• Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Beach
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Beach

Type: Beaches, Family Friendly, Outdoor Activities, Parks

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Along the bluffs overlooking the sea, there are eight miles of trails through this state natural reserve that are perfect for a romantic hike (note that no food or drinks are allowed). Due to...  Read More


  • Romantic Things to Do: "The nation's rarest pine calls natural reserve home. The view is spectacular. Dolphins and whales can often be seen while hiking."
  • Free Things to Do: "Keep an eye out for street parking to avoid paying for the lot."
  • Parks: "The trails in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve are excellent for kids and leisurely walks."
  • Beaches: "Due to state budget cuts, the beach has suffered removal of some conveniences (like trash cans) BUT it's still one of San Diego's finest and worth a visit."
  • Sightseeing: "The park and beach are great for families. To visit the park, you just need to buy a parking pass otherwise admission is free."
  • Outdoor Activities: "A morning walk or jog through Torrey Pines State Reserve is a great way to start the day."
  • Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: Hike peacefully through the beautiful reserve, hand-in-hand amid ocean breezes.
  • Best for Free Things to Do Because: The nation's rarest pine tree calls this state park home. The view is spectacular as dolphins and whales can often be seen while hiking.
  • Best for Parks Because: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is thought to be one of the wildest stretches of land left in the state.
  • Best for Beaches Because: Pair a hike through Torrey Pines State Park with a dip in the ocean next door. Life doesn't get much better than that!
  • Best for Sightseeing Because: The park is like an oasis in the city with spectacular views and a chance to see the flora and fauna of coastal San Diego.
  • Best for Outdoor Activities Because: It's easy to explore the park and then hit the beach afterward. Views are stunning.

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