If there is any region I miss the most in the States, it is the Florida Keys. Having been lucky enough to vacation there twice, those visits were just enough to whet my appetite for “America’s Caribbean.” With easy and convenient flights, no customs to mess with and a road with islands dotting it just looking to be explored, the Keys are an adventurer’s paradise. Whether your preference is water activities, culture, beachcombing, dining or some beach bar hopping, you’ll find what you’re looking for when you leave the mainland at the southern tip of Florida.
This image was from my brother’s recent trip to the Florida Keys. Grassy Flats Resort and Beach Club was right next to his AirBnB and he happened to stumble upon their tiki bar. Known as Barrel & Bale, the resort’s waterfront bar, beach views and towering palms was all he needed to plop down, order a drink and snap a pic. I’m thankful he did it!
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Photographer – Ted Westerhof
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About the Beach Bar
“Olde Florida and the Conch Republic share a storied history ripe with controversy and folklore. From the earliest inhabitants of local Indians and the Spanish settlers who discovered them to the last century’s boom of industrialists, smugglers, and tourism vendors the stories are as interesting as the characters who lived them. Barrel and Bale is an ode to the Robin Hood days of when the rules were broken because it was a means of survival. This day and age the beach at Grassy Flats is more likely to find a turtle coming ashore to lay its eggs, but mere decades ago, square grouper were a regular find and smugglers made up the majority of the local keys community that had yet to experience the Florida Tourism boom.
Barrell and Bale is a celebration of those unique characters who survived off the sea and the things they carried across it. We pride ourselves with unique and delicious cocktails and tropical drinks, craft beers, wines, and refreshing Spritz’s. The only thing to rival the quality would be the oceanfront ambiance. Check out our daily specials and menu online.”
Find out more about the Florida Keys and its beach bars!
Have you been to this beach bar? If so, let us know what you thought about it in the comments! Should we go? Avoid it? Things to look out for? Helpful words of advice? We’ll take it all!