Best beaches in San Diego

San Diego is a perfect spot to enjoy beach time in California. Sun seekers will enjoy beaches located in La Jolla, Del Mar, Coronado and Mission Beach.

Beach in La Jolla

La Jolla Cove is a small protected beach tucked in between sandstone cliffs. This beach has the advantage to be pretty quiet. You will mostly meet divers as the underwater reserve of La Jolla is close to this beach. You won't see many kids there as there is a drop-off next to the shore.

5 minutes away from La Jolla Cove, you will find Windansea which is another great location for sunbathing. As in La Jolla Cove, drop-offs are close to the shore so pay attention to these. You can reach Windansea beaches west of La Jolla Boulevard.

Mission Beach

This beach is pretty popular. You will need to arrive early there during summer if you want to find some space on the sand. South Mission Beach will allow you to relax away from the hustle and bustle around Belmont Park area. You will enjoy walking or biking on the Mission Beach Boardwalk that is parallel to the bay and the Pacific ocean sides of the peninsula. Mission Beach is also a popular spot to learn and practice surf. You can take surf lessons there. Surfers really enjoy waves there.

San Diego California has a lot of attractions to offer if you are looking for beach vacation.

Coronado Beach

Coronado Beach is a perfect example of the mix of glamour and natural beauty characterizing California. It is one of the most beautiful beach in the USA. You can reach Coronado Municipal Beach by crossing San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. There is a pet-friendly area in the northern part of the beach. Alcohol and smoking are prohibited there. You can play beach volleyball in Coronado Central Beach. You can surf in waves facing the west or swim in the quiet water of the bay. Celebrities use to stay at the Hotel Del Coronado next to the beach. Free parking is available next to Ocean Boulevard. Make sure to get there early to be sure to find a spot for your car.

Imperial Beach

Head out to San Diego South Bay to discover the southernmost beach in California. This beach is just few miles away from Mexico border. There you can practice fishing, horse riding and of course surfing. This is a perfect spot to watch sunset in the evening. You will also be able to see more than 350 bird species.

Be aware that the water close to the border is potentially contaminated by Tijuana river water. Waves there are also dangerous.