Category Archives: Coastal

La Jolla Children’s Pool

Where can you see seals, whales, pelicans, and people all from one spot? The La Jolla Children’s Pool. Situated along the rocky La Jolla coast—arguably the most scenic part of the San Diego coastline—is a small, sandy beach protected by a sea wall built in 1932 known as the Children’s Pool. The curved sea wall was built to provide a

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Tijuana River Estuary

The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve is a great way to escape the city and experience the unique world of a protected river estuary. Situated on 2,500 acres between Imperial Beach and the U.S.-Mexico border, the Tijuana Estuary is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and the California State Parks. Border

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Coronado Ferry Landing

Coronado Ferry Landing is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown San Diego, and enjoy some light shopping followed by a meal at a number of restaurants with great panoramic views of the San Diego skyline. If you’re not up for a full-blown harbor cruise, hop on the Coronado Ferry from Broadway Street ($4.75 each way)

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Imperial Beach Pier & Farmer’s Market

If you haven’t been to Imperial Beach lately, the certified farmer’s market every Friday afternoon may be just the impetus you need to head down there. Imperial Beach—affectionately known as “IB”—is in the midst of a renaissance of its own making. For several years now, the city has been making a concerted effort to make its waterfront more appealing and

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Torrey Pines State Reserve

If you’re into hiking, rare trees, towering cliffs, sweeping panoramic views, the ocean, beaches, salt marshes, and waterfowl, then Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve (not park) is for you. Why the distinction between a reserve and park? Well, the Torrey pine is found in only two places, Torrey Pines Natural Reserve and Santa Rosa island, and because it is so

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Border Field State Park

Tucked away on the most southwestern point in the continental United States is the 800-acre Border Field State Park. As its name implies, its southern border is the U.S.–Mexico border. Like many things in San Diego, the park is diverse in its offerings. The park is part of the larger Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, which also includes the Tijuana Slough

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Torrey Pines Gliderport

You can watch thrill-seekers get their adrenaline rushes as they run off a cliff high above the Pacific Ocean—strapped into a hang glider or parasail—at the Torrey Pines Gliderport. The on-shore winds and cliffs above the beach create an excellent updraft for hang gliders and parasailers to soar on as they fly up and down the coast. If you want to

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Cabrillo National Monument

More often than not, Cabrillo National Monument is the first place that I take my out-of-town visitors. The expansive views of both the Pacific Ocean and the city are a great way to orient someone to the city. Cabrillo National Monument is part of the National Park Service and is San Diego County’s only national park. The history presented spans nearly 500

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