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5 Caribbean Floating Bars That Will Make You Forget Beach Bars

Willy T in the BVI

Willy T in the BVI

A party on the water – The Caribbean’s 5 best floating bars

A great beach bar is a must-see item on your Caribbean to-do list. Who doesn’t love a cocktail with your toes in the sand? But if you’re looking for a next-level way to experience island drinks, forget the beach and hop on a boat! These floating bars offer a unique respite from the typical beach bar as they are all only accessible by water. If you’ve got a hankerin’ for a day on the water and don’t feel like getting sandy, these floating bars should be your next stop!
  1. Willy-T

    This legendary floating bar, Willy-T, is anchored in The Bight Bay of Norman Island in the British Virgin Islands. A party hotspot for years, this steel shunner is named after William Thornton, born on Jost Van Dyke, BVI in 1759 and the famed architect of the United States Capitol Building! Along with cool drinks and shotskis, revelers have been jumping off the top floor into the clear blue water for years (though there are signs posted not to). During high season, you may have to swim in or crawl across a line of rafted boats to get to the bar!

    Check out the St John Beach Guide

    Image via willy-t.com

    Image via willy-t.com

  2. D-Boat

    The 2014 addition to the Caribbean bar scene, D-Boat is a retired oil tanker anchored just off shore of Antigua. With a water park complete with slides and trampolines, D-Boat touts itself as an all-ages party boat. Enjoy a cocktail after you snorkel in the crystal waters surrounding Antigua and you’ll wonder why someone didn’t think of this long ago.


    Image via Caribbean World Magazine

  3. Saba Rock

    Ok, so it’s not a floating bar per se, but Saba Rock Resort does take up its own island! Nestled perfectly between Prickly Pear Island and Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, Saba Rock is just that – a rock – but has become a very popular watering hole amongst yachting and celebrity crowds. The bar is excellent and opens at 11 a.m. daily, making it the perfect stop for lunch or a happy hour cocktail.


    Image via Saba Rock Resort

  4. Floyd’s Pelican Bar

    Want a truly Jamaican experience? Floyd’s Pelican Bar offers an unforgettable spot to enjoy a cool drink and create a memory to last a lifetime – if you can remember anything after the cocktails. Located on a sandbar nearly a mile out into the sea in Parottee Bay on Jamaica’s southern coast, Floyd’s is a bar made of driftwood and not much else. Call ahead and order some fresh lobster to enjoy during your stay – you may end up there longer than originally planned!

    floyds pelican bar

    Image via Things To Do In Jamaica

  5. Angel’s Rest

    The cheery yellow pontoon boat turned into a two-level watering hole, Angel’s Rest floats comfortably in St. John’s beautiful Coral Bay. Jump in the water (it’s hot, after all) and swim up to the fully-functioning bar and enjoy a delicious cocktail. Fear not, non-swimmers. Angel’s Rest has a dinghy to pick you up in case the water entry option is not for you!


    Image via St. John On Island Times


Sara Sherman
Sara Sherman is a former St. Thomas resident and the editor of Virgin Islands Property & Yacht.
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