Tucked between sandstone cliffs, La Jolla Cove is one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California. One of the gentlest beaches in the area, La Jolla Shores, is perfect for novice scuba divers and families alike. A popular viewing spot for harbor seals, Children's Pool boasts panoramic views and a picturesque beach. And Windansea Beach is an ideal stop if you're looking to catch some waves.
For a quick escape, head to the hills, valleys, and open spaces of the 5,800-acre Mission Trails Regional Park. For more tranquility, head to Cabrillo National Monument to explore the natural and cultural history of San Diego. Or, head to the largest state park in California, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, for 500 miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas, and miles of trails. If ocean views are what you're after, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is perfect for peaceful walks on the beach.