Just in case you needed an extra excuse to head for the Bahamas, take a look at these waterfront bars and restaurants that are scattered throughout that island nation. Here’s a list of the Top Ten Waterfront Bars there from outislandlifebahamas.com, chosen because of their island ambience, food and drink, and also because they’re all on terrific beaches. Eat, drink, and then take a swim or a walk on the beach. When all that is an alternative, who wants to stay home?
The picture above is of Chat ‘N’ Chill on a sandbar on Stocking Island in the Exumas. It’s accessible only by boat, and the beach is often crowded with dinks in the winter season. There’s also a dock with a small protected harbor for water taxis and center consoles. The house specialties include burgers, fresh conch salad and Bahamian food, but on Sundays you can dig into their famous pig roast.
Sip Sip is on Harbour Island, one of my favorite spots, and it’s something of a social house for the local community (sip sip is a local term for gossip). This is a lunch-only restaurant, and there’s often a line for a table. The menu changes daily, but it generally includes chilled gazpacho, tuna carpaccio and grilled wahoo with quinoa. You can wash any of these down with a Passion Fruit Sangria or a Sip Sip Run Punch, while enjoying the view of Pink Sands Beach, one of the most beautiful in the world.
The Sandbar Bar & Grill is on Russell Island, just over a bridge from Spanish Wells. You can get there by land, but it’s much more fun to arrive on your boat, stepping ashore on a crescent-shaped, white sandy beach. The Sandbar has a great beach-bar vibe with happy hour from 6 to 8 p.m.. They serve fresh fish in a bag with veggies and potato wedges, and their favorite hand-crafted cocktails include watermelon cooler or a fresh-squeezed margarita.
Most Bahamas veterans already know about Nipper’s on Great Guana Cay, Abaco, where the party never seems to stop. An ocean-front hot spot, Nipper’s features Caribbean music, reggae and tropical country. You can feast on Cheeseburgers in Paradise or Bahamian seafood platters, or try a potent Nipper’s Juice. Then soak up the sun, float in their pool or wander down the beach for a dip in the ocean. Nippers is open 364 days a year. Read more: