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Named for its stunning sunset views of the Pacific Ocean and the sheer cliffs that descend to the beaches below, Sunset Cliffs is popular for its surfing spots and cliffside trails enjoyed by hikers. It also boasts Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, a 68-acre city park consisting of the entire strip of land immediately adjacent to the ocean and a larger area of undeveloped park and nature preserve on the south side of the area. The park includes arches, sea caves, and carved coastal bluffs — from the cliffs above, the California Gray Whale can be observed during annual migrations from their summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea in the north to their winter breeding grounds in Baja California in the south.
Bordered by Ocean Beach on the north and the park on the south, Sunset Cliffs is primarily a residential area with many custom homes on tree-lined streets that follow the contours of the cliffs. Many residences in the area are high-end view homes, in keeping with their proximity to the ocean. While close to areas flourishing with shops, restaurants, and bars, Sunset Cliffs represents a relaxed retreat from nearby fast-paced commercial areas.
Two schools, one public and one private, are located within Sunset Cliffs: Sunset View Elementary School, which is part of the San Diego City Schools, and the private elementary/middle Warren-Walker School.
Sunset Cliffs is conveniently located near the heart of San Diego and all its many sights, activities, industries, and facilities. It affords easy access to area hospitals, including UCSD Medical Center, Scripps Mercy, Kaiser Permanente, Alvarado, and Sharp Hospitals, among several other top-notch healthcare facilities. It’s also close to numerous military complexes throughout San Diego, the biotech industry (“Biotech Beach” in La Jolla/Del Mar), and technology companies in Sorrento Valley and North County. Minutes away are shopping malls such as Fashion Valley Mall, Horton Plaza, and University Towne Centre Mall, among others, as well as unique communities such as Little Italy, Hillcrest, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, Mission Hills, La Jolla, Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff by the Sea, Coronado, North Park, South Park, and the Gaslamp District. Take the trolley to a Chargers football game at Qualcom Stadium in Mission Valley or a Padres baseball game at Petco Park in the East Village. If you’re a golfer, there are more golf courses in San Diego County than just about anywhere in the country. Likewise, enjoy a Harbor Cruise for a whale-watching expedition, charter a boat for some sports-fishing, or take advantage of the area’s many yatch clubs, boat slips, and waterfront parks. Additionally, check out adult and baby seals at the rookery at La Jolla Cove, or enjoy bay views and ocean views while strolling through Torrey Pines State Reserve. Water-ski, surf, wind-surf, kite-surf, parasail, or kayak in Mission Bay Park. Play beach volleyball near the Boardwalk, or enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling near Blacks Beach. Hike the mountains of Mission Trails Park, take a historical stroll through San Diego Old Town State Historic Park, or see live theater at one of the area’s many performance venues (including the first-class La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theater, the Old Globe, and the historic Balboa Theatre). Or if it suits you, take a wine tour through some of the region’s many wineries, enjoy spectacular views from atop Mount Soledad, shop at Seaport Village’s numerous retail stores, or take a tour of the Naval aircraft carrier USS Midway. And don’t forget San Diego’s premier gem, Balboa Park, which is home to art galleries, museums, botanical gardens, the Spreckles Organ Pavilion, and of course, the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Everything is within easy reach from Sunset Cliffs!
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