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Top 3 Best Beachside Tiki Bars in Florida

Top 3 Best Beachside Tiki Bars in Florida

FLORIDA, FOOD + WINE, LUXURY HOTELS, TRAVEL

A good tiki bar has a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere, tasty cocktails, and decor that can transport you to a faraway island. Luckily, Florida has so many amazing options to choose from! Some tiki bars can be dark and stuffy, but that’s quite the opposite of what you’ll experience at these three beachside properties…

#1 Lido Beach Resort | Sarasota, Florida

Specializing in Gulf coast sunsets and all things R&R, vacationers consider Lido Beach Resort their go-to destination when life demands the simplicity of a nice tan and Piña Colada. When it’s time to catch some rays, a 300-foot stretch of powder white sand beach awaits, or hit one of the property’s two pools – one family friendly and one adults-only.

The adults-only pool is perfectly situated next to the Tiki Bar, which features a fresh cocktail menu and tasty beachside bites served in poolside baskets. Guests can also enjoy stunning nightly sunsets, and the unreal Bloody Mary Bar at the Lido Beach Grille, complete with Sarasota’s only panoramic view of the west coast shoreline and city skyline.

#2 Opal Sands Resort | Clearwater Beach, Florida 

With direct access to the beach, Sandbar at Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater Beach is a restaurant and bar enclosed in a tiki hut roof that provides both local beachgoers and resort guests with a view stretching all the way down the best named beach in the nation. Sandbar’s beach atmosphere is the place to be for relaxed and casual gatherings with friends during the day and night time.

The culinary menu features lighter, casual fare, paired with an extensive cocktail program incorporating fresh juices, fruits, and herbs. One fabulous option is the Mango Poolside that combines Bacardi superior rum, mango puree, cold pressed Persian lime and Valencia orange juice, with a touch of 100% organic agave nectar, topped with fresh mint.

#3 The Palms Hotel & Spa | South Beach, Florida

The Palms Hotel & Spa combines oceanfront serenity, genuine service, and laid-back sophistication into a 251-room destination where complete wellness and environmental awareness are at the center of each experience. The Tiki Bar at The Palms Hotel & Spa provides a poolside setting, swaying palm trees, a relaxing ocean breeze, views of the lush tropical gardens and tiki-style thatched roof bar which instantly reminds you where you are: a relaxing, Miami Beach sanctuary inspired by nature.

The resort offers a “Cocktail of the Day” special, rotated daily from their cocktail list. Along with a variety of beach-friendly dishes, the Tiki Bar also has poolside private cabanas, furnished with two lounge chairs and privacy curtains, along with wireless internet, a 32-inch TV, iPod docking station, and two bottles of sparkling and flat water. What more could you possibly want?!

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

31 Comments

  1. kara
    November 20, 2018 at 12:47 pm
    Reply

    AS a Floridian and neighbor to palm beach I will have to check out the Palms Hotel and Spa

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 25, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      I’m so glad to hear it, enjoy 🙂

  2. Jaymie H.
    November 20, 2018 at 12:49 pm
    Reply

    Florida looks amazing!! Definitely need to remember these if I ever find myself in Florida!

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 25, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      Yes, please do! They won’t disappoint!

  3. Amber Tatton
    November 20, 2018 at 12:54 pm
    Reply

    I love a good cocktail so this sounds great. I had no idea what a tiki bar was until I read this post and I really think the palms hotel would be my go to bar. Especially with their cocktail menus.

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 25, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      The Palms is my go-to!

  4. Teresa
    November 20, 2018 at 1:28 pm
    Reply

    Thank you for this! We live in Florida, and I looooove Clearwater! It’s so pretty. We’re on the east coast but travel over there from time to time. So beautiful.

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 25, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that you love Clearwater too!

  5. Shruti Prabhu
    November 21, 2018 at 6:56 am
    Reply

    The Palms Hotel and Spa looks like it would be my favourite of the three. The decor looks really inviting and cozy. Cocktail of the day and a poolside cabana, that sounds like a perfect plan.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 25, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      I know, it’s such a treat!

  6. Kasey Ma
    November 21, 2018 at 10:05 am
    Reply

    Wow these all look so dreamy! This makes me miss Florida haha. I definitely wish I was somewhere tropical right now.

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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 25, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      It’s always fun to go on a winter getaway to somewhere warm!

  7. Jerry and Fiona
    November 21, 2018 at 10:52 am
    Reply

    The Flirtini at Sandbar is LEGENDARY! Lighter fare and raw oysters would be the way to go at these tiki bars. You have certainly picked 3 good ones – do you have a favorite?

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 25, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      I’ve been to the Palms the most so that would be my first choice!

  8. Cynthia
    November 21, 2018 at 3:14 pm
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    I’m up for any of these but, the cabanas at Palms Hotel & Spa sound especially amazing! The one thing that I don’t like about beach visits is how crowded it can be so having a dedicated space and even a small amount of privacy sounds perfect. And a different cocktal special each day just makes it a little more fun!

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 25, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      Yes, the cabanas are a dream!

  9. Alice Ford
    November 21, 2018 at 7:43 pm
    Reply

    I just love beach bars and tiki lounges, these places look great. I just might be in Florida soon and will have to check these places out.

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 25, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      I do too! Hope you can visit Florida 🙂

  10. Nicola Hilditch-Short
    November 21, 2018 at 10:15 pm
    Reply

    Who doesn’t love a tiki bar, and especially in Florida!! This just reminds me how long it has been since we’ve been down there!! I’m planning a return as I write!

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 25, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      So glad to hear that – enjoy 🙂

  11. Melody Pittman
    November 22, 2018 at 12:28 am
    Reply

    How is it I’ve been to all 3 of these places and missed these cute tiki bars in every city? Cute, cute, cute. Next time you want to go chasing tiki bars, please invite me. I’ll meet you half way. 😉

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 25, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Ha, it’s a deal!

  12. Punita Malhotra
    November 22, 2018 at 8:02 am
    Reply

    Wow…all these are fabulous choices. I wouldn’t know which to pick and which to leave. Must suggest these to my cousin who’s visiting Florida soon.

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 25, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      I know, tough choices but you won’t be disappointed with any!

  13. Yukti
    November 22, 2018 at 8:38 am
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing beautiful beachside tiki bars in Florida. Opal Sands Resort looks very picturesque and Mango Poolside bar really looks exotic.

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 25, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      I’m happy to share, thanks for reading!

  14. chocoralie
    November 24, 2018 at 5:45 am
    Reply

    The first picture brings so many memories to my mind – cocktails, beach, sunset: paradise! I associate tiki bars to Majorca and Tahiti but you’ve just given me another reason to travel to Florida 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 25, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      Oooo, how lovely!

  15. Natalie Redman
    January 18, 2019 at 2:52 pm
    Reply

    Really want to go back to Florida!

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 22, 2019 at 5:36 am

      What are you waiting for?! 😉

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