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Simpson Bay Road 121 | Simpson Bay, Simpson Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
+1 721-523-9983
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“tapas” (79 reviews)
“bitterballen” (14 reviews)
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Caribbean, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Simpson Bay Road 121 | Simpson Bay, Simpson Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Reviewed February 5, 2016 via mobile

Great location and nice beach, but the service was a nightmare. When you have to remind the waiter 5 times to bring to water, it's a problem. And the food wasn't event good. Go for the beach and not the food - pack your own...More

2  Thank TylerMvB
Reviewed February 5, 2016 via mobile

It's really nice to walk down the beach and happen upon a great restaurant. Right on Simpson bay beach, excellent fresh food and potent drinks. Great ambiance with fantastic quality live musical performances - Highly Recommended!!!

Thank MrESP2013
Reviewed February 2, 2016

The day we went to visit the Health dept shut the kitchen and bar down that morning. Stayed closed for 5 days. We were still able to go to the beach and it was beautiful...that is why I rated it average. Waves and shore and...More

Thank KarenKFairfieldCT
Reviewed February 1, 2016 via mobile

This is a hidden gem which combines extraordinary Oceanside food with proper cocktails and acceptable service. Alas, it has become too well known. Getting crowded. When it is not crowded, you will never leave.

Thank Millionmiles2013
Reviewed February 1, 2016

Had a late lunch here on a Wednesday afternoon and relaxed over a leisurely meal chatting with folks at nearby tables. Then down to the beach chairs and umbrellas. Excellent servers.

Thank Mstaman
Reviewed January 27, 2016

Hygiene is a big issue. It was front page new on the most important newspaper of St. Maarten and was closed temporarily.

Thank pat774
Reviewed January 27, 2016

this is the place, great food, great drinks, friendly staff, great beach chairs. Fantastic views. Got lucky 6 years ago and found Karakter just after it opened, spend 3 days their in mid January. Will be back.

Thank Steve F
Reviewed January 27, 2016

We were there a year ago, and returned again this year. It's our "destination" when we walk in the mornings, and always enjoy the sight seeing and ambiance. Food and drinks are delicious and service is great! The upgrades to the deck and bar are...More

Thank Debra B
Reviewed January 26, 2016

This little beach bar, or really beach bus, was a 5-10 minute walk down the beach from my hotel (The Azure), so I stopped in after my arrival on the island, based on a recommendation from my hotel. It was just what the doctor ordered...More

Thank Oildog77
Reviewed January 26, 2016

Wonderful atmosphere -- great food and the beach is lovely. We were thrilled when we first found it a few years ago and plan to go back on our next trip!

Thank 52mtb66
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Frank S
We are thinking of spending some time here on a Saturday in February before our 3 pm flights. Can luggage be stored here? Is it easy to get a taxi to the airport from Karakter?
January 14, 2017|
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Response from Mark M | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. We indeed can store your luggage. To get a taxi, just ask one of the waiters/waitresses and they will call you one. Mark, Karakter Beach Bar
Do you have the Friday night tapas back for happy hour?
May 7, 2016|
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Response from Han v |
Yes we still have tapas on Friday nights.. the only thing changed is that you also can order from the existing menu during the night
Karen C
I heard they were closed last week and change of owners. Anyone who can tell me more as it is one of our favorite places.
January 31, 2016|
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Response from Lauricsxm | Reviewed this property |
Correct, the health inspection closed them for some infractions. However they worked hard to correct the situation and they are back in business! The best thing is that the health inspection now calls it the cleanest bar... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $30
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids, Scenic view, Romantic
Open Hours
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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: +1 721-523-9983
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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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