Anyone who knows their way around Instagram's filters and hashtags know that a #sunrise or #sunset photo can push that like-meter to the top.
#Sunrise has over 40 million posts on the social media platform, while #sunset dominates with over 157 million shots of the sun saying goodbye to the world.
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Although we only have one sun, its rise and descent are never the same, and differs wildly from place to place, with some catching more Insta love than others.
On The Go Tours decided to figure out which of these spots give the most beautiful rays, and is the most hashtagged.
For both sunrise and sunset, New York in the USA dominates the top position, its skyscrapers creating the perfect backdrop for those likeable pics. The Statue of Liberty also make for a perfect sun-selfie, shining a light for those entering the city's harbour filled with hope for a new life.
Indonesia's Bali also made the cut for both top ten lists. Although the popular tourist destination is stuck in limbo because of the Mount Agung volcano, its beaches and jungles are still perfect for those early sunrise hikes to temples or those beach bars with great sunset views. Singapore is the only other destination to make both lists, one of Asia's most prosperous countries.
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Italy dominated the sunset Top 10, with Florence, Naples and Campo Marzio making the list, while Ireland had two spots on the Top 10 sunrises list, namely Dublin and Cork. Besides New York, USA got spots on both lists with Chicago and Los Angeles. Umm as Suqaym is the only Middle-Eastern country to make it on the list.
Unfortunately, no African or South American countries made the list, nor did Australia, making for a Northern Hemisphere-skewed focus.
South Africa may have not made the list, but that doesn't mean we don't have spectacular sunrises in the bushveld or glowing sunsets on the beach. keDezemba is South Africans' favourite month, filled with sunny days lounging on the beach and capturing that #holidaymood on Instagram. These are some of the top sunniest spots in SA, according to science.
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Upington ranks 6th in the world as one of the sunniest cities in the world, racking up about 3 730 hours of sunshine a year. In spring, you can get almost ten hours of sweet rays a day in this Northern Cape area, which makes it an excellent time to explore the nearby waterfalls at Augrabies National Park.
Those sunset pics will make the heat all worth it.
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When looking for sunshine in South Africa, many head for the aptly-named Sunshine Coast, claimed to be the sunniest region in South Africa. It stretches from Tstsikamma’s forests all the way to East London's beaches, including surfer hot spots like Jeffreys Bay, Port Alfred, Kenton-on-Sea and St Francis Bay. Snorkelling, swimming, hiking and many adventure activities can be found on this bright Eastern Cape coast.
Beach sunrises and sunsets are what Instagram is made for.
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The Mother City is also one of the sunniest spots over the December and January period according to science, although with it comes a rough fire season exacerbated by the severe drought. As long as you're careful and water wise, Cape Town will provide beautiful views from Signal Hill, Table Mountain and Lion's Head for those hashtags, and a well-placed wineglass could make for even more unique sun shots in the Cape Winelands.
Just make sure you're not too close to the edge for the more adventurous mountain sunsets.
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