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Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

San Diego CA, San Diego, California 92107 USA

Free to Visit
Open Now
Wed 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair
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“expansive ocean views”

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park (SCNP) is a 68-acre City of San Diego regional park which extends 1½ miles along the Point Loma peninsula's western shoreline. This unique coastal environment features expansive ocean views, dramatic cliff formations and caves, a fascinating intertidal area, and native coastal sage scrub habitat which provides connectivity to the adjacent Point Loma Ecological Reserve. Sunset Cliffs has long served as an attraction for San Diego residents as well as national and international visitors.The 18-acre Linear Section extends from Adair Street on the north to Ladera Street on the south and is bordered on the east by Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. The fifty acre Hillside Section extends from Ladera Street south to the Navy property and is bordered by Point Loma Nazarene University on the east.The Hillside Section can be accessed at the corner of Ladera Street and Cornish Drive or through the Lomaland entrance from Catalina Boulevard.

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  • 3 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
March 26, 2014

Great sunset views for photographers. My favorite spot. The red rock contrasts nicely against the blue water and sky. There's several trails down to the coves, none are easy. Big with the surfers. Theres hiking trails as well and it's pretty dog friendly. There's tons of little places to explore too but be mindful of the tide. You can also see humpbacks migrating from here at certain times of the year, as well as dolphins, seals and sea lions.

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Dave Doster

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September 30, 2014
Rated 5.0

Like sunsets in the ocean? OK. How about cliffs, perfectly lit by that sunset? How about if we add surfers in the sunset? Good? Nay! It's Greeaaaaat!!! Pro tip: You don't have to get these super early, parking along the street is not too bad, and they'll be a little walking, but not too bad. Keep an eye on the kids!!!

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June 25, 2014

This is one of my all-time favorite places. It's beautiful and it's free, a good place to relax and let all your cares and worries go away.

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February 19, 2016

This is by far the best sunset in San Diego. Pack a blanket and sit on the edge of America watching the sun set into the ocean.

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October 25, 2014
Rated 5.0

Try to park at the end and find your way down onto the beaches. You'll thank me later.

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October 12, 2014
Rated 5.0

We heard about the glory of the sunset at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, so being romantic, we decided to visit and see it ourselves.

The cliff is steep enough I could rather say, but if you are careful you will enjoy the whole hiking.

The sunset is truly FANTASTIC!!! The sky colors get to change every minute...the background looks like a painting canvas!!

Perfect place for taking your other half!

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Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

San Diego CA
San Diego, California
92107 USA


Open 24 hours today
  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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