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Florida Beach Bar Challenge
In 2011 Sarah and Ryan created the Florida Beach Bar Challenge taking on teams in a race to see who would be the first to visit all of the bars listed on FloridaBeachBar.com. The competition was created by Sarah and Ryan who along with several other teams took on the task. Other teams have come and gone, but Sarah and Ryan continued their quest to visit the bars on the challenge list. Ryan and Sarah passed the halfway mark at the World Famous Oasis on St. Augustine Beach, bar number 101. Using the initial beach bar list as a guide, the two went on to visit a total of 208 beach bars and reached their goal in May of 2015. They are the Winners of the Inaugural Florida Beach Bar Challenge.

Traveling to Over 200 Florida Beach Bars
by: Sarah and Ryan, Inaugural Florida Beach Bar Challenge Winners
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Sarah and RyanHaving recently moved to Orlando from the Midwest, we wanted to visit different Florida areas outside of our new city. We stumbled across FloridaBeachBar.com in early 2011 and decided to use it as our road map. We reached out to the website owners, John and Chris, and the next thing we knew we had our own page tracking our progress on the site. We were amazed at how much they supported our efforts and we quickly became friends. As we told our friends about our plan to visit as many of these bars as we can, they wanted to do the same thing and the Beach Bar Challenge was born. 

Sarah and RyanOver the years, some of our friends moved away, started families, changed jobs, and the competition faded away.  We have been through our fair share of change ourselves but we wanted to keep going because it’s always been an excuse for us to get out of our house and take a break from the hectic pace of normal life. We explored some unknown parts of Florida and some of our happiest times were driving to the middle of nowhere only to find a fabulous beach bar. We’re thinking about you Alabama Jacks!

We met people along the way and more importantly got to share this journey with so many friends and family members. We even got Ryan’s Great Aunt and Nana out to a beach bar! Looking back, what really stands out are the memories we made with the people we love.

Sarah and RyanPeople sometimes ask what our favorite bar has been and we like to steal the response that John and Chris always give…”the one we’re at.”  It’s so true. Jimmy B’s has unbelievable hospitality and a prime location, SKOB and the Daiquiri Deck in Siesta Key for the numerous friends that joined us there, Flora-Bama for hosting a great Kenny Chesney concert, Lorelai Cabana Bar for our 100th beach bar milestone, and the Square Grouper for making us feel like it’s always five o’clock somewhere.

Sarah and RyanWoody’s River Roo was one of the first beach bars we visited long before this challenge started.  It was on the way to Venice Beach where we would often be invited by our great friends to spend a weekend.  We’d leave Friday after work and get there by sunset. It was the feeling of having a weekend in front of you and the first beach drink in your hand that immediately removed us from the 9-5 grind.  No matter what happened the rest of the weekend or down the road of life, we had those moments and that place. As Kenny Chesney says, there truly ‘is magic in those beach-side dives.’

Sarah and RyanWhat’s next?  Well, we are going to continue visiting beach bars but this time, maybe at a slower pace.  Whether it’s a blog or otherwise, we’d like to continue to share experiences, advice, and stories.  Keep visiting our blog, Check out FloridaBeachBar.com, and hope you make the time to visit a few of these great places.  Maybe we’ll see you out there.


FacebookVisit Ryan and Sarah's Blog thebeachbarchallenge.blogspot.com for a pictorial acount of their beach bar experience.
Beach Bar City Visited
AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar Destin
Alabama Jacks Key Largo
Archie's Seabreeze Ft. Pierce
Aruba Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Atlantic Surf Club Ft. Lauderdale
Bamboo Beach Bar John's Pass
Bamboo Willies Beachside Bar Pensacola Beach
Banana Boat Restaurant & Lounge Boynton Beach
Beach Bucket Ormond Beach
Beach Club Siesta Key
Beach Pier Side Grill Fort Myers Beach
Beach Pub Fort Myers Beach
Beach Shack Cocoa Beach
Beached Whale Fort Myers Beach
BeachHouse Restaurant Bradenton Beach
Bert's Bar and Grill Matlacha
Billy's Boathouse Bar and Grill Jacksonville Beach
Blu Smoke Island Grill Siesta Key
Blue Parrot St. George Island
Boardwalk Cocoa Beach Pier
Boathouse Destin
Boatyard Waterfront Bar & Grill Siesta Key
Bonefish Willy's Riverfront Grille Melbourne
Boston's on the Beach Delray Beach
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. John's Pass
Bud & Alley's Santa Rosa Beach
Bull and Whistle Key West
Burdines Waterfront Chikitiki Marathon
Caddy's Treasure Island
Cafe Del Mar Ft. Lauderdale
Capt'n Fun Beach Club Pensacola Beach
Captain Curt's Sniki Tiki Siesta Key
Captain J's Seafood/Steak Bar Cocoa Beach
Captain Jack's Tiki Bar Tarpon Springs
Captain Tony's Saloon‎ Key West
Casey Key Fish House Osprey
Casino Beach Bar and Grille Pensacola Beach
Chases on the Beach New Smyrna Beach
Clevelander South Beach Miami
Cobb's Landing Ft. Pierce
Coconuts On the Beach Cocoa Beach
Conch House St. Augustine
Conch Republic Key West
Conchy Joe's Jensen Beach
Cottage Bar and Grill Fort Myers Beach
Cottage on Siesta Key Siesta Key
Crabs We Got Em Destin
Crabby's Beachwalk Clearwater
Crabby Bill's St. Pete Beach
Crabby Joe's Deck & Grill Daytona Beach
Da Big Kahuna Ft. Lauderdale
Dania Beach Bar Dania Beach
Daiquiri Deck Siesta Key
Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille Fort Myers Beach
Dock Pensacola Beach
Down the Hatch Ponce Inlet
ElboRoom Ft. Lauderdale
Farlows on the Water Englewood
Fat Tuesday Ft. Lauderdale
Finn's Beachside Pub Flagler Beach
Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill Port Canaveral
Flanigin's Deerfield Beach
Flippers St. Pete Beach
Flora-Bama Lounge & Package Pensacola
Flounders Pensacola
Flounders Restaurant and Tiki Bar Englewood
Flying Bridge St. Pete Beach
Frenchy's Rockaway Grill Clearwater
Frenchy's South Beach Cafe Clearwater
Gator's Cafe & Saloon Treasure Island
Gilbert's Resort Key Largo
Gilligan's Island Bar & Grill Siesta Key
Golden Lion Cafe Flagler Beach
Green Parrot Key West
Grills Tiki Bar Port Canaveral
Guanabanas Jupiter
Harpoon Harry's Lounge & Raw Punta Gorda
Harry's Beach Bar St. Pete Beach
Hemingway's Island Grill Pensacola Beach
Hidden Treasure Ponce Inlet
High Tides at Snack Jack Flagler Beach
Hog Heaven Islamorada
Hogan's Beach Tampa
Hogs Breath Saloon‎ Key West
Holiday Isle Rumrunners Islamorada
Holiday Isle Tiki Bar Islamorada
Hook'd Pier Bar and Grill Panama City Beach
Hooter's Beach Place Ft. Lauderdale
Hooters, Panama City Beach Panama City Beach
Hooter's, Pensacola Beach Pensacola Beach
Hub Siesta Key
Hula Bay/Duke's Retired Surfer Bar Tampa
Hurricane Charley's Raw Bar Punta Gorda
Hurricane Hole Key West
Hurricane Pass-A-Grille Pass-A-Grille
Hurricane Patty's Si. Augustine
Hut John's Pass
Ikki Woo Woo's Tiki Hut St. Pete Beach
Island Bar and Grill Islamorada
Inlet Harbor Restaurant Ponce Inlet
Irish Kevin's Key West
JB's on the Beach Deerfield Beach
Jerry's Pizza & With Tiki Bar Ponce Inlet
Jimbo's Sandbar Hollywood
Jimmy B's Beach Bar St. Pete Beach
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Destin
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Panama City Beach
Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill Tiki Bar Key Largo
Joe's Tiki Bar Hollywood
Juana's Pagodas Silver Grill Navarre Beach
Kahuna's Deerfield Beach
Ka'Tiki Sunset Beach Treasure Island
Kenny D's Beach Bar and Grill Miramar Beach
Lagerheads on the Gulf Navarre Beach
Land Shark Landing Pensacola Beach
Lani Kai Island Resort Fort Myers Beach
Latitudes Tiki Bar Hollywood
LeBarge Sarasota Bay
Lemon Bar Neptune Beach
LeTub Saloon Hollywood
Lido Beach Resort Tiki Bar Lido Key
Lido Key Tiki Bar- Ritz Beach Club Lido Key
Lighthouse Resort Tiki Bar Fort Myers Beach
Lock ’N Key Restaurant Enflewood
Louie's Backyard Key West
Lorelei Cabana Bar Islamorada
Lulu's Ft. Lauderdale
Mai Tiki Bar Cocoa Beach Pier
Manatee Island Bar and Grill Ft. Pierce
Manatee Island Bar and Grill Stuart
Mandalay Oceanfront Grill Key Largo
Mango's Tropical Cafe South Beach Miami
Margaritaville Cafe‎ Key West
Marina Jacks Portside Patio Bar Sarasota Bay
Miliken's Reef Port Canaveral
Miss Vicki's Holiday
Mulligan's Beach House Vero Beach
Nauti Mermaid Dockside Bar Cape Coral
Nav-A-Gator Grill Lake Suzy
Nemos on the Beach Fort Myers Beach
Nervous Nellie's and Ugly's Fort Myers Beach
Nipper's Beach Grille Jacksonville Beach
O'Leary's Tiki Bar and Grill Sarasota Bay
O'Maddy's Bar and Grille Gulfport
Oasis Deck and Restaurant St. Augustine Beach
Ocean Deck Daytona Beach
Oceans 234 Deerfield Beach
Oh Shucks Seafood Bar Cocoa Beach Pier
Old Key Lime House Lantana
On the Edge Bar and Grill Fort Pierce
Original Tiki Bar Ft. Pierce
Outrigger Tiki Bar Fort Myers Beach
Palm Pavilion Clearwater
Panama Hattie's - Palm Beach Palm Peach
Panama Hattie's - St. Augustine St. Augustine Beach
Paradise Grill Pass-A-Grill
Paradise Bar and Grill Pensacola
Parrot Key Caribbean Grill Fort Myers Beach
Pegleg Pete's Oyster Bar Pensacola Beach
Pineapple Willy's Panama City Beach
Pincher's Beach Bar (Holiday Inn) Fort Myers Beach
Pompano Joe's Miramar Beach
Pompano Joe's Seafood House Panama City Beach
Quinn's at the Marriott Marco Island
Racing's North Turn Daytona Beach
Red Bar Grayton Beach
Red Door Saloon Destin
Reggae J's Island Grill Panama City Beach
Rick's Bar Key West
Rick's on the River Tampa
Rick's Tiki Bar Treasure Island
Ricky T's Treasure Island
Rock Bar Ft. Lauderdale
Rusty's Seafood and Oyster Bar Port Canaveral
Sailor's Return Stuart
Sandbar Restaurant Anna Maria
Sandbar Sports Grill Cocoa Beach
Sandollar Restaurant and Marina Ft. George Island
Sandshaker Lounge Pensacola
Sandy Bottoms Fernandina Beach
Schooner's Panama City Beach
Schooner Wharf Bar Key West
Sea Hags Bar and Grill St. Pete Beach
Sebastian Beach Inn Melbourne Beach
Shaggy's Waierfront Pensacola Beach
Shark Shack Destin
Sharky's Beach Club Panama City Beach
Sharky's On the Pier Venice
Shephards Beach Resort Clearwater
Shorty's Surfside and Topside Grayton Beach
Shuckers on the Beach Jensen Beach
Siesta Key Oyster Bar Siesta Key
Sliders Seaside Grill Fernandina Beach
Sloppy Joe's Bar Key West
Sloppy Joe's Beachside Treasure Island
Smokin Oyster Brewery Fort Myers Beach
Smokin' Tuna Saloon Key West
Snappers Key Largo
Snook Haven Venice
Snook Inn Marco Island
South Beach Grill St. Augustine Beach
Southernmost Beach Cafe Key West
Spanish Pointe Restaurant Pub Osprey
Spinnaker Panama City Beach
Square Grouper Jupiter
Squid Lips Melbourne Beach
Stan's Idle Hour Goodland
Stilts at Marriott Vacation Club Marco Island
Stump Pass Grille Englewood
Sunset Grille Marathon Marathon
Sunset Pier at Ocean Key Resort Key West
Surf Restaurant & Bar Fernandina Beach
Toucan's Tiki Bar Mexico Beach
Tropix Island Tiki Bar Clearwater
TTs Bar on Charlotte Harbor Punta Gorda
Twisted Tuna Stuart
Two Georges Boynton Beach
Undertow St. Pete Beach
Upper Deck at Matanzas Fort Myers Beach
Waldo's at The Driftwood Resort Vero Beach
Walkabout Beach Resort Hollywood
Whale's Tail Beach Bar and Grill Mirimar Beach
Wharf Pass-A-Grille Pass-A-Grille
Whiskey Joe's Bar & Grill Tampa
Whiskey Joe's Bar & Grill Miami
Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill Ellenton
Wylder's Waterfront Bar and Grill Jupiter
Yucatan Beach Stand Fort Myers Beach
 


 
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