When people picture Florida, they tend to think of amazing weather, beautiful beaches, and palm trees. And we certainly do have plenty of those! But one thing that isn’t always on the list? Sunsets. Our friends on the West Coast tend to get most of the press for the experience of relaxing on the beach while watching the sun slip below the water. Still, Florida has a west coast of our own, and the sunsets are no less spectacular here on the gulf side of the Sunshine State. Here’s a rundown of where you can check out the best St. Petersburg sunsets.
Pier 60 is a fantastic destination no matter what time of day you decide to visit. It’s mix of shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment is always ready to show locals and visitors alike a great time on the shoreline Still, nightfall may be the best time to pay this popular local spot a visit, since the views from the pier as the sun slips below the water are some of the best in the area. So grab a beverage from one of the pier’s potable purveyors, have a seat, and watch the magic.
7 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767
The Hurricane Restaurant
This treasured local seafood stop has been a favorite of residents and visitors for nearly 45 years, given its amazing menu, bountiful bar, and undeniably welcoming atmosphere. Evenings are where The Hurricane really shines however, since checking out a sunset from their rooftop deck is one of the region’s best-kept secrets. Be sure to head out early, ask for a seat up top (there may be a wait), then prepare for one amazing view.
809 Gulf Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33706
Fort de Soto Park
Speaking of well-kept secrets, Fort de Soto Park — although it’s Pinellas County’s largest — is a favorite that’s mostly only frequented by locals. It is a bit of a hidden gem (located amid a smattering of smaller key islands), but it’s definitely worth making your way to. The park itself spans five interconnected islands, all possessed of an abundance of wildlife, and natural beauty. This is the beach you want to romantically stroll on while the sun slips below the water.
3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Hubbard’s Marina Sunset Cruise
Watching the sunset from the beach can be a life-affirming experience. But watching day transition to night from the water is an entirely different experience! This nightly cruise gets you close to the horizon in style. The atmosphere of these John’s Pass adventures is always upbeat and convivial, featuring music, points of interest from the captain, and complimentary beer and wine. Playful dolphins are easy to spot from the deck, as well.
John’s Pass, 170 Boardwalk Pl E, Madeira Beach, FL 33708
Pass-A-Grille (just a short trip south) is a quaint beachfront escape you’ll absolutely want to check out. You simply won’t find a lovelier seaside hamlet anywhere. Charming shops, ice cream parlors and inviting sights are everywhere you look. And when evening falls, the beach is the most enticing destination of all. So head down, bring a blanket or a lounge chair, and drink in the celestial majesty of one of the area’s best sunset spots.
1009 Gulf Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33706
Upham Beach Park
Upham Beach is one of those spots folks tell us they fall in love with, and dream of returning to even before they head home. As one of the region’s only unobstructed public beaches, Upham radiates a serenity it’s tough to describe. Meandering wooden walkways, volleyball courts and legendary fishing spots are just some of the reasons visitors love it, but the beauty of the sunsets from this gorgeous spot can’t be overstated.
6850 Beach Plaza, St. Pete Beach, FL.