One of St. Maarten's hidden culinary treasures is Krakter, a lively restaurant and bar set on a sleepy beach near the airport. It's not hard to spot if you know what you're looking for -- parked outside is an American school bus that doubles as a bar.


Karakter has an international menu that specializes in healthy fare that remains delicious, be is a wrap, a smoothie, or a salad. This spot also has a full tapas menu, and a Dutch snack menu. Stop by the bus out front for a cocktail or a beer to get the party started.

Karakter is a bar and grill where they proudly serve their take on International cuisine. The formality of the menu and service to expect from this restaurant is very casual. Diners are welcome to come by to enjoy lunch only, so make sure to plan your visit around the limited hours they are open.


Karakter makes noise on this quite beach, hosting live music (especially jazz) over the weekend. If you're looking to relax and have a good time in the sand, this is the spot for you.


This restaurant is on the shoreline, located along the western outskirts of Simpson Bay, It is at 121 Simpson Bay Road.

This section of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten has plentiful attractions and landmarks, all helping to comprise this colorful area of town. The nearest visitor favorites from the restaurant include Caribbean Cinemas - St. Maarten Megaplex 7 and Sunset Theatre, both of which are just a short drive from the restaurant.

There are at least a few fairly nearby outdoorsy-type activities to engage in if you have some extra time. Travelers up for an outdoor challenge can improve their games at the closest golf course, Mullet Bay Golf Course, which is located within traveling distance of Karakter. A second possibility would be to while away some time relaxing on the sand -- Karakter is located on Simpson Bay Beach.

Nearby Restaurants

For diners looking to find another local restaurant with similar kinds of food or a similar ambiance, there is no shortage of nearby places to choose between, including Tide's Beach Restaurant and Bar.

Of course, if you're in the mood for something different, this section of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten has an impressive range of restaurant options that will be sure to satisfy nearly any type of diner. For instance, you can also try Caribbean eats at Tides Restaurant and Bar, where you'll be just steps from the beach.

Hours and Other Info

Karaker is reasonably priced, with offerings between $10 and $20(USD), and you an get the "Taster for Two" for $36(USD).

Karakter is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and happy hour is from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Contact Info

Location: 121 Simpson Bay Road, Simpson Bay, the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Phone: (721) 523-9983

Website: http://www.karakterbeach.com/


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