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16 Perfect Places for Sunset Views in Tampa Bay



Sunset Light Reflection water in Tampa

Beaches and Parks

Picnic Island Park, 7409 Picnic Island Blvd., Tampa Perfect for bringing the kids and pooches. Let the kids expend the last of the day’s energy at the sandy playground or find the dog beach near the boat ramp and pier.

Ballast Point Park, 5300 Interbay Blvd., Tampa This one is for the early birds. Point your cameras towards Hillsborough Bay and prepare to be awed by the sunrise.

Fort De Soto, St. Pete This St. Pete favorite offers sunset views across five islands on the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay.

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa Another great family option, this spot has water features for the kids, a dog park for Fido, and spectacular views for you.

Courtney Campbell Causeway, between Tampa & Clearwater Fish on either the Old Tampa Bay or Clearwater side of the bridge, but whatever you do — face west for the sunset. Your view may even be graced by a heron, dolphin, or manatee.

Redington Shores, 17425 Gulf Blvd., Redington Shores If you’ve got friends from out of town here for just one night, this town’s wide beaches are just 30 minutes away from Tampa International Airport.

Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St., Dunedin The public fishing pier is perfect for those who want to enjoy the sunset while floating.

Clearwater Beach, 112 S. Osceola Ave., Clearwater Sunsets are so spectacular at this iconic location that there’s even a yearlong event series dedicated to it. Sunsets at Pier 60 are free nightly celebrations that last two hours before and after the sun hits the horizon.

Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg Soak in the views then hit up downtown for drinks. Pro tip: Sunrays through the “Truth” sculpture make for an Instagram-perfect shot.

Sunset Beach, 9000 W. Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island Is it cheating to include a beach named for its sunsets on this list? Either way, this LGBTQ+-friendly beach is rumored to be the inspiration for Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville.”

Drinks and Eats

M.Bird, 1903 Market St., Tampa What’s a sunset without rooftop drinks and a view of the skyline? If you want to keep the party rolling through the night, this spot stays open until 3 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Beacon, 510 Water St., Tampa Catch the sunset from Tampa’s highest public rooftop. Toast the horizon with whimsical and nostalgic cocktails.

Casa Cami, 2545 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa Enjoy spectacular views of the sun hitting the bay while you savor some tacos and agave spirit cocktails.

Cane and Barrel Rooftop Bar, 110 2nd St. N., St. Petersburg Rum, fun, and sun… what could go wrong? Watch the sun go down from the open-air terrace.

The Birchwood, 340 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg This spot’s Canopy rooftop bar and lounge is the perfect place to soak up the last rays of the day.

Paradise Grille, multiple locations Live music on the weekends backdrops the sun setting over a gorgeous tropical waterfront.

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