Dinghy’s Beach Bar & Grill, located on beautiful Honeymoon Beach, Water Island is only 10 minute ferry ride from St. Thomas, but feels a world away from the hustle and bustle.
To get to Water Island, you can catch a ferry in Crown Bay, St. Thomas right next to a restaurant/bar called Tickles. Tickets are $10 round trip and the trip takes only about 10 minutes.
Water Island is the smallest of the US Virgin Islands and has a population of around 200. One of the main attractions on Water Island is beautiful Honeymoon Beach which can be reached by an uphill hike from the ferry dock, a golf cart (which can be rented for the day) or if visiting Dinghy’s Beach Bar & Grill, you might be able to catch their safari ride to and from the dock.
You’re treated to a beautiful view of Honeymoon Beach when you reach the overlook. Since we’d caught a mid-morning (10:00a.m.) ferry to Water Island, Honeymoon Beach was still relatively quiet.
The Dinghy’s safari took us down the hill and dropped us off at Dinghy’s Beach Bar & Grill, a fun looking place filled with bright colors and colorful art. Dinghy’s is owned by Giorgio and Lisa, an energetic and super friendly couple who purchased what was then Joe’s Beach Bar in April 2013.
At that time, it was just a little bar on a boat trailer with a few old rickety tables and chairs and a small generator to run the blenders and lights. Giorgio and Lisa had bigger plans for this bar and although the bar is still in the cool boat trailer (with the addition of a colorful coat of paint) they brought in electricity, water tanks and running water, built a tiki hut over an existing concrete pad and added many more tables and chairs, beach lounges and umbrellas, a professional kitchen trailer and an ATM!
According to Giorgio and Lisa, the new name came to them for their beach bar, as they sat and counted 30 dinghy’s beached in front of the bar!
Dinghy’s really is a great place to hang out for the day. They have a menu full of great drinks, including their signature drinks the Creamy Dinghy – Cruzan Dark Rum, Creme of Coconut and Fresh Local Passionfruit, when available, and the Paddlewhacker – a creamy Bushwacker with Chocolate and Peanut Butter blended in.
If you get hungry after snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, extreme hammocking or beach chairing, drinking at the floating bar, walking the beach, listening to live music and beating your pals in corn hole and ring hooks – be sure to try one of their burgers, sandwiches, wraps or plates – all with a local flare. We tried the Beach Burger, certified Angus Beef seasoned with Argentinian Chimichuri Sauce – yum!
And be sure to take time to enjoy the beautiful beach Dinghy’s sits on.
Looking for some place close and a little different to hang out for a day while visiting St. Thomas? Dinghy’s on Water Island may be just what you’re looking for! Stop by and enjoy a great rum drink and say hi to Giorgio, Lisa and…Bubbles!
Their motto? “We’re Not Nuts, Just a Little Dinghy”
And a lot of fun.
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Lisa and Giorgio also own a Contemporary Waterfront Guest Villa on Water Island.
Find out more about rates and availability here: http://www.vrbo.com/282063
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