It’s an amazing, one-of-a-kind coastal cliffside park overlooking the Pacific Ocean. From the beach to the bluffs, there are many things to do and see from this unique vantage point. This article will explore just a few of these activities and more!
Sunset Cliffs is an award-winning urban park located in San Diego’s Point Loma area. The goal of Sunset Cliffs is to be a place for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy outdoor recreation while protecting native species habitat and wildlife corridors along our coastline. It offers miles of trails with spectacular views as well as educational programming that includes lectures, guided walks, workshops on topics such as birding or tidepooling, kayaking lessons and bird-watching outings. There are also tidepools to explore, a visitor center and of course, the ocean for surfers, swimmers and sunbathers. The park’s beach is one of the most popular in San Diego with its easy accessibility from Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.
Sunset Cliffs Park is located at 1200 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard in Point Loma at the junction of North Coast Highway 101 and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. It is open daily from dawn to dusk and parking is free.
Sunset Cliffs Park offers an abundance of activities for visitors and here are a few we recommend trying when you visit!
Climb the stairs to the top of Sunset Cliffs at low tide to find amazing wildflowers and sweeping views of the ocean. For best viewing, go in early morning or late afternoon when the light shines on the wildflowers and is best for photos.
Take a tidepooling tour to see sea stars, anemones, nudibranchs, crabs, sea urchins and other marine animals in their natural habitat.
Play in the ocean surf at low tide while you watch for sea life and try to surf (or bodyboard) yourself!
Surfers, bodysurfers, boogie boarders and paddle boarders of all skill levels can enjoy the smooth-breaking waves that are offered at Sunset Cliffs. The beach is well suited for beginning surfers with a gentle slope leading into calm waters near the shore. For these reasons, Sunset Cliffs is also a favorite spot for families and children because the surf is never too big and it’s shallow enough at low tide that even little ones can play safely in the water.
Visit the Sunset Cliffs Visitor Center to see an exhibit on coastal habitats, touch tidepool animals, find out more about the plants and animals you see while exploring Sunset Cliffs.
Watch sea lions that frequent Sunset Cliffs during their pupping season from May through August. There are also numerous birds including Western Gulls, seagulls and cormorants to watch for throughout the year.
If you’re looking for a coastal cliffside park with plenty of activities to keep both adults and children entertained, Sunset Cliffs Park is the perfect destination. Whether you want to climb the stairs at low tide or go on a guided tour, there’s something here for everyone!