Moved to San Diego? These are the best beaches! Top 5!

If you live in San Diego, you probably know that the city features over 70 miles of beautiful coastline, which makes it the perfect city for beach lovers. Sun, sand and surf – it can’t get better than that! Each sandy spot offers a distinct flavor and personality. Whether you are in need of fun, doing something with your kids or catching some waves, San Diego can offer you everything. Let us show you our top 5 beaches in San Diego.

Coronado City Beach

This amazing beach consists of 4 different beach areas, which are Glorietta Bay Park, Coronado City Beach, Tidelands Park and Centennial Park. Remember the movie ‘Some Like It Hot’ with Marilyn Monroe? Some of the scenes from this famous movie were shot right here. 

You can easily reach the island by public bus, car, private shuttle or taxi. There is a family beach which is perfect for kite flying with your little ones. If you are a pet owner, there is the northern part of the beach that is pet friendly. If you want to feel like a royalty, check the famous Hotel Del Coronado that dates back to the 19th century. 

Pacific Beach

If you live in San Diego, you probably know this beach as “The Strand”. This is a two-mile long beach and it is one of the top destinations in San Diego. Every season there are big crowds of people all over the California gathering here. This beach is mainly popular among the younger people. You will find lots of shops and restaurants. If you come here during the night, you can enjoy beach lights from the glow of bonfires and beach parties. Even though it attracts young people, it is a good place for family activities or long strolls. You can rent the equipment for scuba diving here. Surfing is allowed only in some areas of the Pacific Beach. If you are looking to experience a lively bar scene on the beach, check this one! The Raw Bar and JRDN Lounge are very popular spots for the locals and visitors. 

La Jolla Shores

This beach is one of the best beach destinations for families. It is located at the northeast end of Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla. You can enjoy gentle waves along its mile-long shore. This beach is protected by a rocky point which blocks waves rolling in from the west most of the time and creates a safe swimming beach. If you always wanted to learn scuba diving, this is just the perfect place. Enjoy watching sea lions and seals lounging along the coves. This is also one of the most photographed spots in San Diego. Enjoy snorkeling in the calm, turquoise waters which are filled with colorful Garibaldi fish and other sea creatures. There are shaded areas for those who don’t like to be on the sun too much. If you want to come to this beach, make sure to get up early. Finding the parking spot might be tricky. It is an amazing spot for diver lovers, because this beach offers easy entrance and great diving. 

Tourmaline Surfing Park

This is a hidden gem that is situated in North Pacific Beach. Tourmaline Surfing Park is a hot spot for those who love surfing and sailboarding. This amazing beach is split into two separate areas, one for surfing and the other one for swimming. Lifeguards are on the beach all the time, so it is pretty safe. If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful place without many tourists, this is a perfect place for you. On this beach you will find showers and restrooms, as well as the parking lot. Be careful because you need to get to the beach over the rocks. 

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach is the main beach in the San Diego neighborhood of Ocean Beach. Wide, sandy beach that is formed at the south side of the San Diego River mouth. First time you come here, you should walk out to the end of the pier to take in the view of the city. Pools can be found here as well. If you are a dog owner, you will love this place because at the end of this beach there is Dog Beach with lots of happy pets running around.

Parking is not a big issue here because there are two parking lots and if you can’t find a spot, there is on-street parking near the beach. The Ocean Beach Bike Path runs along the river for bikers and runners. 

If you are more of a fishing fan, check the other side of Ocean Beach – Ocean Beach Pier. You can fish here even without the licence. After fishing you can enjoy in one of the many restaurants and bars on the beach. 

Surfing is allowed in some parts of the beach and there are lifeguards all the time.