A trip is incomplete without watching a beautiful sunset, may it be the top of a building or the sea or some hilltop, sunsets always hold a special place in our heart. Researchers say that sunset tends to make up happy, feel generous and make us compassionate. Sunset is a daily phenomenon but each sunset at a new place is different, we can feel the difference in colours, timings, etc. So here is the first part of our series of top sunsets around the world. This list has the best sunsets in North and South America.
Looking for the best sunsets in the Caribbean? We’ve got you covered! Negril, Jamaica a town located in the western tip of the country, is the place to be. This laid-back beach town is known for miles of long white sand beaches, turquoise waters and plenty to do and see.
Almost every night when we are there we head down to the beach for the sunset. Or, if you’re looking to switch it up, book a sunset catamaran that includes an open bar on board. It’s a fun time with unreal views! And for something a little more romantic, take a sunset horseback ride on the beach. There really isn’t a bad place in Negril to watch the sunset, so choose how you’d like.
Besides catching the sunset, there’s plenty to do in Negril. Some of our favourite adventurous activities include parasailing, a glass-bottom boat tour, snorkelling, or cliff jumping at Rick’s cafe. If you have a day to spare, we highly recommend the day trip to Booby Island. On the tour, they’ll take you out to this gorgeous island that sits between 7 Mile Beach and Bloody Bay for some snorkelling and a fresh Caribbean lobster lunch.
Negril is truly a place to relax and have no worries. So sit back, watch the sunset, eat some Jamaican jerk chicken, sip some Red Stripe and have the vacation of your dreams!
Hannah & Adam from GettingStamped
Sunset in Big Sur, California
Big Sur is one of many picturesque towns along California’s central coast between Santa Barbara and Monterey. And, while the sunset is obviously beautiful anywhere when it sets over the ocean, there’s something about Big Sur that is simply magical. The coastline here is more rugged than some of the other local areas, and the drive up Highway 1 takes you fairly high onto cliffs overlooking the ocean. You can’t really catch a bad sunset in Big Sur, but my favourite place is by McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You can exit the highway (there will be signs) and park right along the road. There’s parking within the park, too, but it isn’t free. It’s a short trail walkout over the ocean where you will find a spectacular view of McWay falls below you – the waterfall goes right into the ocean – and an unimpaired and unmatched view for the sunset. Get there early, and preferably not on a weekend, as this is a popular spot! But honestly, any of the viewpoints along Highway 1 in Big Sur will provide a stunning sunset.
If you have a little time, there’s great hiking in the state park. Or, if you’re looking to see the sunset from the beach, Pfeiffer Beach is a great choice. It’s easy to reach Big Sur heading south from Monterey (about an hour). Or it’s about a 4-hour drive north from Santa Barbara. I highly recommend taking this drive slowly, it’s twisty and gorgeous and you’ll want to stop often! Read more about driving the California coast here.
Contributed By:Julie Espinosa Family Travel Lifestyle
When looking for the best sunsets around the world, be sure to get yourself to the island of Jamaica. With so many places watch the sunset on the north coast of the Island I recommend you head to Montego Bay. Here you’ll find a great spot to gaze at the hot sun drop off the edge of the ocean surrounded by stained blood-red sky. As a great introduction to the island and one of the best places to visit in Jamaica Pier 1 in Montego Bay has various vantage points from which you can see the incredible sunset each day. Pier 1 is a restaurant and bar which is conveniently positioned on the ocean side and easily walkable from downtown Montego Bay.
On Friday nights, Pier 1 hosts one of the best parties that you’ll find and is open to both tourists and locals. The restaurant is built adjacent to the large sea boulders and you can sit and enjoy the view without a worry in the world. You can sit outside and not enter the restaurant if you choose. However, once inside, the ambience is light and airy with spectacular lighting, so once the sun goes down, you can retreat inside treat yourself to some vibrant Jamaican cooking and wait for the party to start. The party generally goes on until the early hours of the morning, so be sure to pace yourself if you wish to experience the real Jamaican sprit on the dance floor.
Contributed By:Daniel James from LayerCulture
My favourite sunset in the world has to be in Huanchaco Peru. Huanchaco is located halfway between Lima and the border with Ecuador and is a small surf town. To get there you can get the bus from Lima which takes around 10 hours or you can take a flight from Lima which is around 45 minutes.
There is a lot to do in Huanchaco if you like surfing you can surf or relax on the beach. If you enjoy culture then you can visit the local ruins of Chan Chan which was a city built by the Chimu and existed until the Inca’s came along and conquered them.
About 30 minutes away you can also visit Huaca de la Luna this was a temple built by the Moche people from the 1st century to the 8th century. My favourite has to be Huaca de la Luna as the colours are still on the walls and despite being smaller than Chan Chan I find it prettier.
The food in Huanchaco is amazing and as it’s on the coast it’s speciality has to be ceviche. It is fresh raw fish that is cured in lime juice and is amazing. Fish is obviously very popular here and each morning you can see the fishermen go out in their Caballito de totora (reed boats) to catch fish. Each night between 6-7 pm all year you will see the sun setting over the ocean and the days with clouds it looks even more spectacular. It is certainly not a sight I could ever get bored of seeing. I would recommend watching sunset either from the beach or up at the church overlooking the town.
Contributed By:Clare From Travels In Peru
One of the most beautiful sunsets in the United States is along the Oregon Coast. At the Samuel H Boardman State Scenic Corridor, there is a stunning coastline full of sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, islands, and of course the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. At dusk on the Oregon Coast, the sun sets slowly over the horizon and paints the sky a wonderful watercolour of orange, yellow, red, blue, and purple. You will have a picture-perfect scene whether you take in the sunset from atop the cliffs at one of the many overlooks or hike down to the beach and watch the sunset with your toes in the sand.
To reach this beautiful part of the country, you either take the Oregon Coast Highway 101 North from California or South from Portland. The drive will be stunning either way and will lead to an unforgettable road trip experience. Also near the Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor are 2 incredible wilderness areas: Crater Lake National Park and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Each of these places is beautiful and unique in their own right. Crater Lake is the clearest lake on Earth and the deepest Lake in the United States. Add in the surrounding landscape full of hikes and you absolutely will want to make a trip here. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is full of some of the largest trees on Earth, including the Grove of Titans. Add both of these stops to your Oregon coast road trip and you have the makings of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The experience that Oregon Coast sunset and have an incredible wilderness adventure en route.
Julie of Ruhlsoftheroad
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Tamarindo is the best place to watch the sunset on the Pacific Ocean, while you enjoy tropical cocktails with your friends at one of the many beach bars. Which are full of live music or DJ’s playing chill reggae vibes every night.
Being just a quick hours drive or shuttle ride from Liberia International airport, it makes it super easy to access and get to from most major airports in the United States.
It is a great place to learn to surf since it has easy to learn on waves and also has warm water all year round. If you are a more adventurous surfer, there are also plenty of waves for you all within walking distance from the town. However, if surfing isn’t your thing there are plenty of other activities to do here including horseback riding, sunset sailing tours or snorkelling, just to name a few.
Looking for a more relaxing vacation? No problem, there are plenty of beach chairs you can rent for the day and have ice cold beers or rum-filled coconuts brought to you.
Costa Rica is also full of fresh delicious foods including freshly caught ceviche, ripe tropical fruits and the national dish of Costa Rica Gallo pinto is not to be missed. Come for the sunsets, but stay for and enjoy the Pura Vida lifestyle of Costa Rica.
Contributed By:Megan from Peter Pan Traveler
One of the most popular spots in Washington, DC to visit, and a must-see for your list, is the National Mall. The National Mall doesn’t have any shopping, instead, it’s a large outdoor space lined the most important monuments and the Smithsonian museums you’ll want to visit. The American History, Air and Space, and National Gallery of Art can all be found on the National Mall. The Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Tidal Basin are found here as well. It spans 1.2 miles, 1.8 km, and has more than enough museums and monuments to fill an entire week. All the museums are free and close at 5 pm. This leaves you the perfect amount of time to walk out of a museum and toward the monuments for sunset.
The best for sunset, in my opinion, on the National Mall is between the World War II Memorial and the reflecting pool for the Lincoln Memorial. The sunsets right behind the Lincoln Memorial and often gives incredible colours and views. You’ll see many locals enjoying their evening run, ducks swimming in the reflecting pool, and have the calming sound of the fountain at the World War II Memorial as you take in a beautiful sunset. After sunset, there are tons of restaurants and shops located just to the north that you can walk to enjoy the perfect evening in the city.
Contributed By:Meghan from The travlleing teacher
The best sunset I have ever seen travelling was at Punta Gallinas in Colombia. The farthest point north in all of South America, Punta Gallinas lies at the end of the desert La Guajira Peninsula on Colombia’s Caribbean coast.
To get there, you have to head to the town of Cabo de la Vela and cross the desert via 4×4 with a tour. By the way there is a terrific sunset from El Faro in Cabo de la Vela too.
Once there, you can stay in a hammock or cabin in a hostel run by the local indigenous peoples. If you can manage, try to get some delicious fresh lobster for lunch. The fish is also great, and so is the goat.
Seeing the sunset over the water does, in fact, make you feel like you are at the edge of the world. It is undoubtedly one of the most memorable trips and sunsets I have ever seen. You can learn more about getting to Punta Gallinas and what to see here.
Contributed By:Adam McConnaughhay