The Best Places to See A Sunset in Anna Maria Island

When visiting Anna Maria Island, there are a wide variety of things to see and do during your time that is sure to excite the senses! However, the crown jewel of Anna Maria Island is the sunset. The area is known to have some of the best sunsets anywhere in the United States! In order to truly capture the magic, you have to make sure you are in the right spot! Just for you, we’ve compiled a list of the best places to see the sunset on Anna Maria Island near our conveniently located vacation rentals.

Sandbar Restaurant

Located at the edge of the beach on Anna Maria Island, Sandbar Restaurant offers absolutely stunning views of the sunset each and every day! Join them for an early evening dinner full of delicious views where you’ll do more than just take in the sunset. The Sandbar hosts an event where diners can guess the exact time of sunset that day. The winner of the event will receive a bottle of champagne (provided they are over the age of 21)! Enjoy a glass of champagne and a beautiful sunset at Sandbar Restaurant.

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Beach House Restaurant

Rated as a top destination for any event, Beach House Waterfront Restaurant is the perfect place to take in a beautiful sunset on Anna Maria Island. Choose to sit inside close to the window or outside for an even better view. If you arrive at the restaurant and aren’t able to get any of the tables, don’t worry! Beach House Restaurant also sets up chairs along the beach for its patrons to watch the sunset, so no one has to be left out.

Beach Bistro

Recognized by Zagat as having the Best Food on the Gulf Coast, Beach Bistro has been a shining beacon of culinary excellence for years! When dining on such phenomenal food, the ambiance is a must. That’s why watching the sunset from Beach Bistro is ideal. Sit back at a table near the window and sip on your glass of wine as you watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Afterward, be sure to enjoy a delicious meal of scallops and an order of bananas foster for dessert.


Bean Point

Offering a long stretch of secluded beach, Bean Point is one of the best options to view a gorgeous sunset. This stretch doesn’t attract as many visitors due to its seclusion so it’s typically a blank canvas when choosing where you want to view the sunset from. After the sunset, stick around for the pelicans and seagulls that will fly north. This event happens each evening without fail and will take place within 10 minutes of sunset.


Much like Bean Point, Coquina Beach is an amazing spot to view a sunset. White sandy beaches free of rocky shells provide a perfect landscape to take in everything. Not only will this near-desolate location provide you with some seclusion and a gorgeous sunset, but you will also have the opportunity to view the boats coming into the harbor after a long day.

Sunset Boat Cruise

Out of all the places you could watch the sunset, perhaps the best is on a sunset boat cruise. There are a variety of rental companies that will ferry you and your companions out into the Gulf of Mexico for a sunset experience. Watch as the water surrounding you is engulfed with brilliant hues of purple, orange, yellow, and red to create an absolutely stunning scene. To make the atmosphere even more unique, some rental companies will also allow you to bring your own snacks and drinks.

Regardless of where you ultimately choose to view a beautiful Anna Maria Island sunset, the experience is sure to be spectacular! After the sun sets, it’s always nice to head back to your room and enjoy the rest of your evening. Instead of worrying where you’ll lay your head, why not come relax with us? Here at Anna Maria Vacations, our dedicated staff members are ready to help make your dreams come true. Browse our Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals and contact us today to book your home away from home and, maybe, you can even enjoy the sunset from the comfort of your room!