Watch the Sunset at Sunset Seat in Del Mar

San Diego Del Mar

Added by Alex Anderson

One of the most picturesque locations to watch a sunset in San Diego. An old Torrey Pine has been carved into an artistic bench to sit on while watching the sunset. The cliffs and railroad that run along the state beach also add unique photo opportunities.

In a place in our country where you can take an epic sunset picture nearly everyday, its hard say there is one location tin San Diego that is better than another. I'll let you in my new favorite secret spot to take amazing sunset pictures with a cool piece of art work at the location. Visit the the Southern section of the Torrey Pines State reserve just north of the Torrey Pines State Park to get one of the best Sunsets in San Diego. The piece of artwork was formed when the city of Del Mar decided to cut down an old Torrey Pine due to damage from bark beetles. The city hired Tim Richards, who is know for his famous carvings, to turn the tree into a living piece of art for everyone to enjoy. He created a beautiful piece with a small set of stairs up to the stump and the bench section accented with a gorgeous Red Tail hawk. The Red Tail hawk is the official bird of the Torrey Pines Reserve.

This piece of art work combined with the steep bluffs of Camino Del Mar provide an amazing view at any point of the day, especially during Sunset. Hike along the winding trails though thick Torrey Pines along the cliffs or down to the beautiful beach to get up close and personal with the Pacific. But beware because you have to cross the very active railroad tracks with a train passing every 15 minutes. The tracks combined with the beach and cliffs offer another unique and beautiful photo opportunity. Continue across the bridge for more unique photo opportunities, throw down a blanket with some wine for a romantic date, or grab a beer in Del Mar to cap off an amazing evening.

Directions from San Diego: Old Hwy 101 or North Torrey Pines road turns into S Camino Del Mar the intersection is the bridge that goes over the rail road tracks, another bridge near the state park crosses the outlet from the Los Penasquitos Lagoon. Both offer unique photo opportunities. From San Diego take exit 33B and take a left on Carmel Valley Rd. take Carmel valley all the way to the coast (1.5 miles) and veer right at the first intersection. This will put you on S Camino Del Ray heading north and you will see the Sunset seat on your left after about 200 yards. You have to go to the first stop light in Del mar and make a U-Turn. Park along the side of the road once you can see the ocean. Have fun making unique photos of your own.

Pack List

  • Camera Camera, Camera
  • Snacks or Picnic Food 
  • Wine if its a Romantic Date 
  • Blanket to sit on 
  • Guitar if you're into that 
  • Towel if you surf or swim Water 
  • Head Lamp if you're hiking back from the beach at night 
  • Shoes, but I've done it in Sandals
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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

0.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

200 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic

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4 months ago

Parking Is Tough But Worth It

Such a great little gem right up the road (north) from Torrey Pines. You can park on the side of the road and meander down to your own little cliff side spot. Bring a blanket/ jacket and make a picnic or grab a burrito or pizza from the near by restaurants and watch the sunset.

4 months ago

Added by Alex Anderson

I grew up hunting and fishing the back woods of Louisiana all winter, and backpacking the mountains all summer. I try to spend every free moment skiing, backpacking, fishing or finding an adrenaline rush!

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