Top Sunset Spots

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.

1 Pier 60

The festive Sunsets at Pier 60 ritual on Clearwater Beach, which was named USA Today's 2013 "Best Beach Town in Florida," has it all: live music, artisans, street performers, even fire eaters. It’s free, 100 percent family-friendly and it happens every evening from 6:00-10:00pm (weather permitting). The gorgeous sunset view is a perfect way to celebrate the end of the day.

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2 Captain Memo's Sunset Champagne Cruises

Everyone in the family can unleash their inner swashbuckler on the two-hour Captain Memo's Original Pirate Cruise - an outing on a pirate ship replica that comes with high-energy pirates. Kids can do a deep dive into the treasure hunts, water gun games and face-painting; grownups can sip complimentary beer and wine, and boogie on the dance floor to reggae and steel band music.

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3 Redington Long Pier

Take in a quintessential old-Florida experience on 1,200 feet of privately owned planks that extend into the Gulf of Mexico. Rent a rod and fish for some snook or flounder as brilliant colors set the sky ablaze. The Redington Long Pier is ranked as one the best spots in the Gulf to hook a fish, but it's also one of the best places to catch a sunset. Don't feel like you and the kids have to go home once it's dark—the Pier's open until midnight.

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4 Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar

It's no surprise that this Clearwater beachfront institution is a top sunset destination—the beach is at the front door and you can watch the sun sink to live music any night of the week. The bar at the Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar is huge, the food and drinks are delicious and the atmosphere calm and casual.

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5 Pool Deck at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

Lie back on comfortable chaise lounges while enjoying a sunset cocktail or dinner. Ringed with tropical foliage and lush landscapes, the pool features trickling fountains and spectacular Gulf vistas. Situated eight floors up, you'll get magnificent sunset views from the pool deck at the swanky Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa.

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6 Treasure Island Drum Circle Behind the Bilmar Beach Resort

On Sunday evenings behind the Bilmar Beach Resort, dozens of people gather for the Treasure Island Drum Circle and generate hypnotic rhythms on bongos while dancers of all ages conga and twirl. Bring a cooler with some beverages (no glass, though) and take in a one-of-a-kind sunset spectacle at this undisputed family favorite.

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7 Rooftop Deck at the Hurricane Seafood Restaurant

The Hurricane Seafood Restaurant in historic Pass-A-Grille offers a rooftop deck with breathtaking sunset views over the area’s southern beaches. You'll want to order one of their famous grouper sandwiches and sip on a tropical drink as the skies fill with pinks and oranges.

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8 Hubbard's Marina Sunset Cruise

Free beer and wine flow on the 1.5-hour Hubbard's Marina Sunset Cruise, which launches from John’s Pass and passes by multi-million-dollar waterfront homes on the Intracoastal Waterway. All tours are fully narrated and, no doubt, you'll see sensational color-filled skies from the open decks and comfy seats as you make your way back on Gulf of Mexico waters.

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9 Kai Lani Catamaran Sunset Cruise

This 50-foot Kai Lani Catamaran's daily sunset sail is as mellow and romantic as it gets. Leaving from Clearwater Beach, the ship serves beer, wine and soda—all to the tune of island music. The super friendly crew suggests keeping an eye on the after glow as the sun disappears below the horizon.

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10 Fort De Soto Park

The award-winning Fort De Soto 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: picnic, sunbathe, take in the fort and the natural beauty, then stay for the sunset which is beyond breathtaking.

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11 Sunset Yoga on Indian Rocks Beach

Offered seasonally, weather permitting, through IRBYoga and Hot Yoga Largo, this unique experience on Indian Rocks Beach will help you unwind by connecting to the energy of the ocean and sunset after an action-packed day. Skip the yoga mat and practice on a beach towel.

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1 Sunsets at Pier 60

City: Clearwater Beach
Category: Attractions

Address
10 Pier 60 Dr.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Phone: 727-449-1036

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2 Captain Memo's Original Pirate Cruise

City: Clearwater Beach
Category: Attractions

Address
25 Causeway Blvd., Slip No. 3
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Phone: 727-446-2587

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3 Redington Long Pier

City: Redington Shores
Category: Parks

Address
17490 Gulf Blvd.
Redington Shores, FL 33708

Phone: 727-391-9398

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4 Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar

City: Clearwater Beach
Category: Dining

Address
10 Bay Esplanade
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Phone: 727-446-2642

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5 Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

City: Clearwater Beach
Category: Hotels & Resorts

Address
301 S. Gulfview Blvd.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Phone: 727-373-1234
Toll Free: 800-233-1234

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6 Bilmar Beach Resort

City: Treasure Island
Category: Hotels & Resorts

Address
10650 Gulf Blvd.
Treasure Island, FL 33706

Phone: 727-360-5531
Toll Free: 800-826-9724

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7 The Hurricane Seafood Restaurant

City: St Pete Beach
Category: Dining

Address
809 Gulf Way
St Pete Beach, FL 33706-4218

Phone: 727-360-9558

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8 Hubbard's Marina Deep Sea Fishing, Party & Charter Boat Center

City: Madeira Beach
Category: Fishing

Address
170 Johns Pass Boardwalk
Madeira Beach, FL 33708

Phone: 727-393-1947
Toll Free: 800-755-0677

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9 Kai Lani Catamaran

City: Clearwater Beach
Category: Boating

Address
25 Causeway Blvd., Slip #49
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Phone: 727-446-6778

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10 Fort De Soto Park

City: Tierra Verde
Category: Campgrounds

Address
3500 Pinellas Bayway S.
Tierra Verde, FL 33715

Phone: 727-552-1862

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11 Indian Rocks Beach

City: Indian Rocks Beach
Category: Beaches

Address
1700 Gulf Blvd.
Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785

Phone: 727-588-4852
Toll Free: 727-464-3379

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