Settle back in that hammock and refresh your rum drink, it’s time for another installment of our Caribbean Beach Bars series. Today we wash up on the shores of French St. Martin.

Located on beautiful Friar’s Bay, Kali’s Beach Bar & Restaurant is a gathering spot for locals and tourists looking to lime away they day the Caribbean way.  The bar and restaurant are open every day and serve their great local island cuisine for lunch and dinner. I’ve heard people claim that Kali serves some of the best BBQ on island. Seems like ever beach bar serves the best something or other on it’s island. I’m a Kansas City boy though, home of the best BBQ in the world, so Kali has a lot to live up to, but I think it will be well worth a taste challenge.


Friar’s Bay is located between Marigot and Grand Case. On the outskirts of Marigot, as you are headed toward Grand Case, you’ll see a sign for Friar’s Bay on the left. Keep going down this road until eventually, you’ll come a beautiful crescent bay with a wide, sandy beach. An extra bonus lies at the end of  an easy 10-minute hike from the north side of Friar’s bay will take you to Happy Bay. This palm-lined crescent bay is surrounded by green hills and has good snorkeling around the rocks just off the beach.

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Kali's Beach Bar, St. Martin - Photo by nyc/caribbean ragazza via Flickr

Once you get firmly planted on your plot of sand, ask Kali about his home made rum or bush rum as it can be called. Our good friends at Uncommon Caribbean talked to Kali about his special blend of island rum. Read about the sun baked fruit infused bush rum here. Make sure you try some when you visit!

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Kali mising up some drinks

Kali’s Beach Bar is a great place just to lime away the day, but Kali’s is most famous for its once a month Full Moon Party. On that specific night it’s truly party time and people from all over St. Maarten/St. Martin, even people from St. Barts and Anguilla make the trip for this party. Locals and tourists, pack Kali’s for an all-night celebration with the tunes of Bob Marley and other reggae artists soothing the soul until the morning hours.  Great food, camaraderie and at midnight comes the lighting of the great beach bonfire. There’s really nothing like sitting on the beach at night with a bonfire going, your mind can’t help but slip into another world of fun and relaxation.

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Full Moon Party at Kali's Beach Bar

Kali’s Full Moon Parties have become, over the years, one of St. Maarten/St. Martin’s great traditions so if you’re a party animal and you’re lucky enough to be on-island when it’s full-moon time, this is one not to be missed.

Let us know if you’ve been to Kali’s Beach Bar and what you thought.

Cheers to another great Caribbean Beach Bar!


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  1. Jeff Vanderpool September 13, 2011 at 11:50 am

    We’ve been there, and done that! Always a great time. Sadly we will miss it when we are there next month. Guess we’ll have to book a return trip!

  2. RumShopRyan September 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I’ll hitch a ride with you down next time for the full moon party Jeff! Cheers!

  3. Rich February 10, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Saw the Jayhawk on your laptop. We’re from Stanley, Ks and love to bareboat in the Caribbean. Sorry we are Wildcats and Tigers. Thanks for the great blog

  4. RumShopRyan February 11, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Thanks for the comment Rich. Yes, I’m a big Jayhawk fan, grew up in Gardner KS. Cheers to bareboating the Caribbean!

  5. SMITH January 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    A great place if you like to hear a constantly very strong and unpleasant noise compressor totally spoiling what you are waiting for a beach… which is powered by a lagoon (whether directly open or not to the sea – same involvements) completely infect by using as discharge far away … so you can catch a good Staphylococcus and other germs or diseases… Not nice people. We liked this place before, even children, but that was before and will never ever be.

  6. Richard Guider June 23, 2017 at 11:55 am

    So great to see this article. My wife and i went to St Martin over 25 years ago. We “found” Kali’s beach bar after hearing about it from some locals. we spent 5 of our 7 days just relaxing on the beach, eating and drinking fine cuisine and rum punch! Kali was a great host and his staff were the best.

    I would love to go back some day!

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