It’s the essence of the Florida experience: Put on shorts and flip-flops and sip a cocktail while gazing at the surf. The beach bar may seem like a vanishing breed in South Florida, but there are still some opportunities to stick your toes in the sand and set your watch to island time.
The Sandbar, Jupiter
In the Jupiter Beach Resort and Spa, The Sandbar (561-745-7120) overlooks the Atlantic and serves island-inspired starters, salads and sandwiches. The alfresco restaurant closes at 8 p.m. and ends the evening by inviting guests to sit around a fire pit.
Boston’s on the Beach, Delray Beach
This classic hangout is really three locations in one. Relax in the original Boston’s on the Beach (561-278-3364), featuring 30 TVs, live music and cold beer; indulge in the casual Sand Bar at the south side of the building; or ascend the stairs to 50 Ocean, the sleek and stunning restaurant under the direction of Chef Blake Malatesta, complete with an outdoor deck for cocktails and dining.
Atlantic Bar and Grill, Palm Beach
A beach bar at the Four Seasons? Absolutely! Perched on the edge of the sand, the Atlantic Bar and Grill (561-582-2800) is a tropical outpost complete with comfortable wooden furniture and upscale cuisine (think seared ahi tuna and nasi goreng, rather than smoked fish dip and fried calamari), along with a surprisingly affordable happy hour.
Benny’s on the Beach, Lake Worth
Located at the base of the Lake Worth Pier, Benny’s on the Beach‘s (561-582-9001) outdoor seating offers a spectacular view of the surf—your legs may not be long enough to stick your toes in the sand, but you’ll definitely bask in the salt breeze. New Chef Jeremy Hanlon is expanding the reach of the menu, but you can still indulge in standards such as lobster benedict and conch fritters.