The Ultimate Guide to the Beach Bars of Cruz Bay, St. John

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OK, this might not be the “ultimate” guide to the beach bars of Cruz Bay, located in St. John in the US Virgin Islands but it is comprehensive … as far as I know. From what I’ve been able to tell, there are only three beach bars actually on the beach of Cruz Bay so that makes it kind of easy to use the descriptors “ultimate” and “comprehensive.” I know there are other bars and beach bar style bars in the neighborhood but this article is solely for our favorite beach bars on the beach. As always, if I’ve missed on, please let me know in the comments and be kind – my ego is fragile.

The Beach Bar
The Beach Bar, Cruz Bay, St John, USVI. Photo by Noelle Campbell.

Our first stop is the uniquely named “Beach Bar.” I can hear the rum-filled conversation now:

“What should we call our beach bar?”
“I don’t know. How about “Beach Bar?””
“I like it! Another rum punch, please!”

Yelp reviewers give it 4.5 stars, pretty nifty with the amount of reviews is has. The beach bar even made it onto HGTV, where the new owners were featured on the show, “Caribbean Life.” To find out everything else you ever wanted to know about the beach bar called The Beach Bar, you can check out my article here. It really is comprehensive. 🙂

Joe’s Rum Hut
Joe's Rum Hut, Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI.  Image by twitter user @island_canes

Creativity when it comes to beach bar names gets kicked up a notch at Joe’s Rum Hut. What’s a beach bar without rum? Well, it isn’t a beach bar, I can tell you that for sure, and Joe’s Rum Hut fills it cocktail menu with cocktails full of rum. It’s famous for its mojitos and nothing else really matters. In case you aren’t a fan of mojitos, you can find out all the information you want to know about Joe and his rum hut in my handy dandy guide here.

High Tide Seafood Bar and Grill
High Tide – now that’s a cool name for a beach bar. It’s not as well known as the Beach Bar or Joe’s Rum Hut but don’t let that keep you from visiting. After all, there are only three beach bars on Cruz Bay so you really don’t have an excuse for not dropping on by. From their website: “You’ll be transported to relaxation by the powdery sand beach, azure seas, shady canopy and the friendliest down to earth staff on island. High Tide serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a diverse menu sure to please any appetite. Ice cold drinks and live music. Whether you’re looking for a great spot to watch the sunset or you want to catch the game, we are here..” I don’t know about you but I’m hooked. You can find customer reviews on Trip Advisor, where many reviewers rave about the conch fritters and on Yelp, where “Jimbo R.,” who is listed as the business owner on Yelp, responds to most of the comments. I’ve always been a fan of that when I’ve seen it – he cares about his customers and takes the time to respond to them. That’s cool. Feel the need to reach out and touch them? I’m not sure I can help you with that but you can get social with them on Facebook and in today’s society, that’s pretty much the same thing.

Author: Tom W.

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