If palm tree lined beached with thatched roof watering holes is your idea of the perfect beach bar, you’ll never find a better collection of them than in the British Virgin Islands. Why? The sun the sand, the incredible water…and the access to them by boat.
The USVI have incredible beaches – think Magen’s Bay on St. Thomas, or Trunk Bay, Waterlemon Cay, Caneel Bay on St John, but they lack the boating access and the bar right on the beach that the British Virgin Islands beach bars have.
The Soggy Dollar, on Jost Van Dyke for example, gets its name from the fact that there is no dock in White Bay, so you have to pull your boat in close to the sand and swim ashore. Once you get there, you are greeted by an amazing beach with sand that looks like if belongs in a confectioner’s sift. The water is warm and crystal clear, and the bar itself is the proud creator of a drink called the “PainKiller” have one…or two. If you get there somewhere around lunchtime, you can get a great grouper sandwich to wash down with that PainKiller. Hang around and play the ring toss game, supposedly a game Pirates used top play in between pillages.
On a BVI boat tour, you can swing over to the next harbor and hang out at Foxy’s. Foxy’s is a much larger place than the Soggy Dollar. It still has the beach bar vibe, though and if Foxy is there (yes, he is a real person) he’s a lot of fun to talk with. Foxy’s also holds a not to be missed New years eve party every year that fills the bay with yachts, super-yachts, dinghy’s or whatever you can get there on. By the way, Foxy’s also has some really good food – their chicken Roti with mango chutney is fantastic!
Time to hop back on the BVI boat tour and head over to Norman Island, to the infamous Willy T. While the Willy T is not exactly a beach bar – it’s a floating pirate ship – It is sitting in a gorgeous bay and serves great drinks and food. The Willy T’s fan-favorite ritual is for girls (and some guys) to earn free t-shirts by jumping off the top deck topless or naked. While not always wild, it can become racy quickly.
If you have small kids with you, you might prefer going to Pirates’ Bight, across the bay. This place is right on the beach and there’s even have a pirate themed museum/gift shop next door.
If you’re visiting the Virgin Islands, you owe it to yourself to get a BVI boat tour out to some -if not all of these iconic beach bars. It’s a fun hop from any island, including St.Thomas, so make sure you add a BVI boat tour to your “must do” list.
Our boats, Red Beard and Black Beard take you to these BVI Beach Bars in comfort and style. The boat you take really does make a difference! You’ll love our lounge seating, large swim step and sun pad. For the Best St Thomas Boat Rental, think Pirates Paradise Adventures!