Mr. X’s Shiggidy Shack
Just say the name a few times. Are you shaking your groove thing already? Settle in at a picnic table on the sand for killer barbecued ribs and grilled Caribbean lobster. Then go inside to dance and watch the fire dancers shimmy under flaming limbo poles. On Thursday nights and at the full moon, a giant bonfire roars on the beach until late. “It truly is a shack,” says Robert Cole of Menomonee Falls, WI, “but the food is great and the drinks are reasonable.” After a glass or two of the bar’s signature drink, the potent Shiggidy Jig, you might start feeling a little shiggidy yourself. Frigate Bay;mrxshiggidyshack.com
There’s no chance you’ll stumble upon this bar-on-stilts, since it’s nearly a mile off Jamaica’s south coast. Boat owners in Black River and Treasure Beach offer 20-minute rides to the bar, essentially a jumble of driftwood with a nearby sandbar where pelicans congregate. A stereo run by a solar-powered car battery cranks out reggae; dreadlocked islanders play dominoes; and tourists snorkel (the water’s only a few feet deep at low tide) and chill on the rickety boardwalk with Red Stripes or Appleton rum drinks. Call 876-354-4218 to reserve a lobster for lunch, and bring cash: As you might expect, credit cards aren’t accepted.
Calabash Bay, Treasure Beach; jakeshotel.com