What Should You Know About San Diego Beaches?

By Lily Evans | America

Jul 05
What Should You Know About San Diego Beaches

When I hear “California”, I can’t help but think of beautiful beaches filled with beautiful people. After all, California is all about the sun-kissed glow, the chill vibe, and the glorious sun. Indeed, it is the place to be for that much-needed dose of “vitamin sea”.

San Diego beaches are often my go-to places whenever I need some sun and a tan. But how do you pick which beach to visit? How do you make the most out of your San Diego visit? Read on to find out how you can have the time of your life under the California sun.​


What’s So Special About San Diego Beaches?

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Most people picture California as a beautiful beach paradise. I’m sure you do, too. In that respect, Los Angeles and San Diego are often pitted against each other. If both have beautiful beaches, what makes San Diego stand out then? The vibe, definitely!

If you like partying and having a lot to do, then Los Angeles beaches are for you. However, if you just want to wind down, you would definitely enjoy the beaches of San Diego more. San Diego beaches are just as beautiful as those in Los Angeles, but they are less crowded and a lot more laidback.

Some San Diego beaches can be quite "sleepy", but it only adds to its charm. With less traffic congestion, cleaner air, and clearer waters, San Diego is really all about relaxation.​

Which San Diego Beach Should You Visit?

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When we say “San Diego”, we are actually speaking of 70 miles of coastline here. Naturally, there is no shortage of San Diego beaches to visit. You would definitely need more than three days to properly appreciate all of them.

San Diego has tightly knit and very friendly communities. These communities are most noticeable when you are visiting San Diego beaches. Every beach has a unique characteristic and caters to a specific group of people. So what should you consider when choosing a beach to visit in San Diego?​

  • 1. Distance. This is, of course, an important consideration, especially if you are only visiting San Diego. If getting around is a consideration, then you might want to stick to beaches near where you are staying or at least close to other spots you will be visiting
  • 2. Interests. People often dismiss San Diego as “just a beach town”, but it’s more than that. Every beach caters to different interests, be it ship-watching, surfing, swimming, partying, or just soaking in the sun.
  • 3. Crowd. This is an important consideration, especially if you are visiting San Diego with company. Certain beaches in San Diego are more family-friendly than other. Some, meanwhile, cater to those who want to party or want to meet new friends.

What are Some of the Best Beaches in San Diego?

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Deciding which beach to visit first in San Diego can be daunting. To help you decide, here are some of the finest and most popular beaches in San Diego:

  • 1. Coronado Beach. This iconic beach is perfect for those who want to go ship-watching. Home to the famous Hotel del Coronado, it is a great place for those who want to chill out and enjoy the nostalgic scenery.
  • 2. La Jolla. This beach isn’t expansive, but it certainly is charming. This beach is family-friendly. It is also a great place for kayaking. Avenida del Playa is lined with shops and restaurants, so you will certainly have quite a lot of exploring to do.
  • 3. Black’s Beach. This beach is stunning, but it certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. Known for its bustling LGBT scene and nude-friendly beach, this might be a surprise for more conservative travelers. Nevertheless, it’s a great spot for surfing and cliff-diving.
  • 4. Ocean Beach. All about the hippie life? Then Ocean Beach is for you. This place is all about the craft beer, acai bowls, crystals, and even burgers. The architecture is reminiscent of old-school California so prepare for a trip down memory lane.
  • 5. Del Mar. For a family-friendly beach, you definitely can’t go wrong with Del Mar. This beachfront playground is lined with shops and restaurants, all within walking distance. Another plus is that North Beach is dog-friendly, so you can bring your pooch, too!


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If you want to enjoy the California sun without braving traffic congestion and enormous crowds, then San Diego is the place for you. With 70 miles of sprawling coastline, it is the ideal place to bask in the sun either for some downtime or a fun vacation with family and friends.

Do you have a favorite beach in San Diego? Are there other beaches you would like to check out? If the answer is yes, drop us a line in the comments below. We might answer your questions in the next article. Until next time!​


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  • https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/best-san-diego-beaches-surf-spots
  • http://traveltips.usatoday.com/top-10-beaches-san-diego-area-19148.html

About the Author

I'm Lily Evans and I’m here to share with you pieces of travel advice, as well as handy tips and tricks, which I have accumulated over years of travelling and exploring the globe.