You Need This Floating Tiki Bar In Your Life

Each one can hold a dozen of your friends and all the booze.

Floating Tiki Bar
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Florida is uncontestedly the most teased state in our union. Admit it: There are a lot of things the Sunshine State does wrong — weather, weddings, restaurant menus. But you could argue its virtues, too — theme park food, sprawling mansions, humanitarianism. And now, something else to add to that do-good list: floating tiki bars.

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Tiki Boat!

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Fort Lauderdale local Greg Darby built his first boat — literally, a thatched roof hut that sails down Florida's waterways — in his home city in 2015. Now, his company Cruisin' Tikis has a fleet of 12, with 7 in Florida and the others in North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, and the Bahamas.

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The tiki bars come in a couple different sizes — some hold six people, some hold up to a dozen — but the other specs are more or less the same: wood floors, a built-in wet bar surround by stools, a straw roof, and the distinct possibility of providing you with a fun time and a hangover.

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Hahha cocktail anyone 🌴Whoever thought of this is my spirit animal 😂 .. #tikihut #tikiboat #miami #florida #saltlife #sunshine #tequila #boating

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There's only one catch, which is that you've got to BYOB. Since the Cruisin' Tikis aren't legally operating bars, they can't sell or serve alcohol, but you can bring your own aboard and dole it out however you please. The vibe of the whole floating hut leans more Mai Tai or daiquiri than martini, but you do you. That's the plus of being your own bartender.

Each location offers different rides, including short river cruises, sunset sails, and bar hopping excursions. You can book your trip at

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