The Best Beaches in San Diego, California

No visit to San Diego is complete without taking the time in getting your feet wet in the pretty Pacific Ocean. San Diego County supplies a tough and beautiful coastline that runs from the Mexican border to Orange County. Along with this stretch of ocean, you will find some of the best beaches in the world each with their own distinct personality.

One of the most legendary modern beaches in San Diego is Swami’s in Encinitas

Swami’s beach is a popular surf spot and is found in a very modern beach town. Yet, there is limited parking only at that beach so be well prepared to hike ways to get your feet wet. Although the hike is well worth the exercise just for this beautiful beach area. Another excellent beach to visit if you would like to watch surfing is Seacliff Highway Park. Under the right conditions, you can expect to see some huge waves at this popular surf spot.

Coronado Beach

The amazing Coronado Municipal Beach consists of 4 different beach areas, which includes

The island can be easily reachable by public bus, car, private shuttle, or a taxi with the help of San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. This family beach is also perfect for kite flying.

The beach is also a pet-friendly beach. It is also very close to the very famous Hotel Del Coronado which is a famous destination for royalty and celebs all over the world.

Torrey Pines and La Jolla

If you carry on and travel south, you will find the beaches of Torrey Pines and La Jolla. The Torrey Pines beach gets their name from the rare Torrey Pine Tree, which is unique only to this extend of coastline. This beach is a wild and beautiful location to enjoy the Pacific Ocean.

Above the sandstone cliffs that range the beach, you will find the Torrey Pines State Reserve, which features over 2000 acres of beautiful bluffs and 8-10 miles of scenic walking trails. This beach is the ideal picnic spot.

Black’s Beach

If you continue heading south alongside the cliff side at Torrey Pines then you will arrive at Black’s Beach, which is the only “clothing optional” beach in San Diego. This beach is also located directly below a popular hang glider bluff. Yet, nudity is very carefully monitored here and you should be sure to perform it within the proper boundaries. While there is a staircase leading down to Black’s beach it is the idea to access it through Torrey Pines Beach. This is the list of activities you can do in San Diego.

In case you want to truly experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean then you need to rent a kayak and head out of La Jolla Cove. This allows you to take in the amazing sight of the underwater ecological maintain of the La Jolla Ecological Preserve. Here you will find smooth normal water and beautiful forests of sea kelp below. One of the sights, you will see include sea lions and many types of California state fish. There is no clearer water in southern California than this area and it is very popular with snorkelers and scuba divers. Read more about San Diego here.  

Mission Beach

With regards to the San Diego beach experience, you want to head over to Mission Beach. Here you will get the complete California beach experience. There is a boardwalk filled with:

  • Cycle riders
  • Skaters
  • Pedestrians
  • Running joggers

and people from all walks of life. Any time you are done on the beach, the boardwalk gives you plenty of restaurant and bar options. There is even an amusement park with a trademark wooden roller coaster.