Basic but beautiful. That’s the first impression you get when you step into Rickie’s Flamingo Café. Inside you’ll find an abundance of obvious and subtle treasures poised and ready to keep you coming back for more. From the staff and the food to the incredible view, it doesn’t take long to unleash the full potential of your inner beach bum.
Located along beautiful Grace Bay Beach, this local gem is beach bar simplicity at its finest. Whether it’s your first time visiting or you’re one of the lucky few to call Turks and Caicos home, you’ll be greeted with open arms and smiles as though you’re part of the family.
A huge stretch of white sandy beach and crystal-clear turquoise water sets the scene. In all fairness, once you set your eyes on the view, you probably won’t care what you’re going to eat or drink, but we can honestly say, Rickie’s prepares some of the best, affordable, Caribbean cuisine on the island. Nothing fancy or fussy, just simple and delicious!
Rickie’s is the ideal spot to spend a lazy day at the beach people watching and drinking tasty cocktails. Its bright lemon-yellow walls put you in the mood for sunshine, happiness and rum, lots of rum! Watch the beach goers and business owners meet and greet throughout the day, share some stories with the locals and get some insider tips on must-see spots on the island. While Rickie’s is simple in its structure, its vibe is anything but. Sit back, relax and make some amazing memories.
What will you have?
Beer: Rickie’s features local Turks Head Beer – award winning brews with catchy Caribbean titles. A personal favourite is I-Soon-Reach. These are supported by the usual TCI suspects, such as Corona, Red Stripe, Heineken, Presidente, Coors Light, etc.
Rum/Cocktails: Hands down the best rum punch on the island. Made with locally distilled Bambarra Rum. Ask Petey to make you a rum punch. You’ll be tempted to have another, but be warned, you’ll be floating out of there if you have more than three! You can also order all your classic beach side slushy drinks. Be forewarned though, they don’t skimp on the booze in any of their offerings.
Food: Open for lunch and dinner, Rickie’s serves up delicious, simple, Caribbean eats. Conch and grouper done any of seven ways are among the menu favourites here. From the whole fried snapper to fish fingers and cheeseburgers, there’s something for everyone. All very reasonably priced in comparison to other bars and restaurants on the island.
It’s a small kitchen, so if you’re part of a large group, all meals may not come out at the same time. Don’t worry, just order another cocktail while you wait. Trust us, your meal, when it arrives, will be fabulous.
Did we mention that Petey makes the finest rum punch on the island? Every bar boasts they make “the best”, but in our ‘unbiased’ opinion, it’s found here
Rickie’s is one of those little unassuming places that keeps you dreaming of ‘the next time’ when you’re not there. It’s a sunset paradise in the summer months. The sky becomes aglow right in front of the deck as everyone watches in silence as it disappears into the ocean. Photo ops and memories to last a lifetime.
Rickie’s Flamingo Café
Grace Bay Beach
Turks & Caicos
Facebook: Flamingo Café TCI
Guest Reviewers: Kerry Houston Glover and Byron Glover 2020