In a warm and wonderful city like Miami, it’s no wonder tourists and locals alike go crazy for a signature sunset. Depending on the season and time of year, the sky may burn bright pink and orange. Other times, it’ll present itself as a calming mix of lilac and blues. One thing is for certain: sunsets in the Magic City are always beautiful and there is never not an audience around just waiting to appreciate them. If you’re looking for somewhere to watch the sunset with ambiance, a place to sit and maybe even some great food and cocktails, we’ve got just the list for you. Check out our top picks and don’t forget to snap a photo!
A South Beach classic, Smith & Wollensky isn’t just a great restaurant where you can get a mean steak. Sure, the food is superb, but the views are also unparalleled. For over 20 years, meat-lovers have been flocking to Smith & Wollensky in various cities, but there’s no place like home home (even if it’s just home for a few days) when home means Atlantic Ocean views, juicy steaks cooked to perfection and storybook sunsets.
There’s no place like home and the Standard Hotel always feels like home, no matter how far you’ve traveled to be there. Park yourself under one of Lido Bayside Grille’s yellow umbrellas at a table overlooking Biscayne Bay. Come hungry; you won’t feel too guilty about filling up your belly with Mediterranean food and healthy cocktails. Happy hour falls at the perfect time on weekdays (4 to 7 p.m.) and means $2 oysters, $7 frosé and more irresistible deals that pair perfectly with the dreamy end-of-day scenery.
South Pointe Park
There are plenty of activities to keep you busy at South Pointe Park. One of our favorites is outdoor yoga, which overlooks the ocean and often coincides with the sunset. Is there anything more zen and peaceful that stretching to the sound of waves while basking in the glow of a glorious South Florida sunset? On a good day, a light breeze may be present and sometimes a sun shower will disappear as quickly as it appeared. Don’t fret; rain around here usually doesn’t last long and it’s a welcome feeling when you want to cool off a bit.
With two outposts in Miami (one in South Beach’s South of Fifth area and one in Coconut Grove), this casual outdoor dining spot — particularly the South Beach location — is nearly perfect when chasing that magical Miami sunset. Grab some wings and a pitcher of beer poolside and prepare for Mother Nature’s live show. Nothing like bar food and cannonballs to set the scene. In addition to a fab sunset, there’s also usually a live band here so you’re really getting a two-for-one if you think about it. Sit back, relax and keep your eyes peeled.
A really pretty place to enjoy the South Beach skyline, Juvia — a rooftop restaurant located along Lincoln Road — has both indoor and outdoor seating options. Not to worry; if you opt for air conditioning, your view won’t be obstructed as floor-to-ceiling windows are the only thing separating you from the great outdoors and lush greenery on the rooftop terrace. Get there early and plan to stay a while. People watching here is almost as great as the sunsets.
This Key Biscayne restaurant has been around for what seems like ages. It’s undergone renovations and is absolutely a pretty place to dine, but one thing remains the same. People love coming here for drinks around golden hour. Whether it’s a romantic outing, you’re hanging with Mom or catching up with your girls, this place always gets it right every single time. Specialty cocktails are the thing to order here, as are fancy seafood dishes (think lobster risotto and crispy, whole snapper). Be prepared to spend, although happy hour helps the wallet stay padded with 50 percent off appetizers, plus drink specials. You won’t regret making the trek out here as you sip your cucumber martini and the sun slips away into the ocean.
This beach differs from South Beach mainly in that it welcomes nude sunbathers. The beach views can be interesting here, to say the least, but the sunsets are superb. Also, Haulover Beach doubles as a dog beach. But make sure to do your research before heading over there with Fido. The beach closes to pups at 3 p.m. on most days, but there is a park that’s open until at least sunset right across the way. If you can’t watch the sunset fade away on the shore, being able to see the sky change from blue to purple to orange to black from the parking lot or dog park is the second best option you’ve got. If you’re doggie free, pack a picnic and a blanket and prepare to swoon as you’re reminded why South Florida is one of the most lovely places to vacation.