Just "hanging around" at our posada on the island of Gran Roque - the only inhabited island in the archipelago known as Los Roques, off the north coast of Venezuela. Enjoy your spring break. We certainly will be.
Dan (& the rest of The Beach Shirt Team)
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Clean water. Poverty alleviation. Sponsored education. And...Hammocks??
On a recent service trip to the Dominican Republic, I was blessed to connect with a righteous dude named Tim. He is the Managing Director at a revolutionary place called Doulos Discovery School (check it out). More than that, Tim is co-owner of a SoCo Hammocks. SoCo stands for Socially Conscious because they are exactly that. Twenty percent of their net profits are donated to help the poor around the world through clean water, poverty alleviation, and sponsored education via different non-profits.
These handmade hammocks are simple, durable, lightweight and set up in about 60 seconds. They come in a variety of colors from Sky Blue to Classic Red to Vintage Yellow. I had the pleasure to try one of these out during my time in Jarabacoa. The second I fell into the hammock it was like: "Holy understatements, Batman! This thing is more comfortable than it looks!" I thought maybe they should have called it SuCo for Super Comfortable, but Socially Conscious is probably more fitting. I've listed some of my favorite features below. Global impact has never been more relaxing.
~ Each hammock comes with two free 6 ft. hanging straps
~ The Bomber Buckles attached to SoCo Hammocks are the best solution for fully adjustable suspension ~ The name "Bomber Buckle" sounds bada$$
~ Hammocks have a 450lb weight capacity but only weigh a pound in it's attached pouch!
~ The silk nylon material is breathable, mildew resistent, triple stitched, and feels absolutely blissful
~ You have a choice in the cause you want to support
Find out more at www.socohammocks.com
By Travel + Leisure Staff Appeared as "25 Secret Island Escapes" in T+L Magazine
Hollywood scouts were on to something when they skipped over Mykonos and chose a secret island in Greece as the location for Mamma Mia. The movie was a $600-million hit, in part because it fueled peoples’ fantasies of escaping to a secluded island (and yes, those catchy ABBA tunes didn’t hurt). Surprisingly, that picture-perfect movie location, Skopelos, has stayed under the radar. When you hop off the ferry, you’ll be wowed by the view of the shimmering Aegean Sea, the island’s tile-roofed tavernas, and a decided lack of travelers.
There are still gems like Skopelos hidden all around the globe, if you know where to look. T+L editors have done the hunting for you to uncover secret islands where you can truly unwind, from the rugged Chilean spot that inspired the novel Robinson Crusoe to a tiny island in the Caribbean that was virtually deserted for decades until a luxe resort opened in 2010.
Similar high-end resorts have been popping up across Southeast Asia, where many islands are vying to be the next Phuket. So those looking to get far off the grid head to Con Dao, an archipelago 110 miles off Vietnam’s southeastern coast. Sheer granite cliffs border deserted beaches and crystal-blue water, and a private guide can lead you by motorbike to remote spots like the spectacular Dam Tre Bay lagoon.
Diving enthusiasts should opt instead for the secret island of Mabul, off the northeastern coast of Malaysia, where the marine life is on a par with the Galapagos. Even better, the native sea moths, bobtail squids, and elusive paintpot cuttlefish are some of the only inhabitants.
Travelers looking to commune with nature can also find solitude on Nicaragua’s acre-wide Jicaro Island on freshwater Lake Nicaragua. The nine casitas at Jicaro Island Ecolodge were built from storm-felled trees, and all the food is locally sourced; you can sip a passion-fruit-banana cocktail as you sit by the infinity pool.
Prefer something closer to home? On Washington’s Lummi Island, a nine-square-mile oasis on Puget Sound, you can sample the region’s bounty (net-caught salmon, spot prawns) while watching orcas ply the waters.
Whatever your daydream, you’ll find a destination to match by checking out our slideshow of secret islands around the world.
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Dicks Cottons is an accessories and clothing brand that celebrates those who enjoy life, tell stories, and love partying with friends. They’ve created comfortable, fun, and attention grabbing sunglasses. Combining ultimate comfort and style, their gear is versatile enough for the beach, parties, and all of your stories in between.
be happy. live comfortably.
Who is Dicks Cottons? Dicks Cottons first got its start making t-shirts to help promote their friend Mike Burke’s music on Cape Cod. The shirts sold out in one day, so founder Rich “Dikkie” Amundson, who’s grandfather “Dick” owned an eye wear store for 40 years, continued to design custom clothing and sunglasses for friends. With the goal of making sure each product matched their group’s lifestyle of having fun, being happy and living comfortably, Dicks Cottons was born.
In 2009, Rich began taking classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and living a life similar to the cast on HBO’s hit show How to Make it in America. Dicks Cottons products became staples for every trip he and his friends went on, and demand grew quickly from friends, to friends of friends, to strangers, and eventually celebrities.
With the release of the 20ten sunglasses line in April 2010, Rich decided it was time to pursue his dream full-time. With a lot of hard work and help from their fans word of mouth marketing and celebrity love, Rich is bringing Dicks Cottons to the forefront of lifestyle brands.
The Beach Shirt has made us famous. Josh and I were recently highlighted in an article at an Ohio online newspaper website. Yep - famous. The title of the article is ''The Beach Shirt' idea created here in Ohio" ...For most, this sort of celebrity attention would make them bashful - embarrassed even - but not us. Ever since we were kids growing up watching The Newsies, we have reveled at the idea of being "kings of New York" - that is - being on the front page of the paper. I know it's no longer 1908, the newspaper boys' stike ended over 100 years ago, and fortunately Christian Bale is no longer gallivanting around doing musicals with that guy from Doogie Howser, but we sometimes like to think so - therefore we are as famous as William Randolf Hurst. No doubt we will be fighting off the paparazzi 24/7 now. Having this much fun is definitely a blessing and a curse.
Check out the full article at http://westchesterbuzz.com/2011/08/31/%e2%80%98the-beach-shirt%e2%80%99-idea-created-here-in-ohio/
The Beach Shirt's official "Friends & Family" Press Release (see below)...
Thank you for all of your support! Josh and I and the families are currently on Hilton Head Island "working" and relaxing. We are on personal high's after dominating in Cornhole last night, and wanted to let everyone know that we are on our way to spreading the Beach-Life Gospel and total world domination!
Baseball, burgers, beaches, and... beer? Summer is a time to enjoy the perfect weather and festivities no matter where you are. Vacations abound, skipping work to catch a ball game- that's summer. So often though people get so caught up in planning their getaway, they forget about the little things. Beer usually is one of those “little things”. So while you spend weeks planning your next move, let me pick the beer.
By the Sea
We see it time and time again in ads- feet in the sand, sun in the sky, mass produced cerveza in hand. This might work for the average college kid on spring break, but not me. Don't sell yourself short either. Many styles work and many brewers provide perfect options.
If you are going to be partaking in any treats on of the deep ( salmon, tuna, lobster) I would go with an American Pale Ale. Great but not overwhelming hop aromas will help counter balance almost any fish. 21st Amendment's Bitter American is a good choice. Also look for Anchor's Liberty Ale and New Belgium's Mighty Arrow.
If you are simply there to enjoy the sunshine and waves, take it easy with a light, creamy wheat (or Wit). These beers also allow for you to top it with a piece of citrus if you are inclined to do when out relaxing in the summer air ( lemon or orange- no lime). Harpoon Brewery out of Boston gives a great offering in their UFO White. If you find yourself on the white sandy beaches of Hawaii, search out Maui Brewing Company's Mana Wheat. My personal favorite is Rvertown Brewing's Wit Ale, but that one may be hard to find outside of the Midwest.
Were decks really designed for anything else? At my house as soon as the temperature reaches 70 degrees we move to a strictly grilled diet. A flaming grill covered with burgers, brats, and dogs while a bottle of beer sweats in the background is something right out of a Norman Rockwell painting.
With a burgers you want your beer to pair well with the cheese as well meat. A Brown Ale may not be what many would go to on a warm day, but don't let the dark malty color trick you in to thinking it will be too heavy. Out through the rich malty base comes a nice spicy blend of hop aromas for a truly smooth and flavored brew. Dogfish Head's Indian Brown Ale is hands down my favorite for this pairing. A little more of that hoppy taste than the rest will have, but the brown sugar finish should balance that out. Other options to with your American icon are He'Brew Messiah Bold from Schmaltz Brewing and Lazy Magnolia's Southern Pecan.
So the next time you are scouting out that palm tree shade or going to town on a neighbor's char-grilled masterpiece, avoid the urge to plunge a lime wedge in a long neck bottle of yuck and go for the good stuff. Why waste perfectly good weather on very imperfect suds? The most picturesque summer afternoon can be profoundly improved by the right brewing selection. Happy drinking!
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