Torrey Pines State Reserve
For relaxing and beautiful hikes check out Torrey Pines State Reserve. The Guy Fleming Trail offers breathtaking views as it skirts along the cliffs overlooking the ocean. An insider tip: An hour before sunset, the admission price is cut in half.
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is the best place to check out, what else -- sunsets. Arrive early in the day to explore the tide pools and bluffs. If you want to feel like a local, bring a kite to fly. Whale watching from the cliffs is possible during early spring and of course, spectacular sunsets most evenings.
Seals of La Jolla Beach
No visit to San Diego is complete without a visit to see the seal habitat in La Jolla Beach. La Jolla Friends of the Seals is an animal rights organization committed to protecting the seals in the local area. Their website offers the best tips to watching the majestic sea creatures while not disturbing their environment and keeping both humans and seals safe.
Point Loma Tide Pools
The Point Loma Tide Pools in Cabrillo National Monument are some of the most beautiful on the California coast thanks to their protected status. This window into the fragile marine ecosystem can be found of the western side of Point Loma. Ranger-guided tours are available during low tide, so your exploration can be informative with the least amount of environmental impact.