Best beach bar in the Caribbean? Soggy Dollar Bar!

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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. We asked a panel of Caribbean travel experts to nominate their favorites, and for the past four weeks, our readers have been voting for their top picks.

  • Soggy Dollar Bar
    Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

    The Soggy Dollar on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands is known for creating the Painkiller, a rum cocktail featuring cream of coconut, pineapple, orange juice and fresh grated Grenadian nutmeg.
    Photo courtesy of kimoxford / Flickr

  • Staniel Cay Yacht Club
    Staniel Cay, Bahamas

    Located along the turquoise waters of the Exuma Cays, the dock-side bar at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club pours traditional island cocktails to the sounds in a lively atmosphere. The deck offers a front row seat for watching a Caribbean sunset.
    Photo courtesy of Staniel Cay Yacht Club

  • Catherine's Cafe
    Antigua

    This refined yet relaxed beach bar and restaurant on Pigeon Beach features a menu of sharable Tartines and other French fare alongside an impressive list of wines and cocktails.
    Photo courtesy of Catherine's Cafe

  • Pete's Pub & Gallery
    Abaco, Bahamas

    The only working sculpture foundry in the Caribbean doubles as a classic beach bar in the Bahamas, where visitors can sip cold beer and tuck into some fresh Bahamian seafood.
    Photo courtesy of Pete's Pub & Gallery

  • 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

  • Umbrellas Beach Bar
    Saint George's, Grenada

    This beach bar in Grenada is owned by the same folks as Westerhall Estate, so guests are sure to taste the award-winning rum in the menu of cocktails, serves alongside a menu of comfort food favorites.
    Photo courtesy of Umbrellas Beach Bar

  • Chat 'N' Chill
    Great Exuma, Bahamas

    One of the top rated bars and restaurants in the Exumas, Chat 'N' Chill sits on a cove of Stocking Island, where visitors from around the globe come to relax over a cold drink, tuck into an award-winning conch burger or play a game of volleyball in the sand.
    Photo courtesy of Craig Dennis / Flickr

  • 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

  • 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

  • Tony Macaroni's Conch Experience
    Freeport, Bahamas

    This thatch-roofed beach bar at Taino Beach in the Bahamas is the island’s go-to destination for roast conch, lobster, shrimp and Caribbean cocktails.
    Photo courtesy of Andrew Conway / Tony Macaroni's Conch Experience

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

  1. Soggy Dollar Bar - Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
  2. Staniel Cay Yacht Club - Staniel Cay, Bahamas
  3. Catherine's Cafe - Antigua
  4. Pete's Pub & Gallery - Abaco, Bahamas
  5. Elvis' Beach Bar - Anguilla
  6. Umbrellas Beach Bar - Saint George's, Grenada
  7. Chat 'N' Chill - Great Exuma, Bahamas
  8. Nipper's Beach Bar & Grill - Abaco, Bahamas
  9. Da Conch Shack - Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
  10. Tony Macaroni's Conch Experience - Freeport, Bahamas

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Melanie Reffes and Chelle Koster Walton (10Best Local Expert) were chosen for their knowledge of the Caribbean.

Congratulations to all these winning beach bars!

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