Sunset quotes and photos are known to inspire travel, productivity, hope and happiness. Who doesn’t love a beautiful sunset? There’s just something about sitting on a cliff with a glass of wine and watching as the golden orb of the sun falls beneath the horizon. It’s a magical moment that we all would love to cherish more often, but many of us never take the time to watch sunset.
In this post I’m going to list the best sunset quotes, and then show you a series of the best sunsets in the world that we’ve taken while travelling full-time over the past 10 years.
The Best Sunset Quotes
Here are a series of the best sunset quotes we could find online. There are sunset quotes that relate to people, to love and life and to every aspect of this world. I’ve included one of our best sunset photos alongside each sunset quote, as well as a description of the photo itself.
Where Did We Find These Sunset Quotes?
We scoured the internet for all of the best sunset quotes, and then we searched through all of our sunset photos from 10 years on the road. In this post, we’ve matched some of our favourite sunset photos with our favourite sunset quotes!
What Makes a Good Sunset Quote?
We think that the best sunset quotes inspire you to actually go out and watch a sunset. They can also inspire something deep inside that reminds us how wonderful this world we live in can be. Sometimes a sunset is so perfect, that it seems as if the skies are painting a picture just for you.
How To Take a Good Sunset Photo
To take a good sunset photo, you need the perfect exposure. You should make sure your lens is clean and ideally, you should use a tripod. It’s a good idea to shoot in RAW format for post-production and sunsets often look better when you shoot in wide, and then zoom in.
Put your camera in Aperture Priority mode (usually an A on the settings dial), and set it to a high number. Keep the ISO as low as possible (usually 100 – 200) and watch the shutter speed.
Sometimes bracketed exposures can help with getting the perfect colors and lightness in a sunset photo. This setting can be an auto HDR, but its best to do it manually in post-production. Lastly, when taking sunset photos it’s important to be patient. Oftentimes the best sunset photos are taken after the sun has disappeared.
Sunset photographers have all had this happen to them. They start packing up their gear and suddenly the sky lights up in brilliant oranges and reds, forcing them to rush to get set up again. Take your time and never pack up your gear until the sky is dark!
Now let’s get started with all of our best sunset pictures and our best quotes about sunset.
Sunset Sail On The River Nile
This photo was taken during our felucca sailboat journey down the Nile River in Egypt. The sunsets reflecting off of the glass-like waters were fantastic!
Sunset Over The Masai Mara, Kenya
This stunning sunset is from our safari in the Masai Mara, Kenya. We were out spotting animals until the evening and were able to capture some photos of a sunset as well.
Happy Hour in Port Barton
This was one of the best sun-downers we’ve ever had! Sitting in the warm water, enjoying a drink and watching the sun set from one of the Philippines best beaches made for the perfect end to a perfect day.
Sunset Over The Bagan Temples, Myanmar
Witnessing the sun set over these beautiful, ancient temples in Bagan, Myanmar was an awesome experience. We climbed up to the top of a temple for this stunning view.
Fishing Boats in El Nido
El Nido has some stunning sunsets. During our 8 days there we were able to get some excellent shots! Enjoying dinner on the beach while looking out at this view, is there anything better?
Silhouette of Malawi Boys
Watching the local children playing in the water as the sun was setting in Cape Maclear, Malawi was a true joy. Seeing the happiness on their faces while they splashed around is something we’ll never forget. This is the perfect silhouette!
Although we had some ups and downs during our 3 weeks of travel in Malawi, one thing that was always an “up” were the sunsets from Lake Malawi. Each night we would walk the shoreline and enjoy the reds and oranges sparkling off of the lake. All of the local people were out by the lakeside doing chores and the children were always playing. Truly a joyous part of the day.
The Orange Skies of Fez
Fez, Morocco is a city with loads of character, charm and history. This was the view from our guesthouse there. What a gorgeous sunset!
We called Koh Phangan “home” for a month during our travels. We couldn’t get enough of this island! The beaches are stunning, the food is great and there’s so much to see and do. This is a beautiful sunset from our hut on Leela Beach and one of our favourite Sunset Quotes for 2020.
An Oasis in The Sky
Siwa Oasis is truly that, an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the Egyptian cities. Watching the sun set over this body of water while enjoying some dinner and some sheesha pipe is the perfect end to the day.
Zanzibar is a fascinating island. From beautiful white sand beaches to amazing Arab architecture, Zanzibar has it all. This is a photo of two women wandering the beach at Stone Town. I chose one of our best sunset quotes to accompany this image.
Sunset Quotes The Sun of God
Tbilisi is a fascinating city with loads of history and culture. We spent about a week here and loved it. There are many churches in Tbilisi and we were lucky to catch this great sunset on camera.
Set Sail to Quirimbas
Ah, Mozambique! We spent a wonderful month in this country and sailed through the Quirimbas Archipelago. Rolas Island was one of the islands we spent the night on, just us under a mosquito net on the beach…stunning! This was one of our favourite sunsets of all time and with it, one of our favourite sunset quotes.
We spent about a week on the island of Langkawi in Malaysia and with sunsets like this one, it was hard to say goodbye.
We were lucky to see a few amazing sunsets during our week-long stay in Tbilisi, Georgia. Church bells are seen all over the city and made for a perfect background to our photo. One of our favourite sunset quotes is found below the image.
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Sunset Quotes in Swaziland
After a very enjoyable 5 weeks of driving through South Africa, we decided to pop into the tiny country of Swaziland. We’re sure glad we did! We spent about 5 nights at the Mlilwane Reserve and woke up to warthogs, wildebeest and antelope on our doorstep. The sun setting over our rondavel hut was icing on the cake.
Palm Trees in Port Barton
Some of the best sunsets we’ve seen have come from the Philippines! We spent about 5 days in Port Barton enjoying lazy evenings and gorgeous views like this one. Although there are numerous Palawan resorts, we chose to stay in a bungalow and had a great time.
Sunset Quotes Sundowner in Myanmar
Inle Lake is a great place to relax and unwind. Renting a bicycle and exploring all that this area has to offer is a must. Make sure to head up to the winery for awesome sunsets.
Red Skies of Istanbul
Istanbul is a very lively city! With so much to see and do here, you could spend months. A highlight is walking over to the Bosphorus Bridge for sunset and a beer.
Oia – Home To The World’s Best Sunsets
Santorini is known to have some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. You almost don’t need a sunset quote to explain how stunning the skies are on this tiny Greek island. This sunset photo was taken from the cliffs near the famous whitewashed town of Oia (pronounced ee-ya).
Fisherman of Bazaruto
We seem to have a lot of gorgeous sunsets from Mozambique. This country has some of the best coastline and islands we’ve ever come across, so it’s no surprise that we were able to enjoy the sun dipping into the ocean on many occasions. This sunset comes from the village of Vilanculos, a great jumping off point to visit some surrounding islands in the Bazaruto Archipelago.
Sunset Quotes of Tofo
Visiting the beach town of Tofo in Mozambique was definitely one of our highlights in this country. Here we snorkelled with Whale Sharks, went diving with Humpback Whales, wandered around the very small village, met amazing people and of course, enjoyed stunning sunsets every night! It is a magical place.
Essaouira is a beautiful place in Morocco. This coastal city has a huge beach, a perfect setting right on the coast of Africa, a wonderful medina, great fresh fish, and of course…spectacular sunsets. We spent a few days here relaxing on our beautiful patio enjoying the views.
Mosque of Bukhara
This beauty was taken in the ancient city of Bukhara in Uzbekistan. Wandering around during the daytime and gazing up at the beautiful mosques, mausoleums and monuments was so surreal. During the evenings we went up to a nice restaurant and enjoyed views like this one.
A Beach Ablaze
The sunsets in El Nido were some of the best ever. We took this lovely photo from our deserted island. We spent 2 days on an island, sleeping underneath mosquito nets, just the two of us and two friends. It was one of the best experiences we’ve had, and one of the best sunsets we’ve seen.
Koh Chang Kabang!
On Thailand’s northeast coast, there is an island called Koh Chang. This beautiful island is often overlooked by travellers who think that the best beaches are only found in the south. But, Koh Chang has some gorgeous spots and amazing sunsets.
Sunset at Song Kul
There’s Something About Istanbul
We’re excited to share this photo from Shelby Fields Kraus, an avid traveller and reader of ours. Yes, it’s another sunset from Istanbul. It seems all too easy to capture amazing photos of this magical city.
This sunset is from Barbados. On most nights while pet sitting on this island, Dariece and I would head down to Accra Beach and watch the sunset on the Caribbean Sea.
This is another beautiful sunset from Barbados. We really couldn’t get enough of them while we were living there. For some reason, the Caribbean produces some of our favourite day-end spectacles.
Mullins Bay Magic
Mullins Bay was another one of our favourite spots to watch the sun kiss the sea in Barbados. After the sun was low in the sky, most of the families would go home, leaving us to enjoy the sunset alone on the sand.
The Beauty of Boracay
This sunset is from Boracay in the Philippines. Thanks to Miriam from Adventurous Miriam for sharing this amazing shot.
Grenada is most likely our favourite island in the world and we have spent nearly 2 years living here. We call it home, so it’s no surprise that we have countless sunset quotes and sunset photos from this tiny Caribbean Paradise. We saw this sunset just the other night, and even though there were clouds in the way, I think they only added to the beauty.
Cape Horn Surprise
This sunset is from Cape Horn at the bottom of South America. Thanks to Elizabeth from CompassAndFork.com for sharing this golden beauty with us!
This sunset is from our temporary home in Grenada. One minute the sky was normal, the next, it was painted with pink!
Nile a Care In The World
This sunset is from the Nile River in Egypt. A big thanks to Carly of Carlys Adventures Afar for sharing this golden beauty with us! What an incredible shot.
An Atlas of Color
This sunset is of the Atlas Mountains in Erfoud, Morocco. Thanks to Ron and Michele of Legging It for sharing this photo with us.
Halong Will it Last?
This sunset is from Halong Bay, Vietnam. Thanks to our reader and fellow traveller, Kyle Birkett, for sharing this beautiful photo with us.
The Last Possible Moment
This week’s sunset is from the Tioman Islands, Malaysia. You can tell that this sunset was taken at the last possible moment in the day. A big thank-you to Martin Kjellberg for sharing this incredible photo with us!
Darwinian Sunset Theory
This sunset is from Darwin, Australia. The theory is that sunsets are better in Darwin. A big thank you to Christina Czubak of World Of Voyage for sharing this beauty with us.
Cheers in Kyrgyzstan
Joining a sunset boat ride on Lake Issyk-kul is one of the best things to do around Karakol. This area is mostly known for trekking, but once you come down from the mountains, make sure to enjoy the other activities on offer in this Kyrgyz town.
Costa Rica Sol Rico
We were inside getting dinner ready when I peaked out the window and saw the sky on fire! Nick quickly assembled the drone and we flew it high above the treetops to get this gorgeous shot. We would’ve gone higher, but the battery was dying. There’s just something about sunsets on the Pacific Coast.
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During our 3.5 week trip to Cuba, we spent 4 days in Viñales, which is located in the western part of the country. We rented a little scooter and found our own secluded spot for sunset each night.
Let it Be Lebanon
This golden beauty is from Tyre Beach in Lebanon. We don’t know of many people who have been to this little Middle Eastern nation and were very excited to see that our reader Nathan Jordan had been! Thanks for sharing this sunset with us.
Never a Dal Moment
This is Dal Lake, near Srinagar (Jammu Kashmir, Northern India) in 2010. Aren’t the reflections on the water fantastic? Thank you to our reader and ultimate traveller, Helga Boom for sharing this sunset with us.
Meet Me in Manzanillo
Even though Manzanillo Mexico didn’t win us over with its charm, it sure had some spectacular sunsets. This one was caught on Santiago Bay.
Canadian Caliber Sunset
Thanks to our Facebook fan and fellow traveller, Karen Chmilar, for sharing this golden beauty from Canada with us.
Scottish Skies Above
Thank you to our reader, Dee Craig, for sharing this gorgeous sunset from Girvan, Scotland with us! We love how golden it is and how it reflects on the water.
Home in Lake Atitlan
After searching high and low for the perfect casita (small home), we found it. Located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, in the area of Paxanax, this was our view for a month.
This is another stunning sunset photo from the island of Boracay in the Philippines. Thanks to Mads and Camilla of The Two Hobos for sharing this beautiful golden photo with us.
An El Salvadoran Sunset
This week’s sunset is from the fishing village of Los Cobanos, El Salvador. A huge thank-you to Vanessa Schoeck for sharing this stunning photo with us!
The orange coloured sunsets from our favourite beach in Puerto Escondido, Mexico are stunning. We watched the sun touch the water each night with an ice-cold Corona! Beautiful.
San Pancho Perfect
We loaded up the cooler and our bags and made our way down to the beach in San Pancho for sunset on Christmas Eve. With a glass of wine in hand and a plate full of cheese and crackers, we bid farewell to the day as the sun lit up the sky.
Thanks to Shikha for sharing this beauty with us. This simple but near-perfect, coral sunset was captured earlier this summer in Cuba along the Malecon, Havana’s long, seafront promenade. The Malecon comes to life in the early evenings with tourists and locals gathering alike.
Here you can spot fishermen reaching the end of a day’s work, couples canoodling and Cuban men laughing together to generate a palpable buzz. But as the sun starts to set, the noise diminishes except for the sound of the vintage cars whizzing past and all eyes face these glorious sunsets. The silence of the submerging sun provides a stark contrast to Cuba’s colourful chaos.
A big thanks to Vanessa Schoeck for sharing this beautiful sunset with us. This picture was taken in Canoa, a small beach town in Ecuador. It’s a famous surf spot with laid back people.
San Francisco Sun
Each evening in San Pancho, Mexico (San Francisco), everyone heads down to the beach to say goodbye to the day. It’s the perfect place to meet up with friends, have a glass of wine and enjoy the sunset.
Melbourne To Be Beautiful
Thanks to Tim Blight of Urban Duniya for sharing this beautiful photo with us.
“I had just arrived in Melbourne, Australia from three months in Lahore, Pakistan last December when I took this picture. I had stumbled off the flight at 3am, and slept through until 4:30pm… I woke up, feeling depressed to be back, and frustrated that I was so jet lagged.
I sat, alone, on the balcony of my friend’s apartment where I was staying and contacted everyone back in Lahore to tell them I had arrived safely and that I already missed them terribly. As the shadows grew longer, the sun set the sky alight, and I just had to get my camera and take this shot.”
“Every cloud has a silver lining.”
Visions of Vallarta
We’ve seen many sunsets in our life, but the one we just witnessed on Nick’s 30th birthday was magical. We were on a boat that was cruising across the Bay of Banderas when the sky started to come to life! Part of the sky was still blue, while the other surrounding the sun changed to red, orange, and pink. Watching sunset is one of the best things to do in Puerto Vallarta for sure.
Langkawi Stay a While
This sunset is from Langkawi Island, Malaysia. Thank you to our reader, Vicki Austin Dimin, for sharing this beauty with us. We miss Malaysia!
Grenada, NOT Granada
Located on the southern end of the Island of Grenada, next to our favourite swimming beach (Morne Rouge), you’ll find the lovely La Luna Resort. They have a great happy hour, beautiful beach for swimming and of course, a perfect spot for watching the sun set. We love watching the sun dip into the water with a glass of red wine in our hands. Paradise!
Perfect Punjab Paddies
This is a stunning sunset photo over the rice paddies of Punjab. Thanks to Evelise Jolysimoes, a reader of ours, for sharing this gorgeous rice paddy sunset.
Crazy and chaotic sum up Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta. The contrast there is unforgettable, with giant skyscrapers glistening in the background of broken down dwellings in the kampungs (residential villages) with trash-filled waterways.
Keeping up with the contrast, a storm raged through the city and just before sunset it suddenly stopped. The call to prayer came over the loudspeakers throughout the city, as the sun came out for one last brilliant glimpse until it faded into night. This picture was taken on the rooftop terrace of our guesthouse in a kampung just outside of central Jakarta.
Thanks to Katie of From Shores to Skylines for sharing this photo with us.
Mysterious Mandalay Myanmar
Thanks to Mirna for sharing this lovely sunset, it makes us want to go back to Myanmar!
This peaceful sunset was captured about 10 kilometers south of one of Myanmar’s former capitals, Mandalay. U Bein Bridge has evolved from just a necessary path for locals to a must-see for all travellers. Watching sunset from U Bein is so much more than that; monks stroll around draped in their deep red and orange robes, silhouettes of monks riding their bikes are visible all around, the fishermen and their boats slowly move through the lake.
This picture wraps up what I love about Myanmar; the natural, untouched beauty which is prevalent throughout the whole country combined with the soft and gentle nature of the locals. This picture is the Myanmar I’ll never forget.
The Colors of Tamarind
This sunset was taken at Playa Tamarindo, in Guanacaste Costa Rica. It’s one of our favorite beaches to go for sunsets since you get a full view and the colors are always stunning with rays of soft pinks, blues, purples, oranges and yellows. Anywhere you go on the beach you can get an amazing view of the sun going down and it never disappoints.
Special thanks to Yeison and Samantha for supplying this photo, a couple currently living in at the beach in Costa Rica.
In Love With Lahore
Special thanks to Tim Blight of Urban Duniya for submitting this photo.
This photo is taken at Data Darbar, a large Sufi shrine in the Pakistani city of Lahore. Data Ganj Baksh was a preacher and scholar from Persia who lived in Lahore in the eleventh century. He is said to have contributed to the spread of Islam in the subcontinent, and his shrine is now one of the most frequented in Pakistan. Cameras aren’t allowed inside the shrine for security reasons, but thankfully there’s no restriction on mobile phone cameras. I visited late in the afternoon with a close friend of mine, and as we entered the main gate I caught this beautiful view of the sun setting over the shrine.
No Nonsense New York
Special thanks to Dani Heinrich of Globetrotter Girls for supplying this photo.
I just returned to New York City, my favorite city in the world, which also happens to have some of the best sunsets in the world! I love sitting in East River State Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where this photo was taken.
The views at sunset are magnificent as you can see almost the entire length of the Manhattan skyline while the sky changes its color slowly from blue to purple to pink and finally bright orange. This is a spot where you find barely any tourists, and you can bring a picnic!
I love picking up some fresh food from one of the bakeries in Williamsburg and the divine cheese shop on Bedford Avenue and dine al fresco while watching the sun disappear behind the skyscrapers. I don’t think I could ever get tired of watching the sunset over Manhattan from that spot. A better known sunset spot in New York is the Brooklyn Heights promenade just south of the Brooklyn Bridge, which has stunning sunset vistas over the southern end of Manhattan.
Not a Care in Carriacou
Grenada is actually comprised of three islands; Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. We decided to do some island hopping for my 30th birthday celebration and Carriacou was the first stop! With only 6,000 people on the island, it’s a pretty chilled out place. The beaches here are gorgeous, the buildings are colourful and the people are warm and friendly. We enjoyed this s