The 4 Best Places to Watch a Sunset in Lompoc
There’s nothing more calming than watching a sunset. If you’re visiting Lompoc, there are several tranquil, one-of-a-kind sunset spots that you should visit. Add these four spots to your trip’s itinerary:
Go to the wildflower fields
Want to watch the sunset behind vibrant wildflower fields? The rural parts of the city are home to both small wildflower fields and commercial growers, each with acres upon acres of colorful flowers.
The best time to get a frameable sunset picture is in the spring, more specifically in April. Although, there are fields that bloom three to four times a year. To help you locate a field with flowers in bloom, use the Wildflower Bloom Tracker on the Explore Lompoc website.
Remember though, the flowers are on private land, so you’ll need to watch from the roadside. Still, you’ll be able to snap some impressive shots, like this sunset picture posted on Pinterest.
Head up to Lookout Point
If you want to see the sunset over the city, put your hiking shoes on and head for Lookout Point at Beattie Park. The mile-long park trail just off Bodger Road will take you to the top of a hill with a sweeping view of the valley and city below.
You’ll find a small gazebo at the top, which is the perfect spot to watch the sun slowly fade away. The hike takes about 30 minutes, so if you want to be there for sunset be sure to plan accordingly. It’s a good idea to wear sneakers or hiking shoes too since the trail can be a bit steep in places.
Take an oceanside drive to Jalama Beach Park
Want to watch the sunset on a quiet beach? Just outside of Lompoc is Jalama Beach Park. The 14-mile road along the coast is just as relaxing as sitting in the sand. Once you arrive, you’ll find a welcoming, low-key beach that’s ideal for sunset.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can make a day out of Jalama Beach Park and stay through sunset. You can explore beach caves that are open during low tide or hike to Point Conception Lighthouse; a local favorite. Pack a picnic dinner or grab a bite at Jalama Beach Grill before the sun goes down. If you visit the restaurant, bring your appetite and try the Jalama Burger. This infamous burger is made of a lip-smacking beef patty stacked with lettuce, red onions, tomatoes, pickles, and a secret sauce. After dinner, get a spot on the beach for sunset.
Take a sunset walk in Old Town
A sunset stroll through Lompoc’s Old Town is a real treat, with vintage architecture, large murals, and local businesses to check out. Consider heading to Old Town for lunch. Grab a bite to eat at Sissy’s Uptown Café and get ready for a local art tour. The area is home to 40+ murals that cover old buildings and alleyways. Before you go, grab a Mural Map so you can find your way around. You’ll find several murals grouped together on Art Alley, which is behind the fire department.
When it’s time for the sun to set, you can watch it from any of the downtown streets and even snap a picture like this one.
All of these sites can provide a great sunset view and a memorable photo. After watching the sun fade away for the night, get some rest in one of Lompoc’s many hotels. From two-room suites to family-friendly amenities, you’ll find everything you need for a great stay all within the city limits.