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.
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.
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.
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.
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.