and other island posts, check out our Island Blog Directory

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