This blog post was updated on August 23, 2019.
There’s nothing that goes hand-in-hand better than a nice cocktail and a beautiful beach. It’s no surprise then that the Caribbean is famous not just for its relaxing, palm-fringed coastline, but also its colorful and refreshing cocktails. You may have wondered where some of these well-known concoctions originated from. Well, wonder no more. We’ve put together a list of some of the best beaches in the Caribbean and the unique cocktails that go perfectly with them.
Pink Sands Beach – The Bahamas
This 3-mile stretch of spectacular beach can be found on Harbour Island in the balmy Bahamas. The beach’s unique pink colored sand can be attributed to tiny smashed up coral. If you want a slice of paradise, without too many people in your space, then you’ve found your corner of the world.
Why not hit the beach with a delicious Bahama Mama in hand? This rum cocktail, which first originated around the time of Prohibition when the Bahamas was a crucial stop for bootleggers smuggling booze into the US, mainly consists of a mix of dark and high-proof white rum, with variations that call for coffee, coconut liqueur, and pineapple juice, depending on your taste.
Seven Mile Beach – Jamaica
With thousands of tourists booking flights to Jamaica every summer, it’s clear that the wonderful “Rock” of the Caribbean has become a key destination not only to reggae aficionados and ganja sympathizers but to beach-lovers as well. The clear blue waters and white sands of Seven Mile Beach are just the perfect ingredients to garnish your cocktail. Take a swim in the sea, soak up the sun, and listen to the reggae rhythms wafting in the breeze. The beach is home to numerous all-inclusive resorts but you’ll still find plenty of space to be yourself. Some of the amazing bars on the stretch should serve up a pretty amazing Planter’s Punch, a uniquely Jamaican cocktail that is a mix of Jamaican rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine.
Playa Pilar – Cuba
Although there are regulations on Americans traveling to Cuba, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nice beach on the island. Named after Ernest Hemingway’s yacht Pilar, this largely deserted and untouched beach on the western tip of Cayo Guillermo was one of the writer’s favorite places to escape for relaxation.
The heavy-drinking Hemingway always enjoyed his Mojitos, so there’s no better way to enjoy this beach (and pay homage to the literary giant) than by sipping on this simple yet smooth mix of white rum, limes, sugar, sparkling water, and spearmint.
Elbow Beach – Bermuda
The light pink sands of one of Bermuda‘s most popular beaches has a buffer-like coral reef that makes it perfect for a safe dip in the ocean. There are just a few resorts close by, which should make it easier to get your hands on the perfect cocktail for the island.
Sip on a classic Dark and Stormy, the Bermudian cocktail that has, as its original ingredients, Gosling’s rum and Barritt’s ginger beer.
Tulum – Mexico
It’s no secret that this popular coastal playground for hip vacationers is the shining jewel on Mexico’s Riviera Maya Caribbean coastline. With its pure sands and azure waters, you can sit back and be pampered at the many resorts that cater to travelers, and also get your dose of history by visiting the famous Mayan ruins nearby.
What better way to savor Tulum than enjoying a fine Margarita? They take their Margaritas seriously south of the border, and with the best quality tequila, fresh lime, and triple sec, you’ll see exactly how!
White Bay – The British Virgin Islands
With its lazy palm trees, lively bars, and green mountains in the distance, White Bay on Jost Van Dyke island conjures up images of the ideal Caribbean getaway. The beach is also famous for being a great spot for snorkeling in The British Virgin Islands, as the coral reef right off the coast is super active with marine life.
Head on over to the Soggy Dollar Bar, which lays claim to being the inventors of the original Painkiller cocktail, a delicious blend of dark rum (traditionally Pusser’s Rum), pineapple juice, orange juice, sweet coconut cream, and shaved ice, topped off with a sprinkle of nutmeg – Yum!
La Chiva – Puerto Rico
This beach on the island of Vieques is known for its waters that reflect many shades of blue. Accessed through Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, the stretch is excellent for snorkeling and has shallow waters for wading. While in Vieques, you can also check out another one of nature’s wonders. Bioluminescent Bay (or Mosquito Bay) is famous for the microorganisms in its waters that give it an ethereal blue-green glow, which looks amazing at night.
The national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978, and enthralling drinkers from way before that, the Piña Colada is a concoction of rum, coconut cream (or coconut milk), and pineapple juice. While its origins are still disputed, with some saying it was born at the Caribe Hilton Hotel back in the fifties while others say it was first created at the Barrachina Restaurant in the sixties, there’s no argument over how deliciously good it is.