The treasures of the San Diego coast include beautiful beaches, great surf, entertaining seals, rocky shores, tide pools, gorgeous sunsets and more.
Coronado Island is a beautiful setting with lovely beaches and the famous Hotel del Coronado (known as the “del”). Built in 1888, it has hosted many presidents and other famous people.
La Jolla Shores is another beautiful beach. While in La Jolla we visited the seals one more time, we just love them!
Cabrillo National Monument, named after Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Spaniard who came ashore in 1542, has a spectacular location with 360-degree views, cliffs and tide pools full of surprises. There are even areas where you can sit and spot gray whales as they migrate.
The park offers hiking, historical exhibits (at the visitor center), a lighthouse and more. It’s also dog friendly, although dogs are not allowed in the visitor center.
We happened to be in the area right around the time of the new moon when the tide is particularly low (the tide is also very low around the full moon). So we chose to explore the tide pools with Angel.
We spotted sea stars, anemone, crabs and other critters. And one potentially stranded sea lion. He was on the higher rocks during low tide, so the volunteers were going to keep an eye on him to see if he’d be able to get back into the water during high tide. If they discovered that he couldn’t, they planned to contact staff from Sea World to rescue him.
Another beautiful setting is on the Sunset Cliffs, offering more spectacular views of the coastline as well as a gorgeous beach below.
We’d bought Angel her own beach umbrella so she could have access to shade and brought it along.
The more we explore the coast of San Diego, the more treasures we continue to find.