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“Thanks again!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Karakter

Karakter
Ranked #11 of 105 Restaurants in Simpson Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Caribbean, Bar, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
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...
Den Haag
1 review
“Thanks again!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 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 friday evening at tapas night, but also other evenings or at lunch you can really enjoy the view and very tastefull food.
Also worth mentioning is the dog Maarten! What an energy he has good. He gets so much attention of all the visitors that even he became more the mascotte than the bus.
In May I will visit SXM again en offcourse you can find me at Karakter.

@Bert, you can allready start chilling a bucket of Presidente ;)

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Michiel K
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usa
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“Service is terrible”
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 all 3 times. The wait staff could care less whether you are there or not. The second lunch took 45 minutes to even get someone to acknowledge that we were even there. Have been going there for years and after these experiences I 'm DONE. The owner or manager needs to get a handle on what's going on at their restaurant . Maybe they don't care because they do so well. If this kind of service continues they won't be in business. My experiences were terrible and I would not recommend this place to anyone any more unless you like going there for lunch and hope to get served by dinner time. TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Troutsa
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amsterdam
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Food sucks , nice beach !”
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

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Thank bikeamsterdam
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sc
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“First stop when arriving--direct from airport.”
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!

Visited January 2013
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“Food Was Good Service Left a Bad Taste”
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. We have always found the food to be quite good but portions are small. The location on the beach next to the airport fence adds to the funky, beach, ambience. Karakter is not on any main road therefore not easy to find. It is mostly patronized by locals. It has become very popular by word of mouth. Parking is extremely limited. Service is not consistant and prices are high for what is offered. Although located close to our home, walking distance down the beach, the prices prevent us from visiting Karakter more frequently. On our last visit we had to ask for menus, ask to have our order taken, ask for drink refills, and ask for our check. Having to ask for your check is common on this island as in some cultures it is considered rude to present a check before it is requested. We are used to this. It was not crowded and seemed to be well staffed. Our service was really bad. Our bill came to $32 and I gave the waitress providing poor service a $50 bill. After a very long wait, she never returned with our change. I had to go to the school bus to ask for my change. They had to go through a stack of bills to find our check and then give me my change. I usually tip 20% for good service or 25% for great service. I am not sure why this waitress thought her sub-par service was worth a tip of $18 almost 50%. The food was good but the service left a bad taste. Not sure when we will return. The bad taste will probably go away with time.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Allen C
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