The 10 Best Spots to Watch the Sunset in San Diego

Are you headed out to enjoy the sunset this weekend? That’s one of the reasons our city is so popular, because every beautiful, dreamy sunset in San Diego sinks into the water. Whether you’re hiking in the mountains, lying out on the beach, or sipping a cocktail from a rooftop, you can experience a breathtaking sunset view. Here are our picks for the best San Diego locations to catch the day’s last rays.

10. Torrey Pines State Park

A few hours of hiking on the cliffs gives you a spectacular vantage point to see sun, sand, cliffs, trees, and waves. Peek over the right cliff and you may also catch a glimpse of some nude bathers at Black’s Beach!

9. Altitude Sky Lounge

Located at the top of the Marriott in the Gaslamp Quarter, Altitude is the prime place to unwind with a stiff drink and watch the sunset over the bay. Cozy up to the outdoor firepit as the surrounding glass blocks the ocean breeze and keeps you from getting too chilly! Keep an eye out for foul balls from nearby Petco Park, as Altitude also has a great view of Padres Games!

8. George’s at the Cove

La Jolla is known for its swanky shops, bars, and high-class neighborhood, and George’s at the Cove is no exception. Enjoy the eye-catching views of the colorful and lush La Jolla coastline from the comfort of your own booth. George’s has top-notch California Modern cuisine but also makes one killer margarita.

7. Sunset Cliffs

The name says it all, doesn’t it? These sandstone cliffs just south of Ocean Beach offer sunset-seekers plenty of gorgeous unimpeded views. Watch the surfers bob in and out of the waves while you get to savor every last second of the sunset from the cliffs that are named for them.

6. Mount Soledad

One of the highest points in San Diego, Mount Soledad’s summit, is also a veteran’s memorial and gives you sweeping 360-degree views of the county in all of its orange-bathed glory.

5. Bali Hai Restaurant

The views from the Bali Hai actually face away from the sunset, but dusk is still a magical time to watch the rays bounce off the glass buildings of downtown from across San Diego Bay. The traffic in the bay dies down and turns to a glassy stillness that can’t be rivaled.

4. Potato Chip Rock

The mildly strenuous hike to this landmark in Poway is well worth the sweeping views of North County it affords. Watch the rays sweep over the landscape as you pretend to be Simba from The Lion King.

3. Sunrise Highway

We know the name of this spot technically harkens to a different time of day, but this delightful stretch of Highway outside Julian lends a crisp, dramatically different view that is just as enjoyable at dusk as it is at dawn. Perfect for a long drive with the windows down.

2. Balboa Park

While several places within Balboa Park offers a pretty evening view, our personal favorite is from the Grape Street Dog Park. Nothing caps off a day like watching the sun sink over Point Loma, past downtown, past the golf course. Cute fluffy friends to enjoy it with are just the cherry on top.

1. Your Own Rooftop Balcony

There may be some beautiful places to watch a magnificent sunset in San Diego, but as Dorothy would say, “There’s no place like home!” Absolutely nothing beats being able to see the same stunning view of Point Loma, The San Diego Bay, and Downtown than being able to watch it in your sweats with your favorite glass of wine from your own deck, every night of the week.

The Guild on 30th will offer some truly amazing views, and when it’s your house, you have the option of enjoying it with your new neighbors or all by yourself in your own brand new home. Check out the sunset view from The Guild and get more information on available units by clicking here or contacting one of our residential advisors today at 619.78.GUILD or [email protected].

About the Guild on 30th

The Guild is being developed as a Joint Venture between McNamara Ventures ( and Agora Partners (  Keegan McNamara, Principal of McNamara Ventures, is passionate about urban infill and Smart Growth ( and is focused on developing small-scale, high density, residential and mixed-use projects in San Diego County.