Brown co-wrote this tropical treat with bassist John Driskell Hopkins, Wyatt Durette and Shawn Mullins. He recalled to Billboard magazine: "(Durette) called me about six in the morning on my home phone, which either meant that something was wrong or that somebody was up late partying. He said, 'I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand and we gotta write a song about it.' That's kind of how that one started."
Brown told Billboard about the song's video: "It's epic. It'll definitely be memorable - land, air and sea vehicles of all kinds, and the introduction of a character named Floaty Boatwood. He's kind of a lovable, dirty Georgia kind of guy. He's the main character in the video, but there's some great cameos, too."
The song was inspired by Durette's 30th birthday vacation in Key West, Florida. He explained to AOL's The Boot: "I went to the Keys with four of my friends for four days. On the morning of the third day, I turned to my friends and said, 'I've got my toes in the water, ass in the sand, not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand. Life is good today, life is good today.' I said that whole line. So I called Zac to tell him that we needed to start working on this song." Zac Brown added: "I had played a show in Atlanta and had gotten out at two or three in the morning. I'd driven back to my house, which was an hour-and-a-half drive. It was 5:30 in the morning, and my house phone rang. It was Wyatt. He was at the beach, as he often is. He loves to be at the ocean. He starts to look like he's from the Middle East after he gets back up from the fair-weather months. That was the beginning of it all. I don't know how long after that it was when we actually finished it. I remember [working on the song] in a hotel room somewhere, at the bonfire at my farm, and out on the road. It all kind of runs together. When we were getting ready to record it, we ended up taking it into the studio to John Hopkins, my bass player's, place. Shawn Mullins was there, too. I was interested in talking to him about working on some stuff in the studio. We played him what we had for it. They had some ideas for the arrangement. Shawn said, 'You need to be drinking a PBR [Pabst Blue Ribbon] at the end of it or something.' That fit, too."Durrette continued: "One of the things that happens a lot with our songs is both of us have lots of books and journals and lots of things in our computers - pieces of songs that were started and not quite finished. We don't want to overthink a song. The '"adios and vaya con dios" part was another song. It's happened with a handful of songs - we take little pieces from things we've written in the past, and if they fit melodically and they make sense we put it in the song."
This topped Hot Country Songs, the Zac Brown Band's second #1 in three attempts. Their debut chart entry "Chicken Fried" previously spent two weeks at the summit. This meant that the Zac Brown Band were the first group to ascend to the pole position with two of their first three chart entries since The Dixie Chicks, whose second and third chart entries "There's Your Trouble" and "Wide Open Spaces" were both #1s in 1998.
This song came top of a list of the most-requested country dance club songs of 2009 released by Marco Club Connection, a dance venue marketing company.