5 Beautiful Places to Watch the Sunset in San Diego

Did you see my previous post of where to watch amazing sunsets in California which concentrated further up the Pacific coast? It was enjoyed so much I’ve decided to share 5 more beautiful places to watch the sunset, this time all in San Diego.

I have included various parts of San Diego including  Coronado, Carlsbad, Shelter Island, Oceanside and have ventured as far south as Temecula.  I hope you enjoy them.

Oceanside, San Diego

Oceanside is a small beach resort close to the Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton. There is a beautiful marina. As well as being home to some luxurious boats, you’ll also spot dolphins and sea lions swimming around there too.

sunset behind palm trees in a marina 5 BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO WATCH THE SUNSET IN SAN DIEGO
Oceanside Marina

Coronado, San Diego

Coronado is one of my favourite places in California. Steeped in history with the Hotel del Coronado and surrounded by luxury homes, it also boasts the most beautiful flat sandy beach in San Diego. The ferry landing area will give you great views over the bay but watch the sun set over the cliffs from the beach. You’ll quite often see the naval helicopters and planes coming into land too and if you’re lucky you’ll get a great silhouette sunset shot.

orange sunset over cliffs with sea in foreground 5 BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO WATCH THE SUNSET IN SAN DIEGO
Sunset Cliffs from Coronado

Shelter Island, San Diego

Shelter Island is a recent discovery of ours and is a quiet peninsula at Point Loma. On one side you have stunning views of the city skyline, and on the other is a marina that is also accessible by foot.

The sun goes down over the hillside and there are lots of great photo opportunities to capture shots with the seafront gardens and sculptures. Be sure to check out the historic Friendship Bell that was gifted from Japan.

sun setting through cloud over marina of yachts 5 BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO WATCH THE SUNSET IN SAN DIEGO
Shelter Island, Point Loma

Carlsbad, San Diego

Carlsbad is close to Oceanside and has quite a different feel to many of the other San Diego beach resorts. Watch the sunset over the sea from either the cliff tops or down on the beach, and then head into the village for food and drinks, or to explore some of the street art on many of the building walls.

sun setting over sea and stony beach surfer coming out of sea 5 BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO WATCH THE SUNSET IN SAN DIEGO
Carlsbad, San Diego

Temecula, Riverside

Temecula was the first place that we visited in California and somewhere that I hold dear to my heart for that very reason. It is set inland about halfway between the cities of San Diego and Los Angeles. It’s actually right on the border of San Diego county but it’s too good not to include.

Temecula is probably most famous for its wine county, golf courses, balloon and jazz festivals, and Perchanga Casino Resort. It has many more great eateries and entertainments, especially in historical Old Town. If you ever get to go there make sure you go and have a massage at Happy Buddha too, I highly recommend it.

This picture was taken over the meadow one night and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite so beautiful before or since.

red yellow navy sunset sky with tree silhouette 5 BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO WATCH THE SUNSET IN SAN DIEGO

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at these. Like many people, I take joy in the wondrous sights of nature. Getting to watch the sunset in beautiful places like San Diego leaves me feeling so truly blessed.

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Do you have any favourite spots to watch the sunset or the sunrise?
Have you been to San Diego? Where is your favourite spot?

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