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Best Sunset Spots in San Diego

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Sunny San Diego is also a great spot for viewing the sunsets. Here are some favorite locations for getting that last drop of sunshine before the beginning of another exciting night in San Diego.

The Top of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge

This is tough one to manage logistically - ideally, the sunset seeker will need someone not addicted to (or at least, not distracted by) sunsets to do the actual driving while the passenger enjoys a moment of pink bliss. Possibly at its best in the winter, when the sun sets farther to the south, enabling a moment or two of feeling like you're driving almost directly at the sun.

Once on the island, you can catch the last rays from the Hotel del Coronado.

Point Loma - Cabrillo Monument

The area technically closes at sunset, but you can get near to the point and enjoy the view. Another alternative is to drive along the aptly-named Sunset Cliffs Boulevard which runs along the west side of Point Loma. Just be careful of the notoriously crumbly cliffs.

Ocean Beach Pier

You don't need sunset as an excuse to wander out along this picturesque pier, complete with a cute "real" fisherman's cafe midway along the span. Watch out for locals casting their lines and enjoy the feeling of infinity as you look out across the Pacific Ocean.

Seaport Village

For the price of parking (diminished if you make a purchase) you can enjoy watching the sun plunge behind Coronado Island - perhaps blazing behind the superstructure of a docked aircraft carrier at North Island Air Force Base or Point Loma in the distance. The white seawall glows russet in the sunset.

By Hot Air Balloon

Balloon companies know the power of a sunset flight, and a number of them offer balloon rides in the northern part of the county.

But timing is everything. While San Diego offers some great sunset viewing spots, the richest sunsets will be just before or after a rare rainstorm, when broken clouds provide the sunlight something to play with. So most of San Diego's best sunsets will be in the off-season, from October through early April, when the city receives the majority of its usually-stingy annual rainfall.

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