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Cabo San Lucas beach at sunset

5 Superb Sunsets

Article by Raegan Johnson 07.18.2016

Cinematographers call it the “magic hour”: It’s that special time of the day when the sun nears the horizon, and the sky is painted in vivid pinks and soft oranges. Discover some of the best spots in the world to witness a gorgeous sunset before the night sky takes over. 

1. Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach Pier

What’s more iconically L.A. than palm trees against the backdrop of an orange sky? A landmark in the history of surfing (the first surf shop opened here in 1949), the Manhattan Beach Pier offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Los Angeles hills to make you feel like you’re the star of a film. 

2. Arizona, Tortolita Mountains

Northwest of Tucson is a small mountain range with truly memorable hiking trails. After a day of trekking, take a moment of solitude to witness a stunningly gorgeous desert sunset that provokes memories of the wild days of the Old West. 

A man and woman sitting in the desert at sunset

3. St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Experience the sunset out on the water during an evening cruise in the Caribbean Sea. Take any number of dinner or sunset cruises offered on the island for a romantic night with a sweetheart. The spectacular views of the clear water and setting sun will make you not want to return to shore. 

A pool appears to lead into the ocean at sunset

4. Sanya, China

Known as the “Hawaii of China,” Sanya is a coastal city at the southern tip of Hainan Island that’s becoming a hot spot for travelers. The tropical climate is warm all year long, so it’s a great place to go when you want to escape the frigid temperatures of winter. Head to Yalong Bay to experience the beauty of our revolving planet from white sand beaches. 

5. Los Cabos, Mexico

Despite its name, Divorce Beach is actually one of the most romantic spots in Los Cabos. It’s not the safest place to swim because of the strong Pacific currents, but it is the perfect place to catch the setting sun. Grab your beloved, snag a spot and feel like you’re at the edge of the world. 

Cabo San Lucas beach at sunset

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