It happens every day when the sun dips completely below the horizon yet despite how many times we’ve seen them, Caribbean sunsets (at least the western-facing ones) never get old. If you’re at the right place at the right time, the tie-dyed melange that is technically the start of twilight is nature’s daily pageant. Bring a camera and check out our list of sublime spots to take in the colorful show in the sky.
Eleven hundred feet above the Caribbean Sea with the majestic Piton Mountains as natural bookends, each suite at the Ladera Resort is really a view with a room rather than a room with a view. The only resort built on the Unesco World Heritage site that are the twin peaks, the suites are’ open-walled’ with the west side exposed for front row center seats to the greatest show in the tropical sky. For sunsets with a musical soundtrack, St. Lucia Jazz Festival takes center stage from April 30 – May 11 at the Pigeon Island National Monument.
It’s an uphill trek past military ramparts from the 18th century that were once part of the British naval base but well worth it for the unrivaled panoramas over English Harbour. Every Sunday from 5 p.m., the Look Out at Shirley Heights is a hive of fun as chefs fill bowls with goat stew and pumpkin soup; bartenders pour plenty of ‘English Harbour Five Year Rum’ and steel-pan players keep folks on their feet. You can venture to the top on your own or join the Island Routes ‘Shirley Heights Jump Up’ for the hottest sunset party in town.
Take your pick from a table at the Great House Terrace — from the patio of a posh villa or at the waterwheel that was built in the 18th century and still works — sunset spotting at The Tryall Club is a time-honoured tradition in Montego Bay. Big and bold, the Club is a National Heritage Foundation site and when the sun drops behind the horizon, a fabled venue for weddings.
Get there in the late afternoon and stake your claim to a log or beach chair at Pigeon Point Beach for a spectacular show that doesn’t require an admission ticket. The most popular strip on Tobagois also the best perch for awesome glimpses of the fire engine-red sun and the sherbet-colored clouds that look like smoothies in the sky. For dinner and a show, blink and you’d miss it and that would be a shame for the vistas from Jemma’s Seaview Kitchen in the east side hamlet of Speyside. At the treehouse-turned-eatery that is built in the boughs of an almond tree, sunset-viewing is as treasured a Tobagonian tradition as Miss Jemma’s breadfruit pie. For jazz fans, The Tobago Jazz Experience takes center stage from April 19 to 27 at various venues including Pigeon Point and Speyside.
The name says it all at the Sunset Café at the Grand Case Beach Club overlooking La Petite Plage, one of the prettiest (and smallest) beaches on the French side of the island. Under an illuminated sky, dinners synch with the green flash of the sky. With Anguilla in view just over the water, that photo you snap may end up as your favorite computer screensaver once you get home. Tuesday nights through the end of April, the tiny village hosts ‘Mardi Du Grand Case’ with steel-drum bands, chefs at the LoLo barbecues filling plates with white-conch sausage and meaty ribs, and bartenders pouring generous shots of Guavaberry Liqueur made with the little red berries that grow in the hills of the dual-nation island.
Sunsets aren’t really bigger at the largest resort in the Caribbean (3,414 rooms), they just seem that way. With a birds-eye view from one of the cavernous penthouse suites at The Reef Atlantis, the sinking sun is as rosy as it is regal. Sprawling with floor-to-ceiling windows, the terraces are coveted roosts for taking snaps of the sun setting over Paradise Beach on Paradise Island.
Despite its hard to remember name, the tumbledown bar on the Frigate Bay strip called Mr. X Shiggidy Shack hosts St. Kitts‘ hippest party every Thursday as the sun makes it daily exit. With Nevis across the channel, Brinley Gold rum punch in hand and a faithful following, the action on the beach is a spectacle with fire-eaters, bonfires, DJ’s rocking the house and barefoot foodies sharing platters of barbecued chicken and grilled lobster at picnic tables planted in the sand.
Source: USA Today