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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Jemlnlx
Bronx, NY5,331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Spectacular sunsets!!!

Parking can be tough...especially as your approach sunset time.

The limited lots fill up quickly but there is a decent amount of street parking along Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and nearby side streets.

We arrived to the area about 30 minutes before sunset and although the lots were full, we got parking on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. I would expect it may be a little tougher on the weekends or during peak vacation times.

Be sure to give yourself some time to walk along Sunset Cliffs Blvd. as there are multiple cliffs and coves offering a variety of views throughout sunset.

As expected...once th sun has set...traffic to leave the area is a bit rough.
Written April 29, 2024
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wennitiong
Kuching, Malaysia170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
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. :)
Written March 2, 2024
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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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Astrobeemer
Vancouver, Canada1,176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
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 .
Written December 5, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Natalie H
San Diego, CA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
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 ;)
Written November 27, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

VegEcoFriendly
77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Sunset cliffs is a wonderful place to see the sunset. Parking is tight. These are cliffs so don’t expect a sandy beach. Can spend couple of hours relaxing a and watching the sunset.
Written November 23, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mary Ann D
Avon Lake, OH112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
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!
Written October 4, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Erika B
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
A short Uber ride to a view I’ll never forget. Wear comfortable shoes.
Grateful to the state for making it the peoples land. The views are magnificent.
Written September 25, 2023
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gussterling
Miami, FL80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Excellent place to see a sunset, picturesque cliffs or a casual stroll along the cliffs. The chill in the air made for a memorable evening as well.
Written July 26, 2023
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LarsieB
Denver, Colorado, USA1,780 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This is a lovely area to walk around and see some beautiful Californian coastline. Be sure to have a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, water and good walking shoes if you want to walk around this area (not simply sit in your car and look out towards the ocean). It's a very exposed area and gets hot, as well the ground is sandy and dusty so having comfortable walking shoes is a good idea unless you don't mind your feet getting a little dirty. This is a great location to take some scenic photographs too.
Written July 16, 2023
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