By Nancy Foster
Call it the perfect ending to a perfect day. The sun slips beneath the horizon in a brilliant blaze of color, tropical Gulf breezes keep things comfortable and the salty taste of the sea wafts through the air. Welcome to nighttime on Clearwater Beach, where the beauty and fun never end. Sunsets on this award-winning beach are legendary, so expect to find a multitude of stunning viewing spots whether lazing on your resort balcony, dining al fresco or wandering the wide public beach. Many area resorts and venues now add to post-sunset fun with outdoor fire elements, enticing visitors to linger beside a flickering flame and sip on a frosty libation to toast the perfect day. Here are a few places you might enjoy!
With the Gulf of Mexico as a dramatic backdrop, guests of this upscale beachfront resort can revel in pure tranquility beside an inviting beachside fire pit. Sip on a Tequila Sunburst or Beach Lemonade from Tate’s Island Grill bar while being lulled by the soft sounds of the sea. For a romantic touch, reserve the couples escape and request the S’More Love Package, which includes the makings for those gooey-delicious delights, plus two decadent Snuggler Drinks. Can you get any closer to bliss? The fire pit is open daily from 6-9 p.m. sandpearl.com
SHERATON SAND KEY RESORT
Guests can enjoy exquisite sunset viewing on this resort’s wide private beach, then celebrate the afterglow beside the recently added stone and glass fire pit. Cherry red Adirondack chairs invite you to kick back, sip on a Sand Key Margarita from the Tiki Bar and bask in the hypnotic flicker of the flames. Unwind, cozy up with your loved one and reflect on the day’s most blissful moments. Fire pit hours are dusk to 9:00 p.m. sheratonsandkey.com
MARINA CANTINA TEQUILA BAR AND GRILLE
At the recently opened Marina Cantina Rooftop deck, sink into a cushioned settee by a sleek, contemporary fire feature to watch darkness approach against the sparkling backdrop of Clearwater Harbor. Choose between more than 30 tequilas, order up flavorful Mexican fare and savor the magic of the night. Open Sunday to Thursday until 10 p.m. On Friday and Saturday nights, catch the beat of live entertainment until 11:00 p.m. marinacantina.com
For vacation packages to Clearwater, visit Allegiant.com.