Meet The Judges

During December, all entrants will be judged by an internal panel at CheapCaribbean. They will review all submissions for completeness, then narrow to the to the top 3-5 resorts in each category. The top resorts in each category will then be judged by 3 external travel/lifestyle bloggers, all of whom have sand in their DNA. They know their beach.


Hannah Rheaume is a travel blogger for her website, The Sunny Side of Things. She has been traveling full time for one year having left the comforts of her full time job in public relations November 2016. Hannah highlights topics such as luxury adventure, destinations and lifestyle. She loves discovering off the beaten path places like Malta to the faraway lands of Chiang Mai, Thailand to the skyscrapers of Hong Kong and the beaches of Australia. Hannah is always on the hunt for discovering new perspectives all over the world, as seen here. When she is not traveling she calls Maine home.

Beachtastic Facts:

How many times have you traveled to the Caribbean? Not enough! 2 times.

What is your favorite Caribbean locale? I’ve always disliked this question. Every destination is so unique! I loved Havana but I also really loved exploring the islands of Puerto Rico.

How many years have you been covering travel? Going on 2 years now!


Ryan VanDenabeele, otherwise known as RumShopRyan, is one of the most popular Caribbean travel bloggers on the internet. He started his travel blog,, in 2009 as a way to share this Caribbean passion with other like minded salty souls. His relaxing and entertaining writing style keeps you engaged as do the vibrant photos and videos that go along with each story. Ryan is a 3-time International Rum Judge for the Rum Bahamas Festival and has been featured by dozens of online publications over the years. Together with his photographer wife, Castaway Crystal, they capture the beauty and authenticity of the Caribbean in a way that will have you scrambling for that Book Vacation Now button. You can follow RumShopRyan’s island adventures on Instagram and Twitter at @RumShopRyan and

Beachtastic Facts:

How many times have you traveled to the Caribbean? Over 30 I think. Starting to lose count!

What is your favorite Caribbean locale? That’s a hard one. Each island is special and unique. But if you had to twist my arm my favorites are St. John in the USVI, the Out Islands of the Bahamas (Exumas, Bimini, Abacos), Anguilla, St. Barths and the BVI. I told you it was hard to pick!

How many years have you been covering travel? I’ve been operating since 2009.


Kana Imamura is an established Travel Instagrammer & Blogger at Life in Wanderlust from sunny Los Angeles, California. After 8 years as a Director in corporate hospitality and earning her Master’s in Hospitality Management, she closed her office doors to travel in 2015. Following her love for photography and writing, she quickly gained followers and readers from all over the world and now has almost 100k in social reach. Kana currently balances travel photography & writing, advising new Travel Bloggers and running her consulting company for hospitality & restaurant businesses. Follow her adventures on Instagram: @lifeinwanderlust_ and blog:

Beachtastic Facts:

How many times have you traveled to the Caribbean? 5 times.

What is your favorite Caribbean locale? Bahamas (Nassau) and the Cayman Islands!

How many years have you been covering travel?  2.5 years as an Instagrammer & Blogger but almost 10 years in the travel industry!