Written by Lori Sorrentino with travlinmad.com. Thank you, Lori, for allowing us to use your beautifully written blog!
“Got my toes in the water, ass in the sand
Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand,
Life is good today….life is good today”
— ZAC BROWN BAND
Does the Zac Brown Band have it right or what?
We dream of days like this – sittin’ in our chair at the beach getting a little singed from the sun, smelling suntan lotion on the breeze, and a cold one in our hand. Add the right music, some happy people on island time and chances are you’re in a fun beach bar. You know the kind we’re talking about — fruity umbrella drinks with extra rum floaters, and the beach right there. Then you slowly exhale and take a nice long sip….ahh, paradise!
Over the years, we spent many afternoons looking for good "beach bars" only to discover that most of them didn’t have a grain of sand in sight once we got there. So we decided to compile this list of our favorite sandy beach bars in southwest Florida that are actually ON the beach! This list will come in handy when you're here looking for just the right beach bar vibe to match your tropical vacation so go ahead and bookmark it now. Here they are – the very best beach bars we’ve found in Sanibel & Captiva islands, Ft. Myers Beach, Bonita Beach, Naples, and Marco Island!
But first, who says these are the best beach bars in southwest Florida? We do, and we live here! We head for these places on weekends and whenever friends and family come to visit, so we do plenty of research! There's no shortage of Florida beach bars but we like the outdoor tiki bar kind with an island feel. The kind where you can sip your drink in your bare feet if you want, or stick your toes in the sand and order another without putting your shoes back on.
Our criteria was simple:
If it’s a bar, and it’s on a beach, it’s a Beach Bar
We limited our selections to Sanibel, Captiva, Ft. Myers Beach, Bonita Beach, Naples, Isle of Capri, and Marco Island in southwest Florida. (Who knows, we may expand into Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, the Everglades, or Key West next year!)
These bars have all this in common and more. Several of them are located in resort settings and gladly welcome the public, not just their guests, so don't let that dissuade you from going. We checked them all out (tough job, we know) and if we didn't feel comfortable, they weren't included. Who needs that?
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