If you’re a skilled surfer in search of some of the largest waves San Diego has to offer, stop by the beaches at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Rent a surfboard and head to the beach for an unforgettable experience. There’s even a beach named after a local surfing legend, further cementing Sunset Cliffs’ deep roots in San Diego’s surfing culture.
As the name implies, the geography here is very cliffy, with many bluffs, sea caves, and rock formations both along the shoreline and in the ocean. You might not have much luck trying to sunbathe here, but the conditions are perfect for more experienced surfers looking for an exciting test of their skills.
If you’re interested in watching expert surfers but you’re not ready for the Sunset Cliffs waves just yet, you can take lessons at a nearby surf school to get the hang of surfing in a more controlled environment.
While surfing is the primary draw of the beaches, low tide often brings a lull in surfing. It’s the perfect time to walk the beach and look for tide pools, where you can see the different aquatic creatures normally hiding under the waves.
You can also walk the park’s hiking trails, or grab a pair of binoculars and try to catch a glimpse of the California grey whales that migrate through the area.
The best time of year to see the whales in December to April but it is possible to see them any time of the year. It’s truly a sight to behold and something not to miss on your visit to San Diego. Grab a spot on the cliffs and look out to sea or join a whale watching tour for your best shot at catching this once in a lifetime event!