By Nancy Foster
One sure reason Clearwater Beach was ranked #1 U.S. Beach in 2016 by TripAdvisor its legendary sunsets, which so beautifully complement a day spent frolicking in warm Gulf waters. To extend the fun, visitors have many options to unwind and enjoy that magical time when day-turns-to-evening and vibrant colors cascade across the sky.
MARINA CANTINA TEQUILA BAR AND GRILLE
Nestle into a cushy rooftop lounge chair at this casual-chic bar and grille where sweeping sunset views light up the marina and the Gulf. Here you’ll find Happy Hour Specials all night long, so order up a Casa Margarita or Sangria or choose among 40 different 100 percent agave Tequilas. For nibbles, try the Beef Barbacoa Quesadillas.
CAPTAIN MEMO’S ORIGINAL PIRATE CRUISE
Immerse yourself in breathtaking panoramic sunset views as this beautiful pirate ship sails the calm Gulf waters on its two-hour Champagne Sunset Cruise. Beguiling wenches will entice you with complimentary beer, wine and bubbly—or order up Captain Memo’s Rum Punch; it’s as legendary as the pirates.
JIMMY’S CROWS NEST
Join the in-crowd at sundown atop the Pier 60 Hotel for dramatic sunset views overlooking Clearwater Public Beach and Pier 60 Park. Unwind with a frosty Colada and nosh on a hearty traditional Cuban sandwich.
PALM PAVILION BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL
Claim a deck table for mesmerizing sunset views. The atmosphere is laid-back tropical, so relax and kick back with a Chunky Monkey, a blend of decadent deliciousness that includes coconut rum, banana liquor and Frangelico. Add some Gator Bites or Grouper Cheeks for satisfying munchies.
JIMMY’S FISH HOUSE & IGUANA BAR
Go open-air at Jimmy’s Fish House & Iguana Bar at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach for spectacular sunset views. Toast the night with a fruity Red or White Sangria and pair it with the house specialty Margaritaville Shrimp.