Thank You! Here Are The Next Steps

Thank you for signing up for a Best of the Caribbean Directory listing. We believe having a listing is one of the best ways to get your business in front of Caribbean travelers that are looking for places to stay, things to do, and places to eat.

I (Ryan) will be emailing you shortly, but to get started here are the next steps.

  1. Photos: We need any photography you’d like me to use. Please email me ( [email protected]) 5-6 photos. Let me know which of the photos you’d like to use as your listing image. The other photos we will use for a social media announcements letting people know about your business.
  2. What would you say is the “Best” thing about your business? Best staff? Best location? Could be anything, just let me know what you would like your listing to highlight.
After that, we will build out your listing. Once done (usually about 24 hours later), I’ll send it to you for approval. Once approved by you, we will make the listing live!

Here are your Bonus items!

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BONUS ITEMS: Make a Copy Before you Begin First, go to File → Make a Copy and save this template to your Google Drive so that you can customize to your liking. If you don’t see the menu, log-in to your Google account first (such as Gmail) and refresh this screen.
If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected] or call/text on Whatsapp at 239-628-8601 if you like. I would be happy to walk you through any details.

Thank you and we look forward to working with you!


We document, photograph, and film the best the Caribbean has to offer. Whether it’s stunning beaches, relaxing hotels, friendly restaurants, or soggy beach bars…we want to share it and inspire others to explore the islands.

Coconut Coast Villas St John


Pirate Captain

Writer • Photographer • Rum Judge • Marketer • Explorer • Pirate

Castaway Crystal

Castaway Crystal

Sandy Bottom First Mate

Writer • Photographer • First Mate • Better Half

The Power of Digital Influence

In a time when adblock usage is soaring and consumer trust in advertising is at an all-time low, influencer marketing is the best way to make sure your messages are seen, heard, and remembered.

Influencer Marketing STATS

  • Influencer marketing content delivers 11X higher ROI than traditional forms of digital marketing. (TapInfluence study with Nielsen Catalina Solutions, 2016)
  • 74% of people turn to social networks for guidance on purchase decisions. (Ogilvy Cannes, 2014)
  • 49% of people say they rely on recommendations from influencers when making purchase decisions. (Twitter and Annalect, 2016)
  • 40% of people say they’ve purchased an item online after seeing it used by an influencer on Instagram, Twitter, Vine, or YouTube (Twitter and Annalect, 2016)
  • Only 14% of people can recall the last time they saw an ad and identify the offer it was promoting. (Infolinks, 2013)
  • Twitter users report a 5.2X increase in purchase intent when exposed to promotional content from influencers. (Twitter and Annalect, 2016)
  • 96% of people believe that the advertising industry does not act with integrity—69% of these people attribute their mistrust to the advertisers’ desire to sell more effectively. (IPSOS, 2015)
  • 73% of marketers say that they have allocated budget for influencer marketing. (Forrester, 2015)
  • 71% of marketers believe that ongoing ambassadorships or influencer programs are the most effective form of influencer marketing. (TapInfluence & Altimeter, June 2016)

A Salty Passion

Our passion is to explore the Caribbean
and inspire others to experience
the magic of these islands.

Close your eyes and remove yourself from the everyday. Now picture your toes sinking into soft white sand as waves kiss your ankles. It’s a serene feeling that everyone should experience.  That’s why I started, I want to bring the Caribbean to all that have the same island passion as myself. If you dream of island bliss and wish you could be exploring secluded beaches then you have come to the right place. My only advice is to stop dreaming, stop wishing, and just go. It might just change your life as it did mine.

Who Is RumShopRyan

Howdy! I’m Ryan and I hail from the land-locked, can’t get any further from the ocean, state of Kansas. I moved to laid back southwest Florida in 2001. I didn’t know a single person and didn’t have a job. Risky I know, but the ocean was calling and I had to answer.

I’m a huge fan of Kansas City sports, so you’ll probably see a lot of Jayhawks, Chiefs and Royals attire in my photos. Kansas City is a great town and I’m glad I’m from there, but the coastal life was calling. It’s kind of like Kenny Chesney’s “island boy” song. Check out the lyrics and you’ll see what I mean.

I write because I’m passionate about the Caribbean and the island lifestyle, and it’s my way to share it with you. If it has anything to do with the Caribbean, rum drinks, beach style music, or Caribbean culture, you’ll be able to find it on this site.

When in the Caribbean you’ll find a camera around my neck and note pad in my pocket. This is how I document the experiences in unique and interesting ways and bring it back to you, the Castaways.

Who is Castaway Crystal

I was raised in Southwest Florida so it’s no surprise that I have a love for beaches, water and nature. As a child, most weekends were spent fishing in the warm gulf waters on the family boat. As an adult, most weekends are spent soaking up the sun on Ft. Myers Beach. Even though I have always loved the coastal life, I don’t think I fully appreciated it until I moved to Nashville, TN. I’m all about experiencing new things, and as a Licensed Massage Therapist I thought it would be amazing to massage some of Nashville’s biggest stars (a girl can dream right?). But I missed the sun and sand too much—and let’s not forget the rum runners! After a year I couldn’t take it anymore, this sun bunny moved back to her coast of somewhere beautiful.

I’ve always been passionate about photography and writing but my passions never really had a purpose until I met Ryan. I couldn’t be happier being Ryan’s first mate and sharing my photos and stories with you. May they inspire you to go after your tropical dreams and wishes.  Make a plan…Set a date…Just go!