A Love Letter To Beach Bar Bums


My love for beach bars. That’s why this blog was started – to keep my eyes on the prize of eventually owning a beach bar and to gather as much information and learn as much as I could in the meantime. It’s grown so far beyond that now – what started out as just a beach bar blog now covers subjects such as travel, photography, cocktails and the spirits that make them possible, food, resorts, individuals involved in the business, other periphery businesses and so on. The subject range has grown so much that I’ve even considered changing the name of the blog to something more encompassing, in part to more accurately reflect the multitude of subjects I write about and also to appeal to marketers who may be turned away from what the term “beach bar bum” connotates. Then I remind myself what this blog is all about – beach bars, their culture and the people who love them … beach bar bums. If you don’t get that, I guess you won’t be buying me a round at a beach bar anytime soon.

Elvis' Beach Bar in Anguilla, a great spot to share drinks and stories with your fellow beach bar bums.

Today’s post is the 600th article I’ve written for the blog since I started it about two years ago. There have been many times I’ve wanted to stop writing, close down the blog and social media sites and free up well over 20 hours per week of my personal time. Without going into all the boring details, I’ll tell you this – it’s a lot of work and there are moments when I’ve asked myself the question “Is all of this worth it?” Then I hear from people who tell me how much they love the blog, how much it inspires them, how my writing isn’t quite as bad as I believe it is, how they use it to research for their trips, etc. and it dawns on me how much I would miss this community if I stopped everything. While I’ve only been able to meet a few of you in person, conversing with you online has cemented what I already knew – that the beach bar bum community is full of really cool people, individuals who realize the importance of the little things such as sunsets on the beach, enjoying a good cocktail with new friends, slowing down and letting tomorrow worry about itself. You all are why this blog still exists today and for that, I raise my glass to you. Cheers!

It took me 600 posts and about two years to finally get around to it but I just wanted to let all of you know that I appreciate everything you do to help grow the beach bar bum community. From all of your interactions on social media to visiting this blog every day and commenting on and sharing the articles, every action you take is genuinely appreciated. So while I don’t get to thank all of you in person, I wanted to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and say “Thank you, thank you, thank you!” I love you like a dog likes licking itself and when I finally do open that beach bar, I can promise you that it will be the best one ever and none of you will ever have to buy a drink there. Well, at least not the first round. And you have to show proof that you actually follow me or like me somewhere on social media. And maybe wear one of my t-shirts or use one of my koozies. And it may or may not have liquor in it. Just so ya know, ya know?

See ya at the beach bar!

Author: Tom W.

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  1. Keep up the great work! A lot of people live there fantasy life through your blog, and others like it. Other beach minded people use your blog and follow on FB to plan visits and where to go when on vacation. I my self try while vacationing to visit the out of the way local beach bars and soak up the local flavour of everyone there. The BVI is a “Beach Bar Bums” nirvana of beach bars and I love nothing better than sitting at Myett’s for the afternoon, waiting for the sunset in Cane Garden Bay, or drinking a cold Kalik in the Bahamas, but that’s only a couple of many places…..again keep up the good work and will buy you that drink should out paths cross, cheers !

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words! One of the purposes of the blog was reaching people such as yourself to share our passion about the beach bars that we love and help get the word out to others. Here’s to meeting up at a great beach bar in the BVI! And I will definitely take you up on that offer. 🙂 Cheers!

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