Best Caribbean Beach Bar: Tamboo Bar & Seaside Grill

Jack's Shack, Nipper's Beach Bar & Grill, The Naked Fisherman and Elvis' Beach Bar also winners

Nothing says "vacation" quite like sipping a tropical cocktail while digging your toes in the sand. The Caribbean could be called the beach bar capital of the world with countless places to sip the day away.

Sunset Bar and Grill (Sint Maarten)
Arriving and departing planes soar right overhead at Sunset Bar on Maho Beach in Sint Maarten. Regular live entertainment sets the scene for relaxed cocktails on the beach or a meal of island comfort food favorites. Photo courtesy of alljengi / Flickr
Le Petibonum (Martinique)
Le Petibonum, a destination restaurant and beach bar right on the sands of Le Carbet in Martinique, specializes in grilled seafood and Creole cuisine served alongside perfectly poured mojitos.  Photo courtesy of Le Petibonum / Facebook
Goatie's Bar (Petit St. Vincent)
Stretching out over the water's edge on the private island resort of Petit St. Vincent, Goatie's Bar provides a casual and comfy lounge area perfect for sipping a rum punch while watching the spectacular sunset.  Photo courtesy of Petit St Vincent / Facebook
Da Conch Shack (Providenciales, Turks and Caicos)
Da Conch Shack, situated on the island of Providenciales, specializes in conch, but other fresh seafood dishes include lobster, snapper and grouper. Non-seafood enthusiasts can chow down on fiery jerk chicken at this delightfully casual beach bar. Photo courtesy of da Conch Shack
Reggae Beach Bar & Grill (St. Kitts)
Situated on the Southeast Peninsula of St. Kitts, Reggae Beach Bar serves up fresh seafood, tropical cocktails and even a menu of water sports equipment available for rent.  Photo courtesy of Reggae Beach Bar & Grill / Facebook
Elvis' Beach Bar (Anguilla)
Locals mingle with tourists at this toes-in-the-sand watering hole in Sandy Ground, popular for afternoon cocktails and all-night partying. Those who've danced up an appetite can sink their teeth into fish tacos or jumbo wings, supposedly some of the best on the island. Photo courtesy of Elvis' Beach Bar / Facebook
The Naked Fisherman (St. Lucia)
Smuggler's Cove Beach sets the scene for seaside dining and drinking at The Naked Fisherman, one of St. Lucia's newest and best beach bars. It's an excellent barefoot spot for sipping cocktails, and the barbecue cooks up snapper, grouper, dorado and steaks. Photo courtesy of The Naked Fisherman / Facebook
Nipper's Beach Bar & Grill (Abaco, Bahamas)
Open daily for lunch and dinner, this Abaco hot spot appeals to both locals and travelers who come to sip cocktails, splash in one of two swimming pools or dine on conch fritters, all to the sounds of Caribbean tunes. Photo courtesy of Nippers Beach Bar & Grill / Facebook
Jack's Shack (Grand Turk, Turks And Caicos Islands)
This mojito hut on the sand in Grand Turk within walking distance of the cruise ship terminal. Travelers flock to this charming beach bar to sip cocktails and snap photos with Topher, the resident dog.  Photo courtesy of Jack's Shack / Facebook
Tamboo Bar & Seaside Grill (Rincon, Puerto Rico)
Diners and drinkers at Tamboo Bar & Seaside Grill sit on a two-level deck right above the sand of a popular Rincon surfing beach. The menu features Puerto Rican-American fusion, with standouts like grilled lobster and plantain-crusted shrimp. Photo courtesy of Joe Jungmann / Flickr

The top 10 winners in the category Best Caribbean Beach Bar are as follows:

  1. Tamboo Bar & Seaside Grill - Rincon, Puerto Rico
  2. Jack's Shack - Grand Turk, Turks And Caicos Islands
  3. Nipper's Beach Bar & Grill - Abaco, Bahamas
  4. The Naked Fisherman - St. Lucia
  5. Elvis' Beach Bar - Anguilla
  6. Reggae Beach Bar & Grill - St. Kitts
  7. Da Conch Shack - Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
  8. Goatie’s Bar - Petit St. Vincent
  9. Le Petibonum - Martinique
  10. Sunset Bar and Grill - Sint Maarten

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon (, Melanie Reffes and Chelle Koster Walton (10Best) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of Caribbean travel.

Congratulations to all these winning bars!

A note on Irma and Maria: The 2017 hurricane season greatly impacted the Caribbean, with hurricanes Irma and Maria leaving destruction in their wakes. Where some islands were able to bounce back quickly, recovery continues on others. Each of our nominees in this contest is either currently open to visitors or has an expected opening date in 2018.