Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
Location: Sunset Cliffs Blvd
Point Loma, San Diego, CA
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Dedicated in 1983, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a 68-acre resource based park stretching along the Pacific Ocean bordering the western edge of Point Loma. The 18-acre linear section of this San Diego park lies to the west of Sunset Cliffs Blvd. between Adair and Ladera Streets. The park has two beaches, one at the north end near Adair Street and the other below Ladera Street.
The 50-acre hillside section, a designated multiple species conservation area, links to the 640-acre Point Loma Ecological Reserve beginning at the Navy property to the south. the park's topography includes intricately carved coastal bluffs, arches and sea caves. Sunset Cliffs affords inspiring panoramic ocean views. From the cliffs, the California Gray Whale can be seen migrating annually from the Bering Sea to Baja California.
Point Loma Ave(Map) Sunset Cliffs Park begins at Sunset Cliffs Blvd and Point Loma Ave, extending south to Ladera Street. There are a handful of parking lots along the bluffs as well as parking along the street. You can walk from one end of the park to the other, taking in spectacular views of the ocean, rocky coastline, and secluded beaches below. Near Adair Street is a very secluded, narrow beach, with tricky access down a steep trail (see photo on right).
(Map) The Ladera Street area is a nice spot for viewing the sunset and sunbathing. Weddings are also permitted for up to 50 people. Just north of Ladera Street is a long stairway going down to the water below, an entry point for surfers. Just south of Ladera Street is a natural park with trails, used to access a narrow, secluded beach below.
Parking is available along the street or at a number of small lots at Sunset Cliffs Park and there are no restrooms available. Take Interstate 8 West to the end, then following Sunset Cliffs Boulevard through Ocean Beach to the cliffs and Ladera Street.
(Map) The Luscomb Point area is named for Happy Luscomb, a local surfing personality, and it is a popular spot for sunset viewing and weddings, which can be permitted for up to 150 people. Luscomb Point is about a quarter mile south of Ladera Street.
Parking is available on the street or at a number of small lots at Sunset Cliffs Park and there are no restrooms available. Take Interstate 8 West to the end, then following Sunset Cliffs Boulevard through Ocean Beach to Sunset Cliffs Park to where the street ends at Hill Street.