In Florida, we’ve got some truly beautiful sunsets. And the best of those are always seen at the beach. But, imagine a Florida sunset experienced from a boat with the sun reflecting off the ocean and turning the whole world orange and red as you spend the evening with your significant other. That sounds like a perfect date night! From romantic dinner cruises to dolphin watching, here are some of Tampa Bay’s finest sunset cruises and tours.
If you don’t mind doing a little work for your sunset views, book a spot on a kayak tour. During the 1.5-2 hour tour, paddle around Shell Key Preserve in a 100% clear tandem kayak with underwater LED lights under your kayak. The tour begins with a sunset paddle and continues in darkness as you look for wildlife below and enjoy the starlit skies above. Tours are $59/person and must be booked online in advance.
Yacht Starship is one of Tampa Bay’s premier dinner cruise options. Departing from Tampa and Clearwater, each tour is an all-inclusive evening aboard a stylish dining yacht. Besides enjoying a 2.5-hour cruise with romantic sunset views, you’ll also be treated to a 3-course meal, open bar (beer and wine) and plenty of time for dancing. Tickets begin at $59.95/person. Reservations can be made online.
Another local favorite, StarLite Cruises offers sunset dining cruises departing from St. Pete and Clearwater. On this sunset dinner cruise, your ticket includes admission for the 2.5-3 hour cruise with dinner as an add-on once you board. For dinner, you’ll be able to use the full StarLite dining service that functions just as a normal restaurant would. Each of the two ships has a different menu, so make sure to check that before booking! Reservations can be made online.
For the animal lover in your life, ParrotDise Express offers sunset dolphin watching tours daily aboard their vessel of the same name. If you’re lucky, you’ll be treated to playful dolphins jumping in the boat’s wake! Each tour lasts 2.5 hours and includes complimentary drinks, including beer and wine.
Laid-Back Sunset Cruises
Serving up fantastic views of Tampa Bay (including the Tampa skyline) alongside fun facts about the city, Tampa Bay Fun Boat‘s sunset cruise is a must for a unique date. This relaxing tour lasts for about an hour making it the perfect activity to combine with dinner downtown. Another perk? You’re allowed to bring a cooler with adult beverages on board and there’s no corkage fee. We recommend bringing a bottle of your favorite wine or champagne to toast the beautiful sunset. Tickets are just $18/person and reservations can be made online.
On the St Pete Beach Sunset Cruise, you will have much more privacy and less crowds. These cruises only take a maximum of six people per voyage, so it’s perfect for the intimate affair! Bring your own food and drinks for a romantic picnic on the water. Reservations can be made online.
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