What’s better than sipping on a rum punch with a view of crystal blue waters and the warmth of the Caribbean sun on your skin? Each Caribbean island has its fair share of beach bars, so we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 to help you find the best place to sit back, relax and drink up!
1. Soggy Dollar, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands: No trip to the BVI is complete without spending an afternoon at the Soggy Dollar. Accessible only by boat, this beach bar got its name because visitors have to swim up to shore with cash stuffed into their bathing suits. Once you arrive, be sure to order the potent cocktail that they’re famous for - the Painkiller!
2. Rick’s Cafe, Negril, Jamaica: Open 365 days a year and playing reggae music daily, Rick’s Cafe is one of the most popular bars in the entire Caribbean. The bar is built into naturally formed cliffs, and guests can take turns jumping from 3 different levels into the blue waters below.
3. Da Conch Shack, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos: If fresh seafood and tropical rum cocktails are on your to-do list, Da Conch Shack is where you want to be. Watch local fisherman as they collect the conch from the sea, and then order your dish how you would like it prepared.
4. Basil’s Bar, Mustique, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines: Basil’s is infamous for its parties and celebrity guests. Built on stilts and sitting above the Caribbean sea, this casual atmosphere makes everyone feel right at home.
5. Elvis’ Beach Bar, Sandy Ground, Anguilla: Another celebrity beach bar go-to is Elvis’ in Anguilla. Sit bar-side at the wooden boat or relax on the sand with your cocktails during the day. Come back at night for one of the most lively parties on the island.
6. Moomba Beach, Palm Beach, Aruba: Sit under two giant palapas and enjoy stunning views of the sea while sipping on a tropical drink at Moomba Beach. You’re not going to want to miss the daily happy hour, where you can enjoy unforgettable sunsets and delicious appetizers.
7. Iggies Beach Bar and Grill, Bolongo Bay, St. Thomas: Situated just a few feet away from the water, Iggies is the only bar in St. Thomas where you will find live music 365 days a year. Grab some friends, pull up a colorful beach chair, and relax on the beautiful Bolongo Bay.
8. Ti’ Robinson, Ilet du Gosier, Guadeloupe: Perhaps one of Guadeloupe’s best kept secrets, Ti’ Robinson is located on a remote islet off the coast of Gosier. Find a local fisherman on shore, pay him a few Euro, and he will transport you to this beach shack, where you can spend the day sipping rum in a private oasis.
9. The Naked Fisherman, Smugglers Cove, St. Lucia: Nestled in the secluded cove at Cap Maison Resort, the Naked Fisherman delights guests with its scenery and its menu. Spend a day of total relaxation by floating in the turquoise waters or lounging on a hammock.
10. Foxy’s Tamarind Bar, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands: One of the most well-known beach bars in the Caribbean, Foxy’s is famous for its specialty drinks and for the owner himself. Foxy Callwood keeps his guests coming back with his spirited energy and nonstop entertainment.