Things That Fly | Visiting the Torrey Pines GliderPort in La Jolla CA

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See the Things That Fly by Visiting the Torrey Pines GliderPort in La Jolla CA

Torrey Pines GliderPort in La Jolla CA

The Southern California coastline is spectacular, and a wonderful place to truly see it is at the Torrey Pines Glider Port.

Torrey Pines GliderPort in La Jolla CA Torrey Pines GliderPort in La Jolla CA 

I'm not suggesting you HAVE to go hang-gliding, but do so by all means if you wish. However, the views up and down the coast are truly awesome, and getting to watch the things that fly in the area is a treat, especially if you prefer your feet on terra firma (and flying things are NOT just hang gliders). 

The vistas south along the La Jolla coastline to the village are gorgeous. You can peer over the cliffs down to Black's Beach, or look northward all the way to Oceanside (and beyond on a clear day...over 40 miles). And watching hang gliders cruise by effortlessly in the breezes hundreds of feet above the beach along the cliffs is breathtaking. 

While you're there, check out the Cliffhanger Café (link is Yelp reviews NOT their site - see note below). The sandwiches are downright good, and you can enjoy them al fresco at picnic tables while watching the crowds, and the hang gliders, along with all the other activity happening around you. The only other restaurants I have seen that offer equally dramatic views are at Nepenthe and Ventana in Big Sur.

Crow (or raven?) at the Torrey Pines GliderPort in La Jolla CA 

Photos and videos, of course, say far more about beautiful scenery and flying in the sky than I ever could. Enough babble and on to the good stuff. 

[NOTE: I apologize for not sharing the website for the Torrey Pines Gliderport. But I was getting a message that the site was unsafe - sure didn't want to pass that along]

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Comments (12)

Bruce Brockmeier
Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS® - Yorba Linda, CA
Coached By Crouch

watching hang gliders cruise by effortlessly in the breezes hundreds of feet above the beach along the cliffs is breathtaking. 

I would like to try hang gliding someday!  Just not today.  :)

Aug 26, 2010 02:37 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff, OH YEAH, no way would you ever get me up on one of those things.  I will just watch from the ground :) :) :)

Aug 26, 2010 03:08 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Jeff..I agree with George ..No way..But what a Great place to live beautiful..


Aug 26, 2010 03:49 PM
Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified
Dilbeck Real Estate - Burbank, CA

Jeff - I remember, many years ago, when I was playing on Torrey Pines seeing this happening but it seems as though it is much much busier now. Seems like the hobby kicked in. I have never done this but I have always wanted to. Thanks for sharing.

Aug 26, 2010 04:11 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Hi Jeff, The site has slowed down so much I couldn't even get up your comment section up to leave a comment. The photos and tours are wonderful. That Bird of Prey is amazing. What is it? Just beautiful !

Aug 26, 2010 04:37 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker Associate ,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Jeff,

Wow, beautiful photos! I had no idea there was a glider port in Torrey Pines.

So where did the big black bird come from? Not sure if I've ever seen anything like that.

Aug 26, 2010 04:43 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs


I've seen the activity their a few times while in  town on business.  The scenery there is amazing!

Aug 26, 2010 11:07 PM
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

Your post made me remember our road trip last November! What a beautiful area you liv ein Jeff.

Aug 27, 2010 12:19 AM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Jeff that looks like a hell of a good time! I can not even imagine the views from up there.

Aug 27, 2010 01:08 AM
Dena Stevens
Rocky Mountain Realty - Canon City, CO
Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004
Jeff, Nice presentation! I'm teaching somebody about blogging and gave some suggestions of what to blog about.....things that fly never occured to me.
Aug 27, 2010 03:19 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hey Jeff those are some magnificent photos you have! I love all the pictures and especially of those floating in the air :)

Aug 27, 2010 04:10 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Bruce - well I have thought about it but not sure I am ready to pretend I'm a bird.

George - yeah, I know about your fear of heights

Hannah - it is spectacular. And so are the homes fortunate enough to have the views.

Ken - well there is always a crowd there when I have visited. They seem to limit the number of folks in the air at one time - never have seen more than 5.

William- it HAS gotten slower it seems. The bird was either a crow of a raven. I was surprised at how close I was able to get. He seemed pretty used to people. and hanging out around the Cafe can't be a bad idea.

Lynda - it is well worth a visit for the views.

Liz and Bill- the coastal views are pretty remarkable when it's clear - the views of the bluffs and the ocean are wonderful no matter what.

Monika- it is pretty memorable. You must have enjoyed your trip when you were out here for NAR last year.

Bill - it is pretty impressive. I'm guessing 500 feet or so.

Dena- it was just one of those brainstorms - I guess because of the birds, the coast guard, the kite, the hangliders, and the small planes.

Laura - thanks. They do not quite do justice to the real views but you get the idea.

John - thanks

Aug 27, 2010 12:54 PM