Key West sunsets are amazing !!! Sunsets here are a special treat especially after not seeing sunsets for most of this year. It isn’t that the sun didn’t set all year, but nearly every place we went this summer, during our travels around the east coast, we were in trees. Frankly, we missed the sunsets. We started getting good sunsets near the everglades. Now that we are in Key West, the sunsets are amazing.
The traditional place to enjoy a Key West sunset is at Mallory Square. It is on the northwest corner of Key West and the place that the cruise ships dock. The cruise ships typically depart well before sunset leaving this open to the ocean. Sailboats then cross the horizon as the sun goes down making the sunset even more entertaining.
Mallory Square has a good angle on the ocean on the northwest side of Key West. The northwest orientation is important because the tilt of the earth makes the sunset further north in the summer, Mallory Square is still an ideal angle for viewing all year.
Mallory Square almost always has clouds in the sky during sunset adding more drama to some of the sunsets. Sunsets here are so dramatic that often the crowds will clap and cheer as the sun goes down. Of course, some clouds help but too many clouds can create a dud. Other than the sailboat picture (above) for us, the sunset at Mallory Square was rather ho-hum.
If you go to Mallory Square for a Key West Sunset you are not going to be alone. Early afternoon musicians set up and start playing. For about an hour or more buskers will entertain you (acrobatics, juggling, and magic tricks) as the sun gets lower on the horizon.
Our favorite place to enjoy a Key West set by far is the Sunset Grill. It is on the north side of Dredgers Key conveniently less than a mile from where we camp. The Sunset Grill used to be a more rustic retreat but all that disappeared in a hurricane. Now it is more polished but none of that changes the sunset. For us it is ideal.
Because we like the Sunset Grill (not for the food mind you although the blue cheese hamburger was very good) most of the pictures that I have taken are from here.
My only request for a campsite was to face the RV east or west so that I could maximize the sun orientation on my solar panels. They took us to a campsite facing north, directly north. How could I say no when this is our view. It really doesn’t get any better than this.
Really this post was just to show off a bunch of sunset pictures. We are really enjoying our time here. The sun orientation on our solar panels has proved not to be a problem. The view from our RV sometimes just reminds us to slow down and enjoy life. Sunsets are just an extension of that chill attitude that dominates Key West.
Other great sunsets
Since I made this post all about sunsets I figured I might as well review a few other great sunset pictures and locations that we have had during our travels. Seeing these pictures reminds me how many times we have been treated to great sunsets.
When you click through these links make sure to scroll down for more pictures, not all the sunsets are at the top.
- FMCA magazine sunset cover photo
- Colorado Rocky Mountain High sunset
- Amazing Arizona sunset
- Montana Big Sky sunset
- Super photo of our RV at a lake in Idaho at sunset
- Red hot photo at sunset in Phoenix Arizona
- Mississippi sunset photo from the inside of our RV
- Sunset photos from the Everglades
- Super sunset reflections at the Pacific Ocean in California
- Sunrise in Death Valley
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