There’s no better way to end each day of your Panama City Beach vacation than by watching the sun set on the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches. Panama City Beach, Fl. is known for having some of the most impressive sunsets in the World. Even though they look beautiful wherever you see them from, there are a few “secret” spots that make them even more spectacular!
1. Panhandle Helicopter
This has to be one of the best-kept secrets on Panama City Beach. I have experienced this smooth ride for myself and believe me when I tell you; it is absolutely unforgettable. Though most of the helicopter tours head from West to East during the daytime, when the sun begins to drop they take things in the opposite direction… become the star of your own movie, literally flying into the sunset! It’s an experience which has to be experienced to be believed. This just might be the perfect place to renew wedding vows, propose to that special person in your life, or just experience the most thrilling view of a sunset possible… up to 3 times! One of the advantages of being in a helicopter, is that even once the sun has dropped below the horizon, you ca fly a little higher and watch it drop all over again! The aerial view you get of Panama City Beach from above is incredible, and the panorama-view of the sunset will take your breath away. Owner, JR and his friendly staff will answer any questions you may have about the different tours on offer. Be sure to make reservations in advance though, as the sunset happens but once a day! No matter how young or old you are, this is an experience you won’t forget any time soon!
2. Schooners Restaurant
Dubbed ‘the last local beach club’, Schooners is a great place for locals and tourists alike to enjoy some food and watch the sun drop. Order a delicious appetizer like the BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp or the famous Crab Cakes with Tropical Salsa. Affordable and delicious, their menu has something for mom and dad, the kids, as well as the grandparents, and can be enjoyed on the large outdoor patio overlooking the Gulf. Schooners gives you a perfect view of world’s most beautiful sunsets.
3. Russel Fields Pier
Don’t like boats but still want to get a view from the water? Try the Panama City Beach Pier. Offering everything from a great Restaurant (Hook’d) at the pier entrance, to some local flavor of a different sort on the opposite end. Fishermen in Panama City have a distinctive southern charm you can’t help but love. The pier is a fantastic place to take family pictures with a spectacular sunset backdrop… and then you’re only a short walk away from all the shops, restaurants and bars in Pier Park! Be sure to visit the city pier website for fees, opening closing times and other helpful info.
4. Sea Screamer Sunset Cruises
This isn’t grandmas sunset cruise, though Grandma might actually love it! The bright yellow, wave-hopping Sea Screamer is hard to miss as it flies up and down the gulf at incredible speeds. As well as daily excursions to shell island, and snorkel and dolphin cruises, the Sea Screamer also offers a special sunset cruise. Times vary by season, so be sure to check the website for specifics.
5. Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise
Yo-ho-ho and a barrel of fun! If you have kids this might just make you parent of the year! Everything from the staff, to the ship, to the rum punch is a fantastic pirate-themed experience that will leave your family with the happiest of summer memories. Pirates, rum, and beautiful sunsets all enjoyed on a cooler than cool pirate ship! Make reservations early though, as this boat fills up fast…
6. Lady Anderson Dining Yacht
If you like captain Anderson’s seafood restaurant, you are going to LOVE their dinner cruise; the Lady Anderson. The whole family will enjoy this experience, with a cruise leaving every evening just in time to catch the sunset. Enjoy it from the deck that wraps around the entire vessel of from the comfort of your table inside. You just can’t go wrong with the combination of great food, service, and a gorgeous sunset on the water. (Be sure an make early reservations, especially for larger parties.)
7. Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort
What better place to catch the sunset than right outside your hotel room? Or better yet, grab a refreshing Long Island from the Tiki Bar, or a snack from the Deli and sink your toes in the sand for the perfect family sunset spot. There is so much to do at the Sandpiper that it is easy to forget that one of the best amenities is the perfect sunset location. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the memories forever, and wave hello to your family back at home on the live beach webcams!