Who isn’t a sucker for a good sunset? A good sunset is one of nature’s best ways of showing off! The sunsets we see during our travels are of particular interest to me, especially the last sunset of any given trip we’re on. This is something very symbolic to me – I see it as the sun setting on another great adventure. But, much like the sunrise, I also know that our next trip will be here before we know it, and both always give me something to look forward to.
We’ve been fortunate to witness some amazing views, as the sunsets have lit up the clouds and turned the sky all sorts of colors, some lasting for what feels like hours. Here are seven stunning sunsets from around the states and shores.
A trip to Hawaii isn’t quite complete without taking in an evening sunset sail around the island. We were really excited to see a rainbow form over the island. Fortunately, the sunset this particular night also came out to impress! As the two-hour sailing carried on along Waikiki and other areas on the south side of the island, the sun grew more and more vibrant. Thankfully, another sailboat eventually passed by in the distance, providing yet another great photo op!
St. John’s, Antigua
Sometimes, when dark clouds form around sunset, it can feel rather ominous. But, instead of dealing with dark skies, oftentimes something magical happens! This was the case in Antigua. As these dark clouds began to form along the horizon, we surely thought a colorful Caribbean sunset would be hampered. We were wrong. Not only did the clouds morph enough to create interesting shapes, but they gave the setting sun remarkable beams of light.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
There is just something so magical about the Grand Teton National Park, located in Northwest Wyoming. It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit, what angle you see them from, or even what time of day it is… they are just breathtaking. But there is something about the way the setting sun lit up the jet trails over the mountain tops that just seems magical.
Basseterre, St. Kitts
One of my favorite things about Caribbean cruises is getting to see glimpses of the fantastic ports of call. St. Kitts is beautiful! It is also a little less popular that some of the more well-known islands nearby. After spending a day golfing and exploring the area immediately surrounding the port, it was time to say goodbye. St. Kitts bid us adieu with this balmy yellow sunset that melted into the ocean just like butter.
Rick’s Cafe, located near Negril, is famous for its sunsets. We took a catamaran cruise from nearby Montego Bay for a night of fun. While we expected to be wowed by the famous cliff divers at Rick’s, we didn’t know the best part of the night would be the sunset. This autumn sunset started in the early evening, morphed over time, and went on for hours! It became the ultimate photo op when a few additional boats entered the scene at just the right moment.
The Florida Keys are famous for their spectacular sunsets. In fact, one of the most popular activities in Key West (the Southernmost Key) is to watch the nightly sunsets. Marathon is a bit north of popular Key West. It is smaller and more of a sleepy town. But don’t let that fool you from thinking you won’t get to see great sunsets here. The pastel colors of this particular sunset set the mood and showcase the laid-back vibe often found in the Keys!
Victoria, British Columbia
This sunset was witnessed during a port stop in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada) during an Alaskan Cruise. Interestingly, all cruises out of the US are required to make one stop in a foreign country. Victoria was on our particular itinerary and I’m so glad. This sunset occurred walking near the marina. It was the last stop we would make before returning to Seattle and the perfect way to end our chilly week on the seas up north.
Spectacular sunsets are one of the many great things we can experience while traveling. Whether you’re on a cruise, hiking in mountains, or visiting a new city, a great sunset is the perfect way to cap off a day in a new destination! And, we must remember…
Love the shot from Antigua! That’s the way to end a day…sailing off into the sunset. Nice collection! 🙂
Thank you! Love, love, love a good sunset! The one in Antigua lasted for hours!
Ahh wonderful photos! I think some of the best sunsets we’ve ever seen have been in the Caribbean. You just can’t beat the sound of the water, a cocktail and a sunset, one of my favourite things in a life!
Yes, the Caribbean has amazing sunsets and I’m probably a little biased towards them! Add in some steel drums and that’s my idea of heaven!
Tons of beautiful sunsets here! I like your outlook on them; that the last one ends the trip, but like the sunrise, a new trip will come soon. So true! Our favorite sunset is probably a toss-up between an incredible one we saw in Montego Bay (Jamaica) and the almost constant ones we saw in Iceland in November. They’re all so pretty … and so different! 🙂
There are so many good ones to choose from. Sunsets (and sunrises) are just so impressive!!
Beautiful shots! My favourites are the ones from Hawaii but all of the are gorgeous. I took some lovely ones in Croatia this year but my favourite sunset shot I took a few months ago in the UK as a storm was building! #feetdotravel
Thank you! I love sunsets when storms are brewing. The electricity in the air makes them all the more magical!
As I sit here in North Bali waiting to see whether we will get a sunset tonight over Mount Agung, this really is the perfect post to read! Once again you and I are like kindred spirits as sunrises are an important part of a trip for me – I just love the colours of the sky and they can all be so very different. I was reading this wondering if you would have one from Jamaica (there were seriously so many amazing sunsets in Jamaica I would find it hard to pick just one photo!) so I’m happy to see you included one from Negril. Thank you for a glorious post! #feetdotravel
I really tried to limit myself on photos here and actually took a few out. Jamaica does have some amazing sunsets and sunrises, as I’m sure Bali does too! I also like to get up early and enjoy the sunrise (I usually take a boatload of pictures on the last sunrise of our trip too because the light is the perfect color). But, there’s just something about those sunsets! Can’t wait to see some of yours from all over the world!
Wow, that part of the world is blessed with some incredible sunsets! I think Negril ones are my favourite on your list – but they are all beautiful! Thanks for sharing and a great post idea!
Hey, thanks! We were lucky enough to catch that sunset from the cliffs at Rick’s Café. Negril is said to have some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world, and I can see why!
Oh my! These pictures are stunning! I’m working on taking better low light pictures. Pinning this!
Thank you so much – so glad you enjoyed this post. I’m so happy these pictures turned out – low light photography can be hard. At least we’re working on improving our skills!
I just love sunsets and you have captured some wonderful stunning sunsets! I love them all and can not just pick one. I bet you have loads of photos like I do of sunsets and sunrises. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂
I had a hard time picking just these seven to showcase!
Just beautiful, especially that second one from Negril. That’s the part of sunset I love best – the deeper colors after the sun has disappeared over the horizon.
Me too, I always wait at least 20 minutes after the sun has set – that’s when the real colors start to come out!
We have been blessed to see some beautiful sunsets in the Caribbean and Florida where we grew up. My favorite sunset that you captured was in Jamaica, those pics are so beautiful. We think the prettiest sunsets are on the west coast in Oregon where we live now but we are biased. Beautiful post.
I remember enjoying some great sunsets when we visited Portland. So many great sun-spotting locations to choose from!
Oh Wow! Isn’t is amazing how the sunset can look so different in each location. Beautiful photography in this post.
Thank you! Looking forward to many more beautiful sunsets around the world!
Wow, amazing sunsets. You are so right about sunsets being free – small things in life make a difference.
Yay a post dedicated to sunsets! I loved watching the sunsets in New Zealand and Key West. New Zealand offers such great landscape and from Key West it’s just the ocean as far as the eye can see.
Yes, Key West has great sunsets! I was glad to capture the one in Marathon, which is just north of there. One day, we’ll catch a sunset in New Zealand too!
Stunning images! We love sunsets! We love sunrise as well, but we are not morning people. 😉
Totally hear you on that! But, I try to get up early at least one day and enjoy the soft light of sunrise too. Then, I take a nap!
Hahah. We like that plan 😉
Wow, just wow! Those are all stunning! The colours there are so vivid and awesome. Wish I was by the water now so I could catch something like this.
This is a much-needed post!! Sunsets are my favourite thing and seeing them all compared like that is great! 🙂 My best sunsets where probably in Morocco – they had that amazing Arabian nights feel about them!
I’ve been fortunate to watch the sunset in Honolulu on Waikiki Beach, but I haven’t caught any other of these sunrises yet. I’ll have to put them on my bucketlist. Thanks for sharing!
Glad you got a little travel inspiration!
I am always competing with myself to bring home “the best sunset photo yet” from my travels. Thanks for reminding me why they are so treasured. I also chase sunrise photos!
I’m glad I’m not alone in this!!
Wow! They all look so so lovely. Sunsets are indeed nature’s way of showing off its magic.
Although I am a morning person, I absolutely love sunsets.
I always enjoy watching sunsets when I travel, and all of these look incredible. It’s amazing how different a place can look at sunset.