Many say it’s their favorite time of day and, with sights like these, it’s not hard to see why. There are plenty of places to watch the sun setting in Panama City and Panama City Beach, Florida. Here are five in particular that are truly spectacular, and easy to access for optimal viewing!
St. Andrew's Marina
3151 W 10th St, Panama City, FL 32401
Photo Credit: Grace Kinsaul
The St. Andrews Marina is the ideal place to relax while you enjoy the sunset, with a perfect front row seat right over the water in Historic Downtown St. Andrews. There is a gazebo with swings available, perfect to lounge while you watch. Not only that, there are various shops in the area, walking distance from the marina. The coffee shop, Amavida, is right next door to grab a cup of coffee, making golden hour even more enjoyable.
15726 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Photo Credit: Panhandle Helicopter's Facebook
Looking to switch things up? Panhandle Helicopters is the perfect way to watch the sunset from a new perspective. There are different packages you can choose from depending on how much time you would like to spend in the air. One exciting package is the “shark run” which is approximately 12 minutes and gives you a birds-eye view of the wildlife. There are also other rides where you just cruise and take you through different routes of your choosing.
Because of the high demand for sunset tours they encourage you to make an appointment. There are also professional photographers available to get that perfect Instagram photo for you.
Schooners Last Local Beach Club
5121 Gulf Dr, Panama City, FL 32408
Photo Credit: Schooner's Facebook
Schooners has a sunset celebration every evening and is open year round, located right at “the world’s most beautiful beaches”. Everyone from the restaurant and the beach crowd around and count down as the sun dips below the horizon, followed by the firing of a cannon.
The restaurant has a very casual ambiance encouraging you to come from the beach and feel comfortable. There is live music that starts early and continues until the very end of the night. The menu is casual with great food and drinks, giving it a very local feel. Schooners gives the full experience of enjoying the sunset and having a good time.
The Hathaway Bridge
17 US-98, Panama City Beach, FL 32407
Photo Credit: Michael Welch
If your looking to enjoy a workout with a view, the Hathaway Bridge is for you. Connecting Panama City to the beach, the bridge provides running or walking lanes on each end. Running over and back is almost exactly a mile, facing the sunset on your way up. This makes it the perfect place to fit your workout in at the end of the day and enjoy the sunset at the same time.
A.L. Kinsaul Park
1146 W 5th St, Lynn Haven, FL 32444
Photo Credit: Grace Kinsaul
Since the devastation of Hurricane Michael, this beautiful park got a makeover. It is located in the heart of Lynn Haven, right on the water, just outside of Panama City, Florida. There is a large parking lot in the perfect location to park your car facing the sunset.
The new changes made since the hurricane have been the addition of a dog park, with benches and a gated in area to let your puppy have free range. Another new attraction is a splash pad for your children to cool off play this summer. This has made Kinsaul Park a great place to take the whole family at the end of the day to enjoy the sunset.