Best Beach Bars in the British Virgin Islands
Listen to local bands playing under the stars and visit famous beach bars while in the Virgin Islands
When you’re on a yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), you’re pretty much guaranteed a good beach, a good tropical drink, and a stunning viewpoint – the latter of which is definitely of the water. And in a place like that, you need a good beach bar to make your trip complete.
Fortunately for charter guests, the British Virgin Islands boast many shores where you can anchor your yacht, hop on the sand, and belly up to a good beach bar.
With everything from rustic shacks to established bars, all with strong island drinks, here are our favorite beach bars in the British Virgin Islands:
Sitting right along White Bay on Jost Van Dyke, this famous bar is named for the fact that it’s lacking a dock – forcing visitors to get wet, or “soggy,” when they hop off their yacht and head ashore. In fact, swimming up to the bar is all part of the experience. On days where the waters are calm and the bar isn’t crowded, which are few and far between, you can actually get your yacht fairly close to the bar. When you do get on land, however, you’ll need to order a Painkiller. Soggy Dollar is the bar that invented (and perfected) the original Painkiller, which is traditionally made with tropical juices, nutmeg, and a whole lot of rum. At Soggy Dollar, the famous drink is a concoction of premium dark rum, cream of coconut, and secret proportions of pineapple and orange juice, all of which is topped with freshly-grated Grenadian Nutmeg. Whether you hangout at the bar, enjoy your drink in the water, or swing the day away in one of the bar’s nearby hammocks, a day at Soggy Dollar does not disappoint.
Also located on the island of Jost Van Dyke, Foxy’s is a famous bar started by a famous man: Foxy Callwood, an “island guy” who can be seen wandering the island barefoot, singing and playing Calypso music, and engaging in friendly chatter. A native of the island, Foxy opened his bar in the 1960s, when he thought attendees of the British Virgin Islands harvest festivities needed a place to grab a drink as they give thanks for a great harvest. Nothing more than a cement slab, he stayed in that part of the island for two years, and in 1968 moved the bar to its current location. Today, it’s known for its vibrant character, its onsite brewery, and its unique décor. It is decorated with hanging t-shirts, bandanas, hats and even underwear. Rumor has it that if you bring a hat or a shirt from your hometown, it will become part of Foxy’s wall hangings.
When you’re on the island of Tortola, everyone will tell you about Bomba. Known for being the “full moon party king,” Bomba built Bomba’s Shack in 1976 – a real, surfside shack made of driftwood, pieces of discarded tin roof, broken surf boards and anything else that washed up onshore. Located on the beach in Apple Bay, this famous bar has become popular amongst surfers, and because of that, it has hosted lots of surfing competitions over the years. In 1989, Bomba start throwing “full moon parties,” a dance-filled street party that goes on all night long.
Today, Bomba’s Shack is purely for adults. The décor is primarily panties and bras hanging from the ceiling, graffiti on the walls, and a sign that reads, “Free T-shirts if you get naked for Bomba.” It is most known for its famous “Midnight Tea,” brewed by Bomba himself, which is made with lots of rum, fruit juices, and a local fungus believed to have psychotropic effects.
Named after it’s owner, Quito Rymer, this beachside bar-restaurant is located on Cane Garden Bay, on the island of Tortola. It is the perfect place to dance, grab lunch or dinner, drink the day away, and listen to good music. Quito used to go on tour with Ziggy Marley, and today, he uses his restaurant and bar as a venue to perform his favorite, and even some original, reggae tunes. Quito performs solo on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and on the weekend nights, he performs with his band.
This is a landmark restaurant and bar in the British Virgin Islands. In addition to being open for lunch and dinner, it is one of the most popular night clubs in the BVI.
Norman Island may be uninhabited, but its protected bays are favorites of yacht charter guests. The Bight, a popular anchorage, is home to the Willy T. This floating bar has a notorious reputation for drunken fun. The original bar, an old 100-foot wooden schooner, sunk in 1996. Owners, Mick and Annie Gardner, bought a 120-foot steel ship and reopened the new and improved Willy T.