The 25 Best Places To Watch The Sunset Around The World

Posted by on May 4, 2012

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.

The Serengeti, Tanzania

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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.


Canals of Amsterdam

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


Mount Haleakala, 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.


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


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.


Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal, IndiaAny 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.


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.


Lake Annecy, French Alps

Lake Annecy, French AlpsThis 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.


Ayers Rock, Australian Outback

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Bora Bora, Tahiti

Bora Bora, TahitiEveryone 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


Great Pyramids, Egypt

Great Pyramids, EgyptWith 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.

David Pegg


After helping found the United Nations, the United States, and United Airlines, David consigned himself to a transient life of writing lists and sleeping on park benches.

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  • Mickey

    Outrageous that the west coast of Australia did not get a mention. I agree with most of the places listed but Perth, Broome or at least one of the many towns along Western Australia’s’ monumental coast deserves to be mentioned.

    • Mickey

      Also do not see how any place that is not on a west facing coast could be included.

  • gilly b

    1. Lake Kariba – Zimbabwe
    2. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
    3. Zambesi river, Zimbabwe
    4. Broome, Australia
    5.Cape Town, South Africa
    6. Fish River, Namibia
    7. Soussevlei, worlds highest sand dunes – namibia
    8. Fish River Canyon, Namibia
    9. Big Sur, California
    10 . from top of the empire state.
    11. Thailand.
    12. noumea

  • marty golubow

    There is a place high in the mountains of California…near Kings Mountain….some place near a cliff….that I sat apond….looking into the sky & clouds that seem to reach forever…I wish I could be buried there….

  • Javier Elenes

    Mazatlán a unique combination of Beach (with a spectacular sunset) plus Culture (Angela peralta teather)and Ambience (music all over).
    A place where you can enjoy a beatiful sunset with 3 locas things. cold pacico Beer, Musica de Viento and Shrimp

  • Michael A Ruzicho

    I think the perfect sunset starts a romantic night with a special woman.

  • Fret

    Great work chosing Barcelona… You only had the job of checking an atlas to realize it faces east… So, pretty hard to look at the sunset and the sea at the same time!!

  • Josephyn S. Bacuel

    Nothing beats at sunsets in palawan…..

  • Jericho

    you missed Manila Bay which is one of the best sunsets in the world

    • JA

      Yeah right, watch it along the floating debris of garbage around the bay, plus a couple of street kids swimming in sewage waste.

  • Katy

    You missed Kota Kinabulu in Borneo! It has to be one of the most amazing sunsets in the world. Thanks for the post!

  • Carly

    You also missed Ibiza Sunset in Antonio Bay. Defiantly top 5 material!!

  • Kerwin McKenzie

    You so missed Negril Beach, Jamaica from Rick’s Cafe :-).
    Thanks; I try to enjoy a sunset when I travel. Looking forward to the sunrise post.