12 Top Caribbean Beach Bars

Take in cool island breezes and sublime scenery at these top spots across the Caribbean.

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12 Top Caribbean Beach Bars

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Beautiful views, creative cocktails, excellent cuisine and low-key vibes create a winning combination at these standout Caribbean beach bars.(Getty Images)

At superlative Caribbean beach bars, it's easy to relax and unwind. After all, with crystal blue waters and picturesque backdrops in the distance, scrumptious island cuisine and umbrella cocktails, everything is there waiting for you. We've rounded up some of the top Caribbean beach bars where you can rest, recharge and soak in laid-back vibes and breathtaking views.

The Soggy Dollar
Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Chances are, someone you know has been to the Soggy Dollar. The bar's signature drink, the Painkiller, has become a global favorite. A BVI staple, Soggy Dollar has lured tourists from the world over just to have a taste. The signature drink is a mixture of coconut cream, dark rum, pineapple and orange juice with just a bit of Grenadian nutmeg. Located on White Bay on Jost Van Dyke, this legendary bar also offers a full bar menu, with authentic Caribbean cuisine. Located directly on the beach, the Soggy Dollar is accessible by land and sea.

Rick's Cafe
Negril, Jamaica

If you're a daredevil, Rick's Cafe is for you. At Rick's, cliff-diving isn't just an activity – it's an initiation. Here, you'll be welcomed into the club of hundreds of thousands of tourists who dare to dive off the infamous 35-foot-high cliff. And if drinking a rum punch and jumping off a cliff is not your thing, you're in luck. Rick's Cafe also offers a swimming pool, a dance floor and mouthwatering Jamaican treats.

Hamilton, Bermuda

If you're familiar with Chef Marcus Samuelsson, then you already know you're in for a real treat at Marcus'. His Bermuda restaurant not only boasts delicious cuisine in the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, but a bar along the water serving up incredible Bermuda cocktails, such as the infamous Dark and Stormier (a spin on the traditional favorite) and a Colada Colada. And along with spectacular drinks and views, you can enjoy bites such as Oysters with black rum mignonette, jerk pork belly and a tantalizing fried chicken for two.

Iggies Beach Bar & Grill
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Located on the east side of St. Thomas, Iggies Beach Bar sits perched on St. Thomas' Bolongo Bay Beach. Whether you're in for an afternoon of fun in the sun, karaoke, dancing or a few rounds of volleyball, Iggies has it all. A favorite among locals and tourists alike, Iggies blends island culture and local traditions to give you a true taste of the Caribbean. Specialties at Iggies include oysters, mussels, shrimp, steaks and burgers.

Abi Beach Bar
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

If you're looking for a secluded beach bar, consider Abi Beach Bar. Only accessible by boat, Abi Beach Bar offers breathtaking views, refreshing rum cocktails and high-end cuisine. And if you're looking for an afternoon of fun, you can spend the afternoon sunbathing or take in some water activities, thanks to Abi Beach Bar's plethora of paddle boats, boards and kayaks for rent.

Zest at the Gansevoort
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

If you love people-watching, Zest is the perfect beach bar for you. Located at the luxurious Gansevoort Turks & Caicos, you can enjoy a gourmet bar menu including fresh seafood, modern Mediterranean cuisine with local specialties such as conch and mahi mahi. And with outdoor seating along the resort's beach, you can sit back and sink your feet in powdery sands, enjoy the bar's fire pit and create long-lasting memories while embracing Turks and Caicos' jaw-dropping scenery.

Rum Bar at Cooper Island Beach Club
Cooper Island, British Virgin Islands

The only thing better than one rum might be more than 100 rum varieties to pick from. Featuring the largest rum selection of any bar or restaurant in the Caribbean, Rum Bar is a crowd pleaser. Not only do the bartenders serve some of the tastiest rum concoctions in the Caribbean, but they're also able to give you a background on each one. What's more, if you're traveling on a boat, you can easily dock at Cooper Island and head over to the bar.

Calico Jack's Bar & Grill
Cayman Islands

To get the best island experience, live like a local. A popular spot for both tourists and islanders, Calico Jack's is located on the northern stretch of Seven Mile Beach, just outside the hotel zone. Offering daily happy hour specials from 5 to 7 p.m., an open-mic night on Tuesdays, live music on Fridays and DJs on Saturday nights, Calico Jack's consistently offers a vibrant party scene.

Sunset Bar & Deck

Home to Mount Gay Rum, the Sunset Bar & Deck at the Colony Club in Barbados offers top-notch cocktails. Open until midnight each day, the bar offers picturesque beach views, rum cocktails and excellent local dishes. As an added bonus, the bar features live music and Bajan steel drums so you can dance the night away. Whether you're in for a day of partying or an evening of romance, Sunset Bar appeals to a variety of traveler types and interests.

Sand Bar at Eden Rock
St. Barts

You'll find elegance and sophistication at the Sand Bar at Eden Rock. Offering casual cuisine in a contemporary seaside setting, the Sand Bar pairs great drinks with great views. Located on the pristine Baie de St-Jean, Sand Bar also offers an excellent location to jam to local island music or decompress under the sun at the bar's reserved beach chairs. From cocktails to light bites, this is where you'll want to indulge on your trip to St. Barts.

Infiniti Bar at Grace Bay Club
Turks and Caicos

If you're seeking an out of the ordinary Caribbean bar scene, Infiniti Bar certainly isn't your typical beach bar. At 90-feet-long, the Infiniti Bar is the longest bar in the Caribbean. And not only does the Infiniti Bar boast delicious cocktails, but also, as its name suggests, a dramatic infinity-edge bar. You'll want to snap a few photos at this sophisticated bar (it's located in the "no kids zone" section of Grace Bay Club) before ordering from the creative menu, which offers small tapas-style dishes.

Turquoise Beach Bar
St. Lucia

St. Lucia is known for its striking natural surroundings, and at the Turquoise Beach Bar, you'll find plenty of picturesque views. Located on Rodney Bay, the Turquoise Beach Bar offers a premium drink selection, along with a white-sand beach overlooking the lush Pigeon Island National Park, which it neighbors. Spend the day swimming and sunbathing, while you enjoy the bar's expansive premium drink selections. The bar is open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and you can choose from an array of specially-crafted cocktails or the bar's signature drink: the Sweet Euphoria.

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