Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a spectacular coastal park on the western shoreline of the Point Loma peninsula. Rugged cliffs and cave formations characterize the stunning coastline, which is particularly scenic at sunset. Wander along Sunset Cliffs Boulevard to appreciate the views of the ocean.
Take the steps down to the foot of the cliffs and see the shallow tide pools. Join expert surfers on the epic waves or simply watch their rides. Clamber along the rocks on the beach and spot crabs, shells and other aquatic gems. Delve in and out of the various caves that pockmark the bluffs. Several sandy beaches are also hidden in pockets at the base of the rock formations. Work on your tan and cool down with a dip in the ocean.
From the top of the bluffs, you may be able to spot gray whales migrating from the Bering Sea to Baja California between November and April.
Follow the 3-mile (5-kilometer) nature trail that meanders along the coast. Impressive natural formations adorn the path, including the Sandstone Arch and the Cormorant Rock.
Set up a picnic at the top of a rock formation and watch the crashing waves below. Witness some of the weddings taking place at Luscomb Point and Osprey. The former takes its name from a one-time resident known as Happy Luscomb, who used to surf here. Bring a boat and go kayaking in the water, where you may encounter seals and dolphins.
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is in the Sunset Cliffs neighborhood in western San Diego. From the city center, drive west for 7 miles (11 kilometers) to arrive here in about 20 minutes. Travel around the headland to see some of the nearby attractions, including the Cabrillo National Monument, Shoreline Park and the Ocean Beach Pier.
The park is free to enter and open at all times.