By Natalya Jones
Originally opened in 2004 as a sandwich shop by surfers, Jupiter’s Guanabanas restaurant has grown to be far more than its original intention.
Currently, the restaurant “boasts a menu full of Floribbean/island favorites with a focus on Florida fresh seafood that includes Sanibel Island clams, Cape Canaveral shrimp, local snapper and many other Florida caught fish,” according to Matt Cahur, co-manager of the bar.
He adds, “Our handcrafted signature cocktail list keeps the island vibe kicking with a focus on highly prized rums and tequilas sourced from around the world.” It also doesn’t hurt that there are happy hours 7 days a week from 3-6 p.m. with $6 signature cocktails, $3 bottled beer and half off house wine, well liquors and appetizers.
However, there is one thing that hasn’t changed – the restaurant still maintains its chill, surfer-esque vibe. Guanabanas is 100% open-air complete with banyan trees, woven tiki huts, and hand made coquina stone pathways. Confirms Cahur, “The team maintains a laid-back, island atmosphere where everyone is welcome.” So please, leave the stuffy suits and heels at your last business meeting.
One of the most famous drinks from the restaurant is the Coconut Mojito. Careful when sipping on this delicious beverage, however- it has a bit of a kick to it. Aside from the fresh mint, limes, soda water, and sugar, there is not one, but two rums used it in it. Both Flor De Cana 4yr Silver Extra Dry Rum from Nicaragua and Club Caribe Coconut Rum from Puerto Rico is used, the latter of the two being the only flavored rum on the market above 42proof (55 Proof). When we asked Cahur, what made the tropical drink so special, he replied, “A great twist on this Cuban classic drink along side the Guanabanas island atmosphere makes the coconut mojito so special.” He added, “[It’s] fresh and amazing.”
What’s also “fresh and amazing” are the acts that have come to play. Natasha Beddingfield, Iration, Less than Jake, The Fray and Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 are just some of the famous acts that have graced the scene with their presence. And if that doesn’t convince you to visit, we’re sure the island-like atmosphere, mouth-watering food and delicious drinks will be calling your name. You would be crazy not to answer that call.