Where can you get the best view of San Diego?

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Jennifer Kester

You don’t have to search far to find amazing ocean views in San Diego. Get a glimpse of waves crashing into the rugged coastline at Point Loma’s Sunset Cliffs, La Jolla Shores and Encinitas’ Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage and Meditation Gardens (it sounds random, but if you are respectful to the occasional temple members meditating on the flower-filled grounds, you’ll be rewarded with an amazing bluff-side vista). But my favorite place to take in the nearly picture-perfect scenery is at the Hotel Del Coronado. Whether you sit on the patio at Sheerwater restaurant and dine on wild sea bass, enjoy a glass of crisp white at Eno Wine Bar’s outdoor lounge or huddle near a fire pit on the long sun deck, you’ll overlook Coronado Beach — one of the city’s best sandy spots. The red-turreted iconic hotel, ocean breeze, gold-flecked sand and sun setting over the Pacific help make the quintessential San Diego experience. 

Julia Weiler

For amazing views of the Pacific Ocean in a lush and lovely setting visit the Self Realization Meditation Gardens at 215 West K Street in Encinitas.  This hidden gem sits high on a bluff top above crashing waves and offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of North County. 

Guests can wander through gardens dotted by koi ponds and meandering streams while taking in sweeping vistas of the shimmering sea.  Mature shade trees offer respite from the sun while an ambiance of quiet tranquility soothes body, mind and soul.  The Self Realization Gardens are open to the public at no charge.   If you visit, be sure to take your camera and perhaps a snack.  You may want to stay awhile.


When it comes to beautiful views the city by the bay has plenty to offer.  Whether it’s sea gazing from the balcony of an oceanfront resort, viewing the coastal landscape from the crest of a hiking trail or scanning the skyline from the deck of a sailboat, there are countless ways to drink in San Diego’s spectacular scenery. 

While there are many viewpoints to choose from, the Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma offers some of the best.  Visitors to the park may take in amazing panoramas of the Pacific Ocean, Point Loma’s dramatic coastline and awesome views of the harbor along with vistas of the city of San Diego. 

Beyond the magnificent lookouts, the park offers much more to do and see.  Stop in at the Visitor center to gather information and check out exhibits.  From there the Old Point Loma Lighthouse is just quick trek away.  Continue south and discover Whale Overlook where you can scout for spouts on the horizon or gaze back at the lighthouse set against the glittering sea.

Other highlights include tide-pooling, self-guided coastal hikes and bird watching.  Cabrillo National Monument is open 364 days a year, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  The park is closed Christmas Day, December 25th.

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