The Best of … Five Top Beach Bars in the British Virgin Islands

Foxy, laid back style
Foxy, laid back style

Foxy’s Tamarind Bar
Foxy’s may be the most famous beach bar in the Caribbean. Situated in the eastern corner of Great Harbour, Jost van Dyke, Foxy’s has been a BVI institution since 1970. It is named as one of the top five places to be for New Year’s Eve; an unparalleled Caribbean bash. But it is Foxy’s magnetic personality and his impromptu calypsos made up of just about anything that keep people coming back. He’ll laugh at you, he’ll laugh at himself and then he’ll laugh with you. The bar is open daily and is festooned with memorabilia from decades of visitors. Their local lunch menu is popular and every Friday and Saturday Foxy’s fires up the Grillzebo for their famous Caribbean barbecue with fresh salads, fruits, vegetables, chicken, ribs and mahi-mahi. After dinner, there is dancing to live music. Their gift shop is one of the best stocked in the BVI.

 

Myett’s
The most stunning beach on Tortola’s north coast is Cane Garden Bay and plumb in the middle is Myett’s. Jimmy Buffett helped make Cane Garden Bay famous with his song *Manana, in which he mentions a shortage of women, water and dope, and how he’s heard that everything  will get better once they arrive in Cane Garden Bay.

Primarily a beach bar, Myett’s is also a small hotel; a restaurant, with Caribbean style dishes at reasonable prices, and a spa with a full treatment menu. The bar is popular at happy hour when live music is played; guests join in and dancing can happen. The sunset here is always spectacular and bathers emerge from their last dip to enjoy the scene from a deck lounge on the sand. The bar menu has some great choices such as cracked conch, wings, quesadillas, nachos and burgers. There’s a great gift shop too.

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Julian Putley is the author of ‘The Drinking Man’s Guide to the BVI’, ‘Sunfun Calypso’, and ‘Sunfun Gospel’.