As part of our Beach Bar Review Series, Rum Shop Ryan chimes in with the facts and figures on a few of his top seaside sipping spots. Enjoy.
Beach Bar Hopping with Rum Shop Ryan
We’ve been researching beach bars for as long as we can remember, and writing about them on Rum Connection since 2007. We often hear from readers that have visited a particular spot because of our recommendation and there’s really nothing more rewarding to us. We also get tips from our readers about their favorite beachside drinking establishments and we feel obligated to look into to each and every one of them. This got us thinking about opening up our Beach Bar Review Series to a few guest writers. We created a short list of people who’s opinion on the topic we hold in high regard and asked them to give us the skinny on their top 3 or 4 tropical watering holes. We’ve gotten a great response and will be sharing some wonderful information with you starting today and continuing for the next few months.
So, without further ado, here’s the first guest beach bar review from our friend Ryan from RumShopRyan.com.
Santana’s Beach Bar – Little Exuma, Bahamas
Don’t judge this book by its cover. Santana’s is pieced together with brightly painted boards and scrap material. It looks like a typical beach bar shack, but it is hiding something. Behind the counter is Dee, the owner/operator of Santana’s and she has the magic touch. You will not find a better lobster meal in all the Bahamas. My meal at this little beach bar was my best meal during my 6 days in the Exuma Islands.
The Beach Bar – St. John, USVI
Oh how this little island has captured my heart. It has that affect on many. St. John doesn’t have very many beach bars, but the ones it does have rocks the house. The Beach Bar in Cruz Bay, just to the right of the ferry dock, is famous for its sunsets and its exciting cocktail fueled atmosphere. The bartenders rock, they have live entertainment and the best cocktails on the island. Can’t really go wrong with The Beach Bar.
Chat N’ Chill, Stocking Island, Exuma Islands, Bahamas
I can’t say enough about this place. KB, the owner, is as real as they come and knows how to work his magic behind the bar. Chat N’ Chill Beach Bar is a Bahamas staple. No stop in the Exumas is complete without a stop at Chat N’ Chill. Known for their Conch Salad and amazing Conch Burgers, Chat N’ Chill is a place where the rich, poor, famous and nameless can hang out and not have a care in the world.
Shipwreck Beach Bar, St. Kitts
Find yourself a seat and get comfortable, because you’re never going to want to leave. Shipwreck Beach Bar in South Friars Bay on St. Kitts is the place you go when you don’t want to be found. A popular place for expats and locals to enjoy cold drinks and catch up on island gossip, Shipwreck doesn’t disappoint. I don’t know if its the beautiful black sand beach, the stunning Caribbean water, the green mountains that stretch south along the coast, or the monkeys and mongoose that are frequent visitors, but Shipwreck is my hiding place when on St. Kitts.
Thanks for the great list, Ryan!! If you want to read more about beaches, drinks, bars, travel, music and good times, check out Rum Shop Ryan.com.