When planning a Southern California vacation, watching a few stunning west coast sunsets should always be on your to-do list!
When travelers think of California attractions Disneyland California, Legoland California, The San Diego Zoo, and Universal Studios probably come to mind. But when it comes to fun, family-friendly California activities, you can't go wrong with a stunning sunset! They're free to watch, and provide a beautiful backdrop to lasting vacation memories.
There’s really not a bad spot to watch the sunset in Southern California, and thankfully most of our California vacation rentals are near some awesome sunset viewing locations! Here are just a few of our favorite spots to watch the sun go down:
The San Clemente Pier:
We admit the San Clemente Pier is one of our favorite places in all of Southern California – that’s one of the reasons that we manage so many
vacation rentals in San Clemente
! Looking at the pictures above you can probably understand why. Every Sunset at the pier is different, but they’re all beautiful.
is beautiful no matter where you go, so it’s no surprise that the sunsets are beautiful too! Try Main Beach, Wood’s Cove, Victoria Beach, and others for incredible sunsets in Laguna Beach.
Laguna Beach… again:
In fact, we love sunsets at Laguna beach so much that we had to mention it twice! Watch the sunset at the beach, or for a more sweeping view, hike Valido Trail, Top of the World Trail, Aliso Summit Trail, or of course Crystal Cove for some spectacular ocean view sunsets.
Belmont Shore, Long Beach:
When the sun goes down in Belmont Shore the lights of this Long Beach neighborhood shine on. Enjoy an urban sparkle in your sunset, and then stroll down 2nd Street to find a late dinner or dessert.
The beach shown above is just one house away from our
Belmont Shore vacation rental
, which happens to have an ocean view rooftop patio. So if you would like to watch the sunset every night, and easily walk to the beach every day, this Long Beach vacation rental might be for you!
Home to some of the
and dining in Orange County, Newport Beach is picture perfect day and night, so it's no surprise that the sunsets in this Southern California vacation destination absolutely gorgeous! Whether you watch the sunset go down at the pier, high up on the hills, or in one of Newport Beach's many ocean-view restaurants, a sunset in Newport Beach is a sunset to remember.
Don't want to miss a single sunset? Our
Court Street condos
are just one house from the Newport Pier with an ocean view so that you can enjoy every magical moment that you spend on the West Coast.
North Beach San Clemente:
San Clemente is a winner! Walk along the pedestrian beach trail and pick a beach, any beach, and your sure to see a beautiful sunset whether you choose the San Clemente Pier, San Onofre, or, of course, North Beach! Our
North Beach Condos
are just steps from North Beach, making for easy access to a sunset view every night, and with the wealth of great restaurants and shopping near North Beach, this area of San Clemente is the perfect place to spend a relaxing evening.
For stunning views every night, take a look at our
North Beach Ocean Views vacation rental
. This condo is just steps to beach access, with ocean views and a balcony where you can drink in the ocean air every day.
Huntington Beach Pier:
It’s hard to resist sunsets at Surf City USA! Huntington Beach is definitely one of Southern California's most photogenic vacation destinations, whether you're visiting during bright sunny midday or absorbing the blazing colors of sunset. Catch a few waves, play some volleyball on the sand, dine at Ruby’s on the pier, and then watch the sun go down!
Few places display the rugged beauty of the California coast as well as La Jolla, in San Diego. Just look at those rocks, those waves, and that golden sun! Beautiful above and below the water, La Jolla Cove is an ideal destination for snorkling as well as photography, and the entire coast from Seal Rock to Goldfish point is a favorite with seals and sea lions, so get ready to see some wildlife! Just look at those rocks, those waves, and that golden sun!
If you want to explore both San Diego and Orange County, look for California accommodations in
for convenient travel up and down the coast.
A must-visit for travelers to LA, Venice beach is a great place to watch the sunset and soak up LA beach culture. In fact, you might want to watch it a few times in different locations to get the full experience!
The Oceanside Pier:
Last but not least, the Oceanside Pier. We’ve seen some of the most incredible West Coast sunsets of all time at the Oceanside Pier, and we’re glad that we get to share those sunsets with guests at our
Oceanside vacation rental
. Our spacious
Oceanside vacation rental
is just a few blocks from the pier and a short walk to shops, restaurants, and the local farmers' market so that our guests can fully experience the beauty and charm of Oceanside!
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Here’s one more sunset from San Clemente… because we just couldn’t resist!