Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, San Diego

4.7
#7 of 62 in Parks in San Diego
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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  • Stunning views - what more could you ask for! If you are longing for that perfect vacation picture - this is your place.  more »
  • My husband and I enjoyed a beautiful evening here. We were able to find a parking spot near a bench where we could relax and enjoy both the sunset and the cliffs. After knee surgery, I am not able to ...  more »
  • My family and I stayed about a half a block from here. Very pretty. Easy access. As long as you do not run, you should be good. I had my 3 year old grandson and he did fine but we had a hold of his ha...  more »
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  • This is an amazing place and a little adventure. Lots of people stay on top of the cliffs and take in the view, but some people go down to the beach. The beach is mostly about the adventure of getting there and being among the great scenery. If you’re just looking for a day at the beach, look elsewhere. There are lots of sand fleas and the water tends to be rough and rocky. We wanted an adventure, so we went down to the beach and loved it. It looks like the area is under construction right now, so there is no easy way to get down to the beach. You’ll have to brave a cliff-side path that is pretty steep in some parts or you can take the (closed) staircase and walk across some big rocks. But be mindful of the tide. If you go down for sunset, you’ll have to climb the cliff back up because you won’t be able to get from the beach to the stairs. It all depends on your proclivity for adventure and mild risk. I wouldn’t recommend it for kids necessarily, at least not by yourself. You’ll likely need help. Also, the restrooms are at the top of the cliffs.
  • Beautiful place to watch the sunset and go to the beach right before the sun sets. It was nice to walk up and down the cliffs. Highly recommend if in San Diego! Free parking is available if you can find it. We got there around 7 PM on a Wednesday and had no trouble finding parking.
  • Great place to watch the Sunset on the Pacific Ocean. We arrived 20 minutes before sunset, parked, and whipped out the camera and went to town. We stayed here for about an hour and got some great pictures. I don't think it would be possible to not like this place. I definitely recommend checking this place out particularly if you are in town visiting like we were.
  • Staple to my local runs. Sunset, beach, sand or pavement, you choose! Great place for catching sunsets on the cliffs (duh)!! Bring a blanket and a snack and enjoy a romantic time with your significant other, fam, or friends! Up the street from OB so its a great treat after or before your ventures. Great surf spot also, please don't try if you're a kook.
  • Please don't go to garbage beach. So many sand fleas and ocean spiders and it's so dangerous to climb down the cliffs! You'll break a leg. And there's rocks and jagged formations in the water. So dangerous. Be safe and go to the main beach off Newport. Don't risk your life here. Is beauty worth your life?

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