Places to See the Sunset in Pensacola
In our opinion, there’s nothing like a sunset on the Gulf Coast. Getting to see the way the sun tinges on the sky with vibrant magenta and blood-orange hues is truly breathtaking. And, when it reflects over the water, we can’t help but pull out our phones to capture a few pictures. After all, no two sunsets are alike! Over in Pensacola and on Pensacola Beach, we’ve found some pretty incredible places to watch the sunset. From the Gulf of Mexico to the Intracoastal Waterway and even Pensacola Bay, there are no shortage of beautiful places to see the sunset in Pensacola. For couples looking for a romantic getaway, there’s just something so magical about enjoying a tranquil moment together while the sun sets. Grab a beach blanket, get some food to go, and make an evening of it! Discover some of our favorite places to see the sunset in Pensacola, and start planning your romantic vacation to Pensacola Beach while you’re at it!
First up, this iconic sunset spot is a no-brainer to locals and seasoned visitors. Located on the Gulf Islands National Seashore and open year-round from sunrise to sunset, Fort Pickens is a tranquil spot to catch a sunset in Pensacola. Grab your loved one and snuggle up on the sand as you watch the sunset! Entrance fees at Fort Pickens are required, but you can rest assured that 100% of the cost goes toward maintaining the park. Scope out free entrance days throughout the year – the next one is coming up on August 25th!
If you’ve visited Pensacola Beach in your lifetime, then you’re likely familiar with the famous beach ball water tower that rests at Casino Beach. Just follow the beach ball in order to find one of our favorite places to see the sunset in Pensacola! Grab a bite to eat and lounge under an umbrella or recline in a beach chair as you watch the sunset over the Pensacola Beach Pier.
Looking for more places to see the sunset in Pensacola? A short drive away from Pensacola Beach, the Palafox Pier in Downtown Pensacola is another iconic sunset-viewing place. The grassy lawn and benches overlooking the water make for a perfect spot to watch the sunset! Then, grab a bite to eat at Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille as you watch the sunset. Their outdoor dining area overlooks the Palafox Pier & Yacht Harbor, providing a view that will take your breath away every single time. As you plan your romantic vacation to Pensacola Beach, consider this restaurant a must!
In addition, Perdido Key is a beautiful place to catch a Gulf Coast sunset. Although Perdido Key is a popular vacation spot, the beaches remain uncrowded, giving you plenty of room to cozy up as you watch a sunset. With Big Lagoon State Park and the Gulf Islands National Seashore so close by, it isn’t unusual to see wildlife roaming around on the beach. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a heron or two standing peacefully in the sand, enjoying the sunset just like you!
Your Pensacola Beach Vacation Rental
When you stay Gulf-front on Pensacola Beach, what better place is there to see the sunset? Explore some of our favorite Pensacola Beach vacation rentals for late summer, including Portofino 4-905. This luxurious condo is perfect for a “just the two of us” getaway and features a stunning view from the wide balcony. Pour yourself a glass of wine, pull up a chair, and get ready to watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.