State Park in La Jolla

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Between N Torrey Pines Rd and the ocean, and from the Torrey Pines Gliderport to Del Mar, this reserve preserves the last mainland stands of the Torrey pine (Pinus torreyana), a species adapted to sparse rainfall an…
Nature Reserve in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

San Elijo Lagoon

One of the town's main draws is this 979-acre ecological preserve popular with bird-watchers for its herons, coots, terns, ducks, egrets and more than 250 other species. A 7-mile network of trails leads through the …
Nature Reserve in Carlsbad

Batiquitos Lagoon

One of the last remaining tidal wetlands in California, Batiquitos Lagoon separates Carlsbad from Encinitas. A self-guided tour lets you explore area plants, including the prickly pear cactus, coastal sage scrub and…
Park in San Diego

Mission Bay

Just east of Mission and Pacific Beaches is this 7-sq-mile playground, with 27 miles of shoreline and 90 acres of parks on islands, coves and peninsulas. Sailing, windsurfing and kayaking dominate northwest Mission …
Park in Del Mar

Seagrove Park

At the end of 15th St, this park abuts the beach and overlooks the ocean. This little stretch of well-groomed lawn is a community hub and perfect for a picnic.
Park in San Diego

Amici Park