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15 Of The Best Beach Sunset Locations In The World

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June 6, 2019

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It’s a colorful free show that plays out every night. Sunsets happen everywhere, and every day. It doesn’t matter whether you’re traveling on a budget or not and where in the world you are. You can be standing on the top of a mountain or sitting in the sand on a stunning beach. You can be in the middle of the desert or in front of an ancient temple.

Sunsets have always felt magical to me and make the perfect ending to a long day. Over the past 7 years of travel, I’ve watched daylight turn to dusk many times. And what I loved most about it: there were not two sunsets that were entirely alike.

Here’s a collection of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen. May this list one day reach 1000 best sunsets! 🙂


Leluvia, Fiji

Leleuvia Sunset

The tiny island of Leleuvia in the south-west of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu is perfectly located for gorgeous sunsets. Enjoy a cold Fiji Bitter as the sun’s rays turn the sky and water into an orange and pink light show and perhaps take some silhouette photos on the beach.

The Best Daytime Activities

  • Swim in the crystal clear waters around the island
  • Climb a palm tree and take some unforgettable photos
  • Participate in a Kava ceremony with the resort staff

>> Read More: Fiji Bucket List: 15 Travel Experiences You Can’t Miss

>> Read More: My Ultimate Top 5 Places To See In Fiji

Where To Stay In Leleuvia

TopTip: Leleuvia Beach Resort


Sipalay, Philippines

Sugar Beach Sunset

There’s no bad place to view the sunset in the Philippines, but you’ll make the memory of a lifetime if you can watch the sun dip low into the crystal clear water from a sun chair or hammock in one of the most off-the-beaten-path bays in Negros.

The Best Daytime Activities

  • Swim in the shallow waters of Sugar Beach
  • Go on an unforgettable snorkeling or even scuba diving adventure in the Sulu Sea
  • Check out the one and only bar built on the cliffs at the very end of Sugar Beach

>> Read More: My Ultimate Top 5 Places To See In The Philippines

>> Read More: 14-Day Philippines Itinerary

Where To Stay In Sipalay

TopTip: Bamboo Beach Resort ($) & Takatuka Lodge ($$)


Siquijor, Philippines

Siquijor Sunset

Whether you’re standing with your feet in the sand or sipping a cold San Miguel on Siquijor’s Solangon Beach, there are many ways to watch the sun drop into the ocean against the backdrop of Negros’ dark, volcanic mountain landscape.

The Best Daytime Activities

  • Explore the island’s stunning jungle waterfalls
  • Go cliff jumping at Salagdoong Beach
  • See turtles while scuba diving in Siquijor’s beautiful marine sanctuaries

>> Read More: Budget Travel Guide: Experience Siquijor Island In 3 Days

>> Read More: 3 Magical Dive Sites In Siquijor

Where To Stay In Siquijor

TopTip: Charisma Beach Resort


Palawan, Philippines

El Nido Las Cabanas Sunset

For the quintessential El Nido sunset experience, head straight to Las Cabanas Beach. This beach offers unparalleled views of the Archipelago.

Sunset Nacpan Beach

If you want to see a sunset in Palawan away from the crowds, check out Nacpan Beach. Situated around 20 km from El Nido, you can watch the sun set behind the little hill that divides the twin beaches of Nacpan.

The Best Daytime Activities

  • Go on an island hopping tour in the Bacuit Archipelago
  • Swim in the crystal clear and shallow waters of Nacpan Beach
  • Go ziplining on Las Cabanas Beach

>> Read More: My Ultimate Top 5 Places To See In The Philippines

>> Read More: Top Bucket List Experiences In The Philippines

Where To Stay In Northern Palawan

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Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut

Beirut’s Rouche Rocks are an iconic landmark of Lebanon. Why not come here at night to see the sun go down behind the famous rock formations? That’s definitely one of the most romantic spots to witness the sunset in Beirut – for tourists and locals alike.

The Best Daytime Activities

  • Visit the Gemmayzeh neighborhood in downtown Beirut
  • Stroll along the Corniche waterfront promenade
  • Take a day trip to other coastal towns or into the mountain region

>> Read More: 15 Unique Spots To Check Out In Beirut

>> Read More: 10-Day Lebanon Itinerary

Where To Stay In Beirut

TopTip: The Grand Meshmosh Hotel


Les Trois-Ilets, Martinique

Anse a l'Ane Sunset

Take in the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean at Anse-à-l’Ane beach while sipping a Ti Punch or Lorraine beer at one of the cute local beach bars.

Trois-Ilets

Both locals and tourists in Pointe-du-Bout gather at the beach of Anse-Mitan each night to see the sun dip into the Atlantic Ocean. For a more natural sunset, sit on one of the rocks near Point-du-Bout’s small port and soak up the last sun rays without anyone around.

The Best Daytime Activities

  • See incredible marine life while scuba diving off the coast of Anse a l’Ane
  • Find hidden beaches while sea kayaking along the coast of Anse Noire
  • Take day trips to other famous places in Martinique

>> Read More: My Ultimate Top 5 Places To See In Martinique

Where To Stay In Trois-Ilets

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Les Anses d’Arlet, Martinique

Anse d'Arlet

The magnificent bay of Anses d’Arlet with its stunning beaches and cute beach bars is the ideal spot to watch the sky turn from blue to pink to red in the most beautiful setting.

The Best Daytime Activities

  • Enjoy dinner at Ti Sable
  • Explore Martinique on several day trips
  • Hop from one gorgeous bay to the next

>> Read More: My Ultimate Top 5 Places To See In Martinique

Where To Stay In Anse d’Arlet

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Bouillante, Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe

Sunsets around the island of “Gwada” are epic. One of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen was at Plage de Malendure in the west of Guadeloupe’s Basse-Terre island.

The Best Daytime Activities

  • Find underwater volcanoes while scuba diving off the coast of Y
  • Taste local rum at X distillery
  • Climb Mount Soufriere, the highest mountain (volcano) on the island of Guadeloupe

Where To Stay In Bouillante

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Toronto, Canada

Sunset Toronto

Probably one of the most perfect places to watch the sunset in Toronto: Toronto Islands, particularly Ward’s Island. Why? Because Ward’s Island offers some of the best skyline views of TO, which means you’ll be able to see the sky turn purple while snapping great photos of the unmistakable silhouette of Toronto’s skyline.

The Best Daytime Activities

  • Visit the observation deck on top of the CN Tower
  • Explore Toronto Island
  • Take a day trip to see the famous Niagara Falls

Where To Stay In Toronto

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Side, Turkey

Sunset Side

In the late afternoon, when temperatures start to cool down a little, head to Side harbor where you’ll find the recreated colonnade of the Temple of Athena shine in the last sun rays of the day. Stroll around the waterfront and find yourself a nice spot somewhere on the rocks to witness a flawless sunset.

The Best Daytime Activities

  • Visit Side’s ancient Amphit Theatre
  • Shop for souvenirs in the old town
  • Smoke a shisha in one of the cozy cafés in the old town

Where To Stay In Side

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San Augustin, Gran Canaria

Sunset San Augustin

Away from the crowds of the tourist hub Maspalomas, it is great fun to watch the sunset at San Augustin beach. The sun does not set over the ocean, yet it is an awesome spot to experience sunset vibes and take a casual stroll along the beautiful waterfront.

The Best Daytime Activities

  • Stroll along the seafront promenade
  • Visit the famous sand dunes of Maspalomas
  • Explore the island’s hidden gems on several day trips

>> Read More: 10+ Day Trips From Maspalomas

>> Read More: My Ultimate Top 5 Places To See in Gran Canaria

Where To Stay In San Augustin

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Lympstone, England

Sunset Lympstone

No doubt England’s cliff coast offers impressive sunset views. I happened to see one of the most epic sunsets while traveling around Devon. I spent a few days in the village of Lympstone near Exmouth in the south of Devon. The cliffs near Lympstone’s harbor were undoubtedly a perfect spot to see the sun paint the sky in a dazzling array of pink and orange.

The Best Daytime Activities

  • Go sightseeing in nearby Exeter
  • Stroll along the seafront in Exmouth
  • Explore Devon’s coastal areas and national parks on several day trips

Where To Stay In Lympstone

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 Special Tip: Kwa Tuli, Botswana

African Sunset

Not a beach location, yet one of the most impressive places to watch the sunset: the African bush.

If you’ve always dreamed of experiencing an intense sunset out in the wild, head to Botswana. Take a safari at sunset to watch as the slow descent of the sun turn the beatiful savannah and African landscape gold. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see an elephant or giraffe – and there’s your exceptional African sunset photo.

>> Read More: 15 Photos That Will Inspire You To Travel Into The African Bush


What are your favorite beach sunset locations in the world? Let me know in the comments!

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