Six Beach Bars You Should Visit While Cruising The Caribbean

By: Charter, Cruising Tips, Destinations

Once the anchor is set and the boat is secure there is nothing like the sound of the dinghy getting prepared for the quick trip to the beach bar. You know what I’m talking about, the little grass shack on that picture postcard beach where the drinks flow as easily as the sailing stories do.

What do you seek out in a beach bar? Do you need food and drink, do you need cocktails and a view or do you just need a bartender that loves to talk?

Check out a few of our favorite Beach Bars in the Caribbean


The British Virgin Islands (BVI)

Foxy’s

The Caribbean hospitality is as you would expect in these parts with people who are gracious and fun as long as you realize that island time is what you should be on. Foxy will sing to you or talk to you and he’ll make sure the food comes out as it should. You’ll see many people who come here over and over as it is an institution in Great Harbour. Stop in on a weekend night for BBQ and a party under the stars.

Soggy Dollar Bar

The drink you are having is called the painkiller and it is said to have originated here but realistically the beach, the vibe, and the music will kill any pain. Your money will be wet after you swim over from your boat anchored just off shore. A few hours here and you’ll never want to leave Jost Van Dyke, however, with so many great places to have a drink and work on your tan this is where you anchor for a few days just to take it all in. The lobster roll is savory and the crispy fish is salty so naturally, you’ll need a sweet cocktail to round out the experience for your taste buds.

Cow Wreck

It’s hard to imagine a spot that looks so beautiful actually exists in real life. This off the beaten path location is not as easy to get to as the other beach bars that are flocked to by boat charters and tourists but a trip to Anegada is not complete without an afternoon at the Cow Wreck. The waist deep, crystal clear warm water is the calling card of the Caribbean but once you couple that with the hospitality at the bar and the sense that you’ll be “wrecked” for life, you will find it hard to leave.

The Willy T

It’s not just a boat with cocktails, music and a great deck to jump into the ocean from, the Willy T is an icon. The Willy T is one of those spots on the planet that you must see, like Mt. Everest and the Grand Canyon. Well, maybe this is a bit of an over exaggeration but you’ll have a good time, you’ll drink plenty of rum and the conch fritters are worthy of a second order. Technically the Willy T is a floating bar but it is a beach bar in spirit.

Anguilla

Sunshine Shack Anguilla

Like many spots in the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma did a number on this beach bar but a quick rebuild brought it back to life. There will be a lot of friendly people at the bar and your feet will be in the sand while looking across the water to neighboring St. Martin. You’ll probably want to dance when the music gets going and the drinks start flowing but be sure to pause and look out at the water and across to St.Martin. This is what paradise looks like.

Prickly Pear, Anguilla

You’ll drop anchor in a neighboring cove and dinghy around the rocks to a pristine beach with calm, clear water and powdery white sand. It will feel like paradise. It will feel like every dream you have ever had of getting stranded on an island. Then you’ll see the tiny beach shack and your dreams will come true. The bar is primitive but there is a blender and the beers are cold. The conversations will center around the sun, the wind and nearby bars. This is a destination for sailors making the trip over from St. Martin or the occasional tourist boat coming over from Anguilla. Either way, you won’t see many people but those that you do see will be happy about this tiny outpost.

Charter Resources

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Chris
Chris

Cruising the Caribbean? Looks more like the BVI. Nothing wrong with the BVI, I have lots of friends who cruise the BVI – but there is a lot more to the Caribbean than just the BVI.

Diver6106
Diver6106

THE Willy T sank many years ago, Irma 2017. It was a wooden Baltic trader with it’s masts removed. And was a REAL sailing ship with wooden deck and you ate while on a hatch cover sans table, dangling your feet over the hold. After that, the business just built a steel barge to take over the anchorage without the feel of a real sailor. It too sank and so it is now just a barge story.

Ilandmon
Ilandmon

You neglected Soca Cabana, Little Bay, Montserrat.

Mark Capalongan
Mark Capalongan

Perhaps more accurately the “most notorious and best known bars in Anguilla and the BVI”. The sailor’s playground has been slow and cautious to reopen and may still have onerous vessel restrictions.

Molly
Molly

Rhythms at Rainbow Beach on St. Croix, USVI is a great spot with wahoo ceviche and passionfruit margaritas.
Plus Lime Out in Coral Bay on St. John is amazing.
Time to update the list!

Last edited 2 months ago by Molly
JSGSailor
JSGSailor

FYI – Willie T is not back in the BVI post hurricanes. Will NOT be at the BIGHT on Norman; was supposed to be relocated with new vessel at Great Harbor at Peter Island but from what I’ve been told, they’ve run afoul with the BVI government and nothing is pending, which is fine with me as the “T’ made a HUGE mess of the bottom on Norman and putting it at Great Harbor on Peter destroys one of the best anchorages and spots for “stern too” over night moorings. I wish it would go away, period.

Andi
Andi
Reply to  JSGSailor

wow – that’s really old old old news. The Willy-T is back at the bight at Norman’s Island. great fun. good food. fabulous scenery.