Survey of travel journalists from across the globe reveals the top 100 sunset-viewing spots worldwide, as well as honourable mentions for 400 further locations.

  • Santorini, Greece, was the most nominated place to view a sunset worldwide, followed by Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA, and Mykonos, Greece.
  • The United States was the most commonly nominated country worldwide for sunset-viewing spots, with 14 locations making the top 100. The UK and Italy came second, boasting 5 spots in the top 100 each.
  • Summer was the most recommended season to view a sunset in these locations around the world (46.06% of respondents), followed by Autumn (19.35%), Spring (17.64%) and Winter (16.95%).

Eyewear specialists Lensbest have released a study that for the first time uses a data-driven approach to collate and determine the best spots around the world to watch a sunset. As the best sunset-viewing experience is often a subjective one, the company decided to ask those who had the most knowledge gained by visiting numerous spectacular locations around the world: travel journalists. The result is a comprehensive list of the top 100 places across the globe to view a sunset according to international consensus, as well as a further list of 400 honourable mentions.

To begin the study, Lensbest sent a questionnaire to travel journalists hailing from 46 countries across the globe. The respondents were asked to give their opinion on the best spot to view a sunset in both their home country, as well as in those they’d visited around the world. They were also asked ‘Which season of the year do you think it’s best to watch a sunset in this spot?’ With over 600 global locations nominated, the answers were then compiled and refined using a score-based system into a final shortlist of the 100 best places to watch a sunset worldwide according to travel journalists.

The table below reveals a sample of results for the Top 20 Best Spots to View a Sunset Around the World, including the most recommended seasons to view them in:

The Top 20 Best Sunset-Viewing Spots Worldwide
  Location  CountryRecommended Seasons  Score 
Grand Canyon National Park, ArizonaUSASummer93.24 
MykonosGreeceSpring / Summer87.59 
Taj Mahal, AgraIndiaSpring84.12 
Uluru, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National ParkAustraliaAutumn79.13 
St Pete Beach, FloridaUSASpring78.69 
Maasai Mara National ReserveKenyaSummer76.63 
Phi PhiThailandSummer*75.98 
TahitiFrench PolynesiaSummer / Winter*75.69 
Jebel Akhdar, Al Hajar MountainsOmanSpring / Winter75.07 
Okavango Delta, Moremi Game ReserveBotswanaSummer / Winter74.94 
Piazzale Michelangelo, FlorenceItalySpring74.53 
Uluwatu Temple, BaliIndonesiaSpring / Autumn*74.05 
Angkor Wat, Siem ReapCambodiaSummer73.96 
Ipanema Beach, Rio de JaneiroBrazilSummer / Autumn*73.27 
Mallory Square, Key WestUSAWinter72.10 
El Nido, PalawanPhilippinesSummer*71.19 
Ponte dell’Accademia, VeniceItalySpring71.18 

*Note: Countries with Tropical Climates technically have two seasons; the dry season (April to October), and the wet season, (November to March), and can experience hot and humid temperatures all year. This is a sample of the full results, which you can find here:



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