47. Pelican Bar (Jakes Treasure Beach, Jamaica)
When a place claims to have "the best cocktails in the sea" it's easy to be cynical. But Pelican Bar really could have the best, because it really is in the sea.
Part of the Jakes Treasure Beach resort, the Pelican is built out on a shoal requiring a short boat ride for a visit.
No Internet, no TVs, no pool tables -- just thatched roof, seats and booze.
No wonder it's considered by fans to be the single best beach bar in the Caribbean.
Pelican Bar, Calabash Bay, Jakes Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, W.I.
46. Purobeach, Mallorca, Spain
If upon setting foot in Mallorca's Purobeach you feel as if you've stepped into a design magazine, you're exactly right.
Run by Swedish entrepreneur Mats Wahlström, the gorgeous beachfront property has been featured in countless fashionable glossies.
This no doubt accounts for its popularity among the international jet set.
At Purobeach, beautiful bodies lie on white loungers, sipping passionfruit mojitos under the shade of white beach umbrellas and potted palms.
During the day, Purobeach offers spa and yoga sessions to its designer swimwear-clad patrons.
Come nightfall, clubbers gather around the large pool to dance to tunes from Wahlström's music label.
Puro Beach, Montenegro, 12 Palma, Mallorca, Spain; +34 971 425 450
45. Tamboo Tavern, Rincon, Puerto Rico
Imagine a bar where you spend lunchtime bathing on the sands and drinking pina coladas, afternoons watching old black and white movies in a cozy corner and evenings listening to live Latin music while humpback whales break the ocean surface in front of the glowing sun.
It's not a dream -- this place exists on the idyllic coastline of Puerto Rico.
It's relaxed, but lively, it's popular but roomy.
Tamboo Tavern, Sandy Beach Road, 413 Interior, Puntas, Rincon, Puerto Rico; +787 823 8550
44. Ben's Back Beach Bar (Shek O, Hong Kong)
Glamorous it ain't but well positioned it is.
In a city defined by skyscrapers, pollution and dense urban areas the chilled out calm of this low-key bar provides remarkable respite and feels so un-Hong Kong.
Its remote location keeps it relatively uncrowded, and even those that make it to Shek O's main beach seem unaware of what's on offer barely a few hundred meters away.
Perched on a concrete rise overlooking the town's back beach, Ben and his small team serve HK$25 ($3.20) beers, basic cocktails and wine.
Other than crisps, there's no food but BYO from nearby restaurants is decent.