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Nicholson Point Park

San Diego Metro Area, California

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  • Sunset at Nicholson Point Park.- Nicholson Point Park
  • Sunset at Nicholson Point Park.- Nicholson Point Park
  • Shaded shelter overlooking the ocean.- Nicholson Point Park
  • Rock formations host tide pools.- Nicholson Point Park
  • Snowy egret.- Nicholson Point Park
  • After a surf session.- Nicholson Point Park
  • Rock formations host tide pools.- Nicholson Point Park
  • Rock formations host tide pools.- Nicholson Point Park
  • Rock formations host tide pools.- Nicholson Point Park
  • - Nicholson Point Park
  • Some small sandy stretches with kelp.- Nicholson Point Park
  • Rock formations host tide pools.- Nicholson Point Park
  • Stairs leading to Coast Boulevard.- Nicholson Point Park
  • - Nicholson Point Park
  • Striations in the rock formations.- Nicholson Point Park
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Pros: 
Interesting rock formations. Great bird watching. Easy access.
Cons: 
Parking may be limited. Not many sandy stretches.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

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Just south of the more heavily trafficked La Jolla Cove is a small and unassuming shoreline with lots to see. The smooth rock formations at Nicholson Point Park contain pits, faults, and crevasses that host tide pools and provide resting places for many sea birds. Parking is less crowded along the residential Coast Boulevard than it is in the commercial area to the north. Look for the stairway down to the sandy beach, or maneuver down some sandy trails. Although most of the shore is rocky, there are some soft sandy areas which befit a spread blanket and picnic. If lounging or exploring tide pools isn't your thing, there are also options for surfing, swimming, and scuba diving. Take care to watch the surf, as the rocky shore can be dangerous for the inexperienced. Other activities include fishing and photography; the sunsets from this beach are phenomenal. 

Note: Dogs are only permitted on a leash before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. November through March, and after 6 p.m. April through October.

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