For as much as rum is the quintessential Caribbean spirit and beach bars are most every visitor to the region’s favorite place to enjoy a drink, it’s a bit surprising how few seaside watering holes actually boast a great rum selection. Most Caribbean beach bars tend to keep things simple, specializing in ice-cold beers, vicious rum punches and rum-based cocktails generally featuring a handful of local blends (and Bacardi).
Da Conch Shack in Provo, however, is not most Caribbean beach bars.
The difference is right in its full name – Da Conch Shack & Rum Bar!
Call them up and ask about their rum selection and they’ll tell you:
We have all the best rums you could want!
That statement may be debatable based on your taste preferences, but what cannot be argued is the extensive selection with fine rums from all over the region prominently displayed behind the bar.
Even with all this variety, though, it’s hard to pass up the local standby, Bambarra, especially if you get into Da Conch Shack’s famous (infamous?) Bambarra Rum Punch! It’s so good you won’t want to order it by the glass (US$7.00), but rather buy a pitcher (US$30.00) to share with your friends, or make some new ones. It’s that good, though don’t forget the floater of Myer’s or Bambarra Black to make it even better!
Also that good is the edible option in the bar’s name – conch!
Sinfully succulent, da conch salad at Da Conch Shack required just a dab or two of goat pepper to suit my taste perfectly!
All this wondrous rum, conch and cocktail fun plays out daily along the beautiful stretch of white sand beach that Da Conch Shack calls home. Various seating areas are spread throughout the place, giving you the option of a toes in sand beach meal, dining room, or fun and laughs at the bar with Rayon McKnight, the fun-loving young bartender from Jamaica.
Everyone I met working with Rayon happened to be from Jamaica too, making for some good-natured ribbing when discussing where each guy grew up. When you go, ask Rayon if he’s “from country” when his pals are around, and watch the hilarity ensue…
If you’re ever in Providenciales, a visit to Da Conch Shack is a must! They’re open every day from 11am to 9pm over on Blue Hills Road. Check ‘em out online or on Facebook, and be sure to say hi from Uncommon Caribbean when you go!
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