If you travel mainly to enjoy the most spectacular views on earth, then you certainly shouldn’t miss out on these ocean views. These are quite possibly the best views you’ll see in a lifetime, and even if you’re miles and miles away from these destinations, the long drive is worth it. Consider visiting them one of these days.  

Mexico: Mirador Escenico, San Carlos

 

This is just four miles away from San Carlos, and is an unrivalled view of the Gulf of California and the volcanic hill of Tetakawi. If you’re close enough, you’ll be able to see the shying coves of Playa Piedras Pintas. Mirador is also the number one spot for viewing wild birds, dolphins, whales, pelicans and other animals. If you visit between November and May, you might also want to take advantage of the perfect weather conditions. Rent a kayak and get to know the Sea of Cortes better. Fishing is also a popular sport at this time of the year.

Hawaii: Kalaupapa, Molokai  

You will need to take the mule trail at the Kalaupapa National Park to reach this hidden sanctuary because high sea cliffs cover this sight from the rest of the country. During the 19th century, these walls served as a natural barricade around a colony of lepers. The leper colony has been closed since 1969, but some locals have still chosen to stay here probably because of the sheer beauty and rusticity of the place. The catch is, it’s not that easy to get here. You need to book in advance. Only 18 mules a day are allowed to pass through the trail, and the National Park is also not open on Sundays.

Australia: Cape Leeuwin

  

Australia is known for its beautiful beaches and its impressive nature conservation camps, but among these wildlife highlights, Cape Leeuwin has the best view of the ocean. This is your best vantage point of the Indian Ocean and the Southern Ocean. The cape is located at the southernmost tip of Australia. The Cape Leeuwin lighthouse is important for shipping lines because the waters in this area are known to be especially treacherous. It’s best to visit during the summer as weather conditions tend to be harsher during the winter. To go here, book a tour through the lighthouse precinct. While risky, winter tours do give you a chance to see dramatic views of the ocean. If you’re here to see whales, come anytime between June and December.

Oman: Sur to Aija  

Visit the town of Sur if you’re curious about the best ocean views in Oman. This vantage point allows you to look across the Aija Creek. The village here has pastel beach houses, giving you a quaint, country-vibe. Watch as fishermen’s dhows bob along the sea line. There are also plenty of traditional sailboats. The waters are calm and the view, picturesque enough to be painted. You can enjoy the best views of Muscat here.

Iceland: Latrabjarg 

 

This view point allows you to look at Westfjord’s misty white-sanded beaches. This is also home to a lot of wild birds, including what is recorded as the largest colony of razorbills. Enjoy the view of glaciers, and the romantic (or chilly) Icelandic weather. Latrabjarg is easily accessed by cars. It is 1,457 feet high and 8.7 mile-long.

 
Scotland: St. John’s Head, Hoy, Orkneys 

 

St. John’s Head, as the name suggests, is at the northernmost tip of Hoy, Orkneys. It has Britain’s highest vertical sea cliff, and holds a great view of the ocean if you’re brave enough to stare at the crashing waves on its base despite the cliff’s height. If you’re not quite that adventurous, you can also take the ferry from Scrabster to Stromness. This leaves the dock three times a day. The best time for you to take this trip is during the summer, preferably during the sunset. The ferry trip is quite worth it as it includes a tour to the Old Man of Hoy, a stone stack which stands some 450 feet high.

 
Spain: Son Marroig, Mallorca 

 

The North Coast of Mallorca is the prettiest ocean view in Spain, and Austria’s Archduke Ludwig Salvatore certainly knew what he was doing when he build his property here. The palace has the best vistas of the Na Foradada, a peninsula which is literally named “pierced rock” because of its 59-foot hole at the center. For the most intimate views of the rock, ask the museum if you could down the two mile path leading to the formation.

Ireland: Dun Aengus, Aran Islands  

In Ireland, time seems to stand still, or at least move slower, and this is not more evident than in the Aran Islands. Offering a spectacular view of the ocean, a very high sea cliff, and the fort of Dun Aengus which sits on top of it, you go to the innermost courts, and you will get a view of Inishmore island and the Connemara Coast. Everything here is almost the same way it was hundreds of years ago. It’s a good tour to take if you’re tired of the busy humming of the rest of Europe’s cities. Several ferries from County Clare, Doolin, County Galway, Roosaveal, and Aran (Kilronan) travel here.

Portugal: Sagres Bay

  

Portugal is best known for its swashbuckling culture a few hundred years ago, and a little of this is still evident in Sagres Bay. If you visit this area, you will be briefed about how Prince Henry the Navigator founded his School of Navigation here. It’s a good place to visit not only for the ocean view but also to dip yourself in a little bit of world history. There is no public transportation to this spot so you will have to either travel on foot or drive here.

Western Sahara: Coast Road 


 
If you explore this Coastal Road, you might think that the views of the Atlantic Ocean and the sandy beaches would go on forever. The Atlantic Coast is known to be rocky, and if you’re driving for miles, the terrain might seem a little uniform and boring. However, if you look hard enough, you’ll find glassy lagoons and oases surrounded by palms along the way. A word of caution, though, there were landmines planted off the road, and not all of them have already exploded. To avoid accidents, keep to the main road unless you can be sure you can trust your guide with your life.

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