Summer's in full swing -- in fact, it's scaring us how quickly it's flying by. (Insert sadface emoticon here.) So what better way to enjoy your summer to the fullest -- and deal with the reality of the approaching fall -- than to visit a happening bar on the beach? Whether you're stateside or sunning yourself in the balmy Caribbean, there's a hotel beach bar with your name on it. So stick your toes in the sand and order up a strong one: These seven spots will have you feeling good in seconds flat.
Beach Bar at the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos
It doesn’t get much more beautiful than this. The beach bar at the Gansevoort is a casual spot largely used as a meet-up for lunch rather than a booze-fueled night. But of course guests can order up a margarita while enjoying fresh bites such as conch fritters and grilled red snapper tacos. Diners can munch under umbrellas on the deck, or take their meal directly to the sand with beachside waiter service. Fresh seafood, cocktails, attentive service, and unparalleled views of crystal clear water? You don’t have to twist our arm.
Landshark Landing Beach Bar at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel — Pensacola, FL
You know its gonna be a good time when it has a Jimmy Buffett stamp of approval. The first hotel to open under the Margaritaville brand, the Margaritaville Beach Hotel offers a relaxed, tropical atmosphere right on a beautiful stretch of sandy coastline — where guests can find the Landshark Landing beach bar. This spot — equipped with lounge chairs, tiki umbrellas, picnic tables, a fire pit, and hammocks — has a laid-back atmosphere and serves up plenty of draft beers. Of course, revelers can order Landshark but the menu also includes Shocktop, Lone Palm Ale, and margaritas with names like License to Chill and Who’s to Blame.
Trade Winds Beach Bar at the Gran Caribe Real Cancun
This sandy spot is just one of eight bars at the all-inclusive Gran Caribe, so guests rarely have to worry about waiting more than a few seconds for their cocktail. Sure, the beamed roof doesn’t provide much relief from the sun but with a no shirt, no shoes, no problem policy, revelers can walk straight from the bar — drink in hand — into the ocean for a refreshing dip.
Piets Pier Bar at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino
Talk about beachside service: Piets Pier Bar extends out over the ocean at the Hyatt Regency in Aruba. Though it’s an upscale hotel, the vibe here is chill; guests mosey down the pier to sip cocktails, munch on light bites, and watch the sunset over the water. And six nights a week, the pier hosts karaoke until 11 p.m.
Baja Cantina at the Cabo Villas Beach Resort and Spa
On lively Medano Beach, the Cabo Villas Beach Resort’s ocean-side location is convenient for party people. Medano Beach’s shores may be teeming with vendors and tourists, yet guests can find a bit of a reprieve (if they choose) at the hotel’s beach bar and sushi joint, Baja Cantina. Featuring a tiki bar, tables, and loungers shaded by umbrellas, Baja Cantina fits in well with the many other bars and restaurants that line the beach.
Beach Bar at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino — Atlantic City
Having won numerous awards for being one of the most pumpin’ bars in AC, the beach bar at the Trump Plaza guarantees revelers a good time. The bar features an extensive entertainment schedule, with plenty of DJs and dancers, and nowadays it even serves early-morning breakfast — and early-morning drink specials! So you can order up a Bacardi punch to help gulp down your eggs and bacon.
Beach Bar at the Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa – All Inclusive
If you’re feeling a little tipsy from the cocktails, the swings at the Dreams Cancun beach bar may not be your best bet for a seat. But they can be pretty fun, and add a playful atmosphere to the otherwise tranquil resort. Surrounded on three sides by water, the Dreams has plenty of spots to chill in the sun, and the beach bar makes sure all loungers have plenty to drink with unlimited premium brand liquors.