6 most romantic beach bars

Whisk away to these six tropical beach bars

Sometimes, romantic getaways run like this: you’re walking through a mall thinking you just can’t bear the thought of chipping chunks of ice off your windshield any longer. All you desire is to be tangled up in a hammock, somewhere—anywhere. Or maybe you want nothing more than to lollygag on a secret beach far from the hordes; just you and your lovely, noshing on crab cakes and cervezas, letting the rhythm of waves anesthetize you both until the sun slides over the ocean. And then you see that travel poster…


  • Barbados: Café Luna

    Even better than Vancouver-born chef Mark “Moo” de Gruchy’s menu is the view from his bar-resto’s rooftop patio at Little Arches, a boutique hotel in Barbados. Actor Gretchen Mol and cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers are some of the “big ups” who’ve popped by Café Luna for its Bajan mahi mahi and a “Moolicious” citrus cocktail. After hobnobbing with celebs for happy hour, nip across the quiet street to Enterprise Beach, a local hangout, to curl your toes in the sand at dusk.

  • Turks and Caicos: Somewhere Café and Lounge

    The Somewhere Café and Lounge is a tiki-torch charmer noted for its sunset views, fish tacos and macho mojitos. The only second-storey deck on Grace Bay, its rooftop lounge comes with comfy day-beds and views of the 18-km-long beach. Be sure to order the pescado veracruzano (pan-seared local grouper with sautéed veggies and rice). There’s live music, but the real showstopper happens when the sky’s fiery orb dips below the ocean, leaving Grace Bay’s ivory-white sands glowing in the twilight.

  • Maui, Hawaii: Travaasa Hana

    Amid cliffs draped in lush greenery overlooking the pounding ocean, Travaasa Hana's laid-back sea ranch cottages deliver a peaceful and rejuvenating vibe. Instead of TV and Internet, pass the hours with standup paddling and hula dancing lessons. Spend a date night concocting and sipping libations through the hotel’s cooking class. Or, keep things intimate by asking staff to bring handcrafted drinks like the Maui Brewing Company’s Bikini Blonde lager and fresh juice-infused Mai Tais to your private deck, where you can watch the sun stain the world a golden glow from your hot tub. Aloha, baby!

  • Riviera Maya, Mexico: Freddy’s Tequila and Ceviche Bar

    Sometimes the bragging rights at Freddy’s Tequila and Ceviche Bar have nothing to do with how many tequilas you’ve shot back. Sure, this Playa Maroma resort has the largest selection of attitude adjusters on the Riviera Maya with more than 120 varieties—one of which costs US$160 a sip, but folks here also swap other wildlife tales. Golden-eyed jaguars, sleek grey dolphins and the scores of tropical fish that spackle the Great Mayan Reef are what sparks cocktail chitchat. As does bartender Freddy Flores—an iconic character, known to wax on about the history and romance behind tequila.

  • St. Lucia: Anse Chastanet

    Voted No. 1 honeymoon destination by the World Travel Awards, this isle offers more than just glam gazebos at the end of beaches and posh digs (where the likes of Harrison Ford, Jeff Bridges and Natalie Portman have been sighted). Private little coves pinch the edges of this island, with Anse Chastanet stealing the hearts of many. This inauspicious treehouse-bar is where you’ll find divers swapping yarns about the 150 species of fish that swim in these waters. Be sure to order its signature drink, a non-alcoholic Bentley, before you do some serious swilling next door at the über-swanky, super-hyped Jade Mountain.

  • Jamaica: Pelican Bar

    One of the best sunset and drinks spots along Jamaica’s South Coast is not actually on the island. The Pelican Bar is a rustic watering hole, smack-dab in the Caribbean Sea. Made from mangrove wood and a thatched roof, it’s perched on stilts on a submerged sandbar a kilometre from shore. Local fisherman will ferry you out on a wooden boat for as low as US$10 and pick you up after. Plop down on the dock and dangle your feet over the edge with a bottle of Red Stripe beer or rum punch in hand. Enjoy some fresh red snapper, or even lobster if you’re not in a hurry. What more can you ask from a last-minute rendezvous out at sea? (876-354-4218)

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