Island time means sinking your toes into the sand, taking in a perfect sunset or two and finding shade under the palm trees. And, of course, time spent relaxing and unwinding at a beach bar—here are six memorable ones in the Caribbean.
The Green Parrot, Nassau, Bahamas (East Bay)
Overlooking the Nassau Harbour, this former hole-in-the-wall has transformed into a colourful resto/bar that is a favourite of the local, after-work crowd. The daily happy hour is the time for a cold Kalik beer and cracked conch with a side of sunset.
Silverpoint Hotel, Barbados
Windsurfers and kitesurfers provide the daily entertainment at this secluded boutique hotel’s two-storey, beachfront restaurant and bar in Christ Church. Go for a traditional Bajan dish like flying fish and a cocktail made with Mount Gay Rum, the oldest rum of the Caribbean.
Colego Beach Bar, Samana, Dominican Republic
After working up an appetite (and a thirst) snorkeling off-shore, head to this fun spot at Playa Cayacoa. Don’t miss the authentic piña colada—fresh pineapple pulp mixed with Brugal rum, coconut water and served in a pineapple. ¡Salud!
Wreck Bar & Grill at Rum Point Club, Grand Cayman Island
Arrive by boat after a morning of snorkeling or diving to claim a colourful picnic table under the palms. The drink to order: Rum Point Mudslide—Absolut Vodka, Kahlúa and Irish cream—created here in the 1970s, perfected in the 1980s and still enjoyed today.
Rick’s Cafe, Negril, Jamaica
Overlooking the Caribbean Sea from the West End Cliffs, the patio at Rick’s offers one of the best views of the sunset in Negril. The libation of choice: the very potent Rick’s World Famous Rum Punch will definitely make you feel irie.
da Conch Shack & RumBar, Turks & Caicos (Providenciales)
For some of the freshest seafood around, head to this popular spot. Patrons can watch the chefs harvest conch, enjoy a conch salad or conch fritters and sip a glass of Bambarra Reserve rum, an eight year old spirit made right on the island.
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