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

Jumbies beach bar
Jumbies beach bar

The name comes from African folklore and describes stilt walkers in fancy costume who originally placated evil spirits. Today they perform at Jumbies beach bar on Friday nights as part of a pig roast and party with a live band. Jumbies is at Leverick, on Virgin Gorda. The beach bar’s menu has some outstanding dishes including mahi tacos, fish ‘n chips and West Indian roti. The tropical cocktails are awesome with the favorites being the Bushwacker and the Painkiller. Jumbies is especially famous for the happy hour pirate show starring one-man-band Michael Beans playing from January to May. Leverick Bay has a full service marina, a small sand beach, swimming pool, water sports outlet and a new jet ski rental operation. The complex also includes a good grocery, the Chef’s Pantry, and several gift shops.

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