Hidden San Diego - The 5 Most Unknown Spots in San Diego

San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and millions of visitors, business travelers, and tourist come here each year to take in the warm weather and beautiful scenes of the city.

A good vacation can be the experience of a lifetime, and that’s definitely a set of memories you don’t want to forget.

From the sparkling downtown skyline to beautiful Balboa Park, San Diego has its fair share of iconic images. But there’s even more to this city than the visitor brochures.

Broken Hill, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Do you know where the best place to watch the sunset is in San Diego? Even though it’s a tough call, we do. It’s atop Broken Hill at Torrey Pines State Reserve. Torrey Pines has two things: the rarest pine tree in the nation, and amazing sculpted sand cliffs. Interestingly enough, these sedimentary rocks used to be the ocean seafloor millions of years ago.

Follow the trail to the overlook at the end, and you’ll learn why it’s called Broken Hill. You’ll be sitting high on the edge of the “broken” or missing piece. From this point, the very bones of the earth seem exposed, and you feel like a bird, floating high over the Pacific which stretches out before you.

The White Ghost Deer of Presidio Park

Ever heard of a little thing called the San Diego Zoo? Of course you have. It’s world-famous. Before it was world famous, it was just a zoo. As just a zoo, it had an escapee. A deer. Did that deer make it far away from the zoo? No. It settled in Presidio Park, right next to Mission Hills, which is where it lived peacefully for years until it met with an unlucky end. Rather than that being the end though, it decided to come back and haunt where it had lived – which it still does to this day. If you go to the right spot in the park, you’ll find a plaque and a water bowl for the ghost deer.

The Borrego Sandman of Ranchita

In case ghosts of wild animals roaming the parks of San Diego aren’t unusual enough for you, there’s also mythical creatures lurking in the dead zones of the city and county. Even stranger, there’s a monument built to these creatures. What is a Borrego Sandman? There’s a large degree of uncertainty about what they are but what is known is that they’ve made it up into the County of San Diego, and probably the into city as well. What is also known is that there’s a life size statue of one in Ranchita outside the post office that you can visit. Whether the Sandman is a Bigfoot or something else, just don’t confuse it with a Yeti like I did.

The Secret Sea Cave of Cabrillo National Monument

Everyone knows that Cabrillo National Monument commemorates his discovery of San Diego. But what most people don’t know is that the most beautiful cave in the entire county is on the Western side of the monument. It’s only accessible at low tide. But, if you’re willing to edge along some of the iconic cliffs that Juan Cabrillo saw from his ship, and skirt a narrow opening, you’ll find yourself in a spot that’s been preserved for years.

This hike’s not for the faint hearted, and I cannot stress enough that you have to go at low tide; otherwise, you’ll find yourself swimming home. But, if you’re willing to risk it, it’s worth it, and what you need to know can be found here.


Black Mountain Glider Port

Sure, there’s that Glider Port down in La Jolla, but if you really want to see the entirety of the city and county, you’re going to want to get a bird’s eye view. The best way to do that is to leap off a mountain in the middle of the city. Luckily enough, Black Mountain is in the middle of the city and tall enough to provide a great launching pad. Even better, it has a set runway that is basically like a secret airport. Even if you don’t want to risk life and limb, this is a great spot to watch others do so, and see where you want to head on your next adventure. Bonus secret tip: this is one of two “secret” aeronautical areas in San Diego, but the only one that is still operational. The other would be the defunct Del Mar Airport.

We are sure that these hidden spots have awakened the adventure spirit in you and that is exactly what you should do: go out there and explore the beautiful hidden San Diego whether you are here for business or pleasure. And we are sure as well that beside the adventure spirit you will need a ride: you have the perfect match for you:

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Posted on May 03 2016

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