We Built Our Own Beach Bar – Shannon and Roxanna Sharp’s Da Luv Shack
Sep18

We Built Our Own Beach Bar – Shannon and Roxanna Sharp’s Da Luv Shack

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I’ve seen some impressive backyard beach bars/escapes but Shannon and Roxanna Sharp’s “Da Luv Shak” is among the best. Calling Kingwood, Texas home (where even the tiki is bigger in Texas), the Sharps’ love for the Caribbean can be seen spread out across their backyard. Including the Kenny Chesney No Shoes Nation flag, various Virgin Islands accoutrements, plenty of bottles of rum to a beach bar any beach bar owner would be proud of,...

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Beach Thursday Pic of the Week – Sunset in Puerto Rico
Sep13

Beach Thursday Pic of the Week – Sunset in Puerto Rico

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I love this picture of sunset in Puerto Rico. With the sailboat in the foreground on calm seas and the towering palm trees silhouetted against a sunset with enough clouds to make it interesting, it’s a tranquil escape wrapped up in an image. For me, it represents a lot of what I love about the Caribbean – the freedom of the sea, life on the water and palm trees and sunsets as backdrops. It’s a good life in the Caribbean and this...

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The Story Behind Kenny Chesney’s “Better Boat”
Sep11

The Story Behind Kenny Chesney’s “Better Boat”

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Kenny Chesney’s “Better Boat,” the second single from his latest album, “Songs for the Saints,” has been one of my favorite tunes from the album since I first heard it on No Shoes Radio. After digging around the internet for a while, I discovered a reviewer on iTunes who mentioned that the singer/songwriter behind the song was Travis Meadows. Searching through YouTube videos, I came across a video of Meadows performing the song in...

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Instagram Monday Weekly Worldwide Beach Bar Tour
Sep10

Instagram Monday Weekly Worldwide Beach Bar Tour

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Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer in the States and as we head into September and October, many islands in the Caribbean switch gears into their low season. Those months are spent taking a break from the summer travel season and getting refreshed for the upcoming one. Here’s to hoping this year’s off-season is quieter than last year’s and that the scene welcoming us back to our favorite islands is a...

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Looking Back and Looking Forward – Hurricane Irma One Year On
Sep06

Looking Back and Looking Forward – Hurricane Irma One Year On

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When Hurricane Irma hit a year ago today, my world was in quite a different place than the people that stood in its path. On the morning of September 6th, while Irma was ravaging the islands of the Caribbean, we were nestled safely in the US Midwest, closing on our new house, celebrating with lunch at one of our favorite restaurants and trying to decide what we were going to do for my birthday the next day. Even in the midst of all...

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