This week’s Caribbean Wrap Up features great stories that will help you plan your New Year’s Eve, shop for the perfect rum, and find a great beach bar on Anguilla. The most interesting story deals with the happenings on the small Bahamian island of Bimini though.

Resorts World Bimini is having problems with the funding of their cruise ship that runs from Miami to Bimini. Many local Biminites aren’t a fan of this big company coming in and changing the island. Some say it’s good for jobs and revenue, others say the island can’t support the flood of tourists. Read this story and others like it to make up your own mind. My opinion falls on the side of the locals. Bimini has a small island charm that is precious and should be protected.

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

5 Caribbean Hot Spots for New Year’s Eve: Many places have special annual celebrations, but the five listed here are not only the top New Year’s Eve spots in the Caribbean, but the world. From fireworks to bonfires, cave dancing to giant conch shells–the Caribbean knows how to bring in the new year. – Story by

Resorts World Bimini Is In Peril : (This is an interesting topic that needs a lot more attention. Personally, I think if the local Bimini residents aren’t in favor of this huge expansions and ship pier, then neither am I. Keep this small island the way it is.) Resorts World Bimini’s “entire operations are in peril” as a result of the US government banning a key aspect of its business model due to alleged immigration violations, Tribune Business can reveal. – Story by Tribune 242

Rum Journal – The Rum Awards 2013: It’s been another great year for rum. It continues to grow in popularity, as more and more people around the world continue to appreciate the quality and diversity of cane spirits.  Here are the Rum Awards for 2013. – Story by Caribbean Journal

Best Beach Bars on Anguilla: Anguilla has a reputation for upscale hospitality, but visitors can also let their hair down at some excellent beach bars, including a couple located on tiny islands just offshore. – Story Caribbean Travel

Turks and Caicos Conch Festival 2013:  The Turks and Caicos have plenty to boast about. Pristine beaches. Clear, inviting ocean waters that are home to one of the most extensive coral reef systems in the world. Abundant sea life. Oh, and the world’s largest festival celebrating an ocean mollusk. Every November, the island of Providenciales hosts the Turks and Caicos Conch Festival – a celebration of the islands’ national symbol and No. 1 export.  – Story by Island Life & Times

Caribbean Castaway T-Shirts By Team Cocktail: I have teamed up with the famous Team Cocktail clothing company to bring you a new Caribbean Castaway t-shirt that I think you guys will love. On the front is the logo with the words “Caribbean Castaway” underneath. Then on the flip side is the  “Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum” phrase, but it’s put together like an confusing eye chart. – Story by

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