San Diego is one of the most popular beach towns in the entire country. The city is filled with endless beautiful beaches and a spectacular boardwalk.
We found ourselves in San Diego late in August craving an adventure and wanting to enjoy as much of the area as possible.
After a good hearty breakfast, we made the decision to rent some bikes around Mission Beach and make the trek down the boardwalk and over to the Sunset Cliffs.
The Sunset Cliffs are a string of fairly popular, but absolutely gorgeous cliffs lining the Pacific Ocean. As the name would suggest they are a perfect place to watch the sunset while listening to the waves crash against the sea walls. But that's not what this day was about, what drew us to the cliffs was the thrill of jumping off the cliffs into the icy Pacific Ocean.
When we arrived we were greeted by a host of people waiting their turn to jump. We were also greeted by a sign that warned us of the danger of doing just what we were about to do.
I watched with fear and hesitation as the first person went, then another, and another. Everyone that took the plunge all made it back to the shore just fine. Some even went to higher portions of the cliff, coming very close to landing on the rocks below them.
Eventually I mustered up the courage to make the plunge. So what did I do? Of course I grabbed my GoPro and attached it to my hand to catch some great footage while my buddies watched on.
I walked up to the edge of the cliff and looked down at the water crashing below, walked back about three paces, took a deep breath and there I went jumping in. On the way down my body turned backwards causing me to land not so graciously as I had hoped. I swam over to the nearest rock and climbed my way up. At this point, the fear was gone and all I wanted to do was go again and again, but eventually it was time to move on.
After trying some of the famous local tacos, we were off back towards mission beach. For a little longer of a ride, I would also suggest riding up to La Jolla. It only adds a few miles, but it will allow you to see a natural estuary full of Seals, and a few more of the beautiful cliffs that make Southern California the perfect place for a Prime Adventure.
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