Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, San Diego

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Aptly named, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park features 2.4 km (1.5 mi) of sandstone cliffs in hues that mirror a golden sunset along the Pacific Ocean. For some of the best sights, take the coastal trail along the boulevard to reach rocky hills, sandy arches, and coves. At the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Ladera Street, you can take the stairs down to the beach during low tide. The 28 hectares (68 acres) park connects with Point Loma Reserve, a protected coastal habitat. Our San Diego vacation builder website makes visiting Sunset Cliffs Natural Park and other San Diego attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • An absolutely beautiful spot to visit. I advise you go around 6pm just in time to watch the sunset. Grab a bite to eat to bring or a bottle of wine , sit on the cliffs and relax. 
    An absolutely beautiful spot to visit. I advise you go around 6pm just in time to watch the sunset. Grab a bite to eat to bring or a bottle of wine , sit on the cliffs and relax.  more »
  • Wonderful place to relax with family and friends with the beautiful scenery .... better come in summer 
    Wonderful place to relax with family and friends with the beautiful scenery .... better come in summer  more »
  • Watched the sun set here our first night in San Diego after a full day of travel. Well worth it. Amazing introduction to the Pacific Ocean and the cliff beaches. Mesmerizing. (Be careful!) 
    Watched the sun set here our first night in San Diego after a full day of travel. Well worth it. Amazing introduction to the Pacific Ocean and the cliff beaches. Mesmerizing. (Be careful!)  more »
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  • The trails here are limited, but they are ok for a quick walk and for sunset views. The real gem is going down the stairs at low tide and exploring. There are plenty of tide pools with little creatures, small beaches to enjoy and relax, and a lot of hidden gems in the way of sea caves and rock formations that are only exposed and accessible during very low tide. Definitely worth the trip. Go about an hour or two before sunset to explore, and then catch the spectacular sunset and views of the area!
  • Cannot recommend this place enough! Make sure you go well before the sunset if you want to get a good parking spot. But you can easily park in the neighborhood as well. Parking is free even in the lot! I love to take dinner out here or picnic on the beach. NOTE: it is kinda hard to get down to and back up from the beach from the path you can take closest to the entrance of the park. Not sure if there are other entrances that don't require climbing down a rock face.
  • This trail offers a wonderful view of the Pacific. As the name correctly suggests, watching the sun set over the Pacific is a treasured memory. There are some easy to moderate trails around here leading to overlooks over the ocean. There are occasional lizards scampering by the trails to add to the novelty factor. They caution against rattlesnakes but luckily we did not find any on our way.
  • This park has a gorgeous view of the Pacific coast. It's located adjacent to the university nearby with public access to the several lots and trails in the park. The cliffs and vegetation were retouched in a way that was meant to emulate the coastal scenery before it was touched by man according to one of the sign posts. Some of the trails are steep, so be prepared to catch your step in an instant. If you're brave, you can lay down on one of the cliff overlooks but be warned that you will need to be careful getting to any of them. Locals and students were very present throughout the park taking in the beautiful views with surfers present all along the coastal access way found near the park. Come for a view of the sunset, a picnic or simply a walk around.
  • I went on a Tuesday during high tide, but was a very enjoyable experience. Areas were kept clean, not too busy for a weekday, stairs down the water were well maintained. Great views. Fun to watch all the surfers.

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