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5 unbeatable places to watch the sunset in the tropics

After a day spent splashing in the pool, lounging by the beach or exploring your destination on an excursion, sitting back and taking in a sunset is an ideal way to end your day. As the sun sinks below the horizon, you can reflect on your fun-filled day and soak in the beauty of the tropical paradise around you. If you’re a fan of breathtaking sunsets (and who isn’t?) we’ve put together a list of some of the best places to catch a sunset in the tropics.

Sun setting off the coast of Los Cabos
Over El Arco in Los Cabos

Los Cabos is famous for El Arco (“The Arch”), a picturesque rock formation located on the tip of the Baja Peninsula. El Arco provides a spectacular backdrop for one of the most breathtaking sunsets along the Pacific Coast, with the landmark formation framing the sky as it changes colours from vivid orange to fiery red. Soak in one of these magnificent sunsets with a glass of wine in hand on your oceanfront balcony at Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas, taking in unparalleled views of El Arco and the Pacific Ocean.

View of the Antigua sunset from a private veranda
From your private veranda in Antigua

Antigua is home to over 365 sparkling beaches, making it the perfect destination for those looking to soak up the sun. While it’s a great destination to work on your tan, the island’s magical beaches and scenic capes also make it a great place to take in a Caribbean sunset. At Nonsuch Bay Resort, you can watch the sunset in luxury from your private cottage’s veranda! The resort’s cottages are perched on the hillside, providing breathtaking views of the sun setting over the capes.

Movie screening on inflatable screen on the beach at sunset
During a movie on the beach in the Riviera Maya

Looking for a unique way to watch the sunset? Why not enjoy a sunset movie on the beach in the Riviera Maya! At Grand Velas Riviera Maya, you can do just that with their Movies by Starlight ($) package. Take in your favourite flick on your own private section of the beach, where the resort staff will set up a comfy lounge area so you can kick back and relax. Enjoy the movie as the sun sets over the horizon in the distance; after the movie is over, you can spend some time gazing at the stars.

Row of sun loungers on a soft-sand beach
On a romantic stroll in Punta Cana

Nothing says romance like a sunset stroll down the beach! Sunset is one of the best times for a beachside stroll with your loved one. When all the hustle and bustle of the day has ended and it feels like there are only the two of you on the sandy shores. Royalton Punta Cana Resort and Casino is nestled on the pristine Bavaro Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the Dominican Republic, where you can walk for miles and miles as you take in a colourful sunset. For even more romance, you can arrange a private dinner on the beach!

Sun setting behind resort restaurant
With a steak dinner in Aruba

While tiny in size at just 10 by 30 kilometres, the island of Aruba offers gorgeous views along its pristine coastline – both during the day and at sunset. Nothing beats enjoying a wonderful meal in paradise and Aruba happens to be home to plenty of first-class dining locales. Elevate your Aruban dining experience by choosing a restaurant that offers delicious food and gorgeous views. You can indulge in a steak dinner at Riu Palace Aruba’s poolside restaurant Nautilus, which features jaw-dropping views of the sun setting over Palm Beach.

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