What better way to enjoy summer than by sipping something tall and cool while drinking in the spectacular Florida water scenery? Finding your favorite watering hole with a view can be a highlight of any Florida getaway.
Here are some refreshing watering holes in popular Florida destinations. At these bars and lounges you can enjoy a frosty umbrella drink and also feast your eyes on panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway or the Gulf of Mexico:
Captiva: The Harbourside Bar & Grill at the South Seas Island Resort on this scenic Southwest Florida island overlooks the resort's Yacht Harbour Marina, the perfect spot to enjoy the catch of the day with your favorite beverage. Info: southseas.com.
Delray Beach: A popular spot with both locals and visitors, Crane's Beach House's Tiki Bar is located by the hotel's waterfall pool. You can order a specialty drink, beer or wine and take it out to the beach or linger at the tiki bar and enjoy the breezes and live entertainment presented on select evenings. Info: cranesbeachhouse.com.
Fort Lauderdale: Grille 66 & Bar at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale provides stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway. You can munch on some potato skins or Maryland crab cakes and sip a glass of your favorite from an extensive wine list as you enjoy the views. Info: grille66andbar.com.
Islamorada: The chic Cheeca Lodge & Spa's Tiki Bar is fanned by the beach breezes and serenaded by the calls of seabirds. There's a big screen plasma TV to entertain while you feast on Cheeca burgers or Bahamian colossal crab claws and imbibe a cold brew, sparkling water or other beverage. Info: cheeca.com.
Key West: The island ambience of the Liquid Lounge Pool Bar at the Ocean Key Resort is something to write home about. It offers waterfront views, along with cocktails and other beverages. Mojitos, anyone? Info: oceankey.com.
Miami: The Tradewinds Waterfront Bar & Grill overlooks Pier 5 adjacent to the Island Queen sightseeing boats in the Bayside Marketplace in downtown Miami. Sip a cocktail, then extend the evening with some fresh caught seafood. Info: tradewindsbarandgrill.com.
Naples: The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill at the Naples Beach & Golf Resort is an ideal spot to catch a sunset while on a trip to Southwest Florida. Recently renovated with new seating, an expanded bar and an open-air grill, it offers nightly entertainment. Info: naplesbeachhotel.com.
Vero Beach: The Green Cabin Room on the second floor of the ocean side Disney's Vero Beach Resort is themed to the 17th century wreckage of the Spanish galleon San Martin that is said to be offshore. The Green Cabin Room has an old Florida bar feel with dark woods and comfortable seating. The indoor section and additional tables on its deck offer sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Entertainment follows a seasonal schedule. Info: disneybeachresorts.com.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun