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“The best beach/food/drink combo on the island”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Karakter

Ranked #11 of 111 Restaurants in Simpson Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: Caribbean, Bar, European
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Good for: Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Specialized in healthy and delicious food, Karakter offers only the best: the best smoothies, salads, wines, beers, cocktails, tapas and lunches. Our lounge chairs, wooden couches and lounge cushions, paired with amazing white sand and a perfect blue sea, complete the ultimate Caribbean experience. Karakter. Your total beach experience. Just relax and we will take care of the rest...
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“The best beach/food/drink combo on the island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

Nice soft sand, a view of the Phillipsburg hill and the open ocean. Food is fabulous and they make one of the best BBCs on the island. If you don't know what a BBC is, you have to try it. Each place makes it a little different, but it's a Banana Bailey's Colada. Great service too. I go there once every few weeks. It can be a bit tough to find at first, but ask around and people will direct you.

  • Visited April 2012
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Terrace, Canada
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“Simpson Bay Beach at Karakter Beach Bar- A Gorgeous sandy beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2012

We caught a taxi van for 22 of us to Simpson Bay from Philipsburg cruise dock for $7.00 each way per person. The driver was great and knowledgable and stopped at a nice viewpoint. It took about half and hour as we had to wait for the bridge opening. Get off the ship early and check times for bridge opening to get to Simpson Bay Beach early.We went to the Karakter Beach Bar and were the first ones there at 9:30 a.m. and got chairs and umbrellas with our buckets of beer. The gorgeous beach is about a mile long with nice wide, white sand and green Caribbean Sea waters with gentle rollers. It is a south facing beach with warm tropical waters with a nice sandy bottom to frolick in the gentle rollers. The beach is parallet to Princess Juliana International Airport runway where you can see and hear the large planes coming and going but not too distracting.You can walk for 20 min. along the beach and roadway to Maho Beach where the large planes come right over the beach to land on the fairly short runway. It is quite a thrill to watch the KLM and other large planes landing across from the beach that has a nice bar next to the casino. We found this beautiful, sandy secluded , quiet beach a nice place for our family group to swim in the gentle rollers and enjoy a sunny beach day in St Maarten. In the end there were only 30 or 40 people there up until 2:30 or so. Would totally recommend this beach and a short walk to Maho Beach for anyone seeking a rustic,secluded, quiet, sandy beach to bask in the sun and Caribbean views. The palm and shade trees near the bar and the sailboats and yachts anchored offshore and long,wide sandy beach with blue green surf is the perfect setting to soak up some rays in St Maarten. The people are friendly, the food is great and the atmosphere is exceptional away from the busy beaches elsewhere on the island. The bus driver said it was the first time in 22 years that he has brought someone here so it is quite a well kept secret for some solitude in the Caribbean. When coming through the back up to Karakter Beach Bar don't be discouraged by the rustic, secluded appearance as the beach is gorgeous to sit under the provided umbrellas on their lawn chairs and watch storm clouds building on the far off horizon over blue-green Caribbean seas with frigate birds riding high on the updrafts over the warm, tropical beach. Awesome place to spend several hours swimming, sunbatheing , drinking, eating and visiting with family and friends and strolling down the long , empty beach listening to the gentle rollers lapping the white sandy shores.

  • Visited March 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Free Beach Chairs and Umbrella with Food/Drink”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2012

This is probably one of the best deals you will come across in St. Maarten......free beach chairs and umbrella with an order of food or drinks!! Start with the bucket of 6 beer for $12 and enjoy the view of Simpson Bay with huge yachts moored! Most days we have been there the surf has been mild, but I hear it can get rough! I had the coconut shrimp which are lightly coated with coconut and delicious and my husband had the burger which is always good. The potatoe fries are big slices of crisply fried potatoes and the crab cakes are one of the best dishes on the menu. We will continue to return year after year!

Visited April 2012
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Charles County, Maryland, United States
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“Awesome beach bar vibe...it's a winner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

It's right past Mary's Boon on the other side of the airport in SImpson Bay (not over by the Sunset on the Maho side, the OTHER side...first right turn on your way back to Simpson Bay from the airport.)

Great beach bar, with free beach chairs and umbrellas and buckets of beer and good food and nice people. A "euro" vibe but without any hostility or snobbery I could detect. Really nice place to waste and afternoon and be a beach bum. Seems to be a local favorite. Kitchen is cool it's a converted school bus...very unique and great place to visit. And if you're into airplane worship, you can't beat it, without the Sunset Beach Bar crowds and raunch.

Visited April 2012
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“a great find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2012

We had a little trouble finding this location but were super happy when we did. I nice location on the beach with good food and drinks.

Visited March 2012
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