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The Ultimate Guide to Boat Accessible Restaurants and Bars


The Bahamas is a boater’s paradise. With 700 idyllic islands stretched across 760 miles of gorgeous Caribbean waters, there’s simply no shortage of secluded coves to swim, inlets to explore, or remote beaches to stop at for a sunset cocktail or delicious seafood dinner. And, if you’re lucky enough to own a boat, all of The Bahamas is your oyster.

To help you plan your next adventure, we rounded up nine of our favorite beachside bars and dockside eateries – all with convenient docks, moorings, or nearby areas to anchor.

Lukka Kairi Waterfront Bar & Grill

Nassau, New Providence Island


Built originally as a set for the 1983 James Bond movie Never Say Never AgainLukka Kairi (formerly the Never Say Never Again Bar & Grill, of course) sits on a pier overlooking the gorgeous turquoise waters of Nassau Harbor – right next to the Margaritaville Beach Resort, Nassau, Bahamas. Which means that you may not be boating-in or out (the marina is right there) but should consider it your new favorite spot after a successful day of fishing (the chefs will cook whatever you catch).

And while the Bond-themed cocktail names are no more, they continue to pour a stellar selection of craft libations to wash down signature dishes like conch salad, shrimp aguachile, and salmon tostadas.

Chat ‘N’ Chill

Stocking Island, Great Exuma


Billed as “the quintessential laid-back, bare-feet beach bar for real beach bums,” this popular Stocking Island escape is so famous they’ve trademarked the name.

But don’t let its notoriety – or the lack of roads leading in or out (it’s only accessible by boat or seaplane) – deter you from making the pilgrimage. The conch salad shack, beach volleyball, and Sunday pig roast are well worth the short hop across George Town’s Elizabeth Harbour.

Pete's Pub & Gallery

Abaco, Bahamas


Welcome to Pete’s Pub & Gallery, the only bar in the Bahamas (or world for that matter) where you can enjoy coconut cracked conch and mango grilled grouper while watching skilled artists cast bronze sculptures in an on-site foundry. Yes, the Bahamas’ only working foundry is located at Pete’s.

Decorated with hundreds of abandoned t-shirts hanging from the rafters, Little Harbour’s popular open-air “sideless saloon” meets gallery from local artist Peter Johnston serves dockside dining with an artistic flair.

Nirvana Beach BAR

Nassau, New Providence Island


Located far enough away from downtown Nassau (and the cruise ship docks) to feel ‘Out Islands’ remote, this cozy bar on a gorgeous  stretch of Love Beach boasts a lineup of fruity frozen cocktails, whole red snapper, and beachside tables in the sand – not to mention solid snorkeling off the nearby jetties. Most guests arrive by cab or city bus but why fight the traffic when you can cruise over and drop anchor right out front.

Staniel Cay Yacht Club

Staniel Cay, Exumas


Anchoring the tiny island of Staniel Cay (population 90) since 1956, this remote 18-slip spot 75 miles Southeast of Nassau, offers an easy getaway for a remote and relaxing dockside dinner or sunset Smash.

Arrive on the right night and the Staniel Cay Yacht Club even offers a pop-up printmaking studio where guests can “create art inspired by the beauty of the Exuma Cays in a gorgeous waterfront setting.”

Sip Sip

Harbour Island, Eleuthera


Opened in 2002 as a lunch-only, locals-friendly gathering spot overlooking the famous pink sand beaches of Eleuthera’s Harbour Island, Sip Sip (which is slang for ‘gossip’) has evolved into one of the Bahamas most popular eateries. So much so that chef/owner Julie Lightbourn (who you might recognize from ‘The Today Show’) opened a second location on Paradise Island. But don’t be swayed by the nearby locale. An adventure to the original beachside joint is a must – just be sure to order the famous lobster quesadilla or spicy conch chili when you get there.

Tiny’s Hurricane Hole

Thompson Bay, Long Island


Opened by two California expats eager to enjoy the island life, Tiny’s is a thatched roof, patio-style cookhouse billed as “a picturesque little beach club on a quaint family island.”

It’s located on Salt Pond Harbor in Thompson Bay and serves a mix of Bahamian and American favorites like wasbi mayo fish burgers, conch fritters, pizza and pulled pork sandwiches – all washed down with cold bottles of Kalik and dark rum tonics.

Even better, when you’re done with lunch, you can sail over and explore Dean’s Blue Hole, the second deepest blue hole in the world.

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