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5 Best San Diego Lookout Points


There are so many beautiful San Diego lookout points in this city, but what’s the best way to see the area? I’m not referring to the inner portions of the city, but rather the beauty and scenery that surrounds it. By checking out these San Diego lookout pointsyou can witness the stunning views of its sun-drenched beaches, exquisite skylines, and magnificent hillsides.

We know the best views in San Diego. Running one of the top speed boat tours in San Diego, we’ve learned a thing or two over the years. Some San Diego viewpoints are best experienced via water on our speed boat tours while others are on land. It’s not America’s 8th largest city for no reason.

Whether you are here on vacation or you call San Diego home, we hope you will take the time to check out all of these beautiful San Diego lookout points. Some of which you can experience for yourself on our San Diego speed boat tours.

Here’s our list of the 5 best San Diego lookout points!

  1. Sunset Cliffs & Ocean Beach
  2. Meditation Gardens
  3. La Jolla Cove
  4. Coronado Bridge
  5. San Diego Bay
A view of the Sunset Cliffs in San Diego during the day

Photo Credit: Brian Roberts

1. Sunset Cliffs & Ocean Beach

Explore nature’s true beauty and witness breathtaking views with waves crashing into the rocks at this 68-acre natural park. Scour the tide pools filled with all sorts of marine life, such as the cute sea lions. Take a stroll along the sheer sunset cliffs while gazing out on the ocean in all of its glory. If you have the time, Sunset Cliffs is an excellent place to watch a sunrise or sunset.

a close up of a flower garden

Photo Credit: Wonderlane

2. Meditation Garden

Take the stairs to a dirt path through a beautiful garden. Finally, reaching the cliffs above the beach, opening up to a gorgeous view of the ocean. Adventure into the mediation nooks that overlook the Pacific Ocean. This is a must-visit with its diversity of vibrant flowers, mini waterfalls, and koi ponds.

a rocky beach next to the ocean

Photo Credit: Ken Lund

3. La Jolla Cove

Don’t miss out on this charming coastal town surrounded by bluffs. Protected as a marine reserve, it’s full of populations of sea lions and many other types of marine life. It’s one of the most popular spots in San Diego for kayaking, snorkeling, and diving. Here’s a challenge: Find the secret swings hung from the trees that overlook La Jolla and the ocean!

a long bridge over a body of water

4. Coronado Bridge

Crossing over top of the bay area; this one is best taken in on the water, and you can see a beautiful view of the Coronado bridge on our speed boat tour in San Diego! Drive your boat directly under this amazing two-mile landmark. Built-in 1926, this steel-concrete bridge connects the cities of San Diego and Coronado.

A driver and passenger in a speed boat in a speed boat riding along the ocean in San Diego

5. San Diego Bay

Be your own captain and see various spectacular views of the city all in one tour. Our San Diego boat tours take you to all of the best San Diego lookout points. Check them out by the water, and if you’re feeling adventurous, we also offer a go-kart with speed boat and a scooter with speed boat combo tours!


San Diego is a true jewel of Southern California enriched with outdoor adventures, culinary must-haves, and sights you cannot pass up. We wish that in your travels, you’ll understand why it’s so easy to fall in love with. So, which spot will you see first?