The Ultimate Turks and Caicos Beach Bar Excursion
Famous for its white sand beaches, fine cuisine and beautiful weather, Turks and Caicos serves as a popular destination for a tropical vacation. The most populated of this island collection, Providenciales, is home to an extensive strip of luxurious resorts and villas just steps away from the clear Caribbean water. Several of these properties open their beachside bars to the public, welcoming sandy-footed guests to chilled cocktails and island ambiance—which means happy hour is a short, shoeless stroll away. From Grace Bay to the Bight, sip your way to sunset at these oceanfront lounges.
The glamour of the Grace Bay Club is impossible to overlook, especially from a seat at the resort’s Infiniti Bar. Stretching 90 feet across, the bar’s sleek countertop extends seemingly to no end—hence the origin of its name. At the longest bar in the Caribbean, patrons can sample “small and sexy tapas” while they drink, which should be a necessity to counteract the strength of the martinis.
Cocktail of choice: Bellini-Tini (vodka, rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and crème de banana)
Cozy up on a couch or gather around a high-top table at The Deck, the palm-tree filled wooden patio that lies at the edge of the sizeable Seven Stars Resort & Spa. A hot spot on the hottest days, The Deck offers a variety of frozen drinks, ranging from piña colada-like classics to more unique selections, such as the “Panda Freeze,” a blend of Baileys, crème de menthe and chocolate. While the bartenders may go lighter on the liquor, they certainly compensate in innovation.
Cocktail of choice: Frozen Cosmo (Absolut, lime, cranberry juice and triple sec blended with ice)
Large and lavish like the hotel that houses them, 72 West & Plunge Bar both offer a generous variety of seating, as well as an especially generous interpretation of a standard pour. Enjoy your beverage of choice while lounging within a pool-adjacent sunken surface, on a cushioned sofa or at an underwater booth. Once the sun sets, roaring fire pits illuminate the outdoor bar’s patio, making it the perfect place for a nightcap.
Cocktail of choice: Palms Sunrise (tequila, vodka, lychee, orange juice, lime juice and a splash of grenadine)
Tucked behind a sea of yellow beach umbrellas, the bar at Asu is an intimate, more casual scene, where thirsty beachgoers can snag a seat in the shade. While the drink offerings are relatively standard, they make for uncomplicated pairings with the various crudos, ceviches and tar tars on the raw bar menu. If you’re shying away from spirits, head over between 5 and 6 p.m. for happy hour deals on wine and beer.
Cocktail of choice: Ginger Margarita (Patron silver, Cointreau, fresh ginger and lime juice)
Further down the coast on the less-crowded Bight Beach, the West Bay Club’s small, open-air bar allows visitors to enjoy superior service without having to wash the sand off of their feet. Decorated in a minimalist fashion, Drift sits directly on the warm white sands, yet far enough from the hotel beach chairs that the venue has a private, peaceful ambiance. While the seating and the menu are limited, the overall experience leaves nearly nothing to be desired.
Cocktail of choice: Drift Sangria Reserve (Bambarra Reserve, pinot grigio, Grand Marnier, simple syrup, orange, apple, pineapple and prosecco)
At the upscale, modern Gansevoort, recently revamped Zest provides a more laid-back beach atmosphere without sacrificing any of the resort’s infamous quality. Drinkers gather around wooden tables or recline on bright white couches, cooling off with beverages composed of fresh fruits and standard liquor quantities. Adjacent to Drift, Zest rests upon the expansive Grace Bay Beach sands, yet attracts a more robust crowd.
Cocktail of choice: Sparkling Berrymosa (Champagne blended with strawberries, watermelon, blueberries and cranberry juice)