The 25 Best Places To Watch The Sunset Around The World

By April 21, 2018 No Comments

[Shane – The following article was published on by  and is a great follow up to our “Week of Sunsets”. The original address was . I am disappointed the Virgin Islands are not on this list, but I would love to hear if you agree with this list.]

They say that no two sunsets are ever the same. Whether it’s the colors, the clouds, or the scenery each one has something unique about it. So get ready because from the lava fields of Iceland to the beaches of the Mediterranean you are about to experience the 25 best places to watch the sunset around the world.

25 The Serengeti, Tanzania

Its kind of like watching the Lion King except in real life and if you’re lucky enough you might even catch some elephants or rhinos silhouetted against the sunset.

24 Canals of Amsterdam

Amsterdam Canals

With over 400 bridges arching over its romantic canals, Amsterdam has plenty of “perfect” spots to watch the sunset.

23 Mount Haleakala, Hawaii

Mount Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii

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This dormant Hawaiian volcano shines like a gem on a blackened landscape when the setting sun’s rays rush across its steep slopes.

22 Grundarfjordur, Iceland

Grundarfjordur, Iceland

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This small Icelandic town is situated between a mountain range and a lava field making for some intense background scenery as you watch the sun fall below the horizon.

21 Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles

Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles

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Sitting on the beach watching people play miniature golf with the lights of a ferris wheel reflecting off of the breaking waves under a California sunset…indescribable.

20 Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal, India

Any time you think of the Taj Mahal you are probably thinking of a clear blue sky with lots of tourists. And of course, it’s great to see during the day, but it’s when the sun starts receding that you want to really make sure you have your camera.

19 Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

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Looking out from El Carmel Hill across all of the colorful rooftops towards the ocean makes for one of the most colorful and unique sunsets in Europe.

18 Lake Annecy, French Alps

Lake Annecy, French Alps

This popular tourist destination high up in the French Alps has been voted Europe’s cleanest lake, which isn’t too hard to believe when you see the setting sun’s rays reflecting off the water.

17 Ayers Rock, Australian Outback

Ayers Rock

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Also known as Uluru, Ayers Rock is the largest monolith (single massive stone) in the world. It’s so big that as the clouds move across the sky at sunset they reflect its orange and red colors.

16 The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys

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Every night on Key West there is a sunset festival where visitors and locals alike gather to watch fire breathers, acrobats, and artists perform as the sun goes down over the water

15 The Sahara Desert

The Sahara Desert

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As the world’s second largest desert (after Antarctica), the Sahara has plenty of space for you to sit back and watch the sunset.

14 The Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands

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With the cold, crisp air against your face and Scottish Highlands at your back this sunset will be hard to forget.

13 Puglia, Italy

Puglia, Italy

Once again we find ourselves in the Mediterranean, this time however in the boot of Italy, where Puglia’s unspoiled beaches, rocky cliffs, and quaint towns all combine to assure a unique and memorable sunset.

12 Bora Bora, Tahiti

Bora Bora, Tahiti

Everyone already knows that Bora Bora is already one of the most insanely beautiful place on Earth, but the sunset just makes things all the more unbelievable.

11 Great Pyramids, Egypt

Great Pyramids, Egypt

With camels and the distance and yellow sand as far as the eye can see, this wonder of the ancient world really comes into its own when the sun starts setting.

10 Pfeiffer Beach, California


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If you time your visit to Pfeiffer Beach in California just right, you may be lucky enough to catch the setting sun shining it’s last rays through the hole in this large sandstone formation just offshore.

9 Matterhorn, Switzerland

Matterhorn, Switzerland

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No, it’s not just an attraction at Disney World. It’s a real place too. Found right on the border of Switzerland and Italy the Matterhorn is one of the highest peaks in the Alps and when the sun is setting it’s certainly a sight to behold.

8 Tanah Lot Temple, Bali

Tanah Lot Temple, Bali

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Located just off the shore of Bali with only a shallow water bridge making it accessible by land, this ancient temple has a surreal air to it especially with the sun setting in the background.

7 Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro

Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro

As one of the world’s most famous beaches, Ipanema is not only known for its upscale elegance and laid back style, but also the view as the sun sets behind the mountains in the distance.

6 The Maldives

The Maldives

This isolated group of islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean not only has beautiful beaches and untouched natural scenery, but also amazingly picture perfect sunsets.

5 Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

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Probably the most famous place in the world to watch the sunset, the Greek island of Santorini, with its cliff towns and amazing ocean views is a must see for anyone planning their next Euro trip.

4 Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Mount Bromo, Java, Indonesia

This huge volcanic crater on the island of Java in Indonesia makes for an incredible setting in which to watch as the sun falls below the horizon.

3 Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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No matter what time of day you visit Angkor Wat you are sure to be floored by the incredible architecture, but staying a little later to see the sunset behind the iconic temple is something certainly worth your time.

2 Grand Canyon, Arizona

The Grand Canyon, Arizona

The sheer power of America’s most impressive natural wonder at sunset will give you one of the most impressive shows of your life. And if you ever do manage to make it out consider watching from the south rim, they say the view is unbeatable.

1 Stonehenge, England

Stonehenge, England

For thousands of years people have been watching sunsets and sunrises peek through these giant stone formations, something that your bucket list can’t really do without.

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