Keep your eyes peeled when you head north on the Overseas Highway in Key Largo because this bayside “Shangrila” is easy to miss. Tucked down a hidden lane under the tropical balm, Snook’s Bayside is the kind of place conjured up by the Beach Boys in their iconic hit song, “Kokomo.”

A dramatic chandeliered Grand Tiki sets the stage for tropical open-air dining that includes fabulous island-inspired fare like Pistachio-Encrusted Yellowtail with mango salsa and chili beurre blanc; Lobster & Shrimp Cakes drizzled with Thai sweet chili and mango chutney; and the award-winning Crab-Stuffed Lobster broiled with scallops, shrimp, hogfish and colossal crab (Yowza!)

And then there’s the view. Oh, that incredibly beautiful view. Fronted by a sprawling 5,000 square foot patio with flickering torches and SOBE-style lounges, Snook’s Grand Tiki is backdropped with an absolutely gorgeous, unobstructed panorama of the Bay.

It also provides a ringside seat to one of the best nightly Sunset Celebrations in the Keys which ceremoniously marks the day’s end with a loud blow from Snook’s ship’s horn.

The celebration continues well after dark with live entertainment and dancing under the palms. What better place to kick back with a fresh whole coconut filled with Snook’s signature coconut rum punch and enjoy your own piece of paradise?

Find Snooks Bayside & Grand Tiki at MM 99.9 Bayside, Key Largo. Info: 305-453-5004;

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