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16 places to enjoy the sunset in the Tampa Bay area

Tampa is perfect for soaking up the sun, even when it sets.

The sun sets over Snell Isle. There is water in the foreground and land on either side, with dark trees, boats, and houses sitting in the shade. The sun is reflecting off the blueish water, and there are orange and yellow streaks in a partially cloudy sky as the sun gets lower.

Sunsets are always a good time for reflection.

Grab your shades and your camera. We’ve got the best places to watch the sunset (or sunrise) around town.

Beaches and parks

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Benny and Jerry most definitely approve your next trip to Picnic Island Beach Dog Park. | Photo by @bennyjerrythebassets

Picnic Island Park, 7409 Picnic Island Blvd., Tampa
Perfect for bringing the kids and pooches. Let the kids run out 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

A massive park with massive views.

Photo via City of Tampa

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.

The sun sets at Redington Shores. There are clouds in the sky and shells in the sand.

Why not make a day of it?

Photo by TBAYtoday

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.

A sunset over the ocean at Clearwater Beach. The close-up shot is positioned low to the ground near the water's edge, which is foamy. The sun lies in the far distance, touching the horizon shining yellow with orange spreading out toward blue skies with a few clouds over the sand.

It’s nice to live where other people vacation.

Photo by the City of Clearwater

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

Unwind with a Vinoy Park sunset picnic.

Photo by @photo_romo

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.

The sun is setting at Sunset Beach. The sky is a mix of blue, green, yellow, orange, and red and there are two people walking a dog just in front of the ocean.

It’s called Sunset Beach for a reason.

Photo by TBAYtoday

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.”

A pink and orange sunset through the "Armature Works" sign on M.Bird's rooftop patio.

M.Bird is located in Armature Works.

Photo via @m.bird_tampa

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.

The sunset over the ocean with sunbeams streaking through the clouds.

Now picture enjoying a drink with this view.

Photo via @casacamitampa

Casa Cami, 2545 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa
Enjoy spectacular views of the sun hitting the bay while you hit up 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 sun 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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