The beaches of St. Pete/Clearwater are known for their incredible sunsets. Every evening, visitors and locals take to the sand and pack waterfront eateries to view the famous spectacle: the sky awash in color, the sun sinking into the Gulf. While you can scope out a great sunset just about anywhere along the coast, not all vantage points are created equal. Here are some of the most memorable ways to salute the end of a perfect beach day.
Pier 60 This ritual on Clearwater Beach, which was named USA Today's 2013 "Best Beach Town in Florida," has it all: live music, artisans, street performers and even fire eaters. It’s free, 100 percent family-friendly and it happens every day, weather permitting.
Captain Memo’s sunset & champagne cruises Unleash your inner swashbuckler on this two-hour pirate ship replica cruise. Kids will love the treasure hunts and face-painting. Grownups can sip complimentary beer and wine and shake it on the dance floor.
Redington Long Pier Take in a quintessential old-Florida experience on 1,000 feet of planks. Rent a rod and fish for some snook as the sun gets low.
Palm Pavilion This Clearwater beachfront institution is a top sunset destination in Florida. The bar is huge, the drinks delicious, and live music accompanies your sundown experience.
Pool deck at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa The eighth floor pool deck at the Hyatt on Clearwater Beach offers spectacular sunset views in a swanky resort setting.
DoubleTree Beach Resort by Hilton On Fridays between April and November, celebrate sunset with hula dancers on North Redington Beach.
Treasure Island Drum Circle behind the Bilmar Beach Resort Sunday evenings behind the Bilmar Resort, dozens of people generate hypnotic rhythms on bongos while dancers of all ages conga and twirl. Bring a cooler with some beverages (no glass, please) and take in this one-of-a-kind sunset spectacle.
Caddy’s Situated on Treasure Island’s super-mellow Sunset Beach, this is an ideal place to send off a perfect beach day with fish and chips and beer. Live music enhances the experience.
Undertow Beach Bar This bar sits right on St. Pete Beach, voted TripAdvisor's No. 1 Beach in the U.S. for 2012. Besides its spectacular beach and sunset views, the bar is a favorite for its selection of craft beers.
Rooftop deck at the Hurricane Seafood Restaurant Besides famous grouper sandwiches and tropical drinks, the Hurricane in historic Pass-A-Grille offers a rooftop deck with breathtaking views of sunset over the area’s southern beaches.
Calypso Queen The name says it all. This tropical-themed party cruise offers a huge island-style buffet with dancing and complimentary beer, wine and rum punch.
Tropics Boat Tours Sailing out of Clearwater Beach, this double-decker boat has a full bar, with complimentary beer and wine. Saturdays they offer a 21 & up party cruise.
Hubbard’s Marina Sunset Cruise You can’t miss the banner hanging from this boat: Free beer! The 1.5-hour trip launches from John’s Pass and passes by multi-million-dollar waterfront homes.
Kai Lani sailboat This 50-foot catamaran sail is as mellow as it gets. Leaving from Clearwater Beach, the ship serves beer, wine and soda. Wednesdays the Kai Lani turns into an elegant, floating wine tasting experience.
Tradewinds sailboat An intimate twilight experience, this three-hour sail departs Clearwater Beach with up to six guests. Stock the on-board cooler with your own beverages.
Dolphin Landings sailboat This daily sunset sail leaves from St. Pete Beach’s Dolphin Village.
Sunset Beach Park in Tarpon Springs If you’ve spent the day at the sponge docks, an epic sunset is not far away. Barbecues are available if you wish to cook out, but leave alcohol and pets behind.
Sand Key Park To relax on your own stretch of sand, head to this beachfront park just over the bridge from Clearwater Beach. Entry is free, but parking isn’t.
Sunset Yoga on Indian Rocks Beach Offered seasonally through IRBYoga and Hot Yoga Largo, this experience helps you unwind after an action-packed day.
Fort De Soto Park This award-winning park was recently named the country’s best family beach by Parents magazine, and it has tons of historical and environmental significance, too. Make a day of it. The sunsets are breathtaking.