Best Beaches in San Diego, USA

As not only California's second largest city, but its most southerly, San Diego has year round sunshine and warm weather. Add to this mile upon mile of sandy coastline and you have the makings of some of SoCal's best beaches.

In San Diego you will find not just wide, sandy surf beaches which epitomizes the Southern Californian coast, but also a number of smaller coves and beaches, each with their own character. There really is something for everyone whether you are looking for world class surfing, tidal pools to explore or just somewhere to throw down a towel and top up your tan. And all this within easy reach of one of the West Coast's great cities.

  • Coronado Beach

    Coronado Beach

    Consistently voted one of America's finest beaches, Coronado Beach is a long sandy stretch on the outskirts of San Diego. The main Central Beach runs along Ocean Boulevard from the Hotel del Coronado to Sunset Park. An area near Sunset Park is set aside for dog owners to bring their dogs to play on what… read more »

  • La Jolla Cove

    La Jolla Cove
    John Uhrig

    Tucked away at the foot of the sandstone cliffs north of San Diego, La Jolla Cove is one of the most photographed beaches in SoCal, so it's fair to say it's exceptionally beautiful. The Spanish phrase "La Jolla" means "jewel" and this cove is a gem.

    Facing north it has an exceptionally clear deep blue… read more »

  • Black's Beach

    Black's Beach
    Raquel Baranow

    Situated on the beautiful California coastline north of San Diego, Black's Beach is north of La Jolla at Torrey Pines, just below the famous golf course of the same name. The name Black's Beach comes from the horse farm in the area that was once owned by the Black family.

    A little off-the-beaten-track, the beach is… read more »

  • Scripps Beach

    Scripps Beach
    Kenny Chung

    Scripps Beach takes its name from the adjoining UCSD Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla. Although the iconic long concrete pier is not open to the public, you can use the sandy beach on either side of it.

    This beach is much quieter than its better-known neighbour at La Jolla Shoresread more »

  • Ocean Beach, San Diego

    Ocean Beach, San Diego
    Brooke Anderson

    Ocean Beach extends south from San Diego River to Sunset Cliffs and is popular for surfing and sunbathing. Known locally as OB, this beautiful sandy city beach has the archetypal laidback SoCal beach vibe.

    There are various different section including an area for surfing only, swimming only and there's a dog-friendly section although pets must… read more »

  • Mission Beach

    Mission Beach
    The Erica Chang

    The name of both a beach and a town, Mission Beach in San Diego sits on a thin slither of land just two blocks wide at the entrance to the islands and attractions of Mission Bay. Here you'll find SeaWorld San Diego, the largest aquatic park of its type anywhere.

    Facing the Pacific… read more »

  • Imperial Beach

    Imperial Beach
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  • Windansea Beach

    Windansea Beach
    Chad McDonald

    Located in the charming coastal town of La Jolla, Windansea Beach is found at the west end of Westbourne and Nautilus streets. It takes its name from the phrase "wind and sea" and there was once a hotel of the same name which burned down in the 1940s.

    In the same era, the legendary Windansea… read more »

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