5 Must-Sip Cocktails on the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Couples mingle on the beach with cocktails in hand

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 know a thing or two about 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 our area has to offer.

Cantina Captiva (Captiva) – Lime, Strawberry & Mango Margaritas

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.

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille (Fort Myers Beach) – Island Mojitos

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 or Yucatan Shrimp. Additional locations on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

Rumrunners Waterfront Restaurant (Cape Coral) – Rumrunner

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.

The 86 Room (Downtown Fort Myers) – Craft Cocktails

The original speakeasy bar of downtown Fort Myers. In 1933 when prohibition ended, our government gave out liquor licenses allowing no more than 85 persons in any bar, regardless of their occupancy load. This is the origin of the expression "86" which is still widely used in today's service industry. So, step back in time, relax, drink, and celebrate! 

The Pink Elephant (Boca Grande) – Planter’s Punch

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. You can learn how to make a version of your own to enjoy at home here.

These five Florida cocktails are sure to wet your whistle. 

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