As an avid sunset lover, the slightly vermilion sky makes me go happy, and as it grows into this beautiful beam of sunlight, it draws me into a moment of calmness and happiness. Let’s all agree, sunsets are breathtaking wherever it is, but some stand out more than the others. They are the places in the world that will undoubtedly heighten all five senses during that transition from day tonight. If you want to be the lucky person to be in the right places at the right time, then you get to make unforgettable memories that will forever remain.
Wherever you travel in the world, whatever your daily itinerary or budget, enjoy the free show that plays every night. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next sunset adventure, here are nine of the best sunset viewing spots in the world.
Ipanema beach is the emblem of Rio de Janeiro, a sandy place that lends the rest of the world the beach fashion trends. The beach is so famous that it was even named in a song from the 60s, and with good reason. Ipanema is well known for its wild surfing, fantastic sunsets, and posts that divide the beach into cultural sections. To see the surroundings, take a bike tour or take the cable car to Pao de Acucar.
The sunset in Key West is so beautiful that there is a night festival to celebrate it. Every night, locals and tourists from all over the world come to Mallory Square two hours before sunset to enjoy local musicians, street performers, and food vendors. When the time comes, the sun dives into the Gulf of Mexico in a beautiful pink and orange setting, while the crowd watches in wonder.
Queensland attracts tourists from all over the world to sunny beaches that promise magnificent views. Admire the famous Great Barrier Reef, then head back to shore to watch the sunset. This exceptionally breathtaking view is at the top of Mount Tamborine, a plateau located in the middle of tropical rainforest and a short distance from the coast.
A seaside community in Southern California, El Porto is well known for its fantastic views and perfect waves. The beach itself is protected by the state park system and is known for its bigger swell than the neighboring beaches. As part of the largest beach in Manhattan, this surfers’ paradise is open to the public, and there are limited parking spaces in El Porto’s park, but there are also metered parking spaces on the waterfront.
Santorini – Greece
Famous for its distinctive architecture and stunning sunsets, Santorini is a volcanic island located in the middle of the Aegean Sea. You can admire the black sandy beaches of Perissa, but when it’s time to watch the sunset, visitors say that you have to go to the town of Oia to get the best view possible – even better if you can climb the cliffs or take a boat trip to the sea.
This tropical paradise comprises more than 1,000 islands, of which 200 are inhabited, and 105 are resort islands. Amidst coral reefs, white sandy beaches, and spectacular sunsets, the Maldives has something to offer every traveler. Dive into the clear waters surrounding the islands, take a floatplane to view the islands from above, or sit back and enjoy the beautiful sunsets.
The Grand Canyon-Arizona
The Grand Canyon is one of the most remarkable natural features in America. It attracts about five million people each year. Some come to see the sights and perhaps go for a hike or a mule ride, while others come especially to watch the sunset over the canyon walls. Although there are many places to watch the sunrise, NPS suggests going to Yaki Point or Lipan Point. If you want something a little more unique, walk on the Rim Trail and watch the sunset through Pipe Creek Vista.
The words Bora Bora immediately evoke images of a crystal clear lagoon with private bungalows over the water and mountain peaks in the background. Bora Bora is also known for its incredible sunsets. You can either watch from the island or take a champagne sunset cruise and enjoy the spectacle on the water.
This complex of historic temples in Siem Reap is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a privileged travel destination. Travelers come from all over to see the architecture and religious markings that date back to the 12th century. While the structure itself is the most incredible views in the area, the sunset seen from the outside comes next.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, this Croatian city overlooking the Adriatic Sea offers a breathtaking view of the sun plunging on the horizon. Walk along the old city walls or take the cable car from Dubrovnik for unrivaled views.