Relaxing with a rum based cocktail, your toes in the sand, the murmur of the waves and the reggae beats lulling you into the holiday mood. Yes, you are on holiday. The office, the grey days of winter fade away in the bright sunshine beyond your beach hut oasis. This is the ultimate Caribbean holiday dream and it can come true with most resorts having their own well patronized beach bar. But there are beach bars and then there are beach bars, and not all cubra libres are born equal. We look at a few of the most awesome beach bars in the Caribbean.
You have to start at the aptly named Soggy Dollar Bar in the British Virgin Islands’ White Bay Shore. Patrons have to swim or paddle to the bar as the only access is via boats which moor in the bay. The bar itself is classic beach bar, simple and built with relaxation as the only purpose. No mess decor and shade is all that is provided. That and their famous Painkiller, a cocktail of rum, pineapple and orange juice, coconut cream and a dusting of nutmeg. Sit back and let the soggy swimsuit dry out the warm sea breeze.
A beach bar with a blast, literally, is Sunset Bar and Grill at Maho Beach on the island of St Maarten. Here guests can sit on the beach and watch jumbo jets land at the local airport nearby. The bar is directly within the landing path and of course it is loved by plane spotting types and thrill seekers alike. The flight schedule is on a monitor in the bar and drinkers can time their visits around landings. Planes aside, it is a glorious beach and topless ladies in this liberal Dutch island get free drinks.
The upmarket, and the ‘most likely to spot a celebrity’ location, is Basil’s Bar on the private island of Mustique in St Vincent and Grenadine group. This is a private island and what happens on the island stays on the island apparently – it is a paparazzi no go zone. Wills and Kate are the latest royals who have been seen dancing the night away on the open-air dance floor. The bar is built up on bamboo stilts and sits over the water surrounded by beach and palm trees.
Iggies Beach Bar in the Bolongo Bay Resort of St Thomas is one of the more extensive beach bars. Its clientele is an interesting mix of local inhabitants and guests. It has a reputation for great live music and its famous cocktail, Voodoo Juice. Running counter to the stripped back simplicity of the classic beach bar, Iggies has big screen sports coverage and karaoke for guest wanting to express themselves. The grill has a menu for the little ones while for the adults there is a fine dining restaurant attached.
Le Petibonum in Le Carbet, Martinique is simplicity at its best with a beach hut as bar and restaurant and a canvassed area for customers to sit with a view of the ocean. It is famous for its Mojitos but more so for its creole cuisine which is unfussy, using fresh seafood and locally grown ingredients.
For spectacular beach-side settings, there is Rick’s Cafe in Negril, Jamaica. A diving-board/bar, it is perched on a steep rocky promontory above the sea. It is possible for patrons to take a drink and then jump off from the bar into the ocean below. It has featured in as a location in a Bond move and is renown for good times and beautiful Cajun food.
Have we missed any from our list of the most awesome beach bars in the Caribbean?