San Diego Beaches

Trailing 70 miles along the Pacific Ocean, San Diego beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. From white sands, to palm tree boulevards, scenic cliffs, mystical caves, tide pools, rock shelves, and heaps of wildlife, San Diego beaches attract visitors from all over who wish to spend some time on the shores of the West coast and experience the “dreamy” California lifestyle. Some San Diego beaches offer a vintage scene with antique shops while others offer scenic coastal cliffs, and some are even the training grounds for one of the best command forces in the world, the U.S. Navy SEALs. But one thing they all have in common is people want to spend their vacation on them.

Whether you are looking to jump in a game of beach volleyball, want to relax and soak up the sun all day in the sand, want to ride the surf, or have a great photo op on the cliffs next to the sea lions, San Diego beaches will not disappoint! The even better part about all the experiences San Diego beaches have to offer, is you can plan for them any time of the year with San Diego’s year-round mild temperature and sunny skies.

Navigate through the menu on the left to get info on the many vibrant San Diego beaches to help you plan your visit.

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San Diego Beaches

1. Mission Beach


One of the most popular beach areas in the City of San Diego, Mission Beach draws large crowds in the summer to its oceanfront and adjacent Belmont Park.



2. La Jolla Beaches


La Jolla has several beautiful beaches that are surrounded by cliffs, sea lions and clear water. La Jolla is one of the best spots in Southern California to snorkel, surf, swim, kayak, and dive!



3. Imperial Beach


Visit the southernmost beach in Southern California, which is bordered by Tijuana, Mexico to the South and Coronado, California to the North.



4. Encinitas Beaches


Encinitas is home to many of San Diego's most beautiful beaches: Swami's Beach, Moonlight Beach, Beacon's Beach, and more!



5. Black's Beach


Black's Beach offers incredible views of the Pacific Coast and the cliffs that surround it. It is also located at the bottom of Torrey Pines Gliderport, which paragliders and hang gliders soar most days. One thing to note before you go is that this is a nudist beach...clothing is optional!



6. Pacific Beach


Pacific Beach offers some of the best surfing during the day and some of the best bars and restaurants at night.



7. Del Mar Beaches


The beach in Del Mar is one of the most beautiful and enjoyable in San Diego. The two plus miles of sandy beach offers a great place to relax, walk, or run.



8. Oceanside


Oceanside Beaches are world famous for international surfing and skating competitions, IronMan Triathalons, and speed boat and outrigger races.



9. Carlsbad State Beach


Carlsbad State Beach is located on the San Diego Coast. It offers swimming, surfing, scuba diving, fishing and beachcombing.



10. Coronado Beach


Coronado Beach runs along Ocean Boulevard, and is the backdrop of the beautiful classic red roof Victorian Hotel del Coronado. It's an iconic spot for surfers, swimmer and families as well as it is training grounds for the U.S. Navy SEALS.



11. Solana Beach


Solana Beach is a charming seaside community that offers great golfing, nightlife, hiking, shopping, and stunning beaches.



12. Sunset Cliffs


Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a must see in San Diego. This beautiful regional park stretches 1.5 miles along the Point Loma Peninsula and offers views of the Pacific Ocean along spectacular cliff and caves .



13. Ocean Beach


Ocean Beach is a small beach community with a vintage, laid-back California vibe. One of the favorite beach communities to visit in San Diego!



14. Torrey Pines State Beach


Torrey Pines State Beach offers unforgettable views and is a popular destination for surfing, fishing, relaxing and hiking along the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve trail.


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