Local’s Guide to Beach Bars on St Croix
Arguably the best part of being on an island is always being with 15 minutes of the beach. And arguably the best way to enjoy the beach is with a drink in hand… Do you see where I’m going here?
Here we’ve listed all the beach bars on St Croix with a seamless transition from bartender to toes in the sand. No shirt, no shoes, no worries.
Rhythms at Rainbow Beach
Rhythms at Rainbow Beach, located just north of downtown Fredriksted, is a Crucian classic. Their fully stocked bar is just a few steps above Rainbow beach, where you can play volleyball, rent a jet ski, or just float. Rainbow is also arguably one of the nicest beaches on Saint Croix with it’s famous West-End swell—flat as a lake. If you’re looking for a party, come Sunday afternoon. They’ve always got live music and a packed dance floor.
Spratnet, on the west side of Cane Bay Beach, is as laid-back as you can get. If you want to see how St Croix locals enjoy the beach, this is it. The minimal bar has everything that matters—spirits, beer, good music, and happy people. It’s literally sitting on the beach, so don’t feel weird walking in soaking wet in just your swim suit! Also home of Papa-Wanna, the whiskey version of Norma’s famous Mama-Wanna.
Eat at Cane Bay
Across the street from St Croix’s popular Cane Bay Beach, Eat @ Cane Bay has a view and breeze that’s hard to beat. If you need a respite for the sun, this open-air bar & kitchen is a great place to catch some shade and enjoy a drink. The staff is super friendly and welcoming, they actually seem to be enjoying their day as much as you! Having such a good time you want to stay for a meal? Their fish tacos are bangin’.
Okay, this place is pretty classy, but you can still hit the bar in your swim suit—it is Saint Croix after all. This dining room with a beach-front bar is part of the Buccaneer Resort, and sits on their gorgeous beach among palms trees. It’s a lovely spot to spend an afternoon, especially with the family. (you don’t have to be a guest of the resort). There’s something for everyone, from volleyball to paddle boards to mojitos.
Hotel on the Cay
Recently reopened since the hurricane, the bar at Hotel on the Cay is the closest beach bar to downtown Christiansted. So wear your swimsuit into town, and when you’re done shopping take the $6 ferry across to the littlest island. Don’t worry, you get a free drink voucher after paying for the ferry. Enjoy the view of the boardwalk from the shade of a palm tree, or snorkel around the back of the island, you might find a baby sea turtle!
The Deep End
Can’t decide if you want to sit on the beach or float in a pool? At the Deep End, next to the Tamarind Reef Resort on St Croix’s east end, you don’t have to pick. Their bar and dining room, right on the beach, also has a pool in the center of it. It’s a great place to spend the afternoon with the entire family. The pool and games will keep the kids busy while you kick back on the beach with a drink or three.
Beach Side Cafe at Sand Castle’s
Now this place knows how to pamper you. On the south side of the West End, two bars next to two pools sit right above the mellow beach. It’s less raucous than Rainbow beach, but boasts the same crystal clear Caribbean water and view of the western horizon. Come for brunch, swim all afternoon, stay for sunset, drink a little too much, check into the hotel, never leave.