San Diego is known for being America’s Finest City and home to never-ending sunshine and beaches. Being here for over 12 years I can surely attest to that. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy here and not only that but San Diego has the most amazing spots for photography. That’s why I’ve created this “Best Photography Spots in San Diego” post so you can know where to go when visiting!
The name speaks for itself. The cliffside phenomenon known as Sunset Cliffs is home to the most beautiful sunset in the world, according to San Diegans. You can walk along the cliffs, post up and watch the droves of Surfers walk down the cliffs with so much ease, or venture down to the tide pools at the far end of Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Golden hour is the best here for photography if you can brave the crowds!
Address: Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107
A small island off the coast of San Diego that is a pure gem with a stunning view of the San Diego skyline. This quaint community is home to the Hotel Del Coronado which is most famous for Marilyn Monroe filming a scene here in her hit movie “Some Like it Hot” in 1958. Not only that but the author, L. Frank Baum, who wrote The Wizard of Oz found inspiration for Emerald City by living on Coronado. It’s easily one of the best parts of San Diego and a must if you’re visiting.
There are two locations that are great for photography on Coronado. The Hotel Del Coronado has many beautiful spots along the ocean to take photos. Lastly, The Ferry Landing has a fabulous view of the San Diego skyline.
Hotel Del Address: 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
Ferry Landing Address: 1201 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118
My favorite place in all of San Diego, Balboa Park is a must-see for everyone! It’s a true San Diego icon and there is so much to do in the park. Not to mention there are multiple locations that are great for pictures! I’ve written an entire blog post on Balboa Park so make sure to check out the “Insider’s Guide to Balboa Park“.
Address: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
La Jolla Swing
Over-looking La Jolla this swing has sweeping views of the ocean below. It’s located atop the parking lot at Birch Aquarium. In order to get to the swing, head to the southernmost part of the parking lot and park. You’ll find a very small footpath with a tiny wood board to step across. Head up that path for about 100 ft and you’ll see the swing (it’s sort of steep wear proper shoes).
Address: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037
Torrey Pines Gliderport
This spot has sweeping views of the La Jolla coastline and another amazing spot to catch the sunset. This is a very famous spot for paragliders and you may just catch one or two when you’re visiting. There is also a trail down to Black’s Beach located here.
Address: 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
San Diego Zoo
Funnily enough, the San Diego Zoo has amazing spots for photography. There are tons of plants from almost every country in the world and it’s home to the cutest animals on earth. It’s a win-win for me! If you’re visiting San Diego for the first time you must check out the San Diego Zoo.
Address: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Carlsbad Flower Fields
The best way to kick off the spring season is with a trip to the colorful flower fields. This field is world-renowned and is only open two months out of the year (March-May) but is such a legend in San Diego and has so many activities for everyone to enjoy (even the littles!). Please be respectful of the plants when you visit and stay on the designated paths. Click here to grab your tickets!
Address: 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Scripps Coastal Meander
This trail is a short one but the views are quite breathtaking. On a clear day, you can catch paragliders cruising down the coast. It’s the perfect spot to post up for some photos and take in the beautiful La Jolla views.
Address: Scripps Institution of Oceanography 9234-9218, La Jolla Shores Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
The Salk Institute
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies seems odd for a photoshoot but the architecture is so unique and interesting. This spot is perfect for a minimal aesthetic and it’s right down the road from the Torrey Pines Gliderpoint.
Address: 10010 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Murals
The “Favorite Color” wall in La Jolla has become so well known in the past few years. This technicolor wall is great for pictures and I’ve never seen anyone else around when visiting here.
Address: 7596 Eads Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
Thanks for reading my Best Photography Spots in San Diego! Are there any places that you love that I need to add to this list? Comment them below and make sure to check out my most viewed post “The Ultimate Travel Guide to San Diego“. Enjoy America’s Finest City friends!
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