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. 

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...  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 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...  Read More

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...  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 from the beach and into this beer-and-burger...  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 a...  Read More

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...  Read More

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...  Read More

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...  Read More

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...  Read More


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