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How to Find the 5 Best Sunsets Spots in Florida

One of the best things about Florida are the sunny days you get all year-round, meaning you can expect good weather whenever you go there. It’s earned the nickname ‘The Sunshine State’ for this very reason, and a popular pastime for locals to do is to head to a local beauty spot to catch sundown.

While Florida isn’t the biggest state, there are still thousands of places you can go to at the end of a sunny day. To make it a little easier, we’ve picked out five gems that will give you a sunset to remember.

Cedar Key

Florida is famous for its wealthy residents. The richest areas, such as Palm Beach where the average property price is around the $7 million mark, are in the South East.

Some of the best things in the state, though, come on the west coast, and you don’t need to win a lottery jackpot to enjoy them. Cedar Park is one of the best examples, an island city just off the mainland, it has a variety of beaches and piers from where you can enjoy one of the best sunsets around.

The area surrounding Cedar Key is known as Nature Coast, so there are many other things to do in the open air not far from there.

Naples Pier

If you’re a fan of Naples in Italy with its medieval architecture and delicious food, then how about one in Florida that has glittering beaches and scores of dolphins?

Head to the 300-metre-plus pier here and this is what you’ll get: a panoramic view of the horizon and a chance of seeing the odd aquatic mammal diving in and out the water as you do so.

You can also take a two-and-a-half-hour trip out to Keewaydin Island, a secluded paradise with white sandy beaches and even more wildlife, including turtles and storks, to check out.

Sanibel

Just to the north of Naples lies a series of islands that jut out into the Gulf of Mexico. The largest of these is Sanibel Island, a beautiful spot with Caribbean-style white beaches and spectacular views of the gulf.

One highlight is Lighthouse Point, which is the tip of the isle and gives you the best 360-degree views you’ll have seen in a while. It’s a great place to explore, and you may even find yourself on the adjoining spit of land known as Captiva as well.

Key West

There are many interesting things to know about Key West: it’s the southernmost city in Florida, the last stop on the famous US Route 1, and also a very popular honeymoon location.

We can explain the latter by looking at some of the many romantic sunset spots there. Sandwiched in between the Atlantic to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west, it offers some jaw-dropping vistas that are perfect for newly-weds.

The sunsets are so good there’s even a sunset ritual there. A varied mix of performance artists hit the streets around Mallory Square there to put on a special show just as the sun hits the sea.

You can even jump aboard an old-fashioned 1850s Schooner to enjoy a drink on-deck as the sun goes down. No wonder it’s one of the most famous sunsets in the US.

Clearwater Beach

Florida’s Gulf Coast stretches for hundreds of miles down the state’s west coast, but you can save hours of searching for the right spot by just heading to Clearwater Beach.

As well as a clear view of the sunset and beautiful beaches, it also has part of the Intracoastal waterway, which means you can take a two-hour sunset cruise where you can enjoy the last hours of sunlight before the horizon turns orange-red and the sun disappears for another day.

For people who prefer their feet on terra firma, then Pier 60 is another popular place to take in the sights and sounds of Florida coast life.

So, if you find yourself in Florida looking for a beautiful sunset spot, now you have no excuse. You could even compose a sunset tour of the places here, with them dotted down the state’s beautiful west coast. As Kristin Butler once said, Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully.”

Photo by Michelle Cencich on Unsplash

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