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Shalvata in Tel Aviv, Israel, one of our 12 world's best beach bars.

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Shalvata in Tel Aviv, Israel, one of our 12 world's best beach bars.

12 of the world's best beach bars

Escape to a tropical island with a cocktail, warm sand & sultry soundtrack

Lying in a breeze-fanned beachfront cabana while somebody brings me a steady supply of tasty bites and strong cocktails — that's my happy place. I imagine it might be yours, too.

Tips on dining, wine & beverages

Lucky for us, the world offers an array of beach bars ripe for lounging. Some are ultra chic, frequented by beautiful people in barely there swimwear. Others are a come-as-you-are wooden shack that requires a short wade or swim to reach the counter. As long as there are strong libations and beautiful scenery in spades, I'll take it, preferably paired with a cruise. 

Here are some of my favorite beach bars around the world.

The Beach Club at ME Cancun, Cancun, Mexico
Courtesy of ME CancunThe Beach Club at ME Cancun by Melia in Cancun, Mexico

The Beach Club


Cancun, Mexico


Set along the white sands of Cancun beach at the all-inclusive adult-oriented resort ME Cancun by Melia, The Beach Club has a stream of local and guest DJs Friday through Sunday. The atmosphere is vibrant, fun and high-energy, and you can opt for VIP bottle service directly to your cabana.


Ponta dos Ganchos
Courtesy of Ponta dos GanchosPonta dos Ganchos along Brazil's Emerald Coast. 

Ponta dos Ganchos


Santa Catarina, Brazil


Set at the tip of a peninsula on Brazil's Emerald Coast, fronted by turquoise water and a private island, the adults-only Ponta dos Ganchos resort — a member of The Leading Hotels of the World — oozes romance with to-die-for views. Its beach hammocks and jungle-cocooned accommodations are popular among local celebs and international stars seeking an escape. The beach bar serves cuisine by chef Luis Salvajoli and specializes in cocktails made with cachaça, Brazil’s delicious sugarcane liquor.


Ushuaïa Club, Ibiza
Courtesy of Ushuaïa ClubUshuaïa Club, Ibiza



Ibiza, Spain


Party people, this one is for you. Set on the beach on Europe's famed white isle of Ibiza, Spain, the fun at Ushuaïa starts around 3 pm and goes until late with international house music DJs such as David Guetta, Armin van Buuren and Martin Garrix doing the honors on the decks. Dress code is casual, in keeping with the daytime pool part vibe. If you're not staying on property, you can buy  general entry tickets or a range of VIP packages that include massages, private cabanas and lounger-side spa treatments. 


Rock Bar, Ayana Resort Bali, Bali
Courtesy of Ayana Resort BaliRock Bar, Ayana Resort Bali, Bali

Rock Bar


Bali, Indonesia


Perched 46 feet up overlooking the jagged coast fringing Jimbaran Bay, Rock Bar's atmospheric lighting, freshly caught seafood and stellar cocktails make it one of the best spots in Bali to watch the sunset and then linger as the stars come out. At 7 pm, the experience shifts into "after dark" mode, when elegantly attired guests indulge in king prawns, calamari, swordfish and lobster to a nu-disco soundtrack.


Umbar, Huvafenfushi Maldives, Maldives
Courtesy of UmbarUmbar, Huvafenfushi Maldives, Maldives

Umbar, Huvafen Fushi Maldives




Set amid the palm trees on an Indian Ocean atoll, Umbar at the Huvafen Fushi Maldives resort is a breezy, open-sided beach bar that brings the outdoors in with sandy floors, views over the open ocean and infinity pool and rattan loungers topped with plush, deep blue cushions. And once you're comfortably situated, there's no need to get up — the resort's attentive staff will bring you yummy bar snacks and drinks all day long.


Ku De Ta, Bali Indonesia
Courtesy of Ku De TaKu De Ta, Bali Indonesia

Ku De Ta


Bali, Indonesia


Open air, minimalist and modern, the chic Ku De Ta retreat in Seminyak — Bali's most glamorous beach resort — is a favorite among global travelers. With direct access to the beach, a deck and restaurant, you can come for sundowner cocktails as the sun sinks over the south coast, dine and then dance into the night. Ku De Ta also has its own music line, so even after you've moved on or returned home you can lie back, close your eyes and be right back on the island of dreams.


Z Plage, Hotel Martinez Cannes, Cannes, France
Courtesy of Hotel Martinez CannesLa Plage du Martinez at Hotel Martinez Cannes, Cannes, France

La Plage du Martinez


Cannes, France


While the food and drinks are of a caliber you'd expect from Cannes and the oceanfront setting on France's sun-drenched Riviera is definitely a plus, the main attraction at La Plage du Martinez is people watching. From your sun lounger, you can spend the day and night peeping at models, actresses and billionaires with their trophy wives and husbands, beautiful boyfriends and girlfriends.


Shalvata, Tel Aviv, Israel
Courtesy of ShalvataShalvata, Tel Aviv, Israel



Tel Aviv, Israel


Tel Aviv is a 24-hour city and its beach bars lead the charge. Shalvata, located in Old Tel Aviv where the Yarkon River flows into the ocean, offers everything from breakfast (starting at 9 am) to lunch, dinner and dancing until the last customer leaves. 


Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Courtesy of Soggy Dollar BarSoggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Soggy Dollar Bar


Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands


The revered Caribbean watering hole Soggy Dollar Bar on the island of Jost Van Dykke earned its name because anyone mooring offshore has to swim to reach the bar — there's no dock — and soak the contents of their pockets in the process. It's reputed to be the birthplace of the painkiller cocktail, crafted with premium dark rum, coconut cream and pineapple and orange Juice topped with fresh grated Grenadian nutmeg — an enticing reason to get wet.


Potato Head Club, Bali, Indonesia
Courtesy of Potato Head ClubPotato Head Club, Bali, Indonesia

Potato Head Club


Bali, Indonesia



Cocktails, tasty food, art shows and day-into-night parties that take place over two infinity pools and a lawn that stretches to the Indian Ocean — it's hard to find a more appealing spot to spend a day or few than Potato Head Club in Bali. Clad in mismatched reclaimed doors, it's also one of Bali's most visually arresting beach clubs.


Pearl Beach Club, Viveros Island, Panama
Courtesy of Pearl Beach ClubPearl Beach Club, Viveros Island, Panama

Pearl Beach Club


Viveros Island, Panama



Ibiza-style clubbing meets Caribbean beach bar chilling at the sleek hotspot Pearl Beach Club on Viveros Island, Panama. You can devour sushi by the ocean on a sand-dusted deck, swing in a hammock, piña colada in hand and dance with acrobats and fire performers, all in one day.


Moonshadows in Malibu, United States.
Courtesy of MoonshadowsMoonshadows in Malibu, United States.



Malibu, California, US



The indoor dining space and outdoor patio of Moonshadows is popular for all-day casual dining. Standouts include Asian-fusion dishes like uni risotto, flavored with saffron and miso glazed black cod. Even if you're not hungry, Blue Lounge on the patio is a great spot for cocktails or a nightcap, with panoramic views over the rocky Malibu shore and Pacific Ocean beyond.

How about you? Have a fave beach bar? Dish in the comments. 

In our series: Cruise Food & Drink

Gemma Z Price
Cruiseable team member Gemma Price left her native England over 10 years ago and has since lived in Japan, Australia and Vietnam, covering all things luxury travel and lifestyle for titles such as WWD, Conde Nast Traveller, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, WSJ, Time and Departures.