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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 Kane Tiki Bar & Grill at JW Marriott Marco Beach Resort.

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. 


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Rhode's End
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At the end of the boardwalk that leads from the parking lot for Clam Pass Park and also serves Naples Grande Resort guests, this feels like you have arrived to the Aegean Islands. Named for one of those very islands, it specializes in casual Greek eats. Its elevated deck furthers the illusion with views of white sand and blue-green seas. In addition to a small selection of beer and wine, it whips up traditional beach frozen drinks, smoothies and house specialties such as The Greek on the Beach: Cruzan rum, Southern Comfort, Sauza silver tequila, Florida orange juice and grenadine. Grilled burgers, flatbreads, salads and gyros will sound and taste like Greek to you.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: Part of the Naples Grande Resort, it is open to the public on Clam Pass Park's beach.

Chelle's expert tip: The grilled octopus panzanella salad makes a nice, light beach repast.

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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 one of the few in the Naples area. You will hear it referred to as a "chickee," a genuine product made by Seminole Indians. It is a popular spot for boaters out to wet their whistle and grab a burger or fried seafood basket. But its little bay-side beach also makes it popular among families, who come for the all-day Sunday buffet with live music. They can rent kayaks and paddleboards there and make a day of it. At the bar, things stay simple with draft and bottled beer, sangria, rum runners, margaritas, bloody marys and pina coladas. Live music entertains Tuesday through Sunday. There's also an indoor dining room for those who prefer air conditioning.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: The ultimate in casual beach bar, it boasts the added convenience of bayside boat access.

Chelle's expert tip: It is located on Isles of Capri, a hidden community you reach by taking a right before the north bridge to Marco Island.

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The Turtle Club at Vanderbilt Beach
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The Turtle Club 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 because the food is as excellent as the front row view. Salads and seafood dominate the lunch menu, but there is a burger and hot pastrami on a pretzel roll, too. At dinner, choose from magnificently crafted temptations such as roasted Chilean sea bass with grilled pineapple, jumbo scallops with lemon scented grits and horseradish crusted snapper.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: It has tables planted right in the sand, steps away from the Gulf of Mexico.

Chelle's expert tip: The bar is inside, but you will want to enjoy your drink outside under a market umbrella with your toes in the sand.

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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 fresco. But keep a close watch on your food: Seagulls like to zip through and help themselves. There's access to Sunset Grille right from the beach, so it gets a lot of hungry, thirsty beachers. Inside where it's cooler, the other bar encompasses sports televisions. Most people come for finger food, sandwiches, burgers and seafood baskets, but the menu also tackles seafood, ribs and pasta.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: Convenient to the South Beach access, it is full-service food and drink.

Chelle's expert tip: Take a break from the beach for a drink and to watch the game.

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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 from the beach and into this beer-and-burger joint for a break from the sun. Sit out back on the beach, if you can't bring yourself to drag your toes out of the sand. Or sit inside, where there's shade. If you're looking for air-conditioning on a hot summer day, head upstairs to order your cold one and watch the game. There's just beer and wine in the adult beverages department. The kitchen is famous for its Chicago-style pizzas, served after 4 p.m. Day-long there's seafood, burgers and key lime pie.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: Adjacent to the Bonita Beach public access, it has tables right on the beach and two bars inside.

Chelle's expert tip: Sit outside and order a bucket of beer with lunch. Or come for dinner to watch the sunset.

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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 a passion-ginger mojito, grapefruit-elderflower margarita, cucumber mint smash and raspberry vodka with muddled fresh berries and lemonade. The same food menu runs through lunch and dinner hours. It offers a slew of casual beach eats such as ahi tuna poke, tacos, chicken wings and beer-boiled peel and eat shrimp, but there is also more serious fare such as ribeye and lobster.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: A Caribbean style beach bar, it has full liquor and nightly live entertainment.

Chelle's expert tip: A fire dancer show entertains each evening at sunset.

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Deck at 560 Bar & Restaurant
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A new addition to the Hilton, it opened in 2018 to replace the former beach bar with a spiffed-up version that has also improved upon its food and beverage offerings. Craft cocktails include the Beach Mule with muddled berries, ginger beer and vodka; and the Paloma, a cooler with tequila, lime and grapefruit juice and club soda. Happy hour currently runs daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. offering 50 percent off house wines, domestic beers and well drinks. While the hotel remains closed, until September 2018, $35 guest passes include free parking, two drinks and access to the pool and beach. Flatbreads, burgers, salads, sandwiches and creative apps make up the all-day menu.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: A full-service bar and grill, it overlooks the resort's beach.

Chelle's expert tip: The Buffalo Fish Wings appetizer is entirely original and tasty.

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Gumbo Limbo Beach Bar & Restaurant
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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 name from a native tree also called the "tourist tree" for its red peely bark. Family friendly, it's a great place for a frozen cocktail, cold beer or glass of lemonade. Its lunch and dinner menus list a typical array of noshes such as wings, tacos, conch chowder, handcrafted burgers, salads, sandwiches and dinner entrees.

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Kane Tiki Bar & Grill
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Part of the JW Marriott branding upgrade in 2015, Kane constitutes the main beach bar. Its open, tiki design works well with its Polynesian menu and sandy, watery views. A focus on rum travels to a different region, the Caribbean, but the fruity cocktails and flight tasters work regardless. Kane's adept bartenders pour more than 30 fine brands of rum from Barbados to Brazil. Shareable rum cocktails, at $37 each, serve up to three. The bar also carries eight Florida craft beers on tap. On the food side of things, finger foods and sliders satisfy beachy appetites.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: This is a fantasy vision of tropical vacationing on the beach.

Chelle's expert tip: Try the PuPu Platter and rum flight tasting for a sampling of what Kane is all about.

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Sunset Beach Bar & Grill
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Part of the 70-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 of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine, plus the bartenders have a flair for tropical drinks. Have a seat at the bar with a clear view of the sea or get even closer at a row of chairs lined up outside the flung-open windows on the porch. Hungry? Lunch and dinner menus offer a variety of small plates, salads, sandwiches and entrees. Wednesday through Saturday a guitarist entertains.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: This resort bar faces the beach with full liquor service.

Chelle's expert tip: It has the best seats in town for toasting the sunset. Get there early.

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