One of my favorite places to watch the sunset is at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, FL. Both Gumbo Limbo and the new Sand Bar are located at the beach. The views are gorgeous and the tropical feel of the tiki bar and the Ritz-Carlton’s specialty drinks really put you in the right mood for enjoying the warm weather and the beautiful scenery. In fact the Sand Bar was named one of America’s Best Beach Bars by Travel + Leisure magazine.
Visiting the Ritz-Carlton in Naples is a treat from the moment you step through the front door into the lobby area. The hotel lobby bar is perfectly situated to take advantage of the beautiful ocean view. The landscaping, architecture and colorful flower displays make the journey down to the ocean very enjoyable, but the formal atmosphere is quickly transformed into a tropical paradise as you near the beach.
There is nothing more relaxing than having your favorite drink in hand and your toes in the soft sand while watching the beautiful sunset. If you are lucky you will see the famed “green flash”. By the way, the signature drink at the Sand Bar is The Naples Sunset which is a blend of rum, peach schnapps and tropical juices. Sounds good, but I still prefer to stick with my Tanqueray and tonic or Sapphire and tonic to start off my night! At the end of the evening the tiki torches frame the walkways and light your way back up the stairs after the sun sets.
I look forward to visiting again toward the year’s end! Where is your favorite spot to watch the sunset?
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
280 Vanderbilt Beach Road
Naples, FL 34108