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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  • Mary Ann D
    Avon Lake, Ohio112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Natalie H
    San Diego, California9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 27, 2023
  • Astrobeemer
    Vancouver, Canada1,176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 4, 2023
  • wennitiong
    Kuching, Malaysia170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful sunset!
    There are many people come to this place for sunset viewing. Very romantic! As tourists, we were not so prepared. But I am sure that if we know about this place earlier, we can pack a picnic mat, blanket and find a good spot to enjoy the sunset view with loved one. :)
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 1, 2024
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Celeste M
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This area was crazy! It took us longer to find parking than the actual sunset. The sunsets in San Diego are so quick and beautiful from wherever you see them that driving and parking all the way here wasn't really that worth it
Written March 10, 2023
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Jeri B
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We happened to be able to watch the sunset along Sunset cliffs. IT was spectacular! Just a word of advice: If you are driving, you may have a difficult time finding a parking space. But it is well worth going to see. Go ahead of sunset so you can go down lower on the cliffs, if the tide is out!
Written March 10, 2020
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Beth K
Shawnee, KS1,641 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
My son lives in San Diego and couldn't wait to take me to his favorite spot and it quickly became mine as well. Best views are at low tide when the rocks below become visible, especially when that low tide coincides with sunset.

Climb down the stairs and explore the tide pools and walk along the rocks. Plenty of surfers are here as well, so that is fun to watch as well.

Sunset is magical, but can be a bit crowded. Parking is along the street or in nearby neighborhoods. Everyone seemed to bring their dogs to enjoy the area as well.
Written March 1, 2020
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MrsBray2218
Kentucky232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
This is absolutely a must when visiting San Diego. Make the time to drive here and watch the sun set over the ocean. The cliffs are awe inspiring alone, but add in the spray of the waves crashing and the colors changing from the sun. You won't forget it.
Written March 13, 2021
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sam w
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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 January 3, 2024
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wireless_in_CA
United States7,429 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Located in a residential area it was less crowded over the Thanksgiving holidays. We found parking on a side street and had a short walk back to the cliffs.

The views of the Pacific Ocean were amazing during the day. We could walk all the way to the edge of the cliffs since there were no barriers. We watched a couple surfers as they made their way down and jumped into the ocean to join more riding the waves.

We spent less than half an hour here.
Written December 5, 2022
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OhioArubaLovers
Steubenville, Ohio, USA240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We watched a stunning view on Christmas Eve of the sunset and the waves pounding the cliffs. It was very crowded, but we were able to park in a lot very close to the cliffs. Recommend this to every visitor staying in San Diego.
Written January 4, 2022
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Philb252
Phoenix, AZ47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Beautiful and easily explored park over the ocean. There are several accesses to the beach requiring some hiking or stairs if you want to get to the water. At sunset, the street level gets somewhat crowded so for a more private view, drive up to the end of Stanford Pl and walk in using the trail at the end of the cul de sac , lay out a blanket and enjoy from far above the crowds.
Written March 28, 2022
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ibDonnaI
Schaumburg, IL100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Mesmerizing views of the sunset while picnicking with a loved one. I prearranged a picnic set up prior to travel with sdpicnicstation on Instagram. The set up was gorgeous and the views were spectacular. Preordered a charcuterie board and brought champagne. It was lovely. The Sunset Cliffs Natural park is the best spot to view the sunset. Only downside, is there are no bathrooms.
Written October 31, 2020
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484MeganG
Lake Geneva, WI101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
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!
Written May 6, 2023
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