When it comes to unwinding, nowhere else does it better than a beach town. There’s something about the sun, salt and sea breeze that makes everyone who settles near the shore an expert in relaxation. So it’s only natural that on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel we’re top dogs at taking it easy. And we find that one of the best ways to enjoy our sun-drenched downtime is with an ice-cold cocktail. So get ready to wet your whistle, because we’re reviewing the best laid-back libations that The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel has to offer.
If you’re looking to loosen up by the beach and chow down on some south-of-the-border scrumptiousness – pull up a stool at the Cantina Captiva. Located steps from the shore on Captiva Island, this salt-rimmed watering hole is revered for its lime, strawberry and mango margaritas – best when ordered by the pitcher – either frozen or on the rocks.
Owned and operated by Randy Wayne White, Sanibel’s resident crime fiction and adventure novelist, Doc Ford’s serves up local favorites with a storied past. While you’re here, treat yourself to the seriously sippable Island Mojito – Doc’s Caribbean twist on a minty classic. And, munch on the often replicated but never duplicated Doc’s Beach Bread, a Sanibel original.
For an island vibe on the mainland, drop anchor and enjoy waterfront views at Rumrunners in Cape Coral. Perfect for filling up after a day on the boat, Rumrunners serves a wide selection of surf-and-turf and mixes a frozen drink selection worth stopping for. Their signature Rumrunner uniquely blends banana, blackberry, key lime and grenadine in a quenching cocktail that’s anything but run-of-the-mill.
Don’t let the beach bars fool you; when the sun goes down in Fort Myers, the real fun is just getting started. Downtown’s nightlife scene revolves around several taprooms, taverns and gastro pubs like the Spirits of Bacchus. Here, you can grub up before you get down with a selection of tapas, salads and sandwiches. Then, get in the Sunshine State spirit with one of their delicious craft cocktails. Crowd favorites include the Prickly Pear Margarita, the Nola Hurricane and the Cozy Lemonade.
Locals know it as “The Pink.” To everyone else, it’s The Pink Elephant – a 60-year-old Boca Grande landmark boasting gourmet menu options and a high-end wine list. But despite its upscale decor and decadent cuisine, the Pink Elephant is anything but stuffy. The restaurant’s signature cocktail, Planter’s Punch looks like a Boca Grande sunset in a glass and is sure to get you in an island mood in no time. Find your seat at the bar and order up! These five Florida cocktails are sure to wet your whistle.
To learn more about dining on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, visit our Restaurants page and reserve your table today.
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