You know the scene -- after a long day of fun playing in the ocean, a group of friends gathers around a fire pit on the beach. There's a warm glow lighting up their sun-kissed skin and inevitably someone brings out an acoustic guitar and starts to strum a tune.
Then, big smiles turn into laughter as marshmallows, graham crackers, and Hershey's chocolate are passed around to make s'mores.
It sounds like a commercial or music video, doesn't it? But here in Florida a scene like this isn't just made for TV, it's for real. And while I can't promise you a guitar serenade, I do know a couple of secret places that do a fantastic beachside fire pit and s'mores kit underneath a starry night sky. It's quite dreamy.
So, whether you're cozying up to the fire to ward off a slight chill, or just want to keep the endless summer nights going with a sweet ending, here are three picture-perfect places to have fireside s'mores on the beach.
Sandpearl (Clearwater Beach)
Where: 500 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach
Phone: (727) 441-2425
S'mores: The Sandpearl has a huge beachside fire pit they light up each night where guests can mix and mingle and celebrate the sunset. They also offer a private fire pit experience with Adirondack chairs and a make-your-own s'mores kit for couples and families looking to create their own special memories. Call ahead to reserve your own private fire pit.
Ritz Carlton (Amelia Island)
Where: 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy, Amelia Island
Phone: (904) 277-1100
S'mores: The Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island offers two s'mores experiences; a complimentary Beach Bon Fire with seaside s'mores and hot cocoa available to all guests, or a more romantic private Couple’s Fire in the Dunes with gourmet chocolate, marshmallows, graham crackers, and warm souvenir blankets to cuddle with.
The Shores (Daytona Beach Shores)
Where: 2637 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach Shores
Phone: (386) 767-7350
S'mores: Each guest who checks-in to The Shores receives a complimentary s'mores kit to use at the outdoor fire pits. While the comfy Adirondack chairs are on a first-come, first-serve basis, there's plenty of room for everyone to cozy up to the fire and roast marshmallows. If you don't mind spoiling your dinner, I recommend going right as the sun sets.