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If you’re watching the moonlight over the water on Seven Mile Beach around 9 o’clock you’ll see a steady progression of silhouettes walking on the sand toward the Royal Palms. The gravitational pull is strong Wednesday through Saturday nights when this seaside grill and bar turns the lights on, starts the mirrored ball spinning, and pumps up the volume. The only bar with a dance floor (two, actually) a stone's toss from the sand on Seven Mile Beach, the Royal Palms can accommodate hundreds of guests—families, couples, tourists, residents, and locals, all moving to a friendly vibe. Thursday Night is salsa, with music and lessons at the beach bar starting at 9pm. Friday nights DJ Lin plays soca, calypso, and reggae. About 10pm the young, single, and the restless start migrating to the call of house music and the dance floor near the back, away from the beach. There is something for everybody here.

Come early and eat at the posh restaurant upstairs, the Reef Grill or grab something at the bar. Choose from a full menu of pizza, burgers, sandwiches, and wraps.

Hurricane Ivan took out one of the buildings on this property in 2004, and the open space now serves as a convenient parking lot for those who would rather drive to the nightlife. There's no cover charge.