The drinks are cool, the scene is sultry, and the surf is never far away.
51 Descanso Beach Club
CATALINA ISLAND, CALIF.; 1 DESCANSO WAY; 310/510-7410
Laid-back beach party. Barefoot beautiful people lounge under palapas in a grove of swaying palms on the Pacific.
Vodka, Kahlúa, crème de banana, and dark crème de cacao
52 Cellar Bar at Atria
MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MASS.; 137 MAIN ST.; 508/627-5850
Sexy and sophisticated. Vacationers from New York and Boston sip cocktails by candlelight at a burnished copper bar.
Bombay Sapphire with ginger, mint, lemon, and Cointreau
53 "The bar" at Cabbage Key Inn
CABBAGE KEY, FLA.; MILE 60, INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY; 239/283-2278
Ernest Hemingway's Florida: dusty bookshelves lined with tattered novels; pine-paneled walls covered in dollar bills.
Piña colada with dark rum and a Kahlúa floater
54 Lobby Bar at Hotel Galvez
GALVESTON ISLAND, TEX.; 2024 SEAWALL BLVD.; 409/765-7721
An oversized black-walnut bar surrounded by potted palms and brass chandeliers, set in a bustling hotel lobby.
Godiva chocolate liqueur and Absolut vodka
55 Gnat's Landing
ST. SIMON'S ISLAND, GA.; 310 REDFERN VILLAGE; 912/638-7378
Whitewashed fishing shack with a back porch shaded by oaks. Inside, the ceiling is painted to resemble a blue, cloud-filled sky.
Served on the rocks with a splash of draft beer