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Simpson Bay Road 121 | Simpson Bay, Simpson Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
+1 721-523-9983
09:00 - 22:00
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Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We've eaten here a few times (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and that is just in the first week we've been here! Super convenient for people staying right in Simpson Bay but even if you are not, worth the drive. The food and service is excellent as is the view! We listened to great live music on Tuesday evening for dinner.... More 

Thank Shan V
Beach Haven, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Food & service was great. Nice casual atmosphere, friendly & accommodating staff. We had a reservation which is recommended if you are going 7 or later. This was a great "first night on the island" place to go.

Thank lbigal2017
Rochester Hills, MI
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Karakter's is our favorite beach bar on the Dutch side. The service and food is the best. Get there early to get the best beach chair and have a wonderful breakfast at a very reasonable price. The beach here is awesome. You won't be disappointed and you will want to return many times.

Thank Chuck_and_Linda_Reed
Cape Cod
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162 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Cool rusty old bus cleverly turned into bar on the beach with occasional Airbus 300 or local puddle jumpers taking off next to your table. Which is something you can't experience anywhere else so seemed worth doing once. Waiter seemed like he was tired of the beach bum waiter life. Slow to be served with not many patrons there at... More 

Thank boatguy1
Westbrook, Connecticut
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Enjoyed the view, water, beach and restaurant!! Had the Brie, pear, pecan on a yummy baguette!!!! Outstanding!!

Thank ruth m
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food great service have been here three times this week and will probably be back several more times have met the owners very nice people

Thank Plumber2015
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

At least a third more chairs on the beach than last year, leaving everyone shoulder to shoulder. More customers for the restaurant that no longer features daily specials, only their set menu. Beach service is spotty. Karakter won't get my business again.

Thank raftmaster
Bethel, Connecticut
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76 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great place to relax in the sun! You can get a chaise lounge and umbrella- just have drinks or lunch. We stayed and had dinner twice ! Very good food, friendly servers... with a view you cannot beat!

Thank cathi r
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173 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A little place on the beach preparing food in a converted bus. The magazine in our hotel had an ad for this place as one of the best beach bars in the Caribbean. So since it was next door to our hotel we thought we'd give it a try of breakfast. I think it would be great in the evening... More 

Thank melissa m
Jeffersonville, Vermont
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here for drinks and early dinner. We both had salad with salmon, average. Beer was cold and view gorgeous.

Thank SandiMarriott

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Caribbean, Bar, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?