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  • noxiousburrito
    Ann Arbor, MI257 contributions
    This is a must see attraction.

    PROS: The sea lions sure have a lot to say. The seals are super cute. The waves crashing are amazing. The birds are beautiful. Fairly nice public restrooms.

    CONS: Lots of stairs and hills to get to area. These beasts smell terrible. Birds are pooping everywhere.

    Would love to come back when I have more energy to fully explore the area.
    Written 21 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Hari A
    Delta, Canada632 contributions
    San Diego has scenic areas. The National Veterans Memorial brings back memories with great scenery around.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • noxiousburrito
    Ann Arbor, MI257 contributions
    Fantastic park and walk. Lots of full sun and shady cool places. Lots to adventure through. Beautiful architecture. Wish I could spend a few days in the park.
    Written 21 May 2022
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  • southerncaligirl72
    California703 contributions
    Someone recommend us coming here so we checked the tides so we could be on the beach at the lowest tide. We came on Easter Sunday and man was it busy!! The beach is amazing here! There is so much to see and explore. A must see!
    Written 6 May 2022
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  • Ted W
    7 contributions
    The glideport between La Jolla and Del Mar is maybe my favorite place on earth. You have RC Gliders flying their planes on one end and Paragliders and Ultra-Light aircraft on the other end of this high field overlooking the ocean at Black Beach the only clothing optional beach in the San Diego area. Wow what a fun place. Do Not miss this !!
    Written 5 April 2022
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  • Michelle G
    6 contributions
    This is a great place to visit in the early spring to see harbor because the harbor seals give birth on the beach. The beach is closed off for humans, but you can walk along the sea wall to get a better look at the animals.

    I have also been at other parts of the year, where this is a good sheltered place to enter the water for scuba diving and snorkeling.
    Written 24 April 2022
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  • Jlc5442
    Watertown, CT46 contributions
    An absolutely beautiful spot to visit. I advise you go around 6pm just in time to watch the sunset.
    Grab a bite to eat to bring or a bottle of wine , sit on the cliffs and relax.
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • PatriciaPhillips33
    Sterling, VA9 contributions
    January 2022 I made a dive to the La Jolla Caves through SCUBA San Diego. It was great. As an older, east coast boat diver, who had never done a shore entry in surf conditions, I had a wonderful time in a completely new environment (and temperature).

    Shore entry in surf was new to me, and I had a free-flow from my second reg. The life guards immediately notified me of the situation -- nice to have over-watch. The dive was shallow, about 25-30 feet max, but it's a great experience having seals zipping around you as you enjoy the other underwater life. The "caves" are really a swim-through. We had lots of surge, but I wouldn't have missed it.

    SCUBA San Diego provides good service, a great guide, and were very flexible.
    Cole (my guide) is an accomplished diver and a great guide. I enjoyed the kelp, sea lions, fish, and everything else along with the caves. I had scheduled a follow-on night dive with Cole at La Jolla Canyon, but a last minute conflict I forced me to call the dive. Ron (the owner of SCUBA San Diego) had no problems sending me a certificate for full credit for the next time (soon, I hope) I come out. Being in business since 1968, I felt very comfortable accepting the certificate. All-in-all, a great experience. The Caves make for a great dive and I highly recommend SCUBA San Diego! And HIGHLY recommend Cole.
    Chris P.
    Written 2 February 2022
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  • Ted W
    7 contributions
    If you are in La jolla you just have to visit Wind-And-Sea Beach which is located right a the water's edge of WestBorne avenue in downtown La Jolla where the surfers ride the most dangerous surf, around huge boulders, some partially submerged and some half visible in the crashing surf. Its a trip not to be missed.
    Written 5 April 2022
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  • Christopher D
    Fairfield, Australia32 contributions
    I visited here during a one week stay in San Diego. The location isn’t exactly right next to the tram station, however, is within walking distance for those who are relatively fit and can stand the heat. There are a large variety of retailers here including major brands such as Nike, Adidas, Footlocker, Asics, Nautica and others. It’s a great location for having so many outlet stores in one spot and the prices are generally great! There were some food and drink options available though some of these had shut for the day (I did visit on the 2nd January though) or didn’t open at all. Overall a good experience and next time I’m in San Diego I’d happily visit again to snap up some bargains!
    Written 13 May 2019
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  • Miguel Jefferies
    2 contributions
    Spectacular temple. Looks like something strait out of fairy tale. Be sure to bring your family and a good camera.
    Written 27 February 2022
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  • teresadoyle1
    New Albany, MS62 contributions
    Traveled across this bridge on our trolley tour and I was amazing! Such a beautiful structure! Coming back the other way we got to see the naval base.
    Written 16 May 2022
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  • mynameisD
    Portland, OR727 contributions
    This is a large grassy area that overlooks the ocean. you can see and hear the sea lions, harbor seals and the pelicans. The park is a great place for dogs and kids. There is a walkway around the entire area.
    Written 16 January 2022
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  • Travelswell4fun
    central florida445 contributions
    Little Italy was great to go to. We ate at Mona Lisa's and enjoyed it immensely. The jets coming into SAN fly so close to the buildings!!! So much fun. Great wines and different places made it an enjoyable evening for all.
    Written 28 March 2022
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  • paul s
    3 contributions
    i go there to see many of the ucsd doctors. they are very qualified and nice to talk to. i highly recommend them. especially Shiley eye center.
    Written 21 October 2021
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