I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for, ’cause it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something, and if you find that moment… it lasts forever…

From The Beach

A true wine lover very likely has no interest what-so-ever in a wine made in Florida from grapes grown in Florida. However… to be a true wine lover… maybe a true wine lover should.

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If you live in the right place, you can drive, bike or maybe even walk to a nearby island. If you have enough money, you can travel to one. You may even already live on an island.

None of this means you live the simple island lifestyle.

To live the simple island lifestyle, you don’t have to live on or near an island and you do not have to have enough money to travel to one. You could live in the middle of nowhere. Read more…

This is now officially my favorite wine. It’s great in every way and is a great compliment to the lifestyle we pursue at The Tiki Bar Is Open.

It has a perfect name, a perfect story and a perfect philosophy:

Both surfers and winemakers reach the summit of their respective crafts when they attain an understanding of, and a respect for, the environment in which they work (and play). Adapting to their surroundings, they achieve peak performance, on the waves and in the vineyards. – Longboard Vineyards

It is an enticing wine from the first time you see the bottle. Read more…

“You’re caught up in the Internet. You think it’s such a great asset, but you’re wrong, wrong, wrong! All that fiber optic gear cannot take away the fear like an island song.” – Jimmy Buffett

This is a simple post with simple advice…. minimize the Internet. Read more…

“Don’t try to shake it just nod your head. Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On.” – Jimmy Buffett

It’s one of the most simply stated yet most valuable pieces of advice you could ever get from anyone: Don’t worry about what you can’t control.

You probably hear someone say it from time to time, but you also probably take this advice to mean the extreme opposite of worrying and think of it as “just forget about it”. This is actually just as bad. Of course no one is going to recommend that you worry your life away, but I doubt they’ll advise you to suppress your memories of it either.

What this advice really means Read more…

An ongoing lifestyle series of posts starting this week on The Tiki Bar Is Open.

Check in often… You never know when there will be a new post that will help you learn to achieve the simple island lifestyle.

The Tiki Bar Is Open has been around for awhile now. I’ve done a little bit of this and that over the years under this domain, but just recently have really regained some focus and commitment not only to the site, but to what the site is all about: the simple island lifestyle.

It may go without saying, but it’s the commitment to the lifestyle that came first and it is what has given me the freedom to do what I do here and to truly enjoy it. It’s been less than 2 months since I “relaunched” The Tiki Bar Is Open. I gave it a fresh look and have regularly posted content. To my surprise, The Tiki Bar has had over 3500 visitors in this short time.

Now I am more stoked than ever. This was awesome to see and I’d like to thank every one of your who visit The Tiki Bar Is Open. I hope you all keep coming back and I hope I can help you achieve your simple island lifestyle.

May the Tiki Gods be with you, Tiki John


SEVEN TIKI® Spiced Rum is a Fijian rum that stands out like no other. It goes beyond the typical spiced rum and adds several hints of natural, exotic flavors. It is a premium rum made from molasses of Polynesian sugar cane, sun baked Indonesian nutmeg, Madagascar vanilla beans, other exotic spices and virgin water drawn from deep beneath Fiji’s volcanic highlands.

Such a description may sound like a colorful sales pitch, but it’s not. These are just pure and simple facts Read more…