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Floating Tiki Bars Are Real and They’re Amazing

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No matter the time of year, floating Tiki bars will make you feel like it’s summer again.

In a sea of yachts and speedboats, the Cruisin’ Tiki floating bar stands out, with its thatched-roof hut, octagonal bar and lack of any real resemblance to a boat. Is this the future of water travel? We hope so!


The trend began in Florida (of course!) with Fort Lauderdale native Greg Darby. After the Darby family’s beloved dinghy was stolen, Greg’s wife Karen suggested replacing it with a Tiki bar, and an idea was born. Darby’s prototype was completed in 2015, and several orders for duplicates followed before it was even launched into the water. Thus, Cruisin’ Tikis was born.

Since then, the floating Tiki bar business has been booming, with customers coming from as far as New York. There were reports earlier this summer of one of the creations—the first of its kind outside of Florida—being lifted into Lake George with a crane.

The Original Cruisin’ Tiki is available on the Cruisin’ Tiki website and comes complete with a Suzuki motor, a fuel tank, chairs and all the equipment required by the Coast Guard (life jackets for eight passengers, a horn and a fire extinguisher). Customizable options include bamboo chairs with padded cushions, a wet bar, a larger 12-gallon fuel tank and a Bose sound system. Pricing for the original bars begin at $27,500, with a motorless “docksider” version available for $22,500. Time to start saving!

Need some drinks to enjoy on your own floating Tiki bar?

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