Where to Watch Spectacular Sunsets in San Diego

San Diego sunsets are like nothing else you’ve ever seen, and lucky for you, our Days Inn Hotel Circle property is nestled in the perfect central location to all of the city’s best sunset-viewing spots! From beaches to piers to parks, there’s no shortage of amazing sites to watch the sun dip below the horizon. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite San Diego sunset spots below, so grab your camera and get ready to snap the perfect Instagram photo during your next visit! Book a stay at the Days Inn this spring and head out to experience the magic for yourself.

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 San Diego 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) 

The shell music venue on the water sunset

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Popular for residents and visitors, the Embarcadero, home to the world-famous Seaport Village area, 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, as well as San Diego’s stunning waterfront music venue the Shell, before finding a spot to settle in for the main event, the sunset! 


Ocean Beach Pier (5.8 miles) 

Ocean Beach Pier at Sunset

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Just a few minutes from our hotel, Ocean Beach Pier is perfect to cast a line! The pier (which holds the honor of being the largest on the west coast) and home to nearby Sunset Cliffs, 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! 

Sunset Cliffs (6 miles) 

Sitting on cliffs overlooking ocean

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Aptly named, Sunset Cliffs is probably San Diego’s most popular sunset-viewing location. Nestled among the cliffs of Point Loma and adjacent to Ocean Beach, this spot is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Pack a picnic or grab some takeout and head to this spectacular locale. Make sure to arrive early to grab the best spot — you may just witness the elusive phenomenon known as the green flash here!

Shelter Island (6.1 miles)

Shelter Island Marina with sunset

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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,  Shelter Island promises an unforgettable view either facing the marina and hills of Point Loma, or overlooking sweeping views of the San Diego Bay. Grab a spot on one of the area’s benches and prepare to be amazed.

Coronado Ferry Landing (8.4 miles) 

Coronado Ferry Landing sunset

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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 San Diego sunset. If you happen to stop by on a weekend, you can watch the sun go down, while listening to live music with the locals. 

Cabrillo National Monument (10.3 miles) 

Sunset over Ocean

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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) 

Windansea beach sunset

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The beautiful landscape at Windansea Beach, located in La Jolla, 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 overlooking ocean and mount soledad

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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 the best sunset views in San Diego and don’t forget to snap the perfect Instagram photo along the way!


Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle

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Start your sunset-chasing adventure here at the Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle. Comfortable accommodations, a convenient location, and amazing amenities make it the perfect place to stay before heading out to enjoy the best scenic spots our city has to offer. Explore our special offers and accommodations and plan your next getaway today!