Beach Bar Bums Focus – David Pinardi and St. John Villa Rentals
Jul18

Beach Bar Bums Focus – David Pinardi and St. John Villa Rentals

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If you’ve ever tried to find an affordable vacation villa rental in St. John in the US Virgin Islands, you’ll know how difficult it can be. Due to the limited space and continued consolidation of the major players in the short term vacation rental market, accommodations on the island aren’t cheap and continue to increase every year. That’s when David Pinardi and St. John Villa Rentals decided to step in. David, first tell us a little...

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Beach Bar Bums Focus – Getting To Know Tropical Day Sails
Nov15

Beach Bar Bums Focus – Getting To Know Tropical Day Sails

Our recently completed “Drinks at the Beach” photo contest wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our prize sponsors, specifically Tropical Day Sails (TDS), a Caribbean charter day sail company out of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. Their offer of a full day private charter was by far the largest of the prizes and the work they put into convincing others to donate prizes was paramount to the success of the...

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We Built Our Own Beach Bar – For $80!
Sep13

We Built Our Own Beach Bar – For $80!

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The first person I featured in my “We Built Our Own Beach Bar” series was Paul Tollefson. Back then, he lived in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina but in the years since, has moved “across the bridge” to Bluffton. Not one to give up his beach bar lifestyle too easily just because of a move, Paul decided to build another one at his new home. There was only one problem – his backyard was nothing but woods, blanketing the lagoon they...

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We Built Our Own Beach Bar – Shawn’s Sand Bar and Grill
Aug24

We Built Our Own Beach Bar – Shawn’s Sand Bar and Grill

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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted one of my “We Built Our Own Beach Bar” articles so when I reposted an earlier write up I had done in the hopes of generating some submissions for a new article, Shawn and Tiffany Davis’s backyard beach bar immediately stood out. Proof that you don’t have to go big to have your own beach bar, Shawn and Tiffany’s backyard oasis isn’t far off of what you would find sailing through the Caribbean. It’s...

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Beach Bar Bums Focus – Todd Hayward, Flip Flops and Palms
Jun22

Beach Bar Bums Focus – Todd Hayward, Flip Flops and Palms

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I was lucky enough to stumble upon Todd Hayward’s work on Instagram (he’s a must follow!), his square images of tropical destinations looking as if they came straight from a postcard instead of his camera. It’s not an easy feat – taking photos that accurately reflect the tremendous beauty of the Caribbean and Hawaii – but Todd’s got it down to a science. After perusing through his photos and discovering he had a particular...

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Instagram Monday – In Texas, Even the Tiki is Bigger
Dec14

Instagram Monday – In Texas, Even the Tiki is Bigger

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Everything’s bigger in Texas, so the saying goes, and when it comes to the backyard tiki bar of Ruben and Crystal Rios, those four words couldn’t ring more true. And it’s not just a bar – it’s a whole vilage, full of tiki trappings around every corner that have turned this backyard into an escape many resorts would be proud of. If I could start a new blog that featured just their backyard, I would. If I could actually write the...

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