Sunsets on the eastern side of the United States can be hard to come by. The sun does tend to set in the west, after all. Marco Island is one of those rare places in the east that has a west coast. In fact, it is home to some of the most beautiful sunsets (and beaches) in the country. The vibrant pinks, oranges, and purples in the sky are truly unique to this corner of the world. There’s a reason this part of Florida is called the Paradise Coast. And it’s no wonder one of the most popular activities on the island is a sunset cruise.
While sunset cruises seem like a tourist-only attraction, you’d be surprised how many locals frequent these nightly trips. A sunset cruise is a perfect occasion to get out of your vacation rental and enjoy the water. Several reputable companies do a great job, and here are a few fan favorites:
Certainly, one of the mandatory activities on your itinerary has to be a sunset cruise on the Marco Princess. The 90′ aluminum vessel sails every day from Rose Marina located on Bald Eagle Drive. Not only does the Princess offer sunset cruises, but lunch cruises and cocktail cruises too. Wedding parties love the Marco Princess and it can be the perfect venue for private charters and business conferences as well.
The Naples Princess Dinner Cruise is the perfect sunset cruise for a special occasion. The boat is a spectacular three-level yacht that offers a luxury experience in an intimate setting. Sightseeing is only the beginning of a fantastic evening of fun. It lasts two hours and features a double-entree meal. The meal includes a chef-selected main entree such as beef tenderloin or roast beef, alongside oven-roasted chicken or the fresh catch of the day. Each guest receives both entrees, so bring your appetite! While eating dinner, you’ll take in views of the Gulf and Naples Bay.
Are you feeling extra adventurous? Book a 90-minute cruise on this adults-only pirate cruise ship. Not only will you take in the beautiful views around Marco Island, but you’ll also enjoy music, pirate drinks served by crew members in costume, and even some dancing. The ship only holds 78, so you can get to know your fellow pirate-loving passengers.
Get a 2 in 1 experience when you book a sunset tour with the Hemingway Water Shuttle. Before the sun sets, you’ll take a tour through the mangroves in the Gulf and spot local wildlife, including birds, manatees, fish, and dolphins. Be on the lookout for Captain Jack – a 1-year old Australian Labradoodle who is the resident dolphin spotter and a familiar face on the cruise. The Hemingway Shuttle is one of the most accessible ways to experience the sunset and is a fun but safe experience for kids. If you have extra time during the day before sunset, Hemingway also offers dolphin trips.
Step on board a 42-foot catamaran two hours before sunset for a fun and fact-filled tour narrated by your captain. Cool Beans Sunset Cruise is a fan favorite with locals because you get beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages included. You can sit inside or outside, and you can bring your own food and snacks aboard. Aside from the sunset, the best part of the experience is a champagne toast as the sun goes down.
So whether you are a first-time tourist, frequent visitor, or a local looking to expand your horizons, there is a perfect sunset cruise for everyone.
Sunset cruises are just one of the fun things to do on your next Marco Island vacation. The best-kept secret in Florida is waiting for your arrival. Let Sun King Vacation Rentals help arrange the perfect beach condo or waterfront home rental for you.