Oia, Santorini, Greece
Best Places to Catch Amazing Sunsets
JUNE 27, 2013Emily H. Bratcher, U.S. NewsThere's some kind of magic that happens when the sun drifts down. The world seems to glow with bright light and brilliant color, but just for an instant before the darkness sets in. And even though the sun setting is a commonplace event — it happens every day — it remains one of the finest natural wonders. The nine sunset spots on this list are diverse in their locales, from mountaintops to oceansides and everywhere in between. So come take a virtual ride into the sunset with us. Same sun; nine different settings.
Mallory Square, Key West, Fla.
Nearly every night, Mallory Square fills with tourists hoping to catch sight of one of Key West's legendary sunsets. This waterfront plaza is the perfect place to watch the day melt into night, but it's popular too. So if you want to enjoy an unhindered view, try to stake out a spot a few hours before nightfall. That way, you'll also enjoy perusing the arts and craft stalls and noshing on food-truck fare at the nightly Sunset Celebration on the Mallory Square dock. When it comes time to for the sun's plunge, you'll get a dazzling display of pastel colors streaking the sky. And if you pay close attention, you might just catch the fleeting "green flash" that occurs as the sun drops below the Gulf of Mexico. Key West's location — the southernmost Florida Key and just 18 feet above sea level — makes it a particularly stunning place to watch the sunset. It defies logic, as the sun seems to fall off the edge of the world.
Oia, Santorini, Greece
When the sun begins its daily descent on Oia, Santorini, you'll find tourists and locals scrambling to find a cliffside perch to "ooh" and "ahh." The sky's kaleidoscope of pinks, oranges and blues extend over the Aegean Sea while simultaneously casting a gorgeous orange tint over the island's whitewashed, blue-topped buildings. It's enough to make even the most jaded traveler sigh. Incidentally, Santorini's heart-stopping sunsets are one reason it rates so high on our list of the Best Honeymoon Destinations. Oia's swoon-worthy sunsets might actually take your breath away. As the sun dips below the horizon, the glittering waters of the Aegean Sea reflect the kaleidoscope colors of the sky.Read more: Yahoo Travel