Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
As the name suggests, this park’s rugged coastline features magnificent ocean views at sunset. Don’t miss the chance to explore the tide pools—be careful as some parts of the climb down can be uneven and steep. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is also a great spot to see gray whales passing by on their migration. There are drinking fountains throughout the park, but there aren’t any food establishments nearby—pack lunch as it’s a perfect spot for picnics. Expect crowds approaching sunset, and parking can be tricky late afternoon. You can take a bus there from Old Town instead of driving. – Tripadvisor
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  • James S
    Rockport, Texas4 contributions
    Interesting view of WWII on the western coast.
    Dress accordingly because sometimes it is quite warm but changing from inside to outside or from bay side to ocean side temperatures can change quite rapidly. It was a bit crowded but there was still plenty to see and do. Really gives an insight into the life of a light house keeper and their families as well as the chores that can with being a military outpost and watch center due world tensions.
    Visited July 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2023
  • 484MeganG
    Lake Geneva, Wisconsin103 contributions
    Beautiful and stunning
    We went to Sunset Cliffs on a cloudy gloomy, chilly day, however it was still amazing. The flowers were blooming, the surfers were surfing and the views are incredible. We couldn't figure out how the surfers get out there- so we finally saw one guy come out to surf and asked him if we could watch him jump off the cliff. Highly recommend! There are so many areas to go watch the sunsets!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 May 2023
  • Steve K
    Hyde Park, New York72 contributions
    Great place to soak in the ocean scenes, including surfers and whales
    My first exposure to SCNP was when I lived in San Diego a few years ago. I went surfing there, and when I left the water, a pod of gray whales was cruising offshore! I went back again in March this year; no whales, but some pretty good waves (only to watch this time). It's in the category of "almost a must do" when visiting San Diego.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 20 May 2023
  • Mary Ann D
    Avon Lake, Ohio78 contributions
    Beautiful
    Lovely way to spend an evening watching the sun set over San Diego. Bring a supper and something nonalcoholic to drink (alcohol is forbidden but saw plenty of bottles and doesn’t seem like anyone is policing) and lawn chairs if you can OR come early and do back in parking and sit in your hatchback and watch. Bring a jacket as it is quite breezy and chilly in October. You can walk the shoreline and the views are beautiful but come early as parking lots fill up quickly. There will be quite a few folks watching with you!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 October 2023
  • Natalie H
    San Diego, California6 contributions
    Best sunsets in SD
    Quintessential San Diego activity! you’ll catch the best sunsets at the cliffs. I brought my pup but made sure to keep him on leash- there is lots of signage warning about unstable cliffs, so be cautious with your furry friends! Parking wasn’t an issue, however I did stop by on a Monday in November ;)
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 November 2023
  • Astrobeemer
    Vancouver, Canada649 contributions
    Beautiful
    What a beautiful place to take in the natural beauty of the California coast. Even during a May Grey day it was amazing to smell the ocean, listen to the waves and the birds and recharge you spirit. The parking can get tricky but it depends on the time of the day .
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 December 2023
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sam w
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Solo
The traffic was horrendous getting to the cliffs and leaving after sunset. I can see why this was listed as number one at one point, but it seems that the masses have caught on, and the shoulder to shoulder line up of people more interested in their selfies than the sunset itself, really ruined the vibe for me. Its weird, I visited about 5-6 years ago and there was probably 1/4 of the people.
Written 3 January 2024
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Astrobeemer
Vancouver, Canada649 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
What a beautiful place to take in the natural beauty of the California coast. Even during a May Grey day it was amazing to smell the ocean, listen to the waves and the birds and recharge you spirit. The parking can get tricky but it depends on the time of the day .
Written 5 December 2023
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Natalie H
San Diego, CA6 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Quintessential San Diego activity! you’ll catch the best sunsets at the cliffs. I brought my pup but made sure to keep him on leash- there is lots of signage warning about unstable cliffs, so be cautious with your furry friends!

Parking wasn’t an issue, however I did stop by on a Monday in November ;)
Written 27 November 2023
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VegEcoFriendly
40 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Sunset cliffs is a wonderful place to see the sunset. Parking is tight. These are cliffs so don’t expect a sandy beach. Can spend couple of hours relaxing a and watching the sunset.
Written 23 November 2023
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Mary Ann D
Avon Lake, OH78 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Lovely way to spend an evening watching the sun set over San Diego. Bring a supper and something nonalcoholic to drink (alcohol is forbidden but saw plenty of bottles and doesn’t seem like anyone is policing) and lawn chairs if you can OR come early and do back in parking and sit in your hatchback and watch. Bring a jacket as it is quite breezy and chilly in October. You can walk the shoreline and the views are beautiful but come early as parking lots fill up quickly. There will be quite a few folks watching with you!
Written 4 October 2023
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Erika B
3 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
A short Uber ride to a view I’ll never forget. Wear comfortable shoes.
Grateful to the state for making it the peoples land. The views are magnificent.
Written 25 September 2023
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gussterling
Miami, FL83 contributions
Jul 2023
Excellent place to see a sunset, picturesque cliffs or a casual stroll along the cliffs. The chill in the air made for a memorable evening as well.
Written 26 July 2023
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LarsieB
Denver, Colorado, USA1,533 contributions
Jun 2023
This is a lovely area to walk around and see some beautiful Californian coastline. Be sure to have a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, water and good walking shoes if you want to walk around this area (not simply sit in your car and look out towards the ocean). It's a very exposed area and gets hot, as well the ground is sandy and dusty so having comfortable walking shoes is a good idea unless you don't mind your feet getting a little dirty. This is a great location to take some scenic photographs too.
Written 16 July 2023
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dolittledigger
michigan957 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Make the stop though parking can be hard. We lucked out right off the road during a holiday weekend.
We walked down the walking trail and took the stairs down the cliff area to see tide pools.
Beautiful area to chill out
Written 6 July 2023
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Jeannie099
Plymouth, MI35 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Beautiful place to watch the sunset over the cliffs. Parking was difficult. Leaving the area was difficult. Nice place to walk.
Written 25 June 2023
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