Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
No
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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Coast Boulevard Park is a small stretch of grass and sand overlooking the sea. It is situated between Coast Boulevard and the Pacific Ocean, and if you head north you will quickly come upon beach access. Just steps away is Cuvier Park, dubbed the "Wedding Bowl" due to its popularity as an outdoor wedding venue. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is just down the street from Coast Boulevard Park, and Mount Soledad is less than 2 miles away.

Harbor seals are attracted to the nearby Children's Pool, which is comprised of a seawall that dates back to 1932. Ocean water fills the space behind the wall, forming a perfect place for children to splash around without being inundated by waves. The contractors who built the pool were probably not considering the fact that seals and sea lions would love the pool as much as the children would. Some seal pups have even been born in the Children's Pool. Because they are wild animals, it is inadvisable to approach the seals and sea lions. Coast Boulevard Park is an ideal place to snap some pictures of the congregated creatures from a safe distance. The park also happens to be right near some tide pools. San Diego's beaches are full of these pools, and you can often find acorn barnacles, periwinkle snails, limpets, mussels, lined shore crabs, and even lobsters at low tide. You will also find seaweed, which acts as shelter for some creatures and food for others. Whether you are a resident of San Diego looking for a nice place to take in the view of your city's coastline or a visitor encountering San Diego's beauty for the first time, Coast Boulevard Park is well worth a visit. The best time of day to visit is just before sunset so that you can watch the sun sink into the horizon.

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Fantastic sunsets. Easy access. Near tide pools and beach. Free parking.

Cons

None.

Features

ADA accessible
Tide pools
Wildlife
Wildlife
Bird watching
Tide pools

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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