San Diego’s Sunset Cliffs an uncommon Coastal Wonder

May 11, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Have you ever visited a place that literally draws you in, to experience the exceptional wonders of nature to the extent that you’re part of it?

That’s exactly how I felt at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park in San Diego. Dedicated in 1983, Sunset Cliffs is a 68-acre park stretching along the Pacific Ocean bordering the western edge of Point Loma.

Of its 68 acres, 15 of them are part of the linear park that borders Sunset Cliffs Blvd., between Adair and Ladera Streets.

As I was standing at the top of the cliffs looking down, the sounds and smell of the ocean are like looking into a blue lagoon–its tranquil beauty, plangent sound of the surf, and its deep blues and aquatint are what draws me constantly toward the ocean.

The Perfect place to relax

When the park was created, the Sunset Cliffs Recreation Council adopted the following mission statement:

To Create a Park where people can enjoy San Diego’s natural coastal environment as it once was, free from the effects of man and intended to inspire the user to reflect on the grandeur of the sea, and the beauty of the cliffs that are Point Loma.

With a 50 foot drop along most of the cliffs, and the waves breaking with ease and grace, sightseers aren’t the only people using this park.

Surfers, fishermen, walkers, joggers, and bikers all enjoy the benefits of Sunset Cliffs.

The 53-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.

At the corner of Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and Ladera Street is Garbage Beach, named for the large amounts of odiferous kelp among its rocks.

Not a beach in the true sense of the word, it’s a launching place for the surfers and beach walkers—it’s more like a Paradise.

So you have a better idea of what I’m talking about, here’s a photo:

Paradise Found

At this location, I’m standing 50ft above the beach but I’m floating a million miles high.

When Travelin’ Local in San Diego—a trip to Sunset Cliffs Park just might take you to a faraway place, but one that you can repeatedly visit.

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