• Activities:

    Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Photography, Bodysurfing, Surfing, Kayaking, Swimming

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Romantic
Scenic

Photograph an amazing sunset over the mountains and ocean from Sunset Beach. Get there early to swim, surf or fish while you wait for the beautiful sunset. Afterward, head across the street to Don The Beachcomber for Don's famous Rum drinks and Tiki Bar!

Sunset Beach is located just 9 miles south of Long Beach and 6 miles North of Huntington Beach, CA on the famous Pacific Coast Highway 1. I accessed Sunset Beach from the South on I-405. I took exit 22 for Seal Beach. After the exit I turned a left/west on Seal Beach Blvd and drove for 2.6 miles until I reached CA-1. I turned left/south and drove for 2 miles. After 2 miles find public parking near the beach and walk to Sunset Beach.

From here, hike, swim, and surf along the beach to find the best place to photograph the sunset and surrounding area. Once the sun goes down, walk over to Don The Beachcomber and grab a rum drink at the Tiki Bar.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Swimsuit
  • Tripod
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Surfboard
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Truly a beautiful sunset! We went on a Thursday evening and there was plenty of parking!

9 months ago
9 months ago

Amazing views of Catalina Island on a clear day!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

This is a great spot if you are in the area. The entire Pacific Coast Highway gives you plenty of options for a great sunset. Stop by Brix before or after for a craft brew.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

I love going to Sunset. It always seems to be far less crowded than it's neighbors like Seal or Huntington. You can't beat sitting on a lifeguard tower and watching the sunset!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Alex Anderson Explorer

I try to spend every free moment skiing, backpacking, fishing or finding an adrenaline rush!

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