Cruise up to these tropical hotspots to really get into the spirit of the islands.
You don’t have to do an excursion in every cruise port you go to. In fact, I personally sign on for only one or two excursions per cruise. The rest of the time, I create my own Caribbean pub-crawl. After all, it’s all about the memories you create on vacation, so cheers to that. Here are my Five Favorite Caribbean Bars:
Jack’s Shack in Grand Turk is a highly guarded secret that a lot of visitors don’t know about. When you come off the cruise ship and make your way down to the beach, keep walking past the two pink houses and you’ll stumble upon Jack’s Shack. Once you arrive you’ll find free Wi-Fi, loungers, a cooler full of locally brewed Turk’s Head beer, other drinks, and plenty of eats. Don’t be surprised if one of Jack’s dogs takes a swim with you!
Recommended drink: RUM PUNCH
Foxy’s is located on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands, a relatively small but popular island. Getting to Jost Van Dyke requires some logistics but is definitely worth the trip if your cruise ship docks in Tortola or St. Thomas. Ferries run almost hourly over to Jost Van Dyke and once you get there you’ll be glad you came. Just be sure to watch the clock!
Recommended drink: PAIN KILLER
Three Amigos in Cozumel is a place at the cruise pier I stumbled upon by accident. Located at the Puerta Maya Cruise Terminal, this Mexican bar slings some strong margaritas mixed with great views. I’ve taken some of the best sunset photos sitting along the water at Three Amigos. It’s the perfect place to Facebook a photo (with free Wi-Fi) and make your friends back home jealous.
Recommended drink: PITCHER OF MARGARITAS.
Conch Fritters in Nassau provides an authentic Bahamian dining and drinking experience. Fresh-cracked conch, local beers, and a classic three-rum pirate punch are just a couple of items you’ll find on the menu. Conch Fritters is very walkable from the cruise pier, located across from the Hilton and directly behind Señor Frogs.
Recommended drink: KALIK, THE LOCAL BEER
Royal Palms Beach Club in Grand Cayman is located on Seven Mile Beach and can be accessed by a few-minute cab ride from the Georgetown Pier. There is a $2 admission fee to access the bar (it’s a day-pass resort, too). Believe me. Nothing comes close to sipping your frosty concoction with your feet in the sand of Seven Mile Beach.
Recommended drink: PIÑA COLADA
Those are five of my favorite Caribbean bars. While they’re all really fun, you can also get really left if you don’t make it back to your cruise ship on time. So always be cautious of ship’s time!
— Doug Parker, CruiseRadio.net