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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, 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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  • 414
    Excellent
  • 190
    Very good
  • 55
    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
nice lunch on the beach

This gold mine is for the diner and non-diner alike. Many people come to have drinks and gaze at the blue-green waters while others also have breakfast, lunch or snacks. The burger was prepared to my liking and the fries were good, too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2013
scubaBrentwood
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Brentwood
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
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Brentwood
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This gold mine is for the diner and non-diner alike. Many people come to have drinks and gaze at the blue-green waters while others also have breakfast, lunch or snacks. The burger was prepared to my liking and the fries were good, too.

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Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

Between the airport & the bay, this open-air bar-restaurant is a great place to sit & enjoy the tropical breeze & watch the boats. Go on a Friday & you can choose from the tapas menu. Pick any our tapas for $20 & you have enough for two. We particularly enjoyed the mushrooms, fried potatoes with aioli, & bacon-wrapped dates... More 

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St Maarten-St Martin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

We use to go to Karakter every day when we visited SXM. We remember when we found Karakter along the airport runway. It was a great idea. Having the frames up on the fence, enjoying the beautiful view of the ocean and hearing the soaring noises of the airplanes and of course, the food. The only thing that did change... More 

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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

I been been going to Karakter since they first opened and had nothing but the bus and the bar. Back than it was a great place to go. However as they have grown. it has gone down hill each year. I been been visiting St.Maarten for 15 years and have never been so disappointed with any place like I am... More 

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Den Haag
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

The last 3 years I have visited SXM at least 4 times a year. During these trips I will always visit Karakter beach, the beach is beautifull, the service is excellent and the food is good. Bert and his team are running on a very passionate and friendly way Karakter Beach. I can everybody advise to have dinner on a... More 

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usa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Spent 3 weeks here and tried this restaurant 3 times. Went for 2 lunches and 1 dinner. Food for lunch was very good , food for dinner was cold and kabobs were tough and over cooked for all three in our party. For the kind of prices they charge VERY DISAPPOINTED. The worst complaint was the service. It was TERRIBLE... More 

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amsterdam
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Seriously the food is just not good , the beach is nice but the staff is simply ok I read. Sme good reviews and was shocked at how flavorless the food was , they also do not keep their mixers cooled so if you get a drink chances are it will be flat and slightly warm upon arrival. Yummy

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sc
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Casual beach bar, next to the runway. Food was excellent. We got off the plane, took a taxi to Karakter, opened our luggage and changed clothes and we were on vacation!

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Fort Myers, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We have a residence about 3/4 mile down the beach from Karakter. We spend about 4 to 6 months here annually and have been frequenting this funky converted school bus/beach bar since they opened. We have experienced both positives and negatives here. On the plus side, beach chairs and umbrellas are provided without charge with your food and/or drink purchases.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

I just read some reviews complaining about poor service, high price food .. whatever. I think these whiners are completely missing the personality of Karakter - You don't go there for a sit-down gourmet meal! You go for the beach, a free chair and an umbrella, and to have your food and drinks served to you at your chairs by... More 

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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: Dining on a budget, Families with children, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?