One of the best things about a beach vacation is watching a sunset over the ocean, slowly splashing vibrant hues of orange, pink and purple across the darkening sky. It’s amazing how watching a sunset never gets old. Perhaps because they’re never exactly the same. Some resorts enhance the experience by offering festive sunset events.
Whether traveling with your family, friends or your significant other, there’s no better way to wind down a day of fun in the sun than to relax on the warm sand of an oceanfront resort to watch the sun dip into the deep blue sea. Many resorts offer special sunset events featuring specialty appetizers, drinks, music and ceremonies. Here’s a sampling of sunsets and celebrations.
Sunset S’mores on the Beach
Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida
Watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico at this family-friendly resort that has a fun tradition to signal the end of the day. Every night as the sun touches the horizon, a child is chosen by the Camp Ridley kids’ club mascot, Ridley the Turtle, to ring the historic sunset bell. That means it’s time for roasting s’mores over beach fire pits.
Pop-Up Sunset Restaurant
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in Palm Beach, Aruba
By day, the resort is hopping with kitesurfing, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboard yoga and other beach activities. Swing by around 6 p.m. just as the sun is starting to set to see the unfolding of the original pop-up restaurant, Atardi. Kick off your shoes and enter a laid-back, yet elegant beachfront dining experience. Enjoy live music and yummy seafood specialties, such as the macadamia-crusted grouper served with a tangy mango sauce.
Lakeside Mayan Shaman Blessing
Casa Palopo on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
On the shore of Lake Atitlan sits a private home turned luxury boutique hotel showcasing the lake and magnificent volcanoes as a backdrop. Located in a destination built upon ancient Mayan culture and practices, Casa Palopo offers the best views as the sun sets over the San Pedro Volcano. Guests can request a personalized sunset experience with lake-front ceremony by a Mayan Shaman. With a blessing from the elements, and sweeping views of the lake, no sunset is ever the same. For an added touch of Atitlan magic, set sail on a barquito from the property’s private dock, and listen to the Cenzontles — Mexican mockingbirds — chirp, as the last rays of sun glaze over the lake.
CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Every Tuesday and Friday guests are welcome to participate in the resort’s Sunset Guacamole experience at the beachfront Las Casitas restaurant. Guacamole experts work the molcajete to whip up an amazing batch of guacamole.
Sunset Lechon on the Beach
San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Situated on the best beach in San Juan, the laid-back luxury resort features an authentic lechon on the beach celebration while the sun sets. Drawing inspiration from Guavate lechoneras in the island’s mountains, the lechon pig roasting is a fun way to get a taste of Puerto Rican culture. The lechon experience occurs monthly and is open to all guests, travelers, and locals at an added cost.
Sunset Steel Orchestra
Crystal Cove, Barbados
Bajans love doing two things: limin’ and whinin’ – also known as enjoying a refreshing cocktail and dancing to Caribbean calypso music. When the sun goes down on Saturday nights, the heat turns up at Crystal Cove, the vibrant all-inclusive resort on Barbados’ stunning west coast. Delicious foods, carefully crafted Mount Gay rum punch, and lively music – courtesy of the Sunset Steel Orchestra – round out a fun evening. Watch the sun dip into the ocean as the island band plays the Caribbean’s most famous calypso, soca, and reggae jams.
Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Florida Keys
When this luxury resort opens in spring 2016 as the first new resort built in Key Largo in more than 20 years, guests will be able to take in the stunning Florida Keys sunsets with a special nightly ritual. As day transitions to night, the fire pits and torches lining the 745 feet of beach will be lit to welcome the evening. Guests will be offered a sample cocktail to toast as the sun sets over the Florida Bay.