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Karakter

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Dutch, Dessert, European, Diner
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Simpson Bay Road 121 | Simpson Bay, Simpson Bay, St Maarten-St Martin
+1 721 5239983
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9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Specialized in healthy and delicious food, Karakter offers only the best...
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...
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  • 403
    Excellent
  • 183
    Very good
  • 54
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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This was one of the neatest bars. Great beach with nice waves. It's right next to the airport so you can see planes land. I liked this place much better than the bars at Maho..where its an absolute zoo. A wedding was going on when we arrived and they did not shoo us away. The drinks were really... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2013
kukula
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DC
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
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DC
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

This was one of the neatest bars. Great beach with nice waves. It's right next to the airport so you can see planes land. I liked this place much better than the bars at Maho..where its an absolute zoo. A wedding was going on when we arrived and they did not shoo us away. The drinks were really good too.

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United States
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

I wasn't sure what to think when I saw the parking situation, a little crazy. Had to park at Mary Boon's next door and I was afraid I might get towed. Nope. The setting is wonderful, crashing waves and a sailboat anchored just offshore. Children are running about on the beach, sexy French women are tanning, and the staff is... More 

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Mehrhoog, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Cocktails, food, location, Style. Beach chairs are for free when you have drinks, lunch and/or diner. Very friendly staff. Free Wifi.

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Santa Barbara, California
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273 reviews 273 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Karakter is about a 7 minute walk from the Azure hotel where we stayed for a week. We went to Karakter 3 times for drinks and food. This is one of the best beach bars in the world in my opinion. Not too crowded, not too expensive, good food, great vibe, awesome location. We loved it each time we went.... More 

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Mechelen, Belgium
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

if there are some visits that you can't afford to miss than it is the buss "karakter" great place to see the Atlantic, watch the planes, nice walks on the beach, great food and service, customer friendly and realistic pricing the best value for your money

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Los Angeles, CA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Good location, yummy rum punches for $5. We walked to Karakter from our hotel (Azure). Great service and nice location on the beach with a view of the airport on one side and the ocean on the other

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St Maarten
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

I have been to Karakter with my family last week and it was great. The food was just awesome and the location was beautiful. We can definitely recommend the delicious fish and the beef - both dishes were very good and were made with tasteful herbs. Sitting outside and directly next to the beach was a perfect first night for... More 

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Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Had a wonderful dinner and once again some very good Guavaberry Coladas. Food was so so, but the scenery and views were fantastic with the ocean and runway for the airplanes.

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Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

I've been there with my cousin a couple of days ago and we were really surprised. The employees were Dutch, so this was quite easy for us but we honestly didn't expect the food to be this great. My cousin is a vegetarian and he was also very pleased! He leaves next monday, but we will definitely go back before!... More 

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Brick, NJ
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94 reviews 94 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Drinks were great and the food very good. Would go back again but early in the day to get a decent parking space. Drinks were a little pricy but worth it

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Simpson Bay Road 121 | Simpson Bay, Simpson Bay, St Maarten-St Martin
  • Location: Caribbean  >  St Maarten-St Martin  >  Sint Maarten  >  Simpson Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 721 5239983

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Dutch, Dessert, European, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Romantic

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...
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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