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  • Top 10 Places to Watch Sunsets in California

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    10 best places to watch the sunset in california

    Best places to watch sunsets in california

    Did you know: California was admitted as the 31st state of the union on September 9, 1850, and by the early 1960s it was the most populous U.S. state. California got her name from a 16th century Spanish novel; Las Las sergas de Esplandián In which it describes an idyllic paradise island full of gems and stones.

    Image of the Golden gate bridge with a view of San Francisco in the distance

    A blanket is the perfect companion to watch the California sunset

    5 Fun Facts about California

    1. Opening in 1922, the Hollywood Bowl is the oldest amphitheater in the United States.
    2. The world's tallest tree resides in Sequoia National Park and is measures 275 feet and has an unbelievable circumference of 102 feet.
    3. Work started on The Golden Gate in the image above on May 28, 1937, and took 1604 days to complete. It was initially thought of as ugly and derided by many.
    4. California is home to 40 million people and is the largest population of any state and 10 million more than than Texas the next larget state by population
    5. The internet itself was born in California in 1969. California is the home of skateboards, Barbie dolls, arcade games, McDonald’s, and so much more.

    Sunsets in California can be breathtaking from San Diego to San Francisco

    They say the best things in life are for free and we happen to think sunsets are one of nature’s best free gifts to humankind. Sunsets have a way of turning even the worst day into something magical. They remind you that life is beautiful. 


    California is known for sunny weather, incredible wine, and spectacular national parks such as Yosemite.


    However, California is also the sunset capital of the world (okay we made that up), but since the sun sets on the west and we are on the west coast, there’s really no better place to watch the sun dip below the horizon then in California. 

    With fabulous beaches, hip rooftop bars, and countless hills and mountains, there are plenty of spots to watch sunsets in California. Below you’ll find our top ten best places to watch the sunset in California. 


    If you think you’ll see the same sunset no matter where you are, you’re wrong. Evening can be vastly different depending on whether you’re in a big city or at the beach and the seasons do play a role in which direction the sun sets. For example there are times of the year where the sun will set directly behind Catalina Island when viewing it from Orange County. Other times of the year it’ll set further north or south. 


    Although every sunset is different, its beauty never fails to impress us. At golden hour, the sunny state transforms into a magical land, so grab a blanket (it gets chilly at night)  and your camera. Let’s go on an adventure! continue reading to find the best Places to watch the sunset near me.

    Watch Sunsets In California view of los angeles

    1 - sunsets in California - Huntington Beach

    After a day riding the waves in Surf City USA, Huntington Beach, take a stroll down to the beach with a blanket to make the most of the destination’s incredible sunsets.


    To give your trip a true Californian touch, be prepared and stock up on smores’ essentials. Enjoy your treat while you sit around one of the fire rings which line the beach as you watch the sun go down on another day.


    This is also one of the widest and sandiest beaches around, so we happen to think it makes for a great social distancing hang out. Grab a bunch of blankets and hit the beach with your friends!

    Watch Sunsets In California Huntington beach

    2 - sunsets in California - Newport beach Crystal Cove

    Another Orange County spot is on our list. ‘Lookout Point’ is one of the top romantic sunset spots in Newport, which overlooks the Newport Harbor entrance at Heliotrope, featuring stunning sunset views alongside unbeatable views of the ocean, cliffs and harbor.


    We also love to go to the Beachcomber café on Crystal Cove State beach and enjoy a drink or appetizer while watching the sunset over Catalina. This is one of the closest restaurants to the water, as its right on the sand.

    Watch Sunsets In California crystal cove and newport beach and laguna

    3 - sunsets in California - La Jolla, San Diego

    Heading down south, we’d be a fool not to mention San Diego when discussing sunsets.


    With 70 miles of coastline, San Diego is the perfect city to watch the sun go down over peaceful rolling waves, in beautiful weather all year round. Relax at the seaside area of La Jolla, at La Jolla Cove, whilst surrounded by seals and seagulls, as the waves crash along the cliffs. Or head to the more locally famous Wind & Sea beach for optimal sunset viewing.


    There’s even a playground on the beach in La Jolla if you have little ones in tow. 

    Watch Sunsets In California in Lajolla Cove

    4 - sunsets in California - Santa Barbara

    There’s a reason the Beach Boys sang the name of this town so many times. It’s beauty is unmatched.


    Known to locals as Hendry’s Beach, Arroyo Burro Beach is the place to go for great food, surf, beaches and sunsets.


    Surf the incredible waves that Arroyo is known for in Santa Barbara, then kick back for the evening on a picnic blanket and take in the orange haze which fills the sky as the sun comes down. 

    Watch Sunsets In California in Santa Cruz

    5 - sunsets in California - Santa Cruz

    There are few sunset moments more magical than grabbing a spot in Santa Cruz on the pier or along the coast to spot the late-goers catching a wave! Santa Cruz, California, the birthplace of mainland surfing, is a quintessential beach town.


    With its legendary 100-year-old seaside amusement park overlooking the sparkling Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz offers the classic California beach vacation. We think Santa Cruz is a great place to take a sunset silhouette photo or snuggle up with a blanket and your best friend. 

    Watch Sunsets In California in Santa Cruz

    6 - Sunsets in California - Yosemite

    One of the most spectacular points to watch the sunset in Yosemite National Park is Valley View, where you can look along Yosemite Valley from the banks of the Merced River.


    The moment you reach the location you will realize why Valley View has the reputation for being one of the most exceptional views in all of Yosemite with the colors of the sunset pouring bright light onto the granite cliff faces in front of you.

    Watch Sunsets In California in Yosemite National Park

    7 - sunsets in California - Big Sur

    Is there anyplace more beautiful than Big Sur? With the winding Highway 1 hugging the cliffs, ocean views and huge redwood trees. It is a stunning destination. Hidden along the beautiful Big Sur coastal region, this beach has one of the best sunsets in California. You can reach this sunset beach spot via Highway 1 – just keep a lookout for the Sycamore Canyon Road south of Big Sur Station.


    This sunset spot’s greatest attraction is the keyhole – a perfect hole formed by an arch in the huge rock just off the shore. At the right time of year, the rays of the setting sun can be captured shining through this arch. This, combined with the sky’s changing colours, makes for a spectacular California sunset on the beach.  

    Watch Sunsets In California Big Sur

    8 - sunsets in California - Malibu

    Malibu is known for celebrities and swanky shops, but it’s also known for epic sunsets. Located between Point Dume and Leo Carrillo, El Matador Beach is a truly spectacular spot to watch a pacific ocean sunset.


    You can take in the golden hour from atop the bluff or walk down the stairs and lay on a blanket on the beach.


    This rugged coastline of rocky outcrops, arches, and caves attracts plenty of photographers who try to capture this gorgeous sunset.

    Watch Sunsets In California Malibu

    9 - sunsets in California - Trestles and San Clemente

    Private, peaceful rugged topography. This is the surfing mecca of southern California. Come here to watch surfers ride the waves well after the sun has set. Great for a romantic date as there are very few families here.

    Watch Sunsets In California san clemente

    10 - sunsets in California - Griffith Observatory and Los Angeles

    While there are numerous places to watch the sunset in LA, Griffith Observatory is by far one of the best sunsets in California.


    This is because this sunset spot won’t only give you a gorgeous view of the sunset over the pacific ocean, but also the Hollywood sign, the city of Los Angeles and the impressive Griffith Observatory.


    One word of caution, this is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. But it’s a MUST SEE. We definitely saved one of the best for last. 

    Watch Sunsets In California Los Angeles

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