Where to Watch Spectacular Sunsets in San Diego

Sunsets in San Diego are like nothing else you’ve ever seen before. Luckily, we have no shortage of amazing sites to watch the sun dip below the horizon. From beaches to piers to parks, it’s almost impossible to not catch a glimpse of the sunset from our beautiful city. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots below. We can’t wait to hear what you think! 

Sunset Point Park (4.9 miles) 

Sunset at Sunset Point Park in San Diego

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After a day at SeaWorld San Diego, spend a moment to admire the sunset at Sunset Point Park. The appropriately named park is adjacent to our sister property, The Dana on Mission Bay. Fire pits and picnic tables dot the grassy area making it a perfect spot to sit back and watch the day come to an end.


Embarcadero (5.2 miles) 

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Popular for residents and visitors, the Embarcadero is situated next to San Diego Bay making it a great spot to hang out during the day before catching the sunset. Explore the numerous maritime museums, feast on fresh seafood, and peruse the shops before finding a spot to settle in for the main event, the sunset!


Ocean Beach Pier (5.8 miles) 

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Head to Ocean Beach Pier early so you have time to cast out a line. The pier (which holds the honor of being the largest on the west coast) was initially intended for fishing but provides a spectacular view of the sunset. Don’t forget to check out the tide pools during low tide! 


Shelter Island Marina Walkway (6.1 miles)

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This relaxing spot is perfect for watching the sun set the sky ablaze. Located beside our sister property, Humphreys Half Moon Inn, this spot promises an unforgettable view. Grab a spot on one of the benches and prepare to be amazed. 


Sunset Cliffs (7 miles) 

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Aptly named, Sunset Cliffs is known for stunning sunset views. Nestled among the cliffs of Point Loma, this spot is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Pack a picnic or grab some takeout and head to this spectacular spot. Make sure to arrive early to grab the best spot — you may just witness the elusive phenomenon known as the green flash here!


Coronado Ferry Landing (8.4 miles) 

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Spend an entire day at the Coronado Ferry Landing where you can dine, shop, and end the day watching a beautiful sunset. If you happen to stop by on a weekend, you can watch the sunset while listening to live music. 


Bird Rock Beach (9.1 miles)

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Bird Rock Beach’s rocky shoreline consists of tide pools and large boulders great for birding. Enjoy some time in the eclectic neighborhood before venturing over to catch the breathtaking sunset.


Cabrillo National Monument (10.3 miles) 

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Nature lovers and history buffs will adore this sunset-watching spot! Between tide pools, an historic lighthouse, and an informative visitor center, you can easily spend an entire day at the Cabrillo National Monument. Stay until the park closes to watch an amazing sunset.


Windansea Beach (10.7 miles) 

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The beautiful landscape at Windansea Beach is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. The otherwordly rock formations make this spot even more unique. Watch the surrounding landscape turn a burnt amber color as the sun sinks below the horizon. 


Mount Soledad (11.3 miles) 

Sunset at Mount Soledad in San Diego

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Enjoy miles of coastline at the top of Mount Soledad. Not only can you see the coast but the picturesque views of San Diego landmarks make this a remarkable spot. Enjoy extra-long sunsets from up here. 


Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle

Start your sunset-chasing adventure at the Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle. Comfortable accommodations, a convenient location, and amazing amenities make it the perfect place to stay. Explore our offers and rooms today!