Rum Journal: In St Barth, the Right Beach Bar at the Right Time

O Corail

GRAND CUL DE SAC — It’s early.

Not morning, but not quite lunchtime.

On a hot summer day in the French Caribbean, that means only one thing: a Ti’ Punch.

O Corail

The world’s greatest (and simplest) cocktail: Rhum agricole blanc, a quarter lime (or sometimes more), cane sugar. Sweet enough for this time of day, powerful enough to get the day going right.

O Corail

Because this is how one starts the day, even when the day has already started.

The site? O Corail, a great little Caribbean beach bar on Grand Cul de Sac, a few steps away from the tony Le Sereno hotel.

O Corail

This is an archetypical Caribbean beach bar that’s also the height of French Caribbean cool: no pretentiousness, just divers and snorkelers and those in search of ti’ punches, just a soft patch of sand and calm waves.

O Corail

Le Sereno, just a few steps away.

And it’s never too early for that.