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  • Sherri & Allan Collier

The Best Sunsets In The World

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

Sunset Bay, NY lives up to its name. As someone who has traveled all over the world, Sunset Bay is the best spot in the world for sunsets. You can enjoy the view from the beach or even better, walk out on the break wall.

About the Bay

Our family has a cottage at Sunset Bay, NY, a town located just 30 minutes south of Buffalo where we spend a few weeks during the 4th of July holiday. This trip has been our family tradition for over 35 years. The community mostly consists of summer cottages and has beach access to Lake Erie.

The Food Options

The Bay has two restaurants and a cafe

  • Sportsman is an indoor and outdoor bar which serves mostly pizza and chicken wings.

  • Cabana Sam's is on the beach and has a full menu with Caribbean drink specials and weekly food specials. A live band plays oldies but goodies most nights. It's the perfect place to watch the sunset and have a drink.

  • The Sunset Bay Break Wall Cafe offers a breakfast and lunch menu and is located by the adjoining creek/marina.

There is also a deli, ice cream shop, and a shirt shack. There is a bar/dance club called the Beach Club also on the beach with live music and a couple of days a week they have morning stretching, yoga, Zumba or Pilates workouts for a small fee.

Getting around

This is a walking community with several folks owning golf carts. For boat launching, Hidden Harbor Marina is the marina we use.

The 4th

On the 4th of July you will see one of the best firework shows ever, sponsored by local families. We usually take our beach chairs and head to the beach at Sunset to watch the show and enjoy the many bonfires. It is absolutely amazing!

Where to stay

There are no hotels in this area so search this site for cottage rentals and more information about the Bay here;

Things to Do Nearby

This location also allows for some fun day trips to the surrounding area. Here are some of our favorites:

  1. Frosty Treat - 5 min drive from the bay, but we always walk. Best soft serve ice cream ever, cash only!!! Don’t forget cash, you will be very sad if you forget cash, believe me we know.

  2. Niagara Falls ~1 hour drive, see it from the American and the Canadian side. If you go on the Canadian side you will need a passport.

    1. Maid of the Mist -Take a boat ride up to the falls

    2. Cave of the Winds - Stand under the falls

    3. Jet Boat tour - Take the ride of your life, don't forget to wear your seatbelt

    4. Dine in the Skylon Tower revolving restaurant

  3. Buffalo

    1. Double Decker bus Tour- Funny history tour

    2. Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park

    3. Canalside

    4. National Comedy Museum

    5. Buffalo City Hall Observation Deck- amazing views and architect

    6. Buffalo River and Silo Cruise

    7. Buffalo Bills football game Go Bills

    8. Let’s talk chicken wings; You cannot go to Buffalo without trying their wings. Here are a few good options:

      1. Go to the Anchor Bar, they claim to be the home of the original Buffalo Wing

      2. Go to the Nine ElevenTavern, best chicken wings in town, but you decide!

      3. Take the Chicken wing Bike Tour this Wing Ride Buffalo food tour takes you on a tasting journey of some of Buffalo's best chicken wings

  4. Eternal Flame Orchard Park - Nice one mile round trip hike to a natural under falls flame

  5. Panama Rocks Scenic Park- Whether you're looking for a relaxing hike or an outdoor adventure, you will enjoy an amazing nature experience at Panama Rocks - a world of towering rocks, deep crevices, passageways, and small caves hidden in an ancient, moss-covered forest! Panama Rocks has been listed as the #1-ranked nature and hiking trail in New York State and is one of the top-rated attractions in the area. Pro tip- take a flashlight.

  6. Lily Dale community is a very unique experience. If you ever wanted to get a message from a loved one who has passed, this is the place to be. Lily Dale is just 30 mins away. It was established in 1879, Lily Dale has been the world’s largest center for spiritual development and the practice of the Spiritualist religion. For more than 130 years, Lily Dale has offered a world-renowned summer program of lectures, workshops, and other activities featuring best-selling authors, leaders in academic and scientific research into psychic phenomena, as well as the world’s most powerful mediums, teachers, and healers.

  7. Lucille Ball Museum - Who doesn’t love Lucy

  8. Wineries - Several in the area but Liberty Winery is my favorite

Sunset Bay - is a hidden gem and one of our favorite places to visit, so don't tell anyone, lol.



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