So what’s the longest running debate in Santa Monica? Where to catch the best sunsets in Santa Monica. Each evening the sky explodes in layers of orange, pink, and purple, all rippling against the ocean tides. Truth be told, there’s not a bad seat in the house. Still, locals swear by their favorite posts. A few to try:

To enjoy the show over drinks or dinner, head to The Lobster, anchoring the entrance of the Santa Monica Pier. The elegant restaurant features a raw bar, a fresh, seafood-centric menu, and floor-to-ceiling sunset views of the Pier and Malibu.

It’s hard to top the romantic vibe at Palisades Park, a 26-acre stretch that overlooks the Pacific and the Pier. Take your pick from several well-positioned park benches scattered throughout, or toss a picnic blanket on the manicured lawns, and enjoy the beautiful Santa Monica sunset. A walking trail also commands views of Malibu to the north and Catalina Island to the southwest.

For maximum luxury with beautiful sunsets, try The Penthouse, on the 18th floor of the Huntley Hotel, where windows surround diners with an amazing 360-degree view. Reserve an indoor cabana for panoramic vistas, contemporary cuisine, and a more intimate experience.

Got kids in tow? Make a beeline to Pacific Park, the admission-free amusement center on the Pier. A ride atop the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel or on the West Coaster roller coaster will put you in prime position to watch the sun disappear into the waves.

 

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