Inside the beach bar voted the best in the world
Loren Christie, Canada AM travel expert
Published Friday, February 15, 2013 8:40AM EST
Last Updated Friday, February 15, 2013 8:45AM EST
Nestled in the tiny Caribbean island of Anguilla, Bankie Banx's Dune Preserve draws famous faces and curious tourists from the world over. The bar itself is an incredible mix of beach front tree house, boat parts and reggae music emporium.
The biggest event of the year, the Moonsplash music festival takes place next week, running from Feb. 21 to 24. Created by owner and Caribbean reggae icon, Bankie Banx in the early nineties, Moonsplash has become the longest running independent music festival in the Eastern Caribbean. It is also a top showcase for vintage reggae acts and emerging talent. But more than the sand and sounds of this incredible bar, Bankie Banx, nicknamed the Anguillan Bob Dylan, makes a visit to this beach bar a real trip.
After treating me to a coconut filled with scotch, Bankie regaled me of stories about his times as the Caribbean's number one artist in the late seventies, touring with Jimmy Cliff, living in New York and Amsterdam and touring on Bob Dylan's yacht after the two spontaneously recorded a song together.
My other recent favourite spot for great people watching and beach front bars is Ocean Drive in Miami's South Beach. A strip of amazing art deco hotel bars overlook the beach. And again the people watching is incredible as there are all shapes, sizes and backgrounds strolling the strip. I highly recommend checking it out.
For a full list of amazing beach bars around the world, have a look at this list compiled by CNN travel.
And for you ski bums who enjoy a good après ski, check out the Eagle's Eye restaurant on the summit of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, British Columbia. Ski Canada awarded it "best view from a barstool" and it truly is awesome. At 2,300 metres Eagle's Eye is Canada's highest dining experience. From your perch, cocktail in hand, you can see five national parks from the windows.