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Tony Macaroni's Conch Experience makes Top 10 Best Caribbean Beach Bar List
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Feb 22, 2019 - 2:09:36 PM

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Anthony 'Zip' Hanna, lovingly known as Tony Macaroni has been proprietor of the Conch Experience for 27 years.(Photo: Robbin Whachell)

Good news from Grand Bahama Island!

Tony Macaroni's Conch Experience, the seaside food experience featuring roasted conch and more has been named a 'Best Caribbean Beach Bar" in the 2019 USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest.

"Nothing says 'vacation' quite like sipping a tropical cocktail while digging your toes in the sand. The Caribbean could be called the beach bar capital of the world with countless places to sip the day away."  USA Today asked a panel of Caribbean travel experts to nominate their favorites, and gave the public time to put in their vote.

The official announcement was made Friday, February 22.

Two other Bahamian location made this list: Staniel Cay Yacht Club; Pete's Pub & Gallery; and Nipper's Beach Bar & Grill.

Here are the USA Today Best Caribbean Beach Bar winners:

Soggy Dollar Bar - Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Staniel Cay Yacht Club - Staniel Cay, Bahamas
Catherine's Cafe - Antigua
Pete's Pub & Gallery - Abaco, Bahamas
Elvis' Beach Bar - Anguilla
Umbrellas Beach Bar - Saint George's, Grenada
Chat 'N' Chill - Great Exuma, Bahamas
Nipper's Beach Bar & Grill - Abaco, Bahamas
Da Conch Shack - Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Tony Macaroni's Conch Experience - Freeport, Bahamas

This thatch-roofed beach bar at Taino Beach in the Bahamas is the island’s go-to destination for roast conch, lobster, shrimp and Caribbean cocktails. Photo courtesy of Andrew Conway / Tony Macaroni's Conch Experience

USA Today said a panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Melanie Reffes and Chelle Koster Walton (10Best Local Expert) were chosen for their knowledge of the Caribbean.

Congratulations goes out to Anthony 'Zips' Hanna, proprietor of Tony Macaroni's Conch Experience.

USA TODAY 10Best Contest rules HERE.

World famous for his roast conch! (Photo: Jason Purlow)

Watch a video to get the vibe of the location and experience.

A piece of paradise. Tony Macaroni's Conch Experience is situated over the sand at Taino Beach in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.

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