While you can technically watch the sunset from anywhere, sunsets in San Diego often feel like an especially magical experience. These tips will help you maintain the magic and get lost in the breathtaking view.
Loving Hiking at Mission Trails Regional Park
Don’t Forget a Camera
The sunsets in San Diego are truly spectacular, and simply committing the image to memory may not do it justice. In the days of smartphones, it seems like everyone has a camera in their pocket and we highly recommend bringing yours when you plan to catch the sunset in San Diego.
Smartphone cameras will work and DSLR cameras can also be an incredible choice for capturing some new pictures for your social media feeds, as you won’t find many better backdrops.
The Boardwalk at the Embarcadero, a Great Place to Walk or Run
Ways to Save During your Vacation
Additional ways to save during your vacation include staying at the city’s best budget-friendly hotels and picking up a Go City San Diego Pass in advance, so you get discounted admission to many of the most popular attractions around town and can try the many fun activities available with discounted gear rentals as well.
As you wait for the sun to go down on one of the area beaches or in one of the picturesque seaside towns, rent a surfboard, kayak, or stand up paddleboard, or check out popular seaside attractions like the San Diego Harbor Cruise and surf lessons. All these activities and more are part of the All-inclusive version of the Go City San Diego pass and great ways to spend an afternoon before the sunset.
Aerial Shot of Sunset in Mission Beach
Watch the Weather
If you’re making a special trip to a great sunset viewing location, such as hiking up Cowles Mountain, make sure you do so on a clear day for the best views.
You’ll also want to avoid hiking in the mid-afternoon during the summer as temperatures can reach well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit on the hottest days, so it’s best to let things cool down before you start walking.
Nature and Sunsets at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
The best sunset spots in San Diego, such as Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, La Jolla Cove and the many piers are popular and the best spots to watch at those locations can disappear well before the official sunset time. Plan to arrive an hour before sunset to claim the best spots and consider bringing a picnic or at least water and snacks so you can fully enjoy the experience.
The festival of colors offered over the Pacific Ocean and setting sun begins earlier than some think. By arriving with plenty of time to spare, you’ll be able to have the full experience!