When you take the time and money to plan a dream beach vacation in Mexico or the Caribbean, you’re hoping for the perfect combination of adventure and chilled-out vibes. So what’s the answer to this quandary? How about rubbing shoulders and sipping tropical cocktails with locals and other adventurous travelers, whilst soaking in the sand, waves, and incredible beauty of the beach? Here are our top picks for unmissable beachfront cocktail bars (that are open to the public) you’ll definitely want to add to your travel bucket list.
Rick’s Café, Negril, Jamaica
Beautiful sunsets are the name of the game at this famous café with seating pointing west out over the water and the cliffs of western Jamaica. According to Travel and Leisure, “Not only is Rick’s Café known as one of the best places to watch a sunset in the Caribbean, it’s also famous for its gutsy (some say crazy) cliff diving, which goes on right next to the bar.” Bonus: you can arrive by boat! Just be careful not to drink and sail!
Basil’s Bar, Mustique Island, West Indies
When you close your eyes do you picture yourself sipping rum on the end of a dock over the Caribbean? You might’ve been dreaming about the singular ambiance of Basil’s Bar on Mustique Island. The owner, Charles Basil, has been quoted as saying: “the place is as laid back as it gets; it opens at 8 a.m. 365 days a year and closes when the last man falls.” Its location right next to the boat dock is also a plus.
Wah Wah Beach Bar, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Claiming to be “Playa Del Carmen’s Top Rated Beach Bar” on their website might sound braggy. But in their case, it’s just the truth! From laying out on provided beach chairs with a drink in your hand all day, to dancing all night at one of their signature dance parties, this large beachfront bar and restaurant caters to tourists and provides everything you need for a day (or night) of fun. Definitely one of the livelier beachfront cocktail bars.