Sunsets here are legendary and, every night, the Paradise Grille hosts a sunset celebration where locals and visitors gather to watch a fiery end to the day. (You may even be asked to ring the bell, an honor at this nightly ritual.)
On weekdays, especially in quieter months, it’s usually fairly easy to find a metered parking spot along Gulf Boulevard, but weekends may be a bit more challenging, so plan to arrive early
Up for a shelling adventure on an unspoiled island? Head to Merry Pier (also a popular fishing spot) and get your ticket for the Shell Key Shuttle. You may spot dolphins on the 10-minute boat ride to Shell Key Preserve, an undeveloped gem that is part bird sanctuary, part treasure trove of brilliant seashells.