The 25 Best Beach Bars

Smack on the sugar white sand of Captiva Island, this British-style bar that opened in the mid-1970s has a neighborhood beach vibe and attracts snowbirds, locals, and vacationing families. There’s darts and a big bar inside but the beachside picnic tables make a better evening perch. Come sunset, join the crowds to send off the Florida sun as it sinks into the Gulf of Mexico while enjoying a frosty beer (there are 16 on tap and more by the bottle) and a plate of crab cakes.
Feet from the water: 60
The regulars: CEOs sporting flip flops
What to order: Mucky Duck Ale, a red lager