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Beach Bars In Jamaica
Sun, Sand, Sea...And Cocktails!

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Beach Bars In Jamaica | Margaritaville, Montego BayBeach Bars In Jamaica | Margaritaville, Montego Bay

by Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer

Beach Bars combine some of our favourite things about Jamaica, the beach, rum and entertainment. Being on an island there are countless opportunities for a beach bar and so you’ll never run out of options. Here are some of our favourite beach bars in Jamaica to visit:

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1. Chill Out Hut - Long Bay, Greenwood, St. James

Just outside of Montego Bay, you’ll find the Chill Out Hut Beach Bar and Grill. Not only does the bar serve the best cocktails and premium alcoholic beverages but the restaurant is pretty good too. Have you ever had Oxtail Alfredo, don’t miss the opportunity to try it. It is perfect for a midday break, to cool off after a long day of adventures or to catch up with friends after work.

You might just be in time for happy hour which lasts from 4 PM - 6 PM where you’ll get every third drink absolutely free. Ask your bartender about the available signature cocktails. 

Appleton Signature Nights are sponsored by Appleton Estate, Jamaica’s favourite rum. Local Reggae stars will come for a night of live entertainment and Appleton mixes.

You can have your own party or special event here too. Celebrate everything from weddings to birthdays and baby showers. Just contact the events coordinator. You can also reserve your table before you arrive, especially if you are travelling with a large group.

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11 AM to 8:30 PM (Closed on Mondays)
  • Tel: +1 (876) 620-8720/ +1 (876) 879-0481

2. Drifter’s Bar & Entertainment Venue - Negril

This bar is the dream of music lovers, owned and operated by Luddy Samms, a former member of the American band, the Drifters and his wife, Jan. He has managed to combine the things he loves most, music and sharing his country with the world. There is live music every night by Luddy and local talents that he is helping to cultivate in the Negril region. Are you a musician too? You are welcome to share your songs with the audience.

You might see some familiar faces strolling about just like you, but it won’t matter, everyone is at Drifter’s to relax, have fun and enjoy good music on the Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Westmoreland with a cocktail in hand…of course.

  • Opening Hours: 10 AM - 9 PM Daily
  • Tel: +1 (876) 826-2116

3. Pier 1 - Montego Bay, St. James

One of the most frequented entertainment spots by both locals and tourists in the city of Montego Bay, it is well known for its impressive drink mixes and live entertainment. If you visit during the day or late evening, you can have a delicious meal with your favourite cocktail and as the sun begins to set, a beautiful view emerges.

Might I add, that the music is a little louder at sunset too and then you can literally dance the night away to top Reggae and international music. Pier 1 is known for its parties, especially on Wednesdays and Fridays, which last until the early hours of the morning. 

You can also reserve the space for your own celebrations or if you would like Pier 1 at home, call in and request curbside pickup or delivery.

  • Opening Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays 11 AM - 11 PM
  • Wednesdays 11 AM - 2 PM
  • Fridays 11: 30 AM - 4 PM

4. Calico Jack’s Pirate Island - Negril, Jamaica

Jamaica’s pirate history is well known, and Calico Jack is just one of the many who frequented the island. In fact, it was on the Seven-Mile Beach that he and his crew were captured. Not many beach bars in Jamaica can boast its very own spot on a private island in Negril. First, you’ll board the boat taxi which will take you to the rustic bar on the island.

Not only are the drinks flowing at Calico Jack’s Pirate Shack, but also don’t miss out on the delicious meals prepared right there on the island. If you love snorkelling, this is easily one of the best spots in Negril to see the undisturbed coastline and beautiful coral reef. 

Would you love to have this private island just for your family and friends?  No problem man. They also cater to private groups as well. Reservations for a minimum of 4 individuals must be made 24 hours in advance. Since it is a small island at sea, you will have to call ahead just in case there is bad weather, especially during the hurricane season.

  • Contact Information: 1 (876) 809-6041/+1 (876) 815-7294/ +1 (613) 676-0880
  • Opening Hours : 12:30 PM - 5: 30 PM Daily

5. Pelican Bar - Black River, St. Elizabeth

From private islands to bars built directly in the sea! Floyd’s Pelican Bar is one of the best beach bars in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Built on a sandbar in the ocean, the only way to get to the bar is by boat. Here you can enjoy a Red Stripe beer, listen to great music and watch the boats as they pass by your spot on the sea.

Since the bar is out at sea, what will you do if you get hungry? Don’t worry they’ve thought of that already. Floyd’s Pelican Bar serves seafood and chicken options just for this reason.

  • Opening Hours: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • Tel: +1 (876) 354-4218

6. Margaritaville - Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios

Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville has some of the most popular beach bars in Jamaica. Whether you are on a lounger in Negril, going down the 120 ft slide in Montego Bay or at the swim-up bar in Ocho Rios, you won’t be missing out. It is all equally fun. 

The drinks flow just as freely during the day as it does at “Club Ville” at night. It is the perfect place to have your bachelorette party, especially if it's ladies' night in Montego Bay or Ocho Rios. This is just one of their many themed nights.

Depending on the night you choose, you might run into your favourite dancehall artiste or DJ who will be entertaining you for the night.

Just be sure to be in line with the dress code. The following are a big no.

  • Excessively low or baggy pants, cut-off clothing
  • Knit hats, durags, baseball caps and bandanas
  • large purses or bags
  • Vulgar clothing
  • Tank tops or sleeveless shirts (for men)

7. Rick’s Café - Negril, Westmoreland

Ricks Café is no longer just one of the many beach bars in Jamaica, it is an attraction by itself. Negril is well known for the views of the sunset that it provides and Rick’s Café gives one of the best views ever.

Before you head up to the bar take a dive off the cliff into the gorgeous blues below, or if you aren’t so brave, grab your favourite drink and let the professionals show you how it’s done.

  • Opening Hours: 10 AM - 9 PM Daily
  • Tel: +1 (876) 957-0380

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