A laid-back beach hangout by day with petanque and beach volleyball on offer, 'C' Beach Club springs to life by night.
Atmospheric blue lighting and a floodlit pool are the backdrop for parties featuring international and local DJs.
Live music weekly, with other events to stimulate the party mood.
'C' Beach Club, Domaine de Bel Ombre, Mauritius
19. Bomba's Shack (Tortola-Beach, British Virgin Islands)
It'd be easy for some to get turned off Bomba's Shack, with its signs imploring "Girls with big boops (sic) get naked for Bomba" and women's underwear swinging from the ceiling.
But from its humble origins as a homey surf-side shack, Bomba's has become a renowned bar and party spot.
Made of driftwood, telephone poles and other mangled pieces of junk, this characterful bar is notorious for hosting epic full moon parties and reeling in travelers from around the world.
The crowd here is an eclectic mix of surfers, yachting tourists and locals who might be sipping hallucinogenic tea, so Bomba's is only for the open-minded.
Cappoons Bay, Tortola-Beach, British Virgin Islands; +1 284 495 4148
18. O'Grille Beach Bar & Restaurant (Ilha de Sal, Cape Verde)
With an al fresco terrace and easy access to a sandy beach, this is the place to watch a glorious Cape Verde sunset.
Whiskey, wine, cocktails and barbecue appear limitless, and the bar hosts themed entertainment nights and beach parties featuring live bands and traditional Cape Verde dancers.
Urbanização da Cabocam, ZDTI de Ponta Preta, Ilha de Sal, Cape Verde Islands
17. Flora-Bama Lounge (Florida and Alabama)
Flora-Bama might be a semi-dive, but it has everything a beach bar needs. Live music. Wet T-shirt contests. Cold cheap beer, much loved by the solid mix of locals and out-of-towners.
If you're feeling more refined, the crew will shuck fresh oysters for you, right on the beach.
What makes Flora-Bama truly legendary, however, is the fact that it hosts the annual Interstate Mullet Toss. Flora-Bama straddles the state line of Florida and Alabama, and each April, thousands gather at the bar to party and watch intoxicated competitors throw slippery fish like a discus back and forth across the state line.
Flora Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr., Pensacola, Fla. Located right on the Florida and Alabama Line on Highway 292 & 182
16. Cafe Sofia Beach Bar (Cape Town, South Africa)
Wedged between the hooting, honking city and the sweeping, sparkling ocean, Cafe Sofia Beach Bar in Cape Town manages to straddle the line between hectic party place and after-work chill spot.
The decor is warm and lounge-like; the happy hour is generous; the drinks are strong and plentiful; the mezze and tapas platters are communal -- sit at the table, grab a fistful of calamari and discuss the best wave you ever rode with complete strangers.
This is a one of a chain -- there are eight Cafe Sofia's dotted around South Africa -- but this, the flagship store, is staffed by the kind of people you wish you knew in "real life," and therefore feels like one of a kind.
Cafe Sofia Beach Bar, Shop 17 Eden on the Bay, Otto du Plesis Drive, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, South Africa; +27 21 554 0296
15. Shalvata (Tel Aviv, Israel)