5 Best Ways to Watch the Sunset in Naples

  • Armand Alikaj
  • 03/10/22

Sunsets in Naples are nothing short of spectacular, adding to the already idyllic lifestyle along Florida’s Gulf Coast. The breathtaking natural beauty of this stretch of coastline glows under the warm hues of the sun sinking behind the horizon.

While it can become easy for some people to take sunsets for granted, many residents of Naples make it part of their routine to enjoy this particular time of the evening. Enjoy the sunset from many vantage points in Naples, both on the shore and the water. Residents can view sunsets while strolling with their spouses on one of the many fantastic white sand beaches, especially after a day of fishing on the Naples Pier. It’s easy to enjoy these Florida golden hues while dining at an upscale restaurant along the water or relaxing with a group of friends on an ocean cruise — the possibilities are endless!

In some cases, residents don’t even have to go anywhere to watch the sunsets, as the beautiful views can be seen while relaxing at home in a fabulous beachfront mansion or a comfortable single-family residence inland. Many living rooms, decks, and patios are perfect for taking in a Naples sunset.

To enjoy the sunsets from the comfort of your own home, look into Naples homes for sale. If you’re considering making the next step, you’ll want to hire a licensed real estate agent who knows all the great neighborhoods with great vantage points for watching the sunset. However, for those who like to be out and about during golden hour, here are the top five perfect spots to watch the sun sink seemingly beneath the sea.

Naples Pier


The Naples Pier is the top destination to watch the sunset. The iconic pier has been a gathering spot in Naples since 1899. The dock is bursting with activity throughout the day, but in the evening, many residents stroll onto the pier to enjoy an unobstructed view of the changing sky in the distance. The dock is usually crowded, so be sure to arrive early to stake your claim on the perfect spot.

Another factor that makes the Naples Pier an ideal spot to catch the sunset is the convenience of a centrally located restroom and a fantastic concession stand nearby. This location also features showers, so you can clean up after splashing in the saltwater or lounging on the beach all day. If the pier is crowded or you want to watch the sunset while dipping your toes in the warm Gulf waters, neighboring Naples Beach is the place to be.

Vanderbilt Beach

Another place residents of Naples like to head to watch the sunset is Vanderbilt Beach, about 11 miles north of Naples Pier. This destination is a bit off the beaten path, but it’s known as a hidden gem by visitors and locals alike, who either dip their toes in the water, stroll along the beach, or watch the sunset from beach chairs. Residents should plan accordingly and arrive an hour or so before sunset since parking can be tight.

Sunset Cruises

The most idyllic location to view the sunset is from the Gulf itself aboard one of the many charter cruises that depart from the waterfront. Here are some of the options that are popular with residents of Naples:


Sweet Liberty Sunset Cruise

Sweet Liberty is a 53-foot catamaran that carries 44 people on narrated sunset cruises that sail from Naples to the Gulf to watch the sunset. Guests may bring their own food and alcohol; however, reservations are recommended to secure a spot. Departure times vary depending on the sunset time.


Naples Princess Sunset Dinner Cruise

The Naples Princess is a luxurious, 105-foot yacht offering several sightseeing options, including the popular Sunset Dinner Cruise. The dinner menu includes seafood, beef, chicken, dessert, and various side dishes. The famous Sunset Wine Tasting with Naples Wine Collection Cruise is held on the last Thursday of every month, and guests may board the three decks of the cruise ship to sample more than 25 wines from around the world.

Sunset Dining


Watching the sunset while dining on the beach at the Turtle Club is a uniquely Naples experience. The Turtle Club is on Vanderbilt Beach and offers a menu bursting with locally sourced fish. It’s the perfect place for a romantic dinner date or a dinner with the whole family. Reservations for dinner are highly recommended, especially for one of the tables right on the sand.

Baleen is an upscale seafood restaurant at the LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort located up the beach from the Turtle Club. Baleen is also known for its sensational sunset views, and guests enjoy their meal either on the sand or in the air-conditioned dining room. Residents of Naples head to Baleen to relax with a cocktail around one of the fire pits before enjoying dinner as the sun sets beyond the Gulf waters.

The Mediterra Beach Club

A wonderful experience for owners of Naples real estate is to view the sunset from one of the many private beach clubs found up and down the shore. One of the local favorite spots is Mediterra Beach Club, accessible to residents of Mediterra Naples, a luxury home development on the northside of Naples. This two-story, 10,000 square foot clubhouse overlooks 200 feet of private waterfront on Bonita Beach. There are many amenities here, among them the priceless sunset views.

There are many places to enjoy the sunset up and down the Naples coast. If now is the right time for you to purchase a new home in Naples, let Armand Alikaj put his expertise to work and find your next dream home along the beach. Contact Armand today to begin your next real estate adventure in Florida!

*Header photo courtesy of Sweet Liberty Sunset Cruise



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