Exploring Our Neighborhood’s Natural Beauty — Featuring Point Loma

Many people are absolutely floored by San Diego’s natural beauty, from our pristine beaches to our dramatic mountains and valleys. Indeed, as recognized by countless publications and travel agencies, including Canada’s Flight Network, our city has some of the most picturesque nature in America. Read on for an introduction to five locales where you can appreciate some of this scenery, as well as a bit of information on exactly how you can do so.

Shelter Island (1.2 miles away)

Although Shelter Island itself is man-made, it has become associated with its green spaces, including Pacific Rim Park and the shoreline park that runs the length of the island’s eastern edge. Take in the sweeping ocean views, bike around the trail using our city biking guide, or relax on the sandy urban beach.

Sunset Cliffs (3.1 miles away)

As the name suggests, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is the perfect lookout for viewing sunsets. Dramatic cliffs, caverns, coastal sage scrub, and iridescent shells and rocks scattered throughout the area are among the other spectacular features. You’re right next door to the 650-acre Point Loma Ecological Reserve, home to lovely hiking trails.

Point Loma and Cabrillo National Monument (4.9 miles away)

Point Loma’s natural attractions include dramatic seafront bluffs, several surf breaks, tide pools, kelp beds ideal for scuba diving, and waters where gray whales appear during late winter and spring. You can appreciate many of these sights from some of the cultural attractions in the area, including Liberty Station, the Point Loma Marina, the Point Loma Lighthouse, and Cabrillo National Monument. Point Loma is also home to one of San Diego’s popular secret beaches, Kellogg’s Beach. This sandy spot is a favorite among locals and located right on the harbor.

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La Jolla’s Torrey Pines State Park (16 miles away)

San Diego’s star natural attraction is arguably La Jolla’s Torrey Pines State Park. Visit this beautiful pine-forest oasis between the Penasquitos river valley, Underwater Ecological Reserve, and Pacific Ocean, and enjoy seafront hiking, swimming, sunbathing, and surfing at Black’s Beach. You can also hit the links at the award-winning Torrey Pines golf course, or take a guided tour on weekends.

Plan Your Trip

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