7 Perfect Spots to Watch the Sunset in California

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With fabulous beaches, hip rooftop bars, and countless hills and mountains, and endless road trip opportunities, there are plenty of spots to watch sunsets in California.


Dillon Beach, Bagoda Bay

Dillon Beach in Bagoda Bay is the ideal spot if you’re looking for a relaxing sunset view. This stretch of California coast is privately owned, so it’s usually only busy over the weekend and holidays.


Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

At sundown, you’ll get to watch the waves crash through the arch as the golden rays of the sun create a halo around the rock formation.


Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, San Diego

Warm gulf waters and white sand dunes mark this picturesque gem. This protected treasure along the Emerald Coast is perfect for relaxation and seaside activities.


Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur

Voted the ‘best date night spot in Destin’, you can’t go wrong with a sunset stroll here.


Oceanside Pier, San Diego

This 125-year-old pier is nearly 2,000 feet long which makes it one of the longest piers on the West Coast of the United States.


Twin Peaks Boulevard, San Francisco

If you’re looking for a bit of a different sunset view, then Twin Peaks Boulevard is just the place you’re looking for. Sitting at 925 feet above sea level, this sunset spot offers sweeping views of the city below as well as the pacific ocean beyond.


Mission Beach Boardwalk, San Diego

This beach stays busy even as the sun drops. Get there a bit early and try to find a seat and a cocktail at Wavehouse.

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