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Honeymoon sunsets

How to absorb spectacular skies

No matter how many sunsets I see, their magic never ceases to make time stand still for a moment. The vibrant colors, which often saturate the Mississippi River near my home in Minnesota, are like an ethereal hello from the universe compelling me to stop what I’m doing and soak in the surrounding natural beauty, which can be so easy to underappreciate on days when I’m running from one task to the next.

Calming, inspiring, and undeniably romantic, watching one with the Mr. is one of my favorite ways to spend an evening—even more so if we’re fortunate enough to see the sun kiss the horizon while on vacation.

If you’re anything like me, then absorbing a sunset with your hubby on your honeymoon is a must.

Revel in a Louvre-worthy sunset

That said, when planning a romantic sunset experience for your honeymoon, there is one vitally important task to complete prior to departing: check what time the sun sets in your destination.

This may seem like an obvious statement, but couples who desire to see an unforgettable sunset don’t always realize that when they arrive in paradise the sun may set hours earlier or later than at home. An easy oversight, such changes in timing can spoil honeymooners’ sunset-viewing plans, especially if reservations have been involved.

For example, if you’re a summer bride or groom vacationing in the Southern Hemisphere—let’s say Fiji—and have been envisioning a romantic beachside dinner followed by a brilliant sunset, you’ll likely have to switch the order of your plans: soak up the setting sun, then enjoy your dinner by candlelight. Because Fiji is south of the equator, the country enjoys its winters while the United States sweats out its summers. This means Fiji’s day are shorter during winters (our summers) just like at home. (The sun set at 5:37 p.m. July 1 in Fiji versus at 7:45 p.m. Jan. 1).

On the other hand, if you’re jetting to Europe after your summer wedding to catch a Louvre-worthy sunset atop the Eiffel Tower—or anywhere else north of the equator—you can expect to view it at similar times as you would back home. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that the times won’t translate exactly. (For comparison, the sun set at 9:57 p.m. July 1 in Paris versus at 5:04 p.m. Jan. 1, whereas the sun set at 9:03 p.m. July 1 in Minneapolis and at 4:43 p.m. Jan. 1.)

In a nutshell, if your honeymoon dream includes a romantic evening viewing vibrant skies painted pink and orange and purple, ask your honeymoon consultant prior to leaving when you can catch a spectacular sunset. She also can perfectly schedule any planned sunset activities—dinners, cruises, hikes, etc.—for an effortless experience made for romance.

If you could watch a sunset from anywhere—next to the love of your life, of course—where would it be?