Beach bars in the Caribbean have three things in common: “cold beer, a potent rum punch, and a killer view of the sea.” Nothing beats sipping a cocktail with your feet in the sand and a live band competing against the roar of the ocean.
From crowded dive bars where the cocktails are cheap, to the laid back and low-key, these are the Caribbean beach bars we’re raising a glass to. Did someone say cocktails?
Deadmans Beach Bar & Grill
Peter Island, British Virgin Islands
Part of the Peter Island Resort and Spa, Deadman’s serves wood-fired pizzas, buffets, sandwiches and blended drinks. And located on a stunning Caribbean beach, they also offer beach delivery service.
Passing sailors often stop by for a drink. You should order the Coconut shrimp or a rum cocktail, the Peter Island Special.
Sunset Bar & Grill
2 Beacon Hill Road, Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten
Located right next to the local airport, this bar is famous for it’s proximity to the jets and planes that fly directly over it. You can take in both an incredible view of the ocean while enjoying an incredible view of aircraft landing! Literally at the end of the airport runway, you can actually feel the planes take off.
The atmosphere here is anything-goes; as in beach party where bikini tops come off for free drinks! There is great food and quick service. The piña coladas are delicious.
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Bayside Beach Bar
Jalousie Plantation, St. Lucia
When you go on a holiday to St Lucia, you have to stop by Bayside Beach Bar at the Jalousie Plantation. The specialties here are mojitos and Creole-style tapas, served up either on a deck overlooking the Caribbean or right on the white sands of Sugar Beach.
Some visitors never get further than the hammocks, though!
Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill
J.E. Irausquin Blvd 79, Noord, Aruba
This pier style beach bar offers breakfasts, lunches, dinner and late night cocktails along with various themed events and music nights.
It is located right on the water of Palm Beach and plays host to some of the best live bands on the island, with breathtaking sunsets as the perfect backdrop! Grab an early seat to catch sunset as they fill up fast. The local brews are Balashi and Amstel Bright.
7150 Bolongo, St. Thomas
Iggies Beach Bar & Grill is constantly being awarded the title of “Best Beach Bar” in the Caribbean, so grab a barstool, breathe in the fresh ocean air, meet locals, mingle with visitors, order a bucket of VooDoo juice and let the good times begin!
Located a few feet from the water’s edge this is an island hot-spot both day and night. Iggies is the only place on St. Thomas where you’ll find live entertainment 365 days a year. Catch a famous “Bands in the Sand” concert, or their monthly Full Moon party.
It’s an upbeat indoor-outdoor venue boasting eclectic eats, live entertainment, sports on TV & theme nights. Wednesdays are Carnival with steel pans, limbo dancing, costumes, & games.
British Virgin Islands
Home of the famous ‘Painkiller’ rum cocktail, this popular beach bar is known for its musical connections and welcoming atmosphere. It’s a touristy bar, but an icon where you HAVE to grab a drink.
It serves the best Pain Killers and Margaritas on the island, and is located on a spectacular beach with warm, friendly service.
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
The famous Bomba Shack is a beach bar serving cocktails from a surfside shack which has been built with love and whatever scrape material that happened to be laying around the island.
It’s essentially a liquor stand assembled from driftwood on the beach. It’s a cultural icon for drinking and letting loose on the West End. Don’t miss the full moon parties here.
Plage du Coin 97221, Le Carbet, Martinique
Serving the best Caribbean food of any beach bar in the region, this is a casual drinking hole with French & Caribbean influences. It’s part French bistro, part beach shack, and you should definitely book in advance.
W End Rd, Negril, Jamaica
Rick’s Cafe is an iconic beach bar on the West End cliffs high above Negril. It’s known for cliff diving and is often touted as the best bar in the world.
Order Rick’s famous Planter’s Punch, a secret mix of rum and fruit juices. Their menu features Caribbean and international cuisine are served from the best vantage point on the island to watch the sunset.
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
With views out over the water, and simple wooden surrounds, this is a nautical-style bar where sailors dock in the harbor & head straight to the bar.
There is a basic Caribbean menu. You should order a painkiller cocktail in a souvenir naval cup.
Mr. X’s Shiggidy Shack
The Strip, Frigate Bay, St. Kitts
This is a relaxed beach bar serving local seafood & Caribbean dishes, a short walk away from Frigate Bay resorts. It’s part of a small local chain and serves incredible island food on the beach.
Grab a picnic table on the sand for killer barbecued ribs and grilled Caribbean lobster. It’s a shack but the food is great.
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Photo credits: Ricks Cafe by Chris Ford via Flickr.