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So my trip to the Florida Keys was amazing. Here is the first day. We had cortaditos and Guava pastries at the little Cuban Cafe, stopped at Alabama Jack’s for conch fritters and Pico de gallo. For dinner we had lobster pizza, fresh calamari and key lime pie with meringue (the true way it was meant to be made) while watching the sunset over the bay(the gulf side) all at Mile Marker 88/Tiki Bar restaurant. Then the house we stayed at was water front. Made for great nights and amazing mornings 😊

Say you want to escape the doldrums of daily life — but you can’t quite afford a trip to Hawaii. Why not to head to your local tiki bar for a sample of the South Seas?

These faux-Polynesian, palm-thatched rum palaces that were all the rage in the 1960s are now making a comeback. Leading this nouveau-tiki movement are Lost Lake and Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago, Lei Low in Houston and Latitude 29 in New Orleans.

The newest, hippest island-themed establishment in Washington, D.C., is called Archipelago — and it’s tiki-kitsch to the max. There are glass fishing floats hanging from the ceiling. A lamp in the corner is shaped like a sexy hula dancer. And by the bar they’ve got a shrine dedicated to our favorite Hawaii-based TV private investigator, the ‘80s-tastic Tom Selleck.

Let’s Talk Tiki Bars: Harmless Fun Or Exploitation?

Photo: Frank N. Carlson/Courtesy of Archipelago