5 Places to Watch the Sunset in SWFL

We get this question so often that we figured we ought to write a blog about it! 

Where To Watch The Sunset in Southwest Florida?

#1 Fort Myers Beach

Park at one of the beach access points, (pay the meter if you don’t have a pass), and hit the sand for a spectacular sunset! From almost anywhere along the Gulf on Fort Myers Beach you can watch the sun sink directly into the water.

#2 From The Water

Not everyone has access to a boat, which is why we didn’t list this first. BUT, for those that have boats, it’s one of the best ways to watch the sunset directly into the water without any obstructions or distractions. Just make sure your vessel has the proper navigation lights for a safe ride back home. 

#3 Bonita/Naples

Similar to Fort Myers Beach, the Gulf coastline along Bonita Springs and Naples share the same great view of the sun sinking into the water. Head to any of the beach access points, check out Barefoot Beach Preserve or even Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. 

#4 Sanibel/Captiva

There are certain times of the year that are better for watching sunsets on the beaches of Sanibel & Captiva. Blind Pass, where Sanibel ends and Captiva begins, is a popular spot for sunset-seekers.

#5 Sanibel Causeway

If you’re in Fort Myers and do want to drive all the way to the beach, you could stop along the Sanibel Causeway Islands to watch the sunset. While parking is free and easy, you will have to pay the toll for the Causeway. Note, most times of the year, the sun will set behind Sanibel Island itself. 


Sunset Cruises

I know I mentioned that watching the sunset via boat is one of the best ways to see a sunset on Sanibel Island. If you don’t have a boat, you can catch one of our area sunset cruise options! 

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