About

Florida Beach Bar (FloridaBeachBar.com) is your guide to discovering many of the best Florida beach bars.  Whether you are vacationing or lucky enough to call Florida your home, our goal is to inspire people looking for adventure.  

We celebrate the history, people, music, food, and drinks that contribute to the charm found in a great Florida beach bar.

Through our website, blog, newsletter, and social media presence, we hope that you will enjoy reading about your favorite Florida beach bar or are inspired to visit a new one.   

Golden Lion Cafe - 2016 Top Florida Beach Bar Award Winner 

Golden Lion Cafe - 2016 Top Florida Beach Bar Award Winner 

Florida Beach Bar is the home of The Top Florida Beach Bar contest.  It began in 2011 and each spring, thousands of people vote for their favorite. It's a fun contest that allows guests to show their Florida beach bar pride and recognize those beach bars that go above and beyond to deliver an exceptional Florida beach bar experience.

Florida beach bars listed on the website have been visited by a member of Florida Beach Bar to ensure they represent a place that our visitors would consider fun, inviting, or unique.

We know there are many Florida beach bars out there so if you know of one that should be added to our list, contact us so we can pay it a visit!  Florida beach bars are added to or removed from this website at our discretion. 

Although we provide information for our visitors to consider when choosing to visit a Florida beach bar, individual experiences can vary.  We work hard to keep our information up to date but we encourage you to contact the specific Florida beach bar before traveling.

So recline your beach chair, dig your toes in the sand, and take a few minutes to explore this website- you never know where it will lead you!


Our Adventure

When we moved from the Midwest to Central Florida in 2006, we were eager to see different areas of the sunshine state, especially the great beaches and coastal towns.  We didn't have a lot of vacation days and couldn’t afford to spend a lot of money, so we thought we would start by visiting a nearby beach bar.  A quick Google search led us to Floridabeachbar.com. 

Aside from the website having a list of great beach bar options, we felt a connection to John and Chris, the original founders of Florida Beach Bar. Like us, they had also moved from the Midwest to Florida, but they did it two years prior to us in 2004.  They started taking weekend convertible rides to local beach bars and joked that it was their goal to find the best beach bars around.

chris, john, Sarah, and Ryan at boston's on the beach

chris, john, Sarah, and Ryan at boston's on the beach

One weekend, John and Chris ended up at a beach bar with friends and during the course of conversation, they thought it might be a good idea to visit all the beach bars in Florida and share the list on a website. After taking 90 days to travel the entire Florida coastline, visiting numerous beach bars, and documenting their travels, FloridaBeachBar.com was born.

They were living the dream!  We were so envious of their story and what they were doing, we felt compelled to tell them that we were planning on using their website to help us begin our adventure. We made it a goal to visit all of the beach bars they had listed on FloridaBeachBar.com.  They ended up putting our story on the website and created a 'Beach Bar Challenge' page so we could track our progress.  We now had an excuse to get out of our house and explore Florida.

Ryan and Sarah celebrate visiting over 200 Florida Beach Bars

Ryan and Sarah celebrate visiting over 200 Florida Beach Bars

During the 4 years it took for us to complete the challenge, we became good friends with John and Chris and would often meet up with them at beach bars. The journey to visit all of the bars was unlike anything else. We met a lot of great people along the way and bonded with family and friends.

In August 2015, John and Chris felt it was time to pass the Florida Beach Bar tiki torch on and we were honored that they thought of us.  As new owners of the website, we strive to continue their mission and expand upon the great Florida beach bar resource that they established. We want FloridaBeachBar.com to provide a road map for you, like it did for us.

In 2017, we launched the new and improved FloridaBeachBar.com website.  With a rebranded logo and theme, a responsive layout, and improved navigation features, we are hoping the new platform helps aid your next Florida adventure. 

Beach bars have a way of capturing the spirit of a community and we hope you take some time to see what we mean.  

Have fun, please drink responsibly, and we hope to see you out there!

Cheers,

Sarah and Ryan


Giving Back

We support the Save the Manatee Club because, just like Florida beach bars, manatees are part of what make the Florida landscape so unique.

These large marine mammals are an essential part of Florida nature and with humans being the number one reason they are endangered, we wanted to support a foundation dedicated to protecting the species.

We selected Margarito as our manatee to adopt because his name reminded us of one of our favorite drinks! 

Please take the time to visit their website and consider adopting, volunteering, or donating.