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San Diego Things to do: San Diego’s Best Beaches

San Diego is known for many things, not the least is our beautiful beaches. See our San Diego Travel Blog article, ‘San Diego Things to do: San Diego’s Best Beaches’ for more details on how to make the most of your visit to the beaches of Southern California.

Written by
Maria Mancuso

San Diego is home to amazing activities and attractions, great shopping, hiking, theme parks, energized  night life and of course, the beaches! 

The beaches of San Diego are diverse. Whether your interests are Surfing or Body boarding, and a more casual activity with calm waters like paddle boarding, swimming or snorkeling there is a beach in San Diego for exactly what you want to do.

Some of the best and most beautiful beaches in the U.S. are located here in San Diego!  This San Diego Travel Blog article, ‘San Diego Things to do: San Diego’s Best Beaches’ – outlines just a few of the diverse, and beautiful beaches you can enjoy during your visit.

About San Diego's Best Beaches:
There are many exciting Things to do in San Diego, but visiting San Diego Beaches is, perhaps, the biggest draw for most tourists visiting our coastal community. San Diego Beaches are picturesque and offer many opportunities to play in the surf and sand – California style! The weather in San Diego is nearly perfect year-round in San Diego, which is why it’s always a great time to go to the beach! 

San Diego has almost 70 miles of pristine coastline that give visitors a chance to sunbath, swim, canoe, kayak, snorkel, surf, and so much more!

There are dozens of San Diego Beaches to explore, from northern San Diego County beaches in Oceanside to Imperial Beach, in southern San Diego. Whether you are visiting San Diego with your family, with your significant other, or by yourself, you’ll surely find that 

Tips for Visiting San Diego’s Best Beaches:

  • San Diego experience almost perfect temperatures during most of the seasons, but make sure that you bring lots of water and sunscreen to keep you comfortable in the summer months, and a jacket and pants during the rest of the year.
  • Many of San Diego’s Best Beaches have fire pits, so if you want to plan a gathering with family and friends in the evening and toast marshmallows, BBQ or just enjoy a nice fire on the beach, be sure to explore these beaches.
  • Beaches in North County like Carlsbad and San Onofre, and in San Diego like Windansea are known for their great surf conditions.

Interesting Facts About San Diego’s Best Beaches:

  • San Diego’s Mission Beach is the epitome of a So Cal Beach, with a busy boardwalk and classic wooden roller coaster.
  • Imperial Beach may be San Diego’s most underrated beach, with plenty of charm and a wooden pier situated within moments of The Declan Suites – A San Diego Hotel.
  • Pacific Beach is a tourists’ beach and a popular spot with surfers.
  • La Jolla Cove and La Jolla’s Children’s Pool Beach are great beaches for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing.

 

San Diego’s Best Beaches:

Windansea Beach
Located: La Jolla
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 13.8 Miles

Windansea Beach is very popular among surfers, swimmers, body boarders and sun bathers. The neighborhood across from the beach is named Windansea also.  The main peak at Windansea Beach is a reef break that is great for Surfing, and in the winter months, Windansea can have surf up to 6 to 8 feet.

 

La Jolla Cove Beach
La Jolla Cove Beach has a rich marine life making it popular with scuba divers, snorkelers and swimmers.

La Jolla Cove Beach
Located: La Jolla Village
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 15 Miles

La Jolla Cove is a small, picturesque cove and beach that is surrounded by cliffs in La Jolla, San Diego, California. La Jolla Cove Beach is a protected marine reserve.  This beach has a rich marine life making it popular with scuba divers, snorkelers and swimmers. La Jolla Cove is also a great place to observe Harbor Seals and Sea Lions throughout the year.  During the pupping season you can watch the mother Seals and Sea Lions teach their new born babies how to swim, hunt and eat - it is quite an enjoyable activity for all.

The La Jolla Cove is home to the annual "La Jolla Cove Rough Water Swim" which is one of the oldest ocean swims in the world.

 

La Jolla Shores Beach
La Jolla Shores is great beach for beginning Surfers.  There is also a great Kayak Rental service where you can rent Kayaks and Paddle Boards and paddle over to the La Jolla Caves and watch the Seals and Sea Lions swimming and playing along the coast and rocks. 

La Jolla Shores Beach
Located: La Jolla Shores
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 14.5 Miles

La Jolla Shores Beach is one of the most ‘complete’ beaches.  You can do some body surfing and swimming in the smaller waves.  There is a great Kayak Rental service where you can rent Kayaks and Paddle Boards and paddle over to the La Jolla Caves and watch the Seals and Sea Lions swimming and playing along the coast and rocks. 

La Jolla Shores also allows for Fire Pits so you can enjoy roasting marshmallows or hot dogs or just enjoy a nice fire on the beach. 

 

Children's Pool Beach in La Jolla
The Children's Pool earned its name after the construction of a concrete breakwater in 1931 creating a beautiful shallow beach for the youngsters to play and enjoy the beach.

Children’s Pool Beach
Located: La Jolla Village
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 15 Miles

If you can visit La Jolla Village you must make a visit to Children's Pool Beach.  This is beach is a small sandy beach located on Coast Boulevard. The Children's Pool earned its name after the construction of a concrete breakwater in 1931 creating a beautiful shallow beach for the youngsters to play and enjoy the beach.  Now, most of the year the beach is roped off to allow the Seals to have a place to rest on the soft sandy beach.  During the Seal pupping season, you can watch the mother Seals teaching their babies to swim, hunt and eat.

 

Torrey Pines State Reserve Beach
Located: Carlsbad/La Jolla border
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 19 Miles

This is a favorite beach for many visitors and residents for many reasons.  Torrey Pines State Reserve Beach is a long stretch of beach and the surf is ideal for surfing, body surfing and swimming.  Weekends are very busy with surfers, swimmers, families and beach activity. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve overs 2,000 acres of state park located in the community of La Jolla.

If you get tired of the beach (how’s that possible?), there is a very popular hiking trail just above the beach, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.  This State Reserve covers 1,750 acres with many hiking trails that overlook the beautiful beach and coast below.


Mission Bay Park Beach
Located: San Diego
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 8.5 Miles

Mission Bay Park is a very popular beach and park destination among visitors to San Diego and residents alike.  Mission Bay Park has over 27 miles of shoreline, and 4,235 acres of water and land, parks, beaches, swimming areas and more.  Mission Bay Park and Beach is the largest aquatic park of its kind in the U.S. For Windsurfers, Paddle boarding and Wind Surfers, there is a great area of channels and islands at  the Westend of the park.  You can also rent Jet Ski’s and boats of all types and sizes.

 

Pacific Beach Pier
Pacific Beach has a very deep sandy beach that is perfect for sunbathing and beach sports.  The Pacific Beach Pier is also a popular landmark for beach goers.

Pacific Beach
Located: Pacific Beach
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 10.7 Miles

Pacific Beach is the name of the beach as well as the name of the town where the beach is located.  Pacific Beach has a very deep sandy beach that is perfect for sunbathing and beach sports.  The surf along Pacific Beach is not ideal for surfing. Pacific beach has a very popular boardwalk, that runs 3.2 miles along the beach. The boardwalk is dotted with many bars, restaurants and shops as well as hotels.  There is also a pier off Pacific Beach that is very popular for pedestrians.


San Diego has many other beaches that deserve mentioning; Imperial Beach, Oceanside Beach, Solana Beach, Ocean Beach and many more.  Our best recommendation is to visit San Diego and experience the beautiful beaches for yourself!

We hope you enjoyed this San Diego Travel Blog article, ‘San Diego Things to do: San Diego’s Best Beaches' now you just need to plan a weekend to come and explore our beaches on your own!

Visit our San Diego Travel Blog again for other interesting and informative articles and visit our San Diego Visitors Guide for more inspiration on all there is to do, see and experience on your next visit to San Diego!

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