My home town of Kansas City just got a blanket of snow, and the water of the Gulf in my current home sends shivers up my spine–anyone else thinking about a trip to el carib?

If your mind likes to wander to palm tree playgrounds then consider this weekly wrap up fuel for your wanderlust fire. This week’s wrap up will tease you with a beach party on Jankanoo Beach in Nassau, a new bar in Cruz Bay St. John, street eats in Guadeloupe, smooth rum, and new relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Are you teased?

I don’t know about you but the Cuba story is a fascinating one and I’ll be sipping a glass of smuggled gifted Havana Club 7 tonight to celebrate. Cheers!

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

U.S. to Restore Full Relations With Cuba:   President Obama on Wednesday ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century as he vowed to “cut loose the shackles of the past” and sweep aside one of the last vestiges of the Cold War. –Story by the New York Times

Rum Journal: The Rum Awards 2014:  Rum is more than a drink. It is the spirit of the Caribbean. It represents the sweetness of the region; its history; its courage and its romance. And rum is a way to take the Caribbean with you, wherever you go next. Rum Journal tasted 180 rums this year, and these were the best of the best. –Story by Caribbean Journal

New Bar Opening in Cruz Bay: The new place will be called DR!NK St. John and it sounds like it’s going to be just as great as Motu, if not better. For those of you not familiar with Motu, it’s located across from Cruz Bay beach and right next to Grande Bay. –Story by News of St. John

Bahamas Partying at the Local Junkanoo Beach: Junkanoo Beach is where the beach party is in downtown Nassau. I kept wanting to dance when I was there and it was a party in my head even when I was tanning in the sand. It is located approximately a 2 minute walk west from the center of town, where the British Colonial Hilton and US Embassy are located. –Story by

Guadeloupe Street EatsGuadeloupe Islands’ best street food and local treats, from ‘bokit,’ a messy fried-bread sandwich, to fruity rum drinks. –Story by Travel Age West


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