• Firestone Sky Bar offers rooftop sunset views
    Firestone Sky Bar offers rooftop sunset views
  • Watch the sunset at HB's on the Gulf
    Watch the sunset at HB's on the Gulf
  • Sunsets at The Turtle Club
    Sunsets at The Turtle Club
  • Watch the sunset at Doc's Beach House
    Watch the sunset at Doc's Beach House
  • Naples Princess offers sunset dinner cruise
    Naples Princess offers sunset dinner cruise
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If you're looking to spend the night relaxing with views of a painted sky, Southwest Florida can offer some of the prettiest ones.  There are several places where you can spend your time staring at the beauty of the sunset over a glass of wine or your favorite dish. Here are a variety of options that you can choose from to make sure your dining and sunset experience is Facebook or Instagram-worthy.

The Turtle Club

The Turtle Club is located at Vanderbilt Beach Resort. The casual restaurant offers fine dining with a view of the Gulf of Mexico. There is available seating inside and outside but make sure to make a reservation if you'd like guaranteed seating to view the sunset. The resort also offers standalone seating to enjoy a drink while watching the sunset. (9225 Gulf Shore Drive North, Naples, FL, 34108 | 239-592-6557 www.turtleclubnaples.com)

Marco Island Princess

The Marco Island Princess is a 90-foot boat that cruises the waters of Marco Island. The company offers two types of dinner sunset cruises. Both cruises are two hours. The cruises take you through the Gulf as you enjoy dinner with the sun setting around you. Seating options range from a temperature controlled cabin or on the upper deck. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture some of the sky's beauty while sailing. Check the website for more information on pricing and times of departure. (Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, FL, 34145 | 239-642-5415 www.themarcoislandprincess.com)

BALEEN at LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort

BALEEN offers fine dining overlooking the beach. .  The restaurant also offers a few tables that sit right in the sand to give a more relaxing vibe. The restaurant features a bar with an extensive list of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres available for purchase. A fire-pit experience is also available to those wanting a more intimate occasion with the option of different packages to purchase. Private tables are also available with an advanced reservation request. (LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort, 9891 Gulf Shore Drive, Naples, FL, 34108 | 239-597-3123 www.laplayaresort.com)

The Salty Crab Bar & Grill

The Salty Crab Bar and Grill is located on the beach at Fort Myers Beach.  Visitors can sit back with their toes in the sand while enjoying food and drinks. This location is prime to get a view of the sun setting over the Gulf. The menu has a variety of food including burgers, steaks and seafood. The restaurant occasionally has live music to give you the full beach experience. (1154 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, FL, 33931 | 239-233-8224 www.saltycrabbarandgrill.com)

The Firestone Sky Bar

The Firestone Sky Bar is located in historic downtown Fort Myers and offers panoramic views of the Caloosahatchee River. The bar is the only waterfront rooftop bar in downtown Fort Myers. The bar has a sunset happy hour menu with a lengthy list of cocktails as well as a limited food menu. The Firestone Grille is located on the main floor if you'd like to dine before heading up to the roof for the sunset. (2224 Bay Street, Fort Myers, FL, 33901 | 239-334-3473 www.firestonefl.com)

Coast at Edgewater Beach Hotel

Coast located in Edgewater Beach Hotel serves coastal-inspired cuisine including crab cakes, scallops, grouper and shrimp. Visitors can eat breakfast, lunch or dinner inside the restaurant or out on the patio overlooking the Gulf. The hotel also has a pool bar if you want to enjoy a drink with sunset views over the water. (1901 Gulfshore Blvd North, Naples, FL, 34102 | 239-403-2000 www.edgewaternaples.com)

Doc's Beach House

Doc's Beach House is located steps from Bonita Beach and the Gulf. This restaurant is historic to Bonita Springs and well-known to locals for being a "no shirt, no shoes, no problem" type of place. If you're looking for a casual place to eat, Doc's Beach House is perfect for a quick bite while watching the sunset. Seating is also available right on the beach. (27908 Hickory Boulevard, Bonita Springs, FL, 34134 | 239-992-6444 www.docsbeachhouse.com)

Rhode's End at Naples Grande Beach Resort

Rhode's End at Naples Grande Beach Resort gives guests a casual dining experience. The beachfront setting offers breathtaking views of the sunset while sitting down for food or a drink. The Mediterranean-style menu has foods like octopus salad, fried baby squid and feta flatbreads. Cocktail menus are also available for those wishing to drink while viewing the sunset over the Gulf. (475 Seagate Drive, Naples FL, 34103 | 239-227-2182 www.naplesgrande.com)

HB's on the Gulf at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

HB's on the Gulf is located at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. The restaurant serves fresh seafood and other options daily for lunch and dinner. If you'd like to stake out a spot for sunset make sure to arrive early in order to grab a table. HB's offers an upscale dining experience with indoor and outdoor patio seating. The restaurant offers an exclusive sunset dinner package on the beach with a five-course meal and your choice of wine or champagne. (851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples, FL, 34102 | 239-435-4347 www.naplesbeachhotel.com)

Bayfront Bistro

The Bayfront Bistro is located within Snook Bight Yacht Club and Marina. Visitors can arrive by car or by boat and see breathtaking views of the Gulf. The restaurant serves fresh seafood and has an "Award of Excellence" wine list to enhance your experience. Seating is available inside or on the covered patio for views of the beautiful bay. Sunset is one of the more popular times so make sure to make a reservation before heading in. (4761 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 | 239-463-3663 www.bayfrontbistro.com)

Naples Princess

The Naples Princess offers a sunset dinner cruise on a 105-foot luxury yacht. The dinner menu features a double-entree meal with potatoes, salad, dessert and coffee. The narrated cruise takes passengers through Port Royal, Naples Bay and Royal Harbor before heading out into Gordon Pass and then into the Gulf for the evening sunset. The cruise runs for two hours and departure times vary depending on the time of year. Check the website for pricing and more information. (550 Port O Call Way, Naples, FL, 34102 | 239-649-2275 www.naplesprincesscruises.com)

Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille

Stop by for some drinks or a bite to eat overlooking the Gulf at Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille. Located on the back of Estero Bay on San Carlos Island, the views will not disappoint. The restaurant offers live music and indoor and outdoor patio seating for excellent sunset views. Doc Ford's has a lengthy menu to ensure customers find something they like ranging from seafood to American-style food. (708 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Myers Beach, FL, 33931 | 239-765-9660 www.docfords.com)

Naples Pier

The Naples Pier is well-known to locals and tourists alike for being an excellent place to watch the sunset. Its open concept gives visitors the ability to view the sun from almost any angle. With benches along the sides and end of the Pier, visitors can get comfy while capturing beautiful photos of the setting sun. The snack shack offers a limited food and drink menu for those who may get hungry or thirsty. You can even bring chairs with you to sit in the sand on the beach while the sun sets on the horizon. (25 12th Avenue South, Naples, FL, 34102 | 239-213-3062 www.naplesgov.com)

Mango's Dockside Bistro

The large patio at Mango's Dockside Bistro makes it a great place to view the sunset on Marco Island. Mango's Dockside Bistro is known for their sushi but has a variety of other food items on the menu. Their cocktail list is lengthy but perfect for those wanting some drinks while viewing the sunset. Dogs are also welcome on the patio. (Esplanade Shoppes, 760 North Collier Boulevard #109, Marco Island, FL, 34145 | 239-393-2433 www.mangosdocksidebistro.com)

Gumbo Limbo at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Gumbo Limbo at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples offers beachfront dining. The menu features cocktails and fresh seafood for you to enjoy while watching the sunset. Visitors can even hear the waves hitting the shore. (The Ritz Carlton, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, FL, 34108 | 239-598-3300 www.ritzcarlton.com)

Quinn's on the Beach

Quinn's on the Beach is located at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort and offers Caribbean-style food and drinks. Right off the beach, this restaurant and bar offers breathtaking views of the Gulf. Beginning at sunset, there is a live Fire Dancer show which is great for the entire family to see. (400 South Collier Boulevard, Marco Island, FL, 34145 | 239-394-2511 www.jwmarco.com)

Fresh Catch Bistro

Fresh Catch Bistro offers many local seafood options including shrimp, mahi-mahi, oysters and hogfish. This restaurant gives visitors the opportunity to overlook the Gulf while indulging on their favorite meal or sipping on their favorite martini. With indoor and outdoor patio seating, this dining experience will be sure to capture the beautiful views overlooking the Gulf at sunset. (3040 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, FL, 33931 | 239-463-2600 www.freshcatchbistro.com)

Snook Inn

The Snook Inn can be reached by land or by water and has a restaurant and bar. Whether you're hungry or thirsty, you'll be sure to find something to quench your needs with their extensive menu. With its open water view, the sunset is definitely something that you won't want to miss. They even offer live entertainment seven nights a week. (1215 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, FL, 34145 | 239-394-3313 www.snookinn.com)

Sun Deck at Lani Kai Island Resort

The Sun Deck at Lani Kai Island Resort offers rooftop views overlooking the Gulf and Fort Myers Beach. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and entertainment on some evenings during sunset. The roof gives excellent visibility across the ocean to see the sunset on the horizon. (1400 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, FL, 33931 | 239-463-3111 www.sundeckfmb.com)

Stilts Bar & Grill

Stilts Bar and Grill located at Marriott's Crystal Shores is a casual-beachfront dining choice overlooking the Gulf. This restaurant serves American food just above the beach. Make sure to arrive early if you'd like to grab a table close to the edge of the restaurant in order to see the sunset. (600 South Collier Boulevard, Marco Island, FL, 34145 | 239-393-6790 www.marriott.com)

The Dock at Crayton Cove

The Dock at Crayton Cove is located right in the heart of Naples at the City Dock. Sitting dockside, you can enjoy the Caribbean-influenced menu including fresh seafood like lobsters or fish sandwiches. The restaurant offers a great view of Naples Bay. (845 12th Avenue South, Naples, FL, 34102 | 239-263-9940 www.dockcraytoncove.com)

Sunset Grille

Sunset Grille is located in Apollo on Marco Island. This restaurant offers a menu with Caribbean and American style foods. Visitors may even see dolphins swimming in the distance as the sun sets on the Gulf. (Apollo, 900 South Collier Boulevard, Marco Island, FL, 34145 | 239-389-0509 www.sunsetgrilleonmarcoisland.com)

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