The Best Beaches In San Diego

San Diego is known for it’s mild weather and 70 miles of beautiful coastline. With a large variety of beaches, San Diego offers many different beach experiences. Here are 5 must-visit beaches in San Diego. (in no particular order)

Mission Beach

If you’re looking for an active beach, go here. With the attractions at Belmont Park, a boardwalk, and the shops/restaurants nearby, there is always plenty to do. People-watching, water sports, beach volleyball, shopping, amusement rides, restaurants. Mission beach is a great place for the active younger crowd, families, and tourists.

Pacific Beach

Just north of Mission Beach, Pacific Beach is also another high-energy beach. The boardwalk teems with skaters, rollerbladers, cyclists, and runners. The beaches in the area are also popular surfing spots. Go further north of the pier to Tourmaline surf park which is a beautiful beach with friendly locals, mellow waves for beginner surfers, and great scenery for jogging on the beach.

La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove is a breathtaking beach popular among tourists seeking the quintessential beauty of the Californian coast. Go snorkeling, take a kayak tour to check out the caves, watch seals at the Children’s Pool, and of course, watch a gorgeous sunset over the Pacific ocean.

Ocean Beach
“Keep O.B. weird” is its motto and the laid-back, free-spirited culture is what it’s known for. Ocean Beach attracts a mixture of surfers, hippies, tourists, and young homeless wanderers that make this beach a very unique beach in San Diego. It’s often described as gritty and grungy but to many people, this proudly “weird” community is their favorite.

Coronado Beach

Very quiet and serene, Coronado beach is perfect for a relaxing day laying out in the sand and soaking up some sun. The historic Hotel Del Coronado overlooks the beach and along Ocean Avenue, you’ll find restaurants, bars, and shops. If you’re looking to avoid the party crowd, then the family-friendly Coronado beach is the perfect beach for you.

Black’s Beach

This beach is for the more adventurous. To get to the beach, visitors have to take a hike down the cliffs, which makes Black’s beach one of the less frequented beaches in San Diego. It has a beautiful serene atmosphere, with the cliffs in the backdrop and paragliders soaring overhead from the gliderport. It is also known for it’s clothing optional environment. Take the hike down, let it all hang out , and get a full body tan at the picturesque and peaceful Black’s beach.

Emelia Kirk

Emelia Kirk

20-year-old student in California. I'm a proud treehugger from The Bay who loves nature, traveling, and writing.