Drinks on the Beach in Naples, Florida: The Quintessential Vacation Experience



Nothing makes a Florida vacation day like a cold drink at the bar clad in your swimsuit with the wafting scent of sea breezes, suntan lotion and pina coladas. It is pretty much the quintessential Naples resort experience. And that is where you will find the majority of beach bars – at resorts where the sand and sea spread at the back door. This list includes some of the top resort beach bars such as Sunset Beach Bar at the Naples Beach Hotel and Gumbo Limbo Beach Bar & Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples.

It also has scanned the beach landscape to find the most casual and sandy independently owned beach bars such as Doc’s Beach House in Bonita Springs and Sunset Grille on Marco Island. Some on the list offer entertainment, but at others the sunset is the main attraction each evening. Because of the resort nature of the Naples area, most of the bars open early and serve lunch and sometimes dinner. They make a handy option for grabbing a bite and a drink without having to leave the beach. Most mix up a full array of cocktails, usually with a tropical flair such as rum punches, margaritas and mojitos. 


Beach Tavern
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It didn't bother the owners of this bar that they could not afford real estate seaside. They grabbed a strip mall property and made their own beach with the water view of a fountained retention pond. Inside the pleasant and well lit bar, sports...  Read More


The Turtle Club at Vanderbilt Beach
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It has a fairly extensive and well rounded wine list with some recognizable vintner names and an intriguing selection of vintages you will want to try for the first time. Plus it offers a full selection of beer and liquor. Most come here to dine...  Read More


Capri Fish House Restaurant
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You cannot get any more Florida than a thatched roof tiki bar on the beach, and Capri Fish House is the only one there is one of the few in the Naples area. You will hear it referred to as a "chickee" – a genuine product made by Seminole...  Read More


Quinn's on the Beach
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Colorful and Caribbean in style, Quinn's has indoor and outdoor seating with soothing views of the sand and Gulf of Mexico. Live entertainment happens nightly beginning at 6:30 p.m., including a sunset fire dancer. Its specialty drinks include...  Read More


Beach Club Bar and Grille
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The sunset views at Hilton's beach bar are entertainment enough. It is a nice mellow way to end the day and the bar closes shortly thereafter, but it is also a popular spot during beaching hours, when hotel guests and other beach wanderers stop...  Read More


Sunset Grille
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Located at the base of the Apollo Condominium complex and adjacent to the access for South Marco Beach, it has the proper casual beach bar feel. It actually has two bars. The outdoor bamboo bar serves guests who prefer drinking and dining al...  Read More


Doc's Beach House
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Now this is what a beach bar should look and feel like. You will find a number of resort bars that overlook the beach, but to get the real thing, travel north to Bonita Beach where you can walk right off the beach and into this beer-and-burger...  Read More


Tiki Bar at BALEEN
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Poolside at La Playa Beach Resort, the Tiki Bar serves drinks and food to guests at the bar and by flag service for those lounging on the beach or around the pool. In season, starting in October, the bar features live entertainment Friday and...  Read More


Gumbo Limbo Beach Bar & Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


A short walk down the boardwalk from The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, toward the beach sits this nice little al fresco homage to beach casual at the sophisticated resort. It is also easily accessible from the beach and open to the public. It gets its...  Read More


Sunset Beach Bar
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


Part of the 100-plus-year-old Naples Beach Hotel, Sunset Beach Bar & Grill draws fans from beyond the resort for drinking and dining with a fabulous view of the beach, gulf and sunset. For nearly 10 years, its wine list has earned the Award...  Read More


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Meet Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton – the Local Expert for Naples, Florida and the Caribbean – has been covering the destination for 30 years. Her top-selling Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and...  More About Chelle

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