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What’s So Special About Torrey Pines?

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is named after the Torrey Pine, a rare and endangered pine species that is native to the reserve. A subspecies also grows on Santa Rosa Island off the coast of Santa Barbara. One characteristic of a Torrey Pine is that it has 5 needles in each bunch. 

Even though California doesn’t get a lot of rain, the Torrey Pine has a smart watering system. Moisture from coastal fog collects on pine needles and drops to the ground to help distribute water to tree roots. 

It’s easy to spot Torrey Pine trees in the reserve as you explore San Diego using our free Beyond the Zoo Guide to Torrey Pines & Solana Beach.

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

A morning hike at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is first on the list of activities in our Beyond the Zoo Guide to Torrey Pines & Solana Beach. We’ll share more about what makes this hike special in the next few posts. 

Before you visit: 1) Learn about Hours and Parking. Expect to park in a pay lot near the beach and walk uphill to the Visitor Center where most of the trails begin. 2) Bring a water bottle, but save food for eating on the beach. There is no food allowed in the reserve which is a protected area. 3) Dogs are not allowed.

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Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Raise your hand if you’ve ever woken up at the crack of dawn in an unfamiliar bed surrounded by little hands and feet and thought, “I can’t wait to brew the complimentary coffee in the bathroom of my hotel room!” Yeah, me neither. The good news is that our Beyond the Zoo Guides always include a favorite local coffee or breakfast stop along the route.

The first stop of the Beyond the Zoo Guide to Torrey Pines & Solana Beach is Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, an award winning San Diego-based craft coffee roaster known for its Farm to Cup brews. 

Coffee connoisseurs may spring for Bird Rock’s famous $11 cup of coffee while budget conscious moms and dads will appreciate that a 12oz batch brew is a reasonable $2.50 investment. We gravitate towards the Monkey Bite Espresso

Bird Rock Coffee Roaster’s Del Mar location overlooks Torrey Pines State Beach and Los Penasquitos Lagoon. Enjoy the tranquil view from the patio as you sip away on the beverage of your choice. 

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Beyond the Zoo Guide to Torrey Pines & Solana Beach

New release! Travel with us through Torrey Pines and Solana Beach for a full day adventure along California’s beautiful coastline. From hiking trails to the beach, our latest Beyond the Zoo Guide was created for families who enjoy nature and spending time together outdoors.

Download our free Beyond the Zoo Guide to Torrey Pines & Solana Beach to plan your visit. You can also follow along at InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

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Our guides aren’t just about where to go in San Diego. Each guide also includes activities and talking points to help you create meaningful family memories. Previously released guides include Ocean Beach & Point LomaSan Diego By the Bay, and Barrio Logan