Catch a Sunset at Sunset Cliffs

Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, California, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Romantic
Scenic

Amazing sunset views over the Pacific. Great spot to watch the surf. Accessible parking. Close proximity to town.

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park area is a 68-acre park on the western edge of Point Loma. The cliffs overlook the Pacific, creating a great spot to take in the sunset. If you head to the parking lot off of Sunset Cliffs, you can get a great view from Pappy's Point. Try to get there a bit before the sunset if you want to snag a spot in the parking lot. There is also additional parking further south in the Natural Park if this lot is overcrowded.

If you're taking a special someone there for the sunset, head to the The Joint before or after to grab a bite and a drink or two.

Photos:Justin Brown; Chad McDonald; Eric Gorski

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Picnic / Blanket
  • Hot chocolate
  • Warm layers
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A beautiful view after a long day. Great friends, in a great city and the perfect weather. It's very easy to locate and worth the travel.

9 months ago
9 months ago

I did not visit sunset cliffs at the best time of year, but it was a really neat spot! Great spot for photos and fun for family's if you scramble down closer to the water, you can find crabs, urchins, and small fish in the tide pools. I'm hoping to visit again in September.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

I love how accessible this place is. I would love to come back and lay a blanket, have a picnic, and just enjoy the sunset.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Great spot for shooting portraits, engagements, or to just wander along the cliffs at sunset. If you start at the north end, it makes for a great run out to Point Loma as well.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

There are plenty of places to park and enjoy the sunset. Just bring your camera, some snacks and find a little place all to yourself. The farther in you go (towards the campus) the more secluded it will be...hopefully

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

I totally recommend this adventure

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

The beach is way more dramatic at high tide! At low tide, you can walk along the rocks and giant piles of kelp, looking for shells. It's one of the better places in SoCal for a sunset!

almost 3 years ago
almost 3 years ago

Perfect place for a first date and/or anniversary...based on my personal experience :)

almost 3 years ago
almost 3 years ago

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