Jamaica’s Red Stripe Is Launching a Rum Punch 

red stripe rum punch

The iconic Red Stripe brand is getting into the rum punch business.  In a nod to the growing popularity of ready-to-drink cocktails, Red Stripe is launching its first-ever rum-based drinks: Red Stripe Rum Punch and Red Stripe Rum Mojito.  The […]


The Ultimate Caribbean Summer Vacation Includes This Rum Festival

plaza beach dive

A rum-on-the-beach party. A rum-infused lunch at an overwater restaurant. Outdoor tastings at oceanfront hotels around the island.  A final dinner at a restaurant with a three-Michelin-star pedigree.  This isn’t like any rum festival you’ve ever been to — and […]


This Caribbean Airport Is Getting Cooler 

caribbean airport cooler guadeloupe

It’s always been one of the nicest airports in the Caribbean: the Poles Caraibes Airport in Guadeloupe.  And now, thanks to a dramatic transformation project, it’s getting even cooler.  Poles Caraibes is in the midst of a $283 million investment […]


Bacardi Taps Former Executive to Lead Premium Rum Push 

bacardi rum

Bacardi has named a new executive to lead its global rum push, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The spirits giant has tapped Roberto Ramirez Laverde as the new senior Vice President for Bacardi rum, based in Bermuda.  Ramirez, who previously worked […]

Rum Journal: From the Dominican Republic, a Rum for Jose Marti

dominican republic rum jose marti

If you’re a fan of rum from the Dominican Republic, you know Oliver & Oliver.  The family-owned boutique rummaker produces a diverse range of Dominican brands: you might be familiar with rums like Opthimus or Rum Punta Cana — these are […]

Travel to This Caribbean Island Is Surging 

Caribbean Island Travel Surging

Travel to the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire continues to surge so far in 2023.  Bonaire reported 15,811 stay over visitors in February, a 15.4 percent increase over the same period in the record-breaking year of 2019.  That included 7,882 […]


How to Stay at This Beach Resort for Bonaire Rum Week 

bonaire caribbean

Bonaire’s annual celebration of rum and culinary culture is back again this summer, with Bonaire Rum Week 2023 set for June 12-17.  And another one of the island’s top resorts has launched a special program for travel during the week.  […]

When George Washington Moved to Barbados

Barbados George Washington

A quarter century before he was catching Hessians in Trenton, George Washington was catching sharks in the middle of the Atlantic.  When his brother Lawrence fell into ill health, the thought was that the tropical climes of an island at […]

In Bonaire, an Unforgettable Caribbean Summer Festival 

Caribbean Bonaire Summer Festival

Maybe you’ve been to a rum festival. Maybe you’re just beginning a journey into the world of premium rum. Or maybe you’re just looking for a new kind of beach vacation.  Either way, Bonaire Rum Week should be on your […]


There’s a Hot New Cocktail Bar on Paradise Island in The Bahamas  

Bahamas Paradise Island Cocktail Bar

There’s a hip new cocktail bar on Paradise Island in The Bahamas.  It’s called The Dilly Club Cafe and Bar, and it’s a specialty coffeehouse that moonlights as a high-level mixology destination.  By night, the Club has an extensive menu […]

Bonaire Keeps Up Strong Tourism Growth

Bonaire Caribbean Vacation

Bonaire welcomed 16,285 stayover visitors in January if 2023– over 10 percent more than stayover visitors recorded in January 2019.  The island’s two largest source markets have shown signs of growth, with a total of 8,383 Dutch visitors and 3,938 […]

Jamaica’s Top Luxury Resort Has a New Limited-Edition Rum

jamaica half moon

There’s a mural over the bar here by artist Michael Lester. It’s called Junkanoo, and it’s a vibrant, loud, pulsing depiction of Jamaica’s timeless, percussive dance. The bar itself, named for Lester, is a celebration of the Caribbean rum tradition, […]


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