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Pelican Bar, Jamaica — The Best Beach Bar on Earth

Sunday, July 28, 2013    

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It's a sizzling summer and our bars are mixing, blending and pouring copious amounts of elegant cocktails. Raise a toast with us today as we share news from the UK Daily Mail that the Pelican Bar is listed as The Best Beach Bar On Earth.

1. Pelican Bar, Jamaica

Making the top of the list is our very own Floyd's Pelican Bar. Found smack-dab between Black River and Treasure Beach in the parish of St Elizabeth, the bar and restaurant are located about a mile offshore and is a well-weathered, remarkably stable thatch hut built in the middle of the Caribbean Sea from driftwood, palm fronds and coconut tree trunks driven down into the sand like stilts on the edge of a small reef.

With its unique setting, sumptuous seafood and ice-cold Red Stripe and Appleton Rum there's little surprise really that it's been named The Beat Beach Bar On Earth.

2. Badeschiff, Berlin, Germany

Together with sandy beach and open-air bar, Berlin's floating 'beach', Badeschiff exudes a hedonistic Ibiza-vibe in the summer. With bods bronzing in the sand or cooling off in the water and a bar to fuel the fun, on scorching days this artist-designed city landmark is a draw card for visitors and locals alike. In winter, an ethereally glowing plastic membrane covers up the pool and a deliciously toasty chill zone with saunas and bar.

3. Ty Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen, Wales

Looking out onto the Irish Sea and the sands at Porthdinllaen on the North Wales coast instead of tropical rivals across the world, Ty Coch - Welsh for Red House - has a prime location on the sweeping Welsh seaside, with views across to Yr Eifl and Snowdonia.

The now immensely popular pub started life as a vicarage before it was opened as an inn in 1842. Only locals have vehicle access to the Inn, so visitors must walk across the beach from Morfa Nefyn or across the golf course on top of the headland to reach Ty Coch. A trip well worth it.

4. The Beach Pavilion, Hayman Island, Australia

Hayman Island is the most northerly of the pristine Whitsunday Islands located off the coast of Queensland, Australia. This private island paradise has but one resort from which to enjoy the coral reefs, sun-kissed beaches and crystal waters of the Coral Sea While this is a private island, everyone is welcome to visit and if you're looking for something truly special, the Resort's Beach Pavilion is the place to be.Open to the public and resort guests, enjoy a beer, cocktails, or a glass of award-winning Australian wine right on the beach while taking in the breath-taking view of the Coral Sea.

5. Tabon Te Keekee, North Tarawa, Kiribati

If you're looking to kick-back and enjoy the simple things in life while gazing over a sparkling turquoise lagoon then Tabon te Keekee, Kiribati is the destination for you.

Enjoy a beverage in Tabon te Keekee's family-run, traditionally thatched buias (bungalows), swim in the clear waters, or just chill out island-style in a hammock or lounge chair. Making for an even more magical experience, visitors arrive at Tabon te Keekee via a short ride in a traditional canon.

6. Barasti, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Overlooking the Arabian Sea, Barasti - located in Dubai - is an award winning vibrant beach venue full of excitement. With elevated decking, great music, a delectable menu and delicious cocktails this spot is a favourite for laid-back sundowners.

Dance barefoot in the white sands of Jumeira Beach while the scratch band plays just about anything, lending the place a wonderfully mellow air.

7. The Watering Hole, Cornwall, England

The dress code is flip-flops, the cider is cold and the music is live. Situated on the surfer's paradise of Perranporth Beach on the sunny west coast of Cornwall, The Watering Hole is truly one of a kind. Dubbed the only bar on a beach in the UK, when the sun is up and the surfers are out, you'll feel like you've been transported to the California coast or a Southern Hemisphere shoreline.

Encouraging all to leave formalities at the door the ruggedly beautiful Perranporth Beach has been a favourite with travellers for decades. The Watering Hole has been operating on the site, in various forms, since the 1970s and the friendly, relaxed atmosphere has made it popular with visitors and locals alike.

8. Flora-Bama Lounge, Pensacola, Florida, United States

Located on Perdido Key in Pensacola, Florida, is a beachside oyster bar, beach bar, and Gulf Coast cultural landmark, touted as being America's "Last Great Roadhouse". Live music and multilevel bars make The Flora-Bama Lounge - which takes its name from its location on the Florida-Alabama border line - a hot spot for beach bums looking for some rowdy fun.

Primarily outdoors, the establishment is referred to by locals as simply "the Bama" or "Pumptown" and before its partial destruction by Hurricane Ivan, boasted in the range of 20 bars on the grounds. In addition, up to 4 live bands could be playing simultaneously providing a wide array of music for visitors to enjoy.

9. Purobeach, Tivat, Montenegro

A collaboration between the Mediterranean's premier yacht homeport and Europe's hippest beach club operators the luxurious Purobeach Marbella is located directly in the heart of the spectacular Bay of Kotor in the Adriatic Sea. Here one can enjoy the spectacular views of the Gibraltar rock and the Moroccan Atlas Mountains while soaking up the sun on terrace sunbeds, inviting low sofas and an infinity pool that looks as though it's spilling right into the sea.

10. Shimmy Beach Club, Cape Town, South Africa

Set on the edge of the glistening Atlantic Ocean, Shimmy Beach Club adds an exhilarating new element to Cape Town's luxury dining and lifestyle firmament. Looking out onto the busy V&A Waterfront and against a backdrop of Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain, the club is the city's newest ocean-front destination.

Shimmy's large outside deck offers panoramic sea views and a 43-foot bar and features a containership-inspired bar, illuminated champagne bar, wine cooler room, as well as a glass rim flow infinity swimming pool, lounge and main restaurant. The architectural style of the venue is deliberately unpretentious with clean lines and an open feel which seeks to fully exploit the magnificent outlook.





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