Tucked between Ocean Beach and Point Loma, Sunset Cliffs is a picturesque beach community that escapes the commotion of the beaten path. Its shoreline stretches across a magnificent expanse of sandstone vistas, overlooking rugged cliffs and tunneling caves carved by the surf that pounds below. Known for its enchanting sunsets, secluded beaches and spectacular waves, Sunset Cliffs is an inspirational playground for artists, romantics and outdoorsmen alike.
Intimate nuances mark the terrain above the cliffs. In some areas, the sandstone has eroded to create giant archways and holes that filter light through the tops of sea caves. At the northern end of Sunset Cliffs, rock climbers can be found scaling the retaining wall near Osprey Point. Just south, near the second parking lot on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, a 20-foot bluff overhangs a deep cove that fills during high tide. Here, cliff jumpers can be found testing their might with a relatively safe landing area.
During low tide, the shoreline transforms to expose tide pools rich with life. Visitors can walk the reef and observe starfish, sea anemones and crabs in their natural states. Secret beaches also appear as the tide recedes, providing enclosed getaways ideal for those looking to fulfill their romantic fantasies.
The reefs that line the Sunset Cliffs coastline pick up any north / northwest swell, pitching some of San Diego’s cleanest and longest waves at a variety of breaks. It is a surfer’s playground, and the surf culture is among the only human trace visitors will encounter in the captivating landscape.