Breeze back to the beach to watch the sun set at the Hurricane Seafood Restaurant. Order a fruity frozen umbrella drink, and listen to a guy sing Jimmy Buffett songs. Not your scene? Watch the moon rise at Moon Under Water, a cozy downtown pub that serves a crisp Strongbow Cider.
Dine downtown at Café Alma, where you'll find a great combination of sultry ambience and trendy Mediterranean-inspired international dishes. Try the tender sautéed calamari.
Before retiring, relax to live jazz at The Garden, where you might just catch some dueling trombones.
Before Going Home, Linger Over Brunch
Even if you don't stay at the Vinoy, make reservations for its lavish brunch. It's a splurge, but listen: paella with lobster, roast duck, crab, and a dessert bar with too many blessings to count. Go ahead, raise that glass of Champagne (or fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice) to the winning team.
Pictured at left: For a cheap and authentic taste of real Florida, head to Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish and Co.