Nothing sums up summer for us than a great day at the beach. And what’s a great day at a beach without the chance to party, or even just relax, in an amazing beach bar? What can we say, we can’t wait for summer!
From the ramshackle shacks, to the resort style resto-bars, and everything in between, we’ve picked our 10 favorite beach bars from around the globe.
We know this list won’t even come close to touching on all the great beach bars out there, so please let us know, what are your favorite beach bars?
Seacrets – Ocean City, Maryland
Located on Chesapeake Bay in Ocean City, Maryland, you will find one of the best Caribbean-style beach bars in the mid-Atlantic continental United States. Complete with sandy-floored bars, tiki huts, and palm tress, Seacrets is an enormous venue. Packed with 14 bars, a nightclub, a dancehall and floating tables, this is one place to enjoy the tropics without even having to get on a plane.
Forty Thieves – Diani, Kenya
Located right on the beach in Diani, Kenya, is the Forty Thieves beach bar and restaurant. Its location to the beach and surrounding hotels makes it a great place to relax during the day with a few cocktails. By nightfall this lively beach bar becomes the Diani meeting spot for both locals and tourists alike, with live music and discos three nights a week it can be a great place to party.
Rick’s Cafe – Negril, Jamaica
From cliff diving to watching amazing sunsets, Rick’s Café is our favorite place to party when in Negril, Jamaica. Located on the West End Cliffs, the location of this remarkable bar provides an alternative to Negril’s beach, which although beautiful, can feel crowded at certain times of the year.
Soggy Dollar – Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Home of the Painkiller, the famous rum cocktail, (or infamous, depending how you feel the next morning), is Jost Van Dyke’s charming beach bar, the Soggy Dollar. The name of this beach bar comes from the tradition of boaters swimming over to the bar for a cocktail from their boat and by the time they arrived their pockets would be full of soggy dollars. But don’t worry about getting your hair wet, today you can arrive completely dry.
Bankie Banx’s Dune Preserve – Anguilla
One of the best ramshackle beach bars is Bankie Banx’s Dune Preserve in Anguilla, which is also home to the annual Moonsplash music festival, an independent music festival showcasing reggae acts from all over the world. Bankie Banx, the owner of the Dune Preserve, along with his partner Bullet, have built this beach bar oasis out of reclaimed materials, including old sail boats and fishing boats as well as driftwood, making it one of the best pieces of ever expanding island art.
Sunset Beach Bar – St. Maarten
Located near the runway at the Princess Juliana International Airport on the Island of St. Maarten is the The Sunset Beach Bar. The location affords thrill seekers the ability to see and feel the power of massive jets as they both land and takeoff from the island. Known as the JetBlast, visitors can try to ‘surf the fence’ while feeling the power of 100 mph winds, which blasts both sand and people around the beach. If you are looking for a tranquil place to enjoy a drink, this place probably isn’t for you.
Casa del Sol – Strand, South Africa
Overlooking the Western Cape beachfront is Strand’s trendiest hotspot, Casa del Sol. The massive outside deck affords views of stunning sunsets and some magnificent nighttime stargazing while enjoying a few cocktails from world-class mixologists and nibbling on some mouth-watering tapas. Located only about 50 kilometres from Cape Town, Casa del Sol is definitely worth the visit.
Guaba Beach Bar – Limassol, Cyprus
Rated one of the best clubs of 2013 by DjMag, the Guaba Beach Bar is located in the Cyprus southern coastal city of Limassol. Originating as a small beach bar in the 90s, the Guaba Beach Bar has grown into a 2,500 capacity mega club that draws in world class DJs from all over the world. No trip is complete to Limassol without expericening one of Guaba Bar’s famous free party Sundays.
The Rock Bar, Ayana Resort – Bali, Indonesia
The Rock Bar at the base of the Ayana Resort is built on top of the natural rock outcrops that are located just 14 metres above the Indian Ocean. It is Bali’s top sunset destination and although it can be hard to get a table it is definitely worth the effort. A few tips, a dress code is in effect, so make sure you are dressed to impress, and making a reservation is never a bad idea if you want to ensure you can get a table.
Tropicana Beach Bar – Mykonos, Greece
Located at Paradise Beach on the Greek island of Mykonos is the Tropicana Club beach bar, one of the hottest and most lively beach bars in all of Greece. Known for their early-evening beach parties the Tropicana Club is a must visit for any beach bar enthusiast.
About the Author
Corey Rozon is a freelance writer from Ottawa, Canada.