Photo courtesy Sandals Royal Caribbean
Photo courtesy Sandals Royal Caribbean

That fabulous Beach Boys song “Kokomo” popped onto the radio the other day and for a moment I was transported out of the cold, lingering Ohio winter to a warm, sunny beach sipping on a cold drink with one of those cute umbrella garnishes.

Since the song first appeared in the Tom Cruise movie Cocktail in 1988, I must have sung the words a thousand times and not once actually thought about finding this place called Kokomo. Not Kokomo, Indiana (although I am sure it’s lovely), but that magical place that served as the inspiration for writers John Phillips, Scott McKenzie, Terry Melcher and Mike Love.

So, today, we uncover magical Kokomo, a Caribbean island of silent inspiration that sits off the Florida Keys.

Turns out, finding Kokomo is a bit of a puzzle. The original name of Kokomo came from a pool-side bar in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. That became the inspiration for a tiny Caribbean island called Kokomo which is now called Sandals Cay. It is privately owned by Sandals Royal Caribbean and part of an all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay.

Photo courtesy Sandals Royal Caribbean
Photo courtesy Sandals Royal Caribbean

The island is a mere 2.5 acres with a secluded beach, a pool and a restaurant. It looks like a tropical paradise and caters to couples looking to hide away from the world.

While relaxing on the white sand beaches or enjoying an outdoor massage by the ocean would be my top preference here, there are quite a few water activities like boating, tubing and snorkeling.

No matter what you decide to do in Kokomo (as most of us know it) it will most certainly match the images in your mind conjured by the song. No wonder it was such an inspiration!