On Sanibel, there is approximately 300 days of sunshine each year—which means 300 chances to catch a spectacular sunset! (The other 65 days also lead to stunning sunsets).
One of the most frequent questions we are asked by our guests is “Where is the best place to watch the Sunset on Sanibel?” Our answer: right here, and a few other locations.
Because of our prime location on the south side of the island, our guests get the chance to witness both the sunrise and the sunset from our beautiful shell-lined beach. Enjoy the show of light from your balcony or from a beach chair or towel on the sand located just steps from your beach home away from home. Don’t forget to bring a cocktail!
Some evenings, our guests report witnessing a phenomenon known as the Green flash.
When the conditions are right, a green spot is visible above the upper rim of the disk of the sun. The green appearance usually lasts for no more than a second or two. Rarely, the green flash can resemble a green ray shooting up from the sunset (or sunrise) point. Green flashes occur because the atmosphere can cause the light from the sun to separate out into different colors.
If you’re looking to venture to a different location on the island for sunset, consider visiting Blind Pass Beach. This beach is the most western area of Sanibel Island to view the sunset in its full glory. During certain times of the year, crowds can get quite large. For a different perspective and a change of scenery, head to the Causeway Islands Park and enjoy the lightshow as the sun dips below the outline of our beautiful island.
If you’re even more adventurous, hit the road and head even further down Sanibel Captiva Road to our neighboring island of Captiva where most their beaches face west, directly towards the sunset.
Sunset is also a great time to shell or snap that family photo you’ve been hoping to capture during your time in paradise. You may think you’ve seen beautiful sunsets in your hometown, but trust us, nothing beats watching the day end from the sands of Sanibel Island.
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