A beautiful sunset is one of the most incredible sights in the world. Whether you are alone or spending some time with a loved one, it’s worth taking the time to stop and enjoy it now and then. It’s a great time of day, when the evening still lies before you and the work of the day is done. Sunsets provide a great romantic backdrop for those special moments such as asking the big question or taking your vows. In fact most couples having destination weddings choose to marry during the sunset or sunrise because of the fantastic backdrop it provides for the ceremony. Every sunset is different depending on your location, but this list attempts to choose twelve of the best spots, worthy of traveling for the incredible views you will have. From Europe to Africa to North America each destination offers different landscapes making each sunset marvelously unique. Let’s see which ones made the list.
11 Mljet Island, Croatia
Saplunara Beach is located on Mljet Island. Here you will be able to take in a breathtaking sunset on a sandy white beach with coves of pine and juniper trees. It’s a “protected “spot so there are no large commercial establishments. No restaurants or hotels and only a few private homes. There are not even any ferries there; you must take a ferry to nearby Sobra and then a private taxi. It is said that St. Paul, Jesus’ apostle, was shipwrecked in Saplunara around 60 A.D. and spent time preaching the Gospel. The sun setting on the water framed by the trees makes for a beautiful view.
10 The Mountains of Guatemala
In Guatemala, you can hike up many of the mountains and view the volcanoes, Fuego, Agua, Pacaya and Acatenango. Depending on the cloud cover, the views are spectacular and the sunset seems to mirror the hues of the mountains spreading an endless array of beautiful color and light everywhere. This is one of those destinations that have so much more to offer than you can imagine. If you enjoy nature and hiking, make viewing a sunset from the mountains of Guatemala a part of your next trip.
9 Stonehenge, England
If you are lucky enough to get to England be sure to make Stonehenge a stop on your itinerary. This ancient site is incredible enough during the day but when the sun goes down it’s almost magical. Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world and one of the best known monuments in Europe. The sun, as it makes it makes its way down the sky, peeks through the arches of the great stones and transports you to another time. After the sunset take time to visit the museum to learn more about this amazing destination.
8 Kenya, Africa
Imagine being on a safari in Africa. Perhaps you have gone to Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. If you have, you have chosen one of the best destinations from which to view the most spectacular sunsets in Africa. After a fantastic day of game sighting from your safari vehicle head back to camp to relax over dinner and enjoy the glorious colors of the sunset as it spreads over the plains. If you are lucky enough perhaps you will even get to see some large game silhouetted there against the beautiful background.
7 Maui, United States
The beaches of Maui will never disappoint especially at sunset. The colors are so vivid and spectacular it’s as though nature dipped her paintbrush in neon pots of paint. Take a leisurely drive and explore the coastline. Once the sun begins to dip it almost lights the clouds on fire and as the colors of dusk fall and the stars begin to appear, the sun, now a bright fiery ball of orange, finally bids all goodnight and slips from view. It’s doubtful there is anywhere more romantic in the world then Maui in that moment.
6 California, United States
Spectacular sunsets can be seen all along the California coast. One of the best views is from Pebble Beach. Pebble Beach has always been a favored tourist destination due to its beautiful scenery. It’s a popular spot for golfers but it has something to offer everyone. After a drive along the coast, stop by this lovely location and view the spectacular sunset over a seafood meal. The smell of the sea air and crashing of the surf will just serve to enhance the fabulous show nature has in store for you.
5 Riomaggiore, Italy
At the upper edge of Italy’s boot is Cinque Terre, five fishing villages that tourists can wander through and explore. The first of these is Riomaggiore. This place is spectacular for many reasons the least of which is its amazingly beautiful sunsets. The town is awash in the colors of flames with the sun’s reflection in the pristine blue waters. Enjoy this fantastic view sitting on the terrace of a cocktail bar or while sitting on the piers listening to the tales of fishermen. Either way, it’s a memorable picture. Don’t forget your camera!
4 Paris, France
Paris is one of the world’s most famous cities. With so much to see and do it’s easy to spend every moment running around. Be sure though to take some time to just relax and sit back, watching the city’s wonders unfold before you. Paris is the kind of place that provides fantastic people watching experiences. So when the time is right and you want to sit back, enjoy a glass of wine on the Place de la Concorde at one of the little bistros and enjoy the sunset as it lights the framework of the Eiffel Tower ablaze with color.
3 Santorini, Greece
Santorini is the most southern island of Greece located in the Aegean Sea. With the magnificent stark white buildings of the villages built into the cliffs, highlighted against the vivid blues of the water, it provides a breathtaking backdrop for some of the most fabulous sunsets on our planet. If you are lucky enough to be in the Mediterranean, be sure to stop here. Have your hotel pack a picnic and find a private place to take in the sunset from this unbelievable vantage point.
2 Alberta, Canada
Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada is located in the Rockies at an elevation of approximately 4,600 ft. It is a resort area known for its fabulous skiing. The beautiful surroundings lend themselves to all seasons though, with other activities such as hiking, riding, fishing and biking. Lake Minnewanka is located only 6 minutes north of the town and offers spectacular views of the sunset. Rent a lake cruiser or motor boat, pack some champagne and head out onto the water for an amazing show.
1 The Islands of the Maldives
The Islands of the Maldives are located along the trading route of the Indian Ocean, which made it an ideal gathering place for people from around the world, some choosing to settle there and others just visiting. The influence of multiple cultures makes this a very unique destination. The Maldives are beyond description offering pristine, beautiful beaches and fantastic diving experiences over vibrant reefs teeming with life. You can arrange to have dinner served on the beach at sunset and then dance under the stars. It’s as though nature invents new colors for this part of the world with the sunset taking even the most jaded and cynical tourist’s breath away. Don't miss viewing the sunset from this incredible place!
1. The Fiji Islands
Beqa Island, known for its famous Fijian fire-walkers is an amazing destination. It offers some of the best snorkeling and diving experiences in the entire world. About 35 minutes away from Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, there are only a few small villages and no roads. There is however, over 190 miles of coral reefs with many shipwrecks available to explore. It’s the perfect place to run away from the rest of the world. Here, cellphones, day planners, deadlines and sales quotas have no meaning. So grab your significant other and head to one of the small resorts located here to watch the most amazing sunset ever.