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The Best Sunsets in The World

Thailand Sunset

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There is something both magical and inspirational about a beautiful sunset—the iconic ending to a lovely day.

I’ve always loved watching the sun set—nature’s magnificent celebration of color and light is one of her best show-off moments. As the saying reminds us to take time to smell the roses; I make time to savor a sunset when I am traveling. To me it’s a moment to slow down, breathe and experience gratitude for the day. When I spent long summers on the beach, I considered it awful to clean up sand toys and pack up the chairs while Mother Nature was doing her thing. Today, more than ever, these brilliant displays stop me in my tracks. Here are some of the best sunsets in the world, with a little bonus at the end of trips I plan to take to see the sunset from a different latitude and longitude.

To me it's a moment to slow down, breathe and experience gratuity for the day.

Best Waikiki Beach Sunset

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When I’m on Waikiki Beach, I am aware that I am on the edge where land meets ocean, lots of it. With nothing but blue water and the horizon line ahead, Waikiki is the perfect place to see a long, dramatic sunset and often see the “green flash” as the big orange sun sinks into the horizon. If you watch from the sand, you’ll see the famous surfers riding their last waves and be among many in-progress marriage proposals.

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Or you might chose to enjoy a cocktail with a front row seat to one of the best sunsets at Halekulani Resort, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort or Duke’s.

Point Dume State Beach in California at Sunset

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MALIBU | California
California and sunsets go together, but the most iconic, made only so by the movies produced there, is Malibu. The favorite spot to take in Mother Nature’s spectacle is Point Dume State Beach—you’ll recognize it from countless movies and television shows—where you may see dolphins, or during the right time of year whales. The recognizable rock formations add drama to the colorful sky creating the drama this town is known for.

Kona Hawaii Sunset

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KONA | Hawaii
I’ve been fortunate to see some of the best sunsets in the world from the amazing vantage point of Four Seasons Hualalai multiple times, and they are simply unforgettable. The vast open ocean provides a splendid panoramic sunset that is immersive. If you prefer your sunset behind dark, volcanic rocks, Kailua Kona Bay provides another very localized view and reminds you of the volcanic presences on the Big Island.

Bora Bora Sunset

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BORA BORA | French Polynesia
Sunsets or not, Bora Bora is a stunning display of beauty with its iconic view of Mount Otemanu from the nearby resort-filled island that is home to many, many over-the-water bungalow resorts surrounded by lagoon and coral reefs, most notably The Four Seasons and St. Regis Bora Bora. Clear blue skies and even overcast days are stunning here, but when the sun sets, the magical moment takes center stage when the sun paints the sky in a stunning display of color over crystal-clear water.

The best sunsets in the world are best watched from your private bungalow balcony with reef sharks and exotic fish swimming below, and a bottle of fine champagne in a perspiring silver bucket.

Sedona Arizona Sunset

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SEDONA | Arizona
Known for its inspiring setting among the majestic and world-famous red rocks and the famous Vortex, Sedona produces the most amazing sunsets as the colors of the sky are amplified by the intensified red and orange coloring of the rocks as the sun sets; it’s simply brilliant. Sunsets are best enjoyed from spots you can reach by hiking, like up to Red Rock Crossing near the Crescent Moon Ranch.

If you’re not a hiker, just find a vantage point where you can see the sun dip Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock and Courthouse Butte.

Saint Lucia Sunset

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ST. LUCIA | Bahamas
In St. Lucia, you have the iconic Pitons, two mountainous volcanic spires on the edge of the island, overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Ocean and the emerald-green island. The vast sky makes the perfect theatre for the best sunsets. You can enjoy them from the many sea-level beach bars and restaurants on the lower island.

Up your “sunsetting” game by making a reservation at Ladera Resort, high up in the mountains; it’s quite a drive, and enjoy a spectacular sunset with elevation and the dramatic Pitons in your immediate view.

Rome Italy Sunset

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ROME | Italy
Opposite of watching the sun set over blue water, is watching the sun go down over one of civilizations most iconic cities Rome. Overlooking ancient architecture and Vatican City, sunsets over Rome are impressive in a worldly way, as you know that the sun has set countless times on one of the world’s oldest cities

A perch atop the Westin Excelsior, where you can book a room with a rooftop patio, or the historic Hassler Roma that features an elegant bar with a perfect framed view of Rome from the top of the famed Spanish Steps is an elegant way to savor this sunset.

Must-See Sunsets
Two Giraffes at Sunset in Serengeti National Park

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This is where the iconic photographs of giraffes silhouetted by the setting sun were invented. A safari is the best way to savor these best sunsets on the Serengeti.

Santorini Greece at Sunset

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Santorini is known for its bright white architecture and brilliant blue waters of the Aegean Sea. The word is the town of Oia or high up on the cliffs offers the best vantage points for “sunsetting.”

Taj Mahal at Sunset in Agra India

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AGRA | India
Speaking of ancient civilizations, Agra offers some of the best sunsets in the world behind the spectacular Taj Mahal, an architectural wonder of the world that is bathed in warm colors from the setting sun.


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