My Mission to Margaritaville

The baron of beach bums, Jimmy Buffett, in concert at Bristow, Virginia – Jiffy Lube Live.

Once upon a time, I sold t-shirts for Jimmy Buffett. We workers in the Merchandise department at Kings Dominion were responsible for that type of thing at concerts…. that little stand where consenting consumers happily hand over their cash to purchase t-shirts, decals, buttons, hats, etc…etc…

As a seventeen-year-old, it was a pretty cool deal to be able to listen to a free concert while selling souvenirs to Parrot Heads. Since I wasn’t born under a rock, I was familiar with the Buffett brand but didn’t really know much about his music past “Margaritaville.”

Once the feeding frenzy that is the merchandise stand settles down, a form of magic takes over. As the heat of the day subsides, the lights dim and dusk settles in. It’s just the roar of the crowd and the sound of the song. I’ve been a fan ever since.

That’s my Parrot Head indoctrination story and I’m proud of it. Ironically enough, the term “Parrot Head” originated at Kings Dominion’s sister park, Kings Island, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

I’m on a mission to visit every Margaritaville Café in every state, island or province where there is one. I’ve been to Key West (the original and, so far, my favorite), Orlando, and Myrtle Beach but have quite a ways to go. At the rate Jimmy is going at developing new ones – including a hotel in Pensacola and the casinos in Las Vegas and Biloxi (can’t leave them out) – it may take a while to get to all of them. I have patience. Island time, ya know.

The original Margaritaville – Key West, Florida

CityWalk at Universal Orlando features a bunch of famous name restaurants, including Emeril’s, Bob Marley’s, Bubba Gump and Margaritaville. We are big fans of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure and always make it a special point to make a stop at Margaritaville. It is my mecca in the  middle of MCO. That would be Orlando, in case you didn’t know.

Margaritaville Orlando at Universal’s CityWalk features the Lone Palm bar and Jimmy’s seaplane, The Hemisphere Dancer.

More Margaritaville Orlando.

The Myrtle Beach branch of M’Ville is located at Broadway at the Beach and has a really cool ship and lighthouse exterior.

Margaritaville Myrtle Beach at Broadway at the Beach, South Carolina

And the interior….

Interior view at Margaritaville Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

As a writer, I’ve gotten the opportunity to write about several Margaritaville products and partnerships, including LandShark and Ocean Conservancy’s Fin-tastic beach cleanup tour, ParrotHead sun care products, and the opening of the Biloxi Margaritaville Restaurant and Casino, as well as many other Margaritaville restaurant news and events. I hope to have many more.

Tequila, LandShark and mixers aside, I’m a big fan of M’Ville products. I’ve recently acquired the Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker (Bahamas version) and am hooked on it. A regular blender has nothing on this baby. Oh, and I don’t go anywhere without my M’Ville sunglasses. Best ever. Now I just need to check out that Parrot Head sun care and I’ll be set. “Watchin’ the sun bake…..”

Fins Up!


  1. Fins Up! I thank God that the Orlando one has almost become my neighborhood watering hole. Were it not for the parking situation and the 30 minute drive home it would be. Great mission, I halfway entertained the notion myself.
    I have been to the New Orleans (as a kid), Key West, Cancun, and Grand Cayman locations.

    • Lucky you! City Walk is so fun. I am not within a convenient driving distance of any of them.

      I really want to get to some of the Caribbean ones soon. Thanks for reading and for commenting. I’m looking forward to reading your blog about Florida, my favorite state.

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