We did walk off the resort--to the left..After Beaches, it was Couples Resort.than after that there were a few shops/bars (Tshirts & hats are a lot cheaper down there than the resort..for example my husband saved $10 on a hat buying it down at the local store) . Are there a lot of bars--no~not really but a few. We never did get to Margaritaville or Rick's. We were on a catamaran & stopped & watched the cliff jumpers for about 15 minutes. The bride & groom did go to Rick's after we all left..said it was fun but spendy. Beaches will take you to Margaritaville for free but you have to take a cab to go to Rick's. As to the right of the resort..I walked that way but not very far. Not much that way.
But the beach/sand is AWESOME. I can guarantee you that. The water was so clear & blue & you could walk out pretty far.
Are you taking children? I can tell you that it's a perfect resort for Families. And another couple stayed at Sandles in Negirl & they told me they really like Beaches..they thought there seemed more to do?! Let me know if you have any other ??'s.