5 Must-Visit Caribbean Beach Bars
Beach bars are a staple of our Caribbean getaways. There’s no better way to experience local culture, meet new people and explore new parts of the islands than through its beach bars. There’s something beautiful about having people from all walks of life drawn together by heavenly views, good conversation and cold drinks. These are 5 must-see beach bars for your next Caribbean escape:
1. Soggy Dollar Beach Bar, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Soggy Dollar Beach Bar was a secret hotspot for many years until someone undoubtedly spilled the beans. Located in a quaint bay on Jost Van Dyke, this hotspot was previously only accessible by boat. Patrons would have to swim ashore and their dollars would get “soggy”, hence the name(sounds like a grandpa story but it’s true). We’ve heard that the owners recently devloped a road for easier access, but who drives when you can sail? The drink of choice here is a “painkiller”. Painkillers are a popular island cocktail made with Pusser’s rum, coconut cream, pineapple and orange juice and a healthy serving of freshly grated nutmeg. Soggy Dollar Beach Bar lays claim to being the original creator of the delicious concoction.
2. Iggie’s Beach Bar, St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Neighbouring the Bolongo Bay Resort, Iggies’s Beach Bar is usually the top choice for both locals and visitors of St. Thomas. What separates Iggie’s from the rest is live entertainment. Iggie’s offers live entertainment year round, so there’s always a reason to stop by(besides the ice cold “VooDoo Juice” ofcourse). The parties have been known to get wild, whether it’s a concert or a tailgate party. So leave your inhiibitions at your hotel, and give Iggie’s a visit.
3. Cow Wreck Beach Bar, Anegada, British Virgin Islands
The Cow Wreck Beach Bar is said to have gotten it’s name after a shipwreck spilled a load of cow bones onto the beach. Located on the beautiful island of Anegada, many consider this island a jewel of the BVI’s. Cow Wreck Beach Bar is one of the few bars in the world where you can go surfcasting and catch your own dinner! The conch fritters rank amongst the best in the Caribbean, and the view does too.
4. Wreck Bar and Grill, Rum Point, Grand Cayman
Located on the tranquil North Side of Grand Cayman, Rum Point is the perfect place to “lime”. If you can work up the will to get off the famous Seven Mile Beach, get to The Wreck Bar and Grill at Rum Point. The Wreck Bar and Grill at Rum Point is famous for its mudslides, in fact they these chocolate cocktails were invented here in the 1950’s so no visit is complete without one. After you get your buzz going, find a beach chair and catch some some rays(sun rays not sting rays drunk friends) or rent a kayak and burn off some of that choclatey goodness. For lunch we recommend the Caybrew fish and chips and traditional Jerk Pork.
5. The Pelican Bar, Negril, Jamaica
The Pelican Bar is a rustic wooden bar built on a sand bank a quarter of a mile out to sea! The Pelican Bar began as a dream of local fisherman Floyd Forbes. Forbes set about building his bar by transporting large planks of wood on his fishing boat. In 2001 the bar was completed and it was named “The Pelican Bar” after the large flocks of Pelicans who rested on the sand bank. It didn’t take very long for the local hotels to recognise the enormous potential of this picture perfect serenity. All was going well for Floyd until 2004 when Hurricane Ivan hit Jamaica. The Pelican Bar was totally destroyed by the storm and Floyd had no insurance to cover the cost of the damage. However, the bar had become such an established attraction that local business owners donated new wood and chipped in to help with the reconstruction. Within a month the Pelican Bar was back up and running. Many local fishermen are able to ferry you over to the bar from Treasure Beach or Black River – just ask in your hotel.