The 10 best places to live out a Jimmy Buffett song

From USA Today: “Live out a Jimmy Buffett song at these 10 spots in Florida

It’s almost as though Jimmy Buffett wrote the soundtrack to Florida. He certainly has spent enough time there, and so have I, as a Floridian of four decades. Buffett’s lyrics often bring to mind locales where I have followed his footsteps – literally or figuratively – in the Sunshine State. So, when it’s time to “go where it’s warm,” follow this Buffett-inspired map.

  1. “Stranded on a sandbar” – Cayo Costa
  2. “But there’s this one particular harbor” – Apalachicola
  3. “I’ve got to fly to Saint Somewhere” – St. Augustine
  4. “Got to stop wishing, got to go fishing” – Destin
  5. “It’s five o’clock somewhere” – Jupiter
  6. “Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville” – Fort Myers Beach
  7. “There’s a woman goin’ crazy on Caroline Street” – Key West
  8. “You got fins to the left, fins to the right” – Orlando
  9. “Strollin’ down the avenue that’s known as A1A” – Vero Beach
  10. “Hey Mr. Spaceman, won’t you please take me along? I won’t do anything wrong” – Space Coast

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“It’s five o’clock somewhere” – Jupiter

This Buffett-Alan Jackson collaboration drew crowds to the Square Grouper Tiki Bar at Jupiter Inlet, where its music video was filmed in 2006. Well, to be truthful, the bar draws crowds on a regular basis to party in the sand and hear live tunes with a magnificent view of the water and Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.

But you don’t have to wait until 5:00 p.m. to start your party; Square Grouper opens at 11 a.m. Despite Jupiter’s reputation as a magnate-magnet, its good-time bars and restaurants keep it real. I’d also suggest Guanabanas Restaurant and Dune Dog Café for good-time “slumming” in Jupiter.