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The Best Waterfront Bars in Southwest Florida

Find out the best places to catch a few rays and sip a few drinks



Shane's Cabana Bar at Bayfront.

Erik Kellar

There’s a lively scene from Cape Coral to Naples, but do us all a favor: Go easy on the souvenir T-shirts (since when did they become a requisite for places on the water?).

The Boathouse Tiki Bar & Grill (5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral, 954-2628, theboathouseusa.com): A lofty Russian nesting doll of open-air tiki bars at the Cape Coral Yacht Club makes an ideal spot to grab a cold one.

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille (708 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Myers Beach, 765-9660, docfordsfortmyersbeach.com): The Fort Myers Beach compound has a bar sitting directly above the waterline for a draft beer- and mojito-fueled fish-eye view of the marina.

The Mucky Duck (11546 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, 472-3434, muckyduck.com): Every sundown is cause for celebration at this English pub, but stick to beer and wine (the mocktails, er, cocktails are made with 40-proof wine instead of liquor).

Nauti Mermaid Dockside Bar & Grill (5961 Silver King Blvd., Cape Coral, 541-5600, thenautibar.com): The best lookout from Tarpon Point Marina is this hexagonal covered bar and roomy patio.

Shane’s Cabana Bar (495 Bayfront Place, Naples, 732-6633, shanescabana.com): Pull up after a calm morning on Naples Bay to continue chilling with breezes and brewskis.

Snook Inn (1215 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, 394-3313, snookinn.com): This super-casual restobar at the northern tip of Marco is the right place to flock for a round of day drinking.

Sunset Beach Bar & Grill (851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples, 261-2222, naplesbeachhotel.com): Come for the Sunday night sunset party or live music Wednesday, and stay past dark for more revelry.

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