Seeing Sunsets and Sunrises in Florida at Pensacola, St. Petersburg, Ponte Verda Beach and More
This post is written in collaboration with Hipmunk Hotels.
Everyone loves going to Florida because of the beaches full of white sand and clear blue waters. Even though it’s inherent, people often forget to talk about the scenic sunsets and sunrises that you can see on the beach! Some of the best places to see them are right in Florida at these four beaches.
St. Petersburg Beach
St. Petersburg Beach, better known as St. Pete Beach, is one of the best spots in Florida to see the sunset. The sand feels like it stretches on for miles as the colors of the sky start to evolve into soft reds and oranges over the blue water.
To make sure you don’t miss this beautiful time of day, stay at a hotel right on the beach so that all you need to do is step outside for the sunset. The Dolphins Beach Resort ranges from $119 to $289 and has everything you need so you can take full advantage of fun in the sun, including a bar, lounge, and restaurant.
If you want to kick it up a notch, try staying at Sirata Beach Resort for quick access to private white sand beaches and three beachfront swimming pools. That way, you can see the sunset from the poolside without having to get sandy or dirty at all. After the sunset, enjoy the beachside fire pit. Rooms start $127 a night while kids under 18 stay for free.
If you love sunsets but want to get deeper into nature, head south of St. Pete Beach to Sanibel Island where you can spend the afternoon in “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Center with over 6,400 acres of mangrove forest.
Afterwards, relax at West Wind Inn’s white sand beach, take a dip in their heated swimming pool, or continue the adventure by renting a bike from the hotel and exploring the island on bike paths. Rooms range from $155-175.
Pensacola Beach may not offer head-on views of the sunset or sunrise, but since it sits on the direct line of the sun going east to west with nothing but the Gulf of Mexico for miles on end, you’ll be sure to have sun all day long.
To enjoy this sun-filled day, check out SpringHill Suites Pensacola Beach where rooms range from $119 to $179 a night. If you’re looking for calming gulf views during your entire stay, book a gulf view room, then head down to the beach after your free breakfast and enjoy the pristine white sands
Ponte Verda Beach
On the other side of the Florida coast, you can get up early for both the sunrise and a round of golf when you stay at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. If golf isn’t exactly your thing, then head to the beach and bask in the warmth of the sun. Rooms range from $120-189 depending on the season.
Whether you’re rising early to see the sunrise or taking it easy with the glow of the sunset, make sure you’re on time by checking online to see what time these precious moments occur each day. After that, all you have to do is arrive and enjoy!
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