Best Beach Bars: A Guide to Top Waterfront Spots for Cocktails with a View

posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 7:29:02 PM

Edge of Waikiki

Imagine sinking your toes into the sand and watching a picturesque sunset in front of you while sipping on a fresh cocktail made with local ingredients. It’s the perfect recipe for a tropical escape that you’ll remember fondly for years to come.

Make that dream a reality on your next vacation. While Hawaii is certainly the first idea on many people’s minds, and for good reason, there are endless beaches around the world that are ready to play host to your fantasies. Our curated list of six fascinating destinations will have you ready to book your stay at the beach this summer.

Florida Keys

The world is full of famous drives, including the Pacific Coast Highway, the Ring of Kerry, Route 66 and Trollstigen, among countless others. At the southernmost point of the continental United States, you’ll find another: the Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys. Starting in Florida City, you can leisurely drive the 127-mile stretch and stop for fresh seafood and scenic beaches along the way. There is no shortage of tiki bars and local dives along nearly every stretch of the shore.

Lorelei Cabana Bar in Islamorada – Settle in for a gorgeous sunset at Lorelei Cabana Bar. This tiki bar offers breakfast, lunch and dinner menus full of fresh dishes, but nothing beats their spectacular cocktail options. Pick out a frozen key lime colada or rum runner to sip while you slip into the relaxed lifestyle of the Keys.

Keys Fisheries in Marathon – Put in an order for a lobster Rueben and stone crab claws, then grab a tropical drink from the full bar at Keys Fisheries. Located on the north side of Marathon, the restaurant serves up freshly caught seafood to enjoy while watching the fishing boats come in and out. Feed the fish on the open-air patio before heading upstairs to the raw bar. Before you leave, stop in the market to stock up your cooler with delicious fare to bring home with you.

Southernmost Beach Cafe in Key West – On the north side of Key West, you can take in the nightly Sunset Celebration in Mallory Square, but if you make your way down Duval Street to the other side of the island, you’ll find this gem. Located just around the corner from the Southernmost Point in the Continental United States, this café serves up drinks right on the beach. Order a coconut mojito or key lime pie martini for a classic local drink to savor while slipping your toes into the warm sand.

San Diego

On the other side of the United States, you can enjoy fresh seafood all along the California coastline. Spectacular sunsets happen every night in San Diego, where you can pick any bar along the waterfront for a beautiful view. During the day, you can be delighted while watching playful seals in their natural habitat.

The Beachcomber – Since the 1940s, The Beachcomber has been a popular spot for drinks near the Pacific Ocean. With a selection of drink specials, karaoke night and a historic venue, this spot is perfect for immersing yourself in the local scene before watching the sun go down.

Mitch’s Seafood – Head inland from the coast and watch the boats coming in and out of the Americas Cup Harbor. Mitch’s Seafood in Point Loma offers an outdoor deck right on the water with bay views to enjoy while feasting on fresh fish tacos and unique drinks. Amidst the local marina traffic, you’ll find harbor seals splashing and playing as they follow the fishermen around.

Hawaii

With a relaxed pace and delicious drinks in an island paradise, Hawaii is the quintessential destination for honeymooners. Offering a tropical hideaway without leaving the country, it’s the perfect place to sip a fruity drink while watching the locals on the beach.

The Edge of Waikiki – Located in the Sheraton Waikiki, this outdoor bar is the very definition of a Hawaiian escape. After a day of exploring, head to Waikiki and take in the sunset while sipping on one of their signature cocktails and savoring local fare from the kitchen. In addition to the stunning views and top-notch drinks available for everyone, hotel guests can enjoy the poolside bar in the spectacular infinity pool.

Huggo’s On the Rocks in Kailua – On the Rocks, located next to the Big Island’s famous Huggo’s Restaurant, offers dinner and drinks right on the sand. Relax in the sun or dip your toes in the water while toasting with a delightful cocktail complemented by one of their savory pupus.

Cancun

Cancun offers mile after mile of gorgeous coastline and no shortage of nightclubs, so there’s nothing to stop the party except you.

Mandala Beach Club – The party is always on at Mandala Beach Club. During the day, guests can tan on the sand or lounge in a shaded bed. Servers are on hand to bring you any drink your heart desires in between rounds of beach volleyball. At night, lose yourself in the music during a wild dance party under the bright lights. Leave your budget concerns at the door with an indulgent open bar package and bottle service options.

Aruba

Located in the Caribbean just off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba offers fun nightlife and gorgeous coastal views. There are legendary beaches covering the outside rim of the island where you can sit back in the shade of the palm trees and let your worries float away while enjoying a tropical mai tai.

MooMba – Start your day off with the breakfast buffet at MooMba, where your fresh fruit and omelets can be with an indulgent early-morning cocktail. After that, you can easily stay all day and put in an order from their lunch and dinner menus to savor with your drinks, many of which are inspired by local flavors.

Bugaloe Beach Bar and Grill – Live entertainment and nightly specials make this bar a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Enjoy a performance while sipping a drink on the waterfront, where you can dangle your feet off the edge of the dock.

Rio de Janeiro

Home to the legendary Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro offers a unique beach getaway that isn’t quite as popular with Americans as some of the other entries on this list – but it should be. You can’t visit Brazil without ordering a Caipirinha, the national cocktail. It’s made with cachaça, sugar and lime for a fresh citrus taste.

YNDU Beach Lounge – Savor fusion cuisine and indulgent cocktails at YNDU Beach Lounge, where you can play in the sand in between Caipirinhas. Swim in the surf or attend one of their yoga classes to work up an appetite for another round of drinks over dinner.

Espetto Carioca – The kiosks in Copacabana are outdoor bars along the beach where you can grab something to sip on while you enjoy the fresh air. Espetto Carioca is next to Pedro de Leme and offers spectacular views of both the ocean and the skyline. They serve up a delicious array of local fare, drinks and, of course, Caipirinhas.

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