Sunset Cliffs, Point Loma

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San Diego, CA
Sunset Cliffs, Point Loma
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Sunset Cliffs is a wealthy neighborhood with a casual beach feel. Here you can walk a precarious path on cliffs above a set of coves. You will be surrounded by wildflowers while savoring views of the turquoise waters below. You feel like diving in for a swim but no doubt the water is colder than it looks. The road and jogging path hug the cliffs, and several pull-offs provide a place to park and join the joggers. At the southern end of Sunset Cliffs Blvd is the beginning of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, where people stand to watch the surfers riding a fantastic break. Surfers take stairs with metal handrails to access the water. Behind this buzzing scene is the Natural Park with flowers and tall grasses growing wild and a curving path leading up the hill over jagged red cliffs. What a fun place for a hike! Kids will love to let lose after being constricted in the city environment. In spring Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is full to the brim with thousands of yellow and white daisies. It's an incredible place to be! The path along Sunset Cliffs Blvd is also lined with yellow and purple flowers in spring. 

The side streets in Point Loma to the north of Sunset Cliffs Blvd, such as Del Mar Ave, have very cute craftsman houses with little gardens that are sure to delight you! It is particularly lovely to walk here in springtime. Each street ends at various lookouts and beach access points that are fun to explore. 
After, have a meal in the sweet garden area of Peace Pies. Usually I don't like vegan cafes that much but their tuna wrap is wrapped in an amazing green wrap that is so natural and thin. The flavors they create at Peace Pies are delicious! The wrap comes with kale chips that are pure kale with so much flavor! Finish off your meal with a slice of pie such as Lemon Blueberry Pie, all vegan. It tastes so good!
While you're at Point Loma, don't miss out on Cabrillo National Monument where you'll feel like you're on top of the world, looking down on San Diego Bay and Coronado Beach. It is one of the most stunning places in San Diego.
North of Point Loma is the town of Ocean Beach, where partying students choose to live. It has many homeless people and some crime. Dog Beach is a grimey but popular spot by the pier, with little bouquets of yellow flowers on the dunes in springtime. 
If you're hungry, head over to Liberty Station Marketplace in Point Loma, a 14 minute drive away. Here you can have a beer in the koi gardens of Stone Brewing, or a sandwich at Con Pane Bakery, delighting in their tall windows.

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Beachhouses across the street from the coves.

The road and beachhouses and the dirt trail.

Flowers hang from the cliffs, and the water is a perfect shade of blue.

Coves below. Gosh these make you want to swim!

Flowers in abundance at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

Kids run for joy toward the trail at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

Weekend crowd enjoying the lookout at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

Sets roll in at Sunset Cliffs.

Climbing the beach-access stairs at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

Not a bad place to own a house- Carmelo Street at Point Loma.

I love these yellow and white daisies on the cliffs!

A surfer with a hydrofoil board heads out.

Beautiful wave breaking behind yellow daisies.

A surfer floats over the crystal clear water.

Yellow daisies on a cliff over the clear water.

Staircase down, and waves breaking in the distance.

Crown daisy.

Boulder, yellow flowers, and yucca.

Crown daisies and yellow daisies.

Perfect daisies!

Daisies and the sea beyond, in mid-March.

Boulders and yellow flowers as far as the eye can see.

Daisies and purple flowers in the distance.

Yellow flowers and canyons.

Surfers out in the lineup.

Daisies, yellow flowers, palms, and sea.


Wooden post and daisies, with a wave in the background, in March.

Crown daisies are so lovely!

Glassy water in a cove.

Dark rocks in a cove.

A burst of yellow.

So many flowers along the sidewalk!

Black-eyed Susan.

Exploring the tidepools.

Stairs down to the tidepools.

Long staircase down to the water.

Cliff and tidepools.

A family explores the tidepools.

Rocks below the cliffs.

Kelp ball on a rock.

A whole world to explore at the bottom of the stairs.

Layers of rock in two colors.

A crab, and speckled rock.

Longboarder, and sailboat in the distance.

A guy and girl head out into the waves.

Looking down the rocky coastline.

Daisies and rocky coastline.

Fluffy grasses on the cliffs.

The narrow path behind the daisies.

Purple and yellow flowers.

The narrow path along the cliffs.

Purple and yellow bouquets!

The most adorable flowers on the cliff.

Friends having a picnic at the edge of the cliff.

A family walks along.

Golden carpeted cliffs in mid-March!

Wooden bridge.

Purple flowers over a cove.

People on the cliff edge.

Purple and yellow flowers, and people on the cliffs.

Yellow flowers and headland.

Surfer on the end of a headland.

Crown daisies and yellow daisies, with rocky promontary in distance.

Birds flying in unison.

Purple and yellow flowers, and distant headland.

Flowers in a perfect bunch, along the path.

Crown daisy, a perfect sight.

Looking down at mossy tidepools.

Edge of the path.

Twisty tree stump.

Flowers- so many!

Plaque about the ice ages.

Surfers walking the trail.

Flowers and sea, in March.

The canyon is sweet.

The sweetest colors...

Path through an Impressionist color palette.

House with views galore.


Sunset Cliffs are a series of cliffs and coves at the southernmost last few blocks of Sunset Cliffs Blvd in Point Loma. Pull into one of the vehicle pull-offs, or park along the road on Ladera St beside Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Even on the weekend, there is plenty of parking.
There are no restrooms.
Peace Pies, 4230 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107. Open daily 11-8.


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Wed, 30 Sep 2015

I love your page. Reminds me of when I used to live in San Diego. Beautiful people and beautiful city.

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Wed, 07 Jul 2010

Grew up here...miss Texas now!

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Tue, 13 Jul 2010

all time favorite

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Sun, 26 Oct 2014

I jog here almost every day. Love the vistas.

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