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5 Best Sunset Photography Hotels on Southwest Florida Beaches

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Are you a photographer, professional or amateur, who loves to take pictures of nature, beaches, and the sunset? If not, WHY NOT? That’s besides the point.

On the west coast of the Florida peninsula runs a long strip of photogenic beaches on the Gulf of Mexico perfect for sunset photography. Sugary-white sand beach with the calm, sea-blue water offers the best backdrops for an level photographer.

The following is a list of hotels directly on the beach with optimum camera positioning.

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, Florida

Ritz Carlton Sarasota

Ritz Carlton, Sarasota, Florida

As the photo shows, the Ritz-Carlton is conveniently located directly on the beach. My bets are, with the impeccable service the Ritz provides, you’ll have no problems setting up a private location from which to capture the perfect shot.

Holiday Inn St. Petersburg Marina Cove, Florida

Holiday Inn, St. Petersburg, Florida

Holiday Inn, St. Petersburg, Florida

Imagine the foreground of your sunset shots with the palm frond-covered huts shown above. Near perfection, if you want my opinion. Stay at the Holiday Inn St. Petersburg Marina Cove for an affordable rate with the same sugar-white sand and the more expensive hotels.

Marriott Key Largo Bay Beach Resort, Florida

Marriott Key Largo

Marriott Key Largo, Florida

Arguably, one of the world’s most perfect tropical locations, the Florida Keys are home to some of the best photography-taking opportunities in all of Florida. Palm trees on the beach are in abundance as you capture your photograph of the sunset with the perfect silhouette of a sailboat heading out for a night-time cruise.

Edgewater Beach Hotel, Naples, Florida

Edgewater Hotel Naples, Florida

Edgewater Hotel, Naples, Florida

Tropical elegance is the selling point of the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Naples. It’s hard to get closer to the beach than the few steps it takes to make it to the water’s edge. As one of the Waldorf=Astoria’s Collection hotels, top-notch service is worth the visit.

Harbour Master Hotel, Cedar Key, Florida

Harbour Master Hotel Cedar Key, Florida

Harbour Master Hotel, Cedar Key, Florida

Rustic, classic Florida beach hotel is the best way to describe the stay at the Harbour Master Hotel in Cedar Key, Florida. Located on Cedar Key at the boat harbor, you can capture the best of the small-town, Florida flavor with the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico as your backdrop.

Photos Courtesy: Ritz-Carlton, Holiday Inn, Marriott, Edgewater Naples, Harbour Master Hotel

Sanibel Island Beachfront Family Weekend Getaway Hotel

Thursday, February 18th, 2010
Sannibel Seaside Inn Room, Florida

Sannibel Seaside Inn Room, Florida

Sanibel Island on the west coast of Florida is one of the hidden gems on the Gulf of Mexico. Sanibel Island isn’t crowded with high-rise condos and hotels. The pristine beach has been preserved around the island for visitors and families to enjoy its nature. White sandy beaches and calm Gulf waters are the backdrop of Seaside Inn at Sanibel Island.

Staying at Seaside Inn gives you access to the shell-covered 14 mile stretch of sandy beach. Tropical foliage houses nature at its best with pelicans and herons and in nearby waters you’ll find manatee and dolphins. Show your family the nature of Florida just out the front door of your hotel.

You don’t have to skimp on your lifestyle with in-room internet access, cable TV, and DVD player. Relax in your room on the Gulf with the breeze blowing through your doors and window while your surf the internet! Your family will have plenty of room to enjoy your weekend getaway in a standard room, a suite, or one of Seaside Inn’s beachfront cottages.

This tropical getaway is available year-round, and with rates in the Spring around $200/night, it’s a must-visit for your weekend away from home.

Sannibel Seaside Inn - Gulf of Mexico

Sannibel Seaside Inn - Gulf of Mexico, Florida

Address: 541 E Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL 33957 | Phone: 866-48-74355

Photos courtesy: Seaside Inn