12 Destinations to See the Most Beautiful Sunsets Ever

Sunsets can be spectacular in any given landscape, yet some sunsets stand out more than others. There is usually something else, something you can’t quite put your finger on, making the sunset that much more life changing. There are places in our world that heighten all five senses during the transition from day to night, and if you’re lucky enough to be in one of these places at the right time, memories of the experience will remain with you forever. That is what makes a sunset so magical. Not to mention that this particular sunset can be counted on to create the same vibe every single day. Do you remember your favorite sunset to date? This list of 12 perfect locations will allow you to plan a trip where you can witness a dazzling display and make some memories that will last a lifetime.

12. Key West -Florida, USA

Key West, Florida is a unique kind of paradise. The sunsets look like postcards sent home, as the palms add dimensional flare to the deep oranges of the sky. This is when the fun begins in Key West. A sunset celebration begins every evening at Mallory Square and the streets fill with people taking part in the celebration. If this tiny island wasn’t magical enough during the day, then stay around to see what happens at sunset.  Tightrope walkers, animal acts, jugglers, and musicians all bring the scene to life. Street cafes and open-air bars are the prime spot to relax, enjoy the sea air and watch as the sun does its evening ritual. Take a boat out on the water and be moved by fascinating contrasts between ocean and sky. Some like to stroll along the harbor where the shrimp boats used to come in, but no matter which way you choose to enjoy it, Key West will provide some great opportunities for you. This little setting is quaint but lively, colorful and slow paced, all at the same time. You may even wish to stay, leaving all the hurried life behind.

Key West sunset

11. Missoula -Montana, USA

Voted America’s 6th best city to live in, Missoula sits nestled in a valley with mountains holding the diverse city. Montana is known as ‘big sky country’ and this couldn’t be truer for the amazing sunsets that happen here. Pick a mountain, or sit by a river at dusk and you will be surrounded by a canopy of color. The oranges and pinks go on as far as the eye can see. Any direction you look will be prompted by mountain peaks adding a 3-D dimension to the sunset. Each evening casts a whole new type of sunset leaving you to stop whatever you are doing and stand in awe of misshaped rainbow streaks painting the sky. If you add a music festival, or some other Missoula event to this experience, the moment claims your heart forever. Missoula is considered a ‘river culture’ city with people fishing or floating down the abundant rivers at any given time. The diverse flavor of the people and landscape only heighten the sacred sunsets. The secret holds on longer when you travel to any part of Montana; you will discover the ‘big sky’ sunsets extend all over the state. Whether you step back in time to remote little towns or take ‘going to the sun’ road in Glacier Park, you will never be disappointed by the palette of sunset. There really is nothing like a little bit of mountain air and a beautifully fading sun to inspire the soul.

Montana Sunset

10. The Maldives

The islands of the Maldives are an in-between trading route located on the Indian Ocean. Undisturbed transparent waters reflect the local backdrops of huts carved from the orange dusk. The Maldives are exquisite with white sandy beaches and colorful coral reefs it almost seems like a dream here.  Get inspired by the sunsets, and wait to see if whales come around to join you. It is quiet and ominous as thatched huts on stilts reach out far into the water. This is where you want to view the sunset. It is a heavenly moment, shared by only the quietness of the calm sea. The Maldives setting is made for sunsets. Hop on over to Cocoa Island to take in a lagoon with many shades of blue. No matter what island you jump to here, you are guaranteed to have a front row seat to a gold and blue sunset. The aquamarine life is as colorful as the sunsets. Dolphins and turtles are abundant, people are optional, and the Maldives remain a quiet destination into an elegant world. See it for yourself and you’ll be no doubt changed forever.

Maldives sunset

9. Sedona -Arizona, USA

People see Sedona, Arizona as a place to raise their spiritual connection. Perhaps that’s because it’s a landscape where desert meets mountains. Or perhaps it’s all the powerful shades of red coming out of the canyons to kiss the sky. Either way, make your way to ‘Slide Rock’ and sit a while on a gigantic flat rock surrounded by mellow waters. Wait for the sunset to gently paint the red rocks with vibrant glowing colors and you will feel one with nature. A touch of forestry in the mountains will lend a beautiful green backdrop to the entire experience. Sedona creates a deep resonance of heart with dusty, mystical sunsets. Climb to the top of one of the red rock formations at dusk and you will have a chance to take part in the sunset ritual, you will feel as if you are a part of this sky dance. Life is a picture postcard in Sedona, Arizona. The landscape is completely different than its closest cities, Phoenix or Flagstaff. Somehow this amazing area emerged in raw beauty, and now calls out for you to witness all of its artistic glory.

Sedona, Arizona sunset

8. Santorini -Greece

Santorini, Greece is probably the most photographed city in Greece with beautiful white architecture chiseling the cliff edges. It also has the most romantic sunsets. Many people who come to Santorini chase the sunset, trying to capture a new view each evening. It is just that good. The Mediterranean Sea offers some of the best sunsets in the world, as well as the best wines. The combination is a sweet one for a complete evening. Santorini is actually a part of a group of many islands and is home to an active volcano that acts as a crater in the sea. This destination paradise is fast becoming the number one spot for weddings and romantic getaways. Crystal clear water in the caldera reflects the colors of the sun as the red or black beaches compliment the moment. Santorini is breathtaking from every angle, any time of day or night; it is only natural this would be one of the world’s best places to watch the sunset. Go to the edge of the cliffs, and turn around to feel the traditional culture of this place. Face the sun, and feel the breeze help to welcome in the night. The whole experience is simply unmatched.

Santorini sunset

7. Nice -France

Once again, the Mediterranean beckons in a place called Nice, located in the French Riviera. The picturesque setting is one of inspiration and the bluest waters of the Cote d’ Azur rise to meet this dramatically carved French city letting you know you have arrived somewhere grand. The top of Castle Hill is where you want to be at dusk. You will witness the orange and pink sky applauding life in Nice beneath you. On Castle Hill, you get an eagle eye view of the entire city and seascape, witnessing all of it in panoramic form. Nice’s appeal is old world charm mixed with city grit. Stroll along a French boardwalk by the water or sit in one of the many cafes, and let yourself be transformed. This city’s location is one of the finest in the world and the sunsets are epic. There are many famous destinations around this part of France, some so luxurious, they seem unreal to visitors, but with sunsets most certainly worth indulging in. You will want to visit the white sand beaches every day and wait for the sun to work its magic come evening.

Nice, France sunset

6. Cairo -Egypt

You wouldn’t think a bustling city has a good sunset to offer, but reconsider that opinion when you find yourself in Cairo, Egypt. Inside this old, large city are cliff edges designed solely for the purpose of watching the sunset over the entire city of Cairo. The cut-out, drop-offs of sharp desert mountains are quickly set with tables and chairs, wait staff, and vendors each night to bring in the evening. It is as if the sunset requires an audience for the spectacular colors drawn over the city. Sip on sugar cane juices, people watch and listen to Arabic music all while the sun is creating a memory just for you. The vibe is kind and embracing as children run after vendors selling toys and people begin to dance in welcome. It is as if the city awakes once the sunset speaks. A vibrant feel is contagious when everyone around you is applauding the evening. Coffeehouses and shops rely on sunsets to bring the night in graciously, all hurrying to ready for their people. The oldest city, Cairo will infuse history with colorful sunsets to make you feel as if you have gone back in time.

Cairo, Egypt sunset

5. Cliffs of Moher -Ireland

Ireland is already a majestic land with landscapes that will leave anyone breathless. The Cliffs of Moher are beautiful jagged cliffs stretching out along the seaside. Residents will tell you to go at sunset to capture the cliffs at the perfect time; the crowds are less and admission is free. You are free to watch as burnt reds hit the cliffs in a photographic moment. There are different paths for walking along the cliffs for a better viewpoint. These cut out cliffs are impressive and the sunsets only illuminate a better picture. The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most beloved tourist attraction, and on a clear day you can see Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. At dusk, from the O’Brien’s Tower, you’ll experience Ireland’s premiere sunset. Connect with nature in Ireland. Farms and green pastures seem to go on endlessly. You can head into Doolin or one of the many pubs around. Sit outside in a café, eat some local traditional Irish food, listen to music and watch the sun melt in an array of colors. Ireland remains a country with some of the most magnificent scenery around.

Cliffs of Moher sunset

4. Puerto Viejo -Costa Rica

Most people are familiar with the Pacific side of this modern country, yet only a few will venture east to the Caribbean side. When they do, they are surprised by a beautiful, hidden gem called Puerto Viejo. This rainforest town could make you want to relocate. The ocean is majestic and quiet at the same time lending way to sunsets tapping on your soul. At any moment, a monkey, iguana or sloth will present an added pleasure by watching you watch the sunset. ‘Magical’ is the key word here. The little town has the most positive vibe of any place around. The people smile widely and yell ‘Pura Vida’ (pure life) to you, as you sit ocean side in one of the beachfront bars or restaurants listening to local music. As the evening progresses, the sunset creates a cozy feeling of pure happiness. Slowly, you witness the sunset’s endless colors fade and the night sky bring the vendors to the streets. You will forget yourself as you relax, drinking from a coconut, and stare at reflections of long overdue colors of the sky marry the ocean so beautifully. Puerto Viejo will whisper for you to return, and you most certainly will.

Costa Rica Sunset

3. San Juan Islands -Washington, USA

This is more than a sunset; it is a ‘celestial event’. Imagine sitting down to watch a sunset that goes hand in hand with the Northern Lights? A sunset is never the same if the Northern Lights come out. It becomes more like a deeply spiritual experience. When most people see the lights for the first time, they become oddly quiet perhaps lost for a moment in the overwhelming sensation. Shades of every color can appear and dance across the sky constantly moving and no two shows of light are ever the same. Sometimes the lights move like waves, and sometimes they exhibit dramatic swirls of rhythm, always staying original. Sunsets of orange and moving purple lights can only be described as mesmerizing. It is a moment for the eyes, but more for the soul. San Juan Islands in Washington are beautiful in their own right. This collections of little islands is complete with deep green forests and crisp blue waters. They are for the adventure seekers, or those who wish to slow down. San Juan is a scenic ferry ride to your dream sunset, and with a little luck, the experience of the Northern Lights.

San Juan Islands, Washington sunset

2. Mindil Beach -Darwin, Australia

Forget all the crazy and fun activities that happen in Darwin, find Australia’s infamous Mindil Beach during the day and head on down to the endless sunset creeping into the evening here. Mindil Beach is known for the annual beer-can regatta and the seasonal Sunset Markets. If you are a foodie, you are in the right place. Enjoy the cast of the sunset colors sitting with international cuisine. As sunset approaches, more vendors come out to lure in sky-watchers with smells akin to a summer barbecue. Wander through the many arts and craft stalls bursting with goodies coming from as far as Thailand and Indonesia. When the sun starts to set, everybody comes to the market with their own tables and chairs just to indulge in the view, breathe in the glorious food smells and listen to live music. The feel of community is always alive in Mindil Beach and the vibe is priceless. The vivid patterns of color in the sky slowly give way to the alluring night beach lights. Mindil beach entertains the senses and brings fun to life. This is a sunset destination, but be sure to bring your appetite as well.

mindil beach sunset market

1. Tanzania -Africa

Africa at dusk always sets in people’s minds as orange backdrops with animal silhouettes in the front. Yet, it remains a true visual of what Africa has to offer in a sunset. Tanzania is where you will find Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti. It is also where you will experience one of the most tantalizing sunsets in the entire world. Waves of heat will slow the sun down as colors seem to melt right before your eyes. If you are lucky, you will get the scene just perfect if a herd of animals decide to wander by in the distance. This is the kind of moment you want. A sunset like this brings to life everything you thought to be true about wild Africa. Tanzania has the largest concentration of wild animals with over four million and counting. The odds in favor of witnessing a personal menagerie in a sunset are quite good. Tanzania is a life changing experience, and the desire to capture the evening ceremonies should definitely be on your bucket list.

Tanzania, Africa sunset