Hop on a ferry or charter a boat and cruise over to Water Island, the smallest and youngest USVI island. Step onto the powdery-white sand of Honeymoon Beach and you’ll quickly spy the thatched-roof hut that houses Dinghy’s Beach Bar & Grill. Grab a seat under one of the aqua umbrellas for food service or just head directly to the bar for drinks. Dinghy’s serves up appetizers and a signature catch-of-the-day sandwich, as well as dreamy views of the beach that’s lined with palm trees and calm waves. Hammocks, games that include horseshoes, corn hole and darts, and nightly live music are all free. If you’re feeling active, Dinghy’s rents kayaks, paddleboards and snorkel gear.

A secluded little spot perched at Compass Point Marina, The Dive Bar is a local favorite that offers unforgettable vistas of St. Thomas’ beachfront, surrounded by lush hills. The bar is cash-only and features a small menu of burgers, sushi, craft beers and creatively named drinks like the Menage a Trois. Yacht and catamaran crews usually hang at this bar, but the laid-back vibe is welcoming to all. The bartender serves the drinks, cooks the food and offers lively conversation, so plan on sticking around to hear lively stories about the island.   

Located on the eastern tip of St. Thomas, Sapphire Beach Bar offers unparalleled views of the sparkling Caribbean Sea, with St. John visible in the distance. Cradled by sea grape trees for shade and a coral reef for snorkeling, this is a great beach for relaxing and swimming. Sapphire Beach Bar sells sandwiches and appetizers like coconut shrimp, along with fruity cocktails that include the Guava Freeze. Live music on Sundays often turns into a beach party.


Surrounded by lush rainforest and mountain peaks, Rhythms at Rainbow Beach is one of the most popular beach bars in St. Croix, for both the scenery and its welcoming vibe. Decked out with blue-and-green awnings that match the water, the eatery is also one of the best spots on the island to watch sunsets. The extensive cocktail menu offers signature sips like Lime in De Coconut and Cruzan Confusion (mixed with six Cruzan rums). The casual fare includes tacos, burgers and fried shrimp.

Unfolding along the pristine shore of Cane Bay Beach, Spratnet Beach Bar, Grill, Water Sport, Gift & Souvenir Shop sits right on the sand under a candy-colored roof. Family owned and a beloved local institution, the bar provides everything you’ll need at the beach, including snorkel gear, kayaks, beach chairs and umbrellas, and food and drinks. The extensive menu features sandwiches, wraps, seafood and spring rolls. Spratnet is known for serving the Papa Wanna, the whiskey version of Mama Juana, a spiced rum cocktail.

Grab a seat at one of the colorful picnic tables to soak in a magical sunset as the backdrop to the turquoise water and green hills. Overlooking Cane Bay, Off The Wall is famous for its spectacular views, along with delicious pizza and calzones. Visitors can also enjoy live bands and beach bingo every Tuesday and last Saturday of the month.

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A St. John institution, The Beach Bar mixes up legendary Painkillers and hosts some of the best sunsets on Cruz Bay. Golden sand and azure water dotted with boats make for such a pretty scene that the bar operates a 24-hour webcam for everyone to appreciate the panoramas. Boasting an extensive beach bar menu, selections include breakfast items, salads, handhelds, meal baskets and every kind of cocktail. The Beach Bar also features live bands almost every night, creating the best island beach vibes.

Housed in a rustic wooden shack in the middle of a Coral Harbor boatyard, Skinny Legs has been a St. John staple for decades. Filled with funky decor and relaxed charm, the bar is famous for not having blenders or fryers. All drinks are hand-shaken and the grilled burgers are considered to be among the best on the island. The welcoming atmosphere also features live music, horseshoe tournaments, regattas and rowdy sports fans. 

Tucked under a sunny yellow-and-blue roof and encircled by the aquamarine waters of Coral Bay, Salty Mongoose Pizza & Rum Beach Bar is noted for hand-tossed pizzas and lovely panoramas. This family-owned establishment also offers drinks that include its signature Salty Mongoose cocktail.

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