Kick off the evening with dinner at the cafe, where brightly colored tables and chairs festoon the pristine sand and swaying palms complete the idyllic setting. Here, you'll feast on a blend of Caribbean and American cuisine, which showcases the fresh local seafood and produce.
Fireworks cap off the evening at the Full Moon Party — Photo courtesy of Morada Bay Beach Cafe
Start with a refreshing watermelon salad topped with basil from their own garden. Follow with tapas to share, such as Cracked Conch Tidbits and Mahi Fish Tacos. Entrees are an eclectic mix from Whole Fried Snapper to Hickory Smoked Brisket. For families traveling with young ones, they offer a kid’s menu with favorites like chicken fingers and grilled cheese.
The live music starts at 6 p.m. with laid-back island sounds on the Beach Cafe Surf Stage, followed by a dazzling sunset over the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
You’ll want to have your camera ready for the colorful show across the sky, and their iconic curved palm tree makes the perfect perch for selfies.
Bonfires, tiki torches and fire dancers set the beach ablaze at dusk — Photo courtesy of Morada Bay Beach Cafe
As dusk settles, the bonfires and tiki torches come to life, and the circus-style performers (stilt-walkers, acrobats and fire dancers) hit the beach.
The night will seem dappled with neon green fireflies, as glow sticks float in mason jars of potent Pierre’s Punch. This signature cocktail will set you back $20 a pop, but with its 32 ounces of Parrot Bay Coconut Rum and tropical juices, it only takes one to get you in a festive mood.
You can shed your shoes and boogie down at 9 p.m., when the reggae and salsa bands take over the main stage. If you prefer club-style beats, DJs spin top hits inside the cafe as well as at their sister property Pierre’s.
The Green Flash Lounge at Pierre’s shares the beach and offers a more upscale experience. It transforms into a VIP area where bottle service is available, and the swanky martini crowd dances 'til the wee hours.
Dine on the sand in this idyllic setting by the Gulf of Mexico — Photo courtesy of ArminFlickr
As the full moon zeniths, a conga line forms behind the Bahamian junkanoo band, snaking along the water from one end of the beach to the other. Dressed in colorful costumes and decorative headwear, the performers play drums, horns, brass instruments and whistles, while dancers mingle with the crowd.
Their lively procession is followed by an explosion of fireworks mirrored on the waters below.
There’s a $20 cover charge for Morada Bay guests. Pierre’s Restaurant and the Green Flash Lounge are VIP access with a cover charge of $30. All young adults under the age of 21 must have parental supervision.
Check Morada Bay's website for upcoming Full Moon Party dates.