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Relax with Rum for National Rum & Relaxation Day

National Relaxation Day is August 15th & National Rum Day is August 16th. Could it be more perfect that National Relaxation Day and National Rum Day both fall in the same week? We’d go as far to say its fate that you celebrate these two important holidays this week. Here are a few suggestions as to the best ways to relax with rum this week.

Sip on a Mount Gay Mojito & Relax

One of our top choices for Caribbean rum and absolute must for this week’s celebration, comes from the island of Barbados. Established in 1703, Mount Gay Rum is made up of the finest Barbadian molasses, which comes from the exceptional sugar grown on the island. After a specific process of fermentation, distillation, maturation and blending, the end result is the smoothest of the smooth spirits – Mount Gay Rum.

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And how should you drink the infamous Mount Gay Rum? Let us suggest a perfectly sweetened, fresh & smooth classic mojito. Straight from the Mount Gay’s vault, follow this recipe for the ultimate mojito drink.

Ingredients:

  • 4 -6 mint leaves
  • 2 oz. Mount Gay Silver
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 oz. of soda water
  • 3 springs of fresh mint

Muddle mint in a mixing tin. Add ice, rum, lime juice, sugar & shake. Pour into a tall glass and top off with soda water. Garnish with mint sprig.

So we'd obviously recommend a pretty white beach for you to enjoy while sipping on this cocktail, even if you aren’t beach side, take in a piece of this island and enjoy National Rum Day the right way.

Live Like the Locals Do at Rum Point Beach

If you consider yourself a beach aficionado like some of us do, then you’ll want to venture out to Rum Point on Grand Cayman Island. And while we are BIG fans of Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands, Rum Point is a great beach for those who are looking to explore something off the beaten path, as well as give you the feeling you’ve been transported to a completely different island.

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On your day trip out to Rum Point, you’ll want to stop into Wreck Bar & Grill for some delicious grub, and of course – rum! To satisfy your hunger, we recommend the fried grouper BLT or jerk burger. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can take on the Rum Point Challenge, which includes 16 oz. of ground beef stuffed with jalapenos, topped with bacon, cheddar, Swiss, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, fries & coleslaw.

And when it’s time to unwind with a few, we’ll be drinking a rum runner or blue iguana. You can make your own rum runner by combining Appleton rum (an island favorite), blackberry brandy, banana rum, orange juice & pineapple juice. So grab the bottle of rum and bottoms up!

Take on the VooDoo Juice, If You Dare

This rum recommendation comes straight from our favorite Caribbean castaway, Rum Shop Ryan. One of his favorite beach bars and ours as well, Iggies Beach Bar at the Bolongo Bay Resort in St. Thomas is known for it’s fun and party-like atmosphere – making it the perfect place to celebrate these fabulous holidays. Named “Best Beach Bar 2012” by Caribbean Travel & Life, Iggies offers live music 365 days a year, amongst numerous holiday and special event parties.

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It’s also known for it’s magical concoction called VooDoo Juice. Served up in a big bucket perfect for those who are extra thirsty, this Cruzan rum recipe is more likely to make you get up and dance rather than relax the day away. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can this recipe on for yourself:

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Cruzan Pineapple Rum
  • 1 oz. Cruzan Banana Rum
  • 1 oz. Cruzan Coconut Rum
  • 1 oz. Cruzan Citrus Rum
  • 0.5 oz. Cruzan Dark Rum
  • 3 oz. cranberry juice
  • 3 oz. pineapple juice 

Fill bucket (or really large glass) with ice and pour in the Pineapple, Banana, Coconut and Citrus Cruzan rums. Then add the cranberry and pineapple juice and top with Cruzan Dark Rum. Raise your glass and cheers!

So there you have it. You know how the CheapCaribbean.com team would celebrate these two fabulous holidays. But the question is…how will you be celebrating? Share your plans in the comment section below.

Cheap Caribbean’s Guide to National Tequila Day

Wednesday, July 24th is National Tequila Day. Is there anything that goes together better than a fresh made tequila concoction and a beach view? That’s why for us, we don’t need much convincing to celebrate one of our favorite holidays. But if you’re looking for an excuse, here’s a guide on all things tequila, as well as some of our favorite recipes to give a whirl.

How Tequila’s Made: 

Tequila is made from the blue agave plant and must be properly harvested to get smooth, 100% blue agave tequila, perfect for making margaritas. Originating in the hills of Jalisco, Mexico, tequila is produced by removing the heart or “piña” of the blue agave plant after 12 years of harvesting. It’s then heated to remove the sap, fermented and distilled. Tequila can then be bottled and served after its distillery, or aged further to achieve more robust, unique flavors. The three main types of tequila are:

  • Blanco is clear, un-aged tequila bottled right after being distilled and perfect for mixing into your favorite tequila concoctions.
  • Reposado, meaning, “rested,” is aged in wood barrels for up to one year and carries a balance of the sweetness of tequila and wood or oak of the barrels it soaks in. It’s often used to sip on or mix into cocktails.
  • Añejo tequilas are aged from one to three years, darkened to an amber color with rich, smooth, complex flavors and made for slow sipping.

There is also nectar that is derived from the blue agave plant. Referred to as “agave nectar,” you’ll often times see a margarita recipe that calls for this natural, honey-like syrup. After you have your first taste, you’ll understand why it’s the ideal companion to the perfect margarita recipe.

Cheap Caribbean's Favorite Drinks:

Now that you can consider yourself a tequila aficionado, it’s time to get to the bar and start mixing. Our first must-taste recipe is a Tequila Bramble Cocktail.

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Ingredients: 

  • 5 blackberries
  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
  • ½ ounce agave nectar
  • ½ ounce crème de mure
  • 1 ½ ounces Milagro silver tequila

How to mix: 

  1. In a rocks glass, muddle blackberries with lime juice.
  2. Fill the glass with crushed ice; add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Enjoy and say “ahh!”

Next, let us suggest something with a little kick for those of you wanting to try something that sizzles – Peña Picante.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounces Don Julio® Añejo Tequila
  • 1 ½ ounces pineapple juice
  • a few squeezes of lime
  • a splash of habanero lime syrup
  • ¼ ounces of simple syrup

 How to mix:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a shaker glass with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into an ice filled pint glass.
  3. Garnish with chili salt and pineapple.
  4. Relax and take a big gulp!

The final favorite of ours is the epitome of National Tequila Day and while we love to celebrate this holiday and drink – Ultimate Agave Margarita.

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 ounce Don Julio® Reposado Tequila
  • ½ ounce Grand Marnier®
  • 1 ½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of agave nectar
  • 1 lime wheel

How to mix: 

  1. Add agave nectar, lime juice, Grand Marnier & Don Julio tequila.
  2. Shake with ice and strain into an ice filled margarita glass.
  3. Garnish with salt and a lime wheel.
  4. Sit back and sip!

So as National Tequila Day approaches, we’re looking forward to kicking back, mixing up a few of these delicious cocktails and paying tribute to a spirit that has so easily defined the Caribbean & Mexico. While you’d probably agree that the ideal way to celebrate this holiday is to enjoy one of these concoctions beachside with a sunset straight ahead, we’ll settle for a toast to the tequila gods no matter where you may be. So grab a glass and let’s celebrate. Cheers!

For more of our favorite drink recipes, be sure to check out our Pinterest page.

Beach Bars You’ll Be Dying to Order a Drink From

Is there anything that goes together better than peanut butter & jelly, Sonny & Cher or salt & pepper, just to name a few? Well, we’d suggest that there isn’t anything more perfect for one another than a beautiful beach and an ice cold drink to compliment the view. So, this week we’re all about the places you can get a signature concoction and bask in the sun. Best beach bars…ready, set, go!

Nikki Beach, ME Cabo by Melia

Perfectly placed on Cabo San Lucas’ only swimmable beach, ME Cabo by Melia is one of the area’s hottest resorts and known to throw some of the best beach parties. Playa del Medano, the beach ME Cabo is located on, is near Los Cabos landmarks, Land’s End & Lover’s Beach and visible from the Bali beds and two pools at Nikki Beach. With pool DJs all year long and a swim up bar serving up the best beach drinks around, Nikki Beach is a luxurious beachfront utopia that Los Cabos has come to be known for.

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This trendy hotspot has an entire schedule of parties planned for the rest of the summer, like a Pirate themed party on August 17 or it’s weekly events, such as Nikki Beach in the House that takes place every Friday or Soleil @ Nikki Beach, every Saturday through the end of the summer. And after an afternoon full of bottle service and handpicked DJ tunes, head out on the town as you’re in walking distance from some of the most legendary clubs and lounges in the area. There’s no denying that your time at Nikki Beach and ME Cabo by Melia will leave you feeling like the a-list party goer you’ll be surrounded by here.

Rick’s Café, Negril, Jamaica

Quite possibly one the most well known bars in Jamaica and with good reason, Rick’s Café is a hotspot serving up signature cocktails and offering an unforgettable time. Since 1974, this bar & grill has come to be a Jamaican staple. Rick’s Café was the first public bar in the quiet fishing town of Negril years ago and still boasts unforgettable views from it’s naturally formed cliffs.

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At Rick’s, you can spend your day by the only cliff side pool and take advantage of the cabana service as your bask in the Jamaican sun. Or after spending the day at Negril’s iconic Seven Mile Beach, settle into the patio at Rick’s for possibly the best view on the island of the Jamaican sunset. Oh, and we can’t forget to mention the cliff divers that regularly jump from the West End Cliff where Rick’s Café sits.

Infiniti Bar, Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos 

How does sipping a beverage served at a bar that stretches all the way onto Grace Bay Beach and the crystal clear waters of Turks & Caicos sound? If you agree that this sounds like pure heaven, then we’ll save you a seat at Grace Bay Club’s Infinity Bar. This five-star resort is home to the longest bar in the Caribbean, stretching over 90 feet long and boosting some of the best views on the islands.

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Spend your afternoon at either the family friendly main pool or adults’ only pool, or take advantage of the free watersports offered, such as snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing. And as the sun sets into the picturesque horizon, sample some of the tapas dishes and Caribbean cocktails at the bar that seems to disappear into the ocean. After a cocktail hour at Infinity Bar and dinner at one of the resort’s four restaurants, head to hip on-the-beach oasis, The Lounge for an evening of sizzling fun. And as you retire to your oceanfront suite, mentally prepare yourself to live this dream all over again the next day.

While these are just a sample of our favorites, there’s no denying that the Caribbean & Mexico are known to have some of the best bars with the best views. Let us know your favorite spot to catch some sun and a drink in the comments below. Cheers!

Bottoms Up! Signature Vacation Drinks You Have to Try

Sun, sand and a cold drink in your hand – three necessities while on your beach getaway. Here at CheapCaribbean.com, we do our best to provide the sun and sand, all with great deals…but the drink, that’s up to you. Have no fear…we’re here with a few of our island favorites to try on your next vacation.

If the Mexico beaches are where you plan on spending your vacation, we suggest you sip fresh made sangria or better yet, ask your resort bartender what’s his or her favorite. On our most recent trip to Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, we asked for a specialty and our bartender suggested their famous Havana Lights Cocktail. They even shared the recipe with us, incase you want to give this drink a try at home before you go.

  • Three-fourths oz. light rum
  • Three-fourths oz. coconut rum
  • Three-fourths cup pineapple juice
  • Half oz. melon liquor
  • A few drops of grenadine syrup

Mix and shake the first three ingredients, then pour into a cocktail glass. Add a few drops of grenadine and then finish the drink off with a splash of melon liquor. Garnish with your favorite fruit and enjoy!

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Grab a happy hour snack and drink at Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun's beachside cafe.

If you’d rather leave it up to the professionals, make plans to stay at Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun. You can also enjoy Unlimited-Luxury® which comes standard at this adults-only resort and promises kayaking, cooking demos, tequila tastings, floor concierges and Vegas-style shows. If this doesn’t sound like a beach bum’s dream, we’re not sure what does.

In Jamaica, you’ll find lots of drinks featuring rum, as it’s one of the island’s favorites. And while there’s lots of drink options on your Jamaican vacation, we asked our devote beach goers what was their favorite and the results are in. It was a tie between a Dirty Banana and Rum Punch – both island signatures.

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You don't even have to leave the ocean to get a refill at Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa.

Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa is a couple’s retreat, perfect for giving both of these favorites a try. This all-inclusive resort is fully equipped with top-quality liquor and five bars, including a swim up bar, making it virtually impossible not to ask a bartender for one of these sip-savoring signatures. Parked right on Seven Mile Beach, this Sandals resort earned a coveted Five Star Diamond Award for their top-notch service. And don’t worry, there’s seven restaurants, nightly entertainment and even a Piano Bar to make your Jamaican vacation one you’ll never forget.

Dreaming of the powdery white sands and crystal clear waters in Aruba? We are too. That’s why we recommend a luxury Aruba getaway to Occidental Grand Aruba, fully equipped with high-end all-inclusive, upgrade options, and of course, ice cold signature cocktails.

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Dive up to one of the swim up bars and ask for your favorite drink at Occidental Grand Aruba.

Picture yourself sprawled out on a beach lounger while one of Occidental’s staff brings you a mouth-watering, hard-to-resist concoction. Our suggestion on what you should order? An Aruba Chi Chi. This drink is sweet and refreshing as it lends itself in similarity to a pina colada. Made with vodka, coconut, pineapple and ice, an Aruba Chi Chi is the perfect companion to a day spent on the beach.

So now that you have some of our favorites, tell us yours. Also, if you're looking for more drink recommendations, be sure to check out our website with even more options. Cheers, beach goers! 

Doctor’s Orders: Take a Vacation and Relax

You’re busy. And you probably think there’s never a good time to take a vacation. But what if it were good for your health and wellbeing? There’s been recent research that’s discovered taking advantage of your vacation days and getting away from life can lead to good health and happiness.

Symptom One: Chronic Stress

We’re not denying that you probably have a lot on your plate. And no matter what your circumstances are, it all adds up to stress. And while it’s probably somewhat unavoidable, that doesn’t mean that you don’t need a few days in a calm, relaxing haven to get you back to square one.

The Cure:

Yes, we’re recommending a trip to Secrets The Vine in Cancun. This 5-star ultra luxury resort is brand new to the Cancun coast. Barely open a few months, Secrets the Vine gives Unlimited-Luxury® a whole new meaning. This is a standard of service and amenities you’ll have access to, which include full all-inclusive dining options, 24-hour room and concierge service, endless access to reservation-free restaurants, bars and lounges, as well as elegantly-appointed suites with world-class amenities and the finest décor.

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Now you don't have to chose the pool scape versus the beach view. This infinity pool brings both views together.

Begin your day with a dip in the infinity pool that almost makes you feel as if you’re magically transported into the crystal clear waters of the ocean. Let the pool staff pamper you with an ice-cold signature concoction to keep your palette satisfied. Quite possibly the amenity that takes this resort to the level of ultra luxury is its spa facilities. You’ll want to schedule some time in the 12,580 square feet facility. With a full custom spa menu, including massage, body treatment, hydrotherapy therapy or facials, it’s no wonder that this is the perfect prescription to relieving chronic stress. In fact, researches from the National Institutes of Health have shown, under chronic stress our ability to think through goal-oriented decisions cease. So it’s official – you need a break to clear your mind and preserve your capacity to make good, prosperous decisions. No excuses.

Symptom Two: Exhaustion

As life doesn’t ever seem to slow down or stop, lack of sleep and the feeling of exhaustion have probably become an often occurrence, right? Well, you don’t need a doctor to tell you that that’s not good for you. As creatures of habit, avoiding a quality 7-8 hours of sleep can become the norm. But by shaking up your routine and spending a week getting the proper sleep, our bodies are able to enter a state of complete relaxation versus taking on that struggle at home.

The Cure:

Introducing Anse Chastanet in St. Lucia. This 4-star resort is the only property with the iconic view of both the Piti and Gros Piton Mountains. It sits on 600 lush tropical acres and maintains its privacy with 49 rooms that share a remotely peaceful view of either the mountains, the beach or both. If you’re not able to get your eight hours of sleep here, we’d be shocked.

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Escape into this complete paradise with a view juggling a mountainscape and crystal clear ocean view.

Spend your days exploring the beach that’s merely footsteps away, snorkel and scuba dive, as well as go jungle mountainbiking and hiking. You’ll also want to find your way to forest to hear the nocturnal tree-frog chorus and the opportunity to be one with nature. After, stop for a lounge in a hammock on the 250-yard beach fully equipped with tan/gray volcanic sand resting on stone clear waters. There’s also four restaurants and three bars to pick from where dishes and drinks are prepared with herbs and produce grown in the resort’s own gardens on the former sugar and cocoa plantation of Anse Mamin. Sleep and a complete private state of relaxation are commonalities at this top-of-the-line resort . There’s no denying this is the perfect dose of medication.

Symptom Three: Temporary Insanity

It’s so incredibly easy to get tied up with the every day. Sometimes we all want to just throw in the towel and offer a plea of “insanity” in the game called life. But besides the obvious of taking an actual vacation and escaping reality for a few days, the time leading up to your vacation can prove to be really positive in the grand scheme of things. Having something to look forward to can reduce negativity and, after your return and encourage a continued feeling of positivity.

The Cure:

Make that escape to Barbados. The Tamarind Hotel, to be exact. This 4.5-star resort is the perfect way to cure any temporary stints of insanity. A blend of Mediterranean design with vibrant Caribbean décor defines Tamarind’s style. Pristine pools nestled amid red-tiled roofs are the backdrop of your relaxation. Positioned on 750 feet of premium white sand and stunning blue waters, Tamarind Hotel is the only choice when looking to relieve built up stressors and all the things we call life.

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Dive into this beautiful beach and pool view at Tamarind Hotel in Barbados.

There are three freshwater pools hidden within the hotel’s gardens offering complete tranquility and total relaxation. 104 newly renovated guestrooms offer only the most superb accommodations, as well as a full-service spa with a range of body services inspired by local Bajan sea salt and Barbadian Moscovado brown sugar. Grab a deluxe signature spa treatment before making plans in one of the three restaurants on site or take a short water taxi ride to one of their sister properties to see what else they have to offer. With a setting so ideal for eliminating the worries from home, you’ll never want to leave.

If you’re busy thinking of all the reasons why you can’t make an escape to the beach, stop. Start thinking of all the reasons why you have to. There’s no denying that after a few short days in another reality will bring you back to life feeling less stress, well-rested and prepared to tackle the next obstacle. Your well being is just as important as all the other things going on in your life, so follow the doctor’s orders, take a vacation and relax…