A stunning end to a perfect day, sunsets are medicine for the soul. No matter how hectic or unexpected life may get, we can always count on the consistent, calming beauty of a sunset, and no matter how many we see, no two will ever be exactly alike. From vivid oranges to deep violets, we consider sunsets to be one of nature’s greatest gifts. Not only have psychologists confirmed that taking in a sunset can boost well-being and enhance life satisfaction, but in today’s social media addicted society, nothing dazzles on your newsfeed like an extraordinary sunset. Here are some of our top picks for the best places to take in the Golden Hour:
Come dusk, Puerta Plata in the Dominican Republic offers one of the world’s most beautiful views. With a riot of bright oranges, bold reds, and deep goldens, Puerto Plata’s sunset never fails to deliver postcard perfect views. For the ultimate experience, we recommend one of the many guided excursions that allows you to take in the sunset while horseback riding along the surf.
A magical coastal city in Colombia, Santa Marta’s rich terrain of pristine beaches, exotic jungles, and the Sierra Nevada mountain range ensures your instafeed is filled to the brim with unforgettable photos. For a great evening out check out Rodadero, a quaint neighborhood located 10 minutes from Santa Marta. In addition to a great variety of restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops, the city offers stellar sunset views. Once the sun goes down, the beach comes alive with live music, parties directly on the sands, and various vendors selling authentically delicious street food and cocktails.
Cartagena’s sunset can be experienced by land, sea, or rooftop, and every offering is exceptional. Though all sunsets are beautiful, this is our favorite on the list. Truly like a photo in a fairytale, the burst of oranges over ancient cathedrals, modern skyscrapers, brightly colored homes, is set against the city’s ancient walls, giving new meaning to the term “Magic Hour.” Another great option is to take in the sunset views on a boat ride along Cartagena Bay.