What’s better than a delicious meal and ice cold drinks? When you can do it with your feet in the sand and looking at a beautiful ocean view!

We selected the top 10 beach bars below based on reviews, menus and our own personal experiences. We think they each offer something special with well balanced menus and some unique twists on a day at the beach in the Sunshine State – they are not to be missed!

Florida’s Top 12 Beach Bars for 2021

Nikki Beach | Miami Beach

Open daily, jetsetters, celebrities and Miami locals flock to Nikki Beach to soak up the sun on luxurious day beds while enjoying lunch and creative cocktails.

The extensive menu spans dishes representative of all the countries Nikki Beach is located in around the world including healthful salads, innovative sushi rolls, freshly caught seafood entrees and slow-roasted free range rotisserie chicken.

Relax under a signature Nikki Beach teepee and watch the waves roll in as the “happy music” and world-class entertainment take over. It’s a Miami hotspot you’ll never want to leave!

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Doc Ford’s | Fort Myers Beach

Doc Ford’s Fort Myers Beach sits on the back of beautiful Estero Bay on San Carlos Island and offers the best waterfront dining on Ft. Myers Beach. Feel free to come by car or boat and experience live music and watch the largest shrimp boat fleet in the U.S. head in and out of the gulf thru Matanzas Pass. With seating inside and out, it’s a view you will never forget!

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Coconuts on the Beach | Cocoa Beach

What makes Coconuts so unique and such a great place to dine and drink, is the incredible view overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. While relaxing on a huge, outdoor tiki deck under the warm Florida sun, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the beach and the local wildlife. Almost daily you can spot porpoises playing in the surf.

In addition to the Florida sunshine, ocean breeze, surf and sand, Coconuts is famous for the bathing beauties that frequent the beach right in front of the ocean deck. What more could you ask for?

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Caddy’s | Treasure Island

The original Caddy’s offers dining and drinks directly on the sand while you watch the surf wash up from The Gulf of Mexico. A local’s favorite known for their fresh dishes, live music, and complimentary beach amenities.

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Boston’s on the Beach | Delray Beach

Nationally recognized Boston’s on the Beach has been serving locals and tourists alike for 35 years. Boston’s magic has been its ability to attract, feed, and entertain a diverse following. Located at 40 South Ocean Boulevard in Delray Beach, Boston’s on the Beach offers breathtaking oceanfront views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as the ideal setting to enjoy casual dining, live music, and sports games at their first floor restaurant affectionately nicknamed “The Beach.”

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Sloppy Joe’s | Treasure Island

Welcome to one of few treasured waterfront places to eat and drink along Florida’s coast. Florida’s legendary tradition continues with our 11,000 square foot restaurant and bar located at The Bilmar Beach Resort right on the beach in Treasure Island, Florida. Visitors to Tampa Bay have enjoyed dining on the two-tier deck at Sloppy Joe’s on the Beach for more than a decade. The casual atmosphere is perfect with live entertainment, daily drink and food specials along with a unique offering of creative and tropical fruit beverages.
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Ocean Deck | Daytona Beach

A local family owned Daytona Beach tradition for over 50 years, featuring live music and dancing every night of the week. Weekends bring the best and only party ON the beach. Relax in a Caribbean style atmosphere with great food, great music and Karaoke every Saturday and Sunday.

Their menu ranges from the freshest seafood including our famous Mahi Mahi, Crab Legs, Oysters, and seared Ahi Tuna. They also have award winning Burgers, tender Steak, slow cooked Ribs and Wings tossed in a signature “Rasta Sauce”. Save room for homemade Key Lime Pie.

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Daiquiri Shak Raw Bar & Grille | Madeira Beach

The Daiquiri Shak Raw Bar & Grille in Madeira Beach was opened in 1996 and has been a landmark in Madeira Beach delivering great friendly service, over 30 flavors of cold daiquiris and fresh food with the areas best live entertainment. The Daiquiri Shak is focused on creating a casual, tropical style bar & grill with emphasis on our signature daiquiris, quality fresh food and a beach lifestyle theme. The combination of a tropical style bar & grill plus efficient, friendly guest service has created a great guest experience.

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Sam’s Beach Bar | Hudson

Where fun dining meets the Gulf of Mexico! Watch a beautiful sunset while feasting on a perfectly prepared dinner at a price that no other restaurant can match, and a quality that no other restaurant can come close to!

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Sandbar Tiki & Grille | Englewood

Great food, atmosphere, and people! Come enjoy live music everyday while eating or drinking in an air conditioned dining room, outdoors on the dock overlooking the water, or even directly on a private beach! They strive to make your dining experience a memorable one that is why they offer games for the whole family on their beach and a dance floor! Make sure next time you’re in Englewood to stop by SandBar Tiki & Grille located on beautiful Manasota Key, directly across from Englewood Beach.

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Lido Bayside Grille | Miami Beach

A gathering place for friends to share drinks and bayside bites, Lido Bayside Grill is guided by locally sourced ingredients and seasonal produce; plays on citrus and fermentation are woven throughout the menu, which includes chilled dishes, fried options, and expertly-grilled offerings. And yes, there will be plenty of frosé. The menu is inspired by coastal cuisines and provides an exciting, varied palate that showcases locally-sourced ingredients and line-caught seafood that reduce bycatch and improve sustainability. Even a morning cup of joe is roasted and sourced here in Miami. Using only fresh, crisp, and clean ingredients to emphasize the vibrant flavors, Lido also offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options to ensure an inclusive dining experience for every diet.

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Sunset Grille & Beach Bar | Ruskin

Overlooking a secluded beach and the beauty of Tampa Bay, a table at the Sunset Grill offers a view of one of the most beautiful sunsets around and the city of Saint Petersburg across the water! Open daily for lunch and dinner, and brunch on Sundays, this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy an array of their Chef’s signature dishes. They offer an expansive menu, daily specials and a renowned Sunday Champagne Brunch. You’re sure to find something to tempt your taste buds!

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Jen Robertson
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Hi, I'm Jen and I love to travel, go to the beach and write about all the places I have visited. I also have a bucket list of places I can't wait to try! I've visited Cape Cod every summer since I was a kid and now enjoy traveling to all great beach destinations, including Florida! I have worked in the travel industry for all of my career. I love sharing my experiences of different restaurants and places and helping travelers find the best fit for them!

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