Best Places to Sunset Watch in Carlsbad California and Nearby

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Best Places to Sunset Watch in Carlsbad California and Nearby


Watching the California sun set over the ocean is a breathtaking least when the sky has not covered up the sun.


Sunset Watching in Carlsbad 


While a completely clear sky and a setting sun is beautiful, seeing the sun sink below the horizon on a day with some clouds can result in incredible colors.


I have yet to actually see the green flash that can occur on a clear day at the horizon just as the sun dips below the water, but have it from reputable folks that it DOES occur and it IS amazing to see. Some day perhaps!


So where do you go to watch the sun set in Carlsbad, or nearby?


Here are my favorites. Mind you, this is my opinion, and I certainly haven't seen every spot along the North San Diego coastline. But we're working on it.


The walkway along the Coast Highway (Route 101, a.k.a. Carlsbad Boulevard) just south of Carlsbad Village


South Carlsbad State Beach


At the top of the steps (or the landing) leading to Grandview Beach in Leucadia (Encinitas), watching through the palm trees 


At the top of Beacon's Beach along Neptune in Encinitas - a favorite of many sunset watchers, there are always folks there checking out the surfers, the ocean and of course beautiful sunsets. Check out the live cam (be aware it's not always working, however).


Sitting on the sand or at a picnic table at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas; or from the parking lot or observation area.


Sunset at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas California



At the top of the stairs at Swami's Beach in South Encinitas


In the upstairs bar/lounge area at the Pacific Coast Grill or the Chart House in Cardiff by the Sea - what could be better? A great glass of wine, tasty appetizers, a gorgeous sunset, and someone you care about. Better yet - celebrate a special occasion ON THE BEACH with a catered dinner as I did for my anniversary.


The Torrey Pines Hang-Gliderport in La Jolla


The top of Mt. Soledad in La Jolla at the Veterans' War Memorial Park (videos) with incredible views in ALL directions.


Ocean Boulevard along the beach in Pacific Beach - the bar at JRDN (a hip beach-side restaurant at the hotel Tower 23), I understand, is really special. It sure looks pretty cool!


Got some faves of your own? Please share so we can all enjoy!

Comments (35)

Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Susan - well let;s hope we both get to enjoy at least one sometime.

Thanks Patricia. I get some pretty amazng views of the sun rising as well over the hills east of my home.

Joan - and San Francisco is such a difficult place to live in. LOL One of my favorite cities.

Laura - thank you so much. Yep, there is something truly mesmerizing  about waatchng a sun set over the water.


Oct 18, 2008 09:59 AM
Mary Pope-Handy
Sereno Group Real Estate - Los Gatos, CA
CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley

Great pics. We don't have a 'best place to watch the sun set" in Los Gatos - it just slips behind the mountains. But at the beach - now that's a lovely sight!

Oct 18, 2008 11:55 AM
Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate

Hi Jeff,

Nothing like a beautiful sunset at the end of a long busy day! :)

Oct 18, 2008 01:09 PM
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

I've never been to Cali. It's on my list of places to visit some day. I just have to decide exactly where I want to visit. I'm not big on traffic an huge crowds, so I know L.A. is out of the question. Any suggestions?

Oct 18, 2008 02:09 PM
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Jeff - I have also never been to California.  Thanks for letting me live vicariously.  Nicely done.

Oct 18, 2008 05:32 PM
Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Jeff, the sunset was perfectly gorgeous. I never heard of green flash...I wish you would get a picture of that or discuss it more...that's a first.

Tonight coming home from showing homes in Roseville, I saw the huge sunset while driving and it was a beauty.

Loved the the water and love Carlsbad, CA...Jeff Dowler's territory!

Oct 18, 2008 05:42 PM
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty


Another wonderful example of a good localism post. You make us proud. Loved the sunset photos and your presentation of such using slide. Keep up the good work associate.

Oct 18, 2008 09:37 PM
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC


I think I've mentioned to you that I almost purchased a home years ago in Carlsbad.  I recall it a delightful sleepy small town.  I know things are far different now. 

Oct 19, 2008 12:40 AM
Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

Oh Jeff, I just visited your area through your eyes.  Thank you!  How incredibly beautiful.

Oct 19, 2008 01:44 AM
Timothy Butterworth
Taking a break - Portland, OR

Wow! ok I must get down there to meet ummm investors yeah that is it. I can visit and stay at each one of these places and have ummm , Yes Business meetings on the beach.

Looks wonderful and romantic.


Cheers and best to you and yours

Oct 19, 2008 04:34 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

WoooHoooooo! Look at those sunsets! Beautiful scenes Jeff...I can just see you and Kay sitting on the beach with glass of wine in hand enjoying it!

Oct 19, 2008 06:10 AM
Robert Hammerstein -201-315-8618
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Great job Jeff!  You can be my agent too!



Oct 19, 2008 07:00 AM
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Jeff - I love sunsets and they are ever changing and beautiful. I have seen the green flash before, and if there are any clouds, you typically will not see it. My favorite picture is the one with the lifeguard tower (my daughter is a Huntington State beach lifeguard). Great post.

Oct 19, 2008 09:28 AM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Jeff anywhere with a beach is fantastic in my book!

Oct 19, 2008 09:41 AM
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Jeff - beautiful pictures!!  I love beaches and sunsets, and I really enjoyed your shows.  We have beautiful sunsets here, too, but we're looking inland to watch them.  Our sunrises are just breathtaking on the other hand!  ;-)


Oct 19, 2008 10:50 AM
Colleen Lane
Kennewick Richland (and West) Pasco WA Homes For Sale - Kennewick, WA
Realtor(r) 509.438.9344

I miss San Diego North County!  The U.S. Marines shipped me there in 1979 and I left SoCal a few years ago, but miss the beaches.  While in the Marines I lived on The Strand in Oceanside.  Amazing sunsets there. I still hold an inactive contractor's license there (555251), just in case I return!  Nice post Jeff, and I enjoyed revisiting the sunsets!

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Oct 19, 2008 11:45 AM
Teresa Boardman
Boardman Realty - Saint Paul, MN

Very nice. :) we have sunsets here too but in a month or so they won't be much fun to watch.

Oct 21, 2008 07:23 AM
Tim Monciref - Austin, TX
Over 2,000 homes sold…..

Hanging out at Jakes in Del Mar and putting a blanket on the grass and chillin'...........

Nov 05, 2008 11:13 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks, Teresa - I remember some gorgeous clear skies in the middle of winter but liked enjoying them from indoors.

Tim - yep, have been there too. The list keeps growing.



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