OCEAN BEACHIf you own a dog, then Ocean Beach is the pet-friendly beach for you. There’s even a special dog area where your pet is allowed to run around without a leash.
On the other end of Ocean Beach is the famous Ocean Beach Pier, which is a perfect spot for fishing. You don’t even need to have a California fishing license to fish here.
You will find plenty of restaurants and bars on the beach where you can unwind with a drink and have a meal.
PACIFIC BEACHSituated right between Mission Beach and La Jolla, Pacific Beach or as some like to call it “The Strand”, is a two-mile-long beach that is ideal for long strolls and family activities. It is one of the most famous beaches in San Diego area and attracts large crowds of visitors.
There are rental shops on the beach where you can get equipment for scuba diving, as well as numerous bars and restaurants. Keep in mind that surfing is allowed only in designated areas and lifeguards are on duty daily.
TOURMALINE SURF PARKsailboarding. Bordered by cliffs that are 75 feet high, this amazing beach is split into two separate areas. One is for surfing, while the other is for swimming. You will see lifeguards on the beach at all times.
There are not many tourists here, so Tourmaline Surfing Park is a great place for travelers who wish to seek some peace and quiet.
There is a parking lot in the area, as well as showers and restrooms. But be careful when heading to the beach over the rocks, it can be a little hazardous!
TORREY PINES STATE BEACH AND PARKTorrey Pines State Beach and Park is divided into two sections. A park with eight miles of trails that features the unique torrey pine tree is one of the wildest areas in the state. The other section is the beach itself, which is located three hundred feet below the park.
It is popular among families and features fine white sand, bathroom facilities, and lifeguards. The kids love the northern lagoon part of the beach where they can spend hours splashing and exploring.
SOLANA BEACHLocated in San Diego’s North Country, Solana Beach features many hidden coves and surfing hot spots. There are five hot spots in total here. Del Mar Shores is usually visited by the locals, while the Seaside is great for surfing and has an outer reef.
Tide Beach is famous for its pristine white sand while Fletcher Cove is another surfing favorite. Seascape Beach attracts both tourists and locals who again, love surfing. Expect to find showers and restroom facilities.
SILVER STRANDMade up of beaches that line with the San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Silver Strand is a great place for various activities including boating, water skiing, kayaking, swimming, surfing, and beach volleyball.
There are several pedestrian tunnels under the busy street that connect all of the beaches. It’s an ideal place for oceanfront RV camping and you will find barbecue pits, fire rings, and picnic tables available for use. Bring your dog, but they are not allowed on the beach itself.
MISSION BEACHOffering spectacular ocean views, Mission Beach is one of the most crowded beaches in the city because of its location. The popular Belmont Park is just around the corner and Ocean Front Walk is minutes away.
You will find good facilities and services on the beach including showers, restrooms, fire pits, and plenty of lifeguards on duty.
There is a free public parking lot near Belmont Park and in case you wish to grab a bite to eat, head out to one of the restaurants and bars on the Ocean Front.
WINDANSEA BEACHSituated in La Jolla, Windansea Beach features awesome surf breaks and fabulous scenery. This place attracts experience surfers and sunbathers who are looking for some privacy.
The waves crash right at the shoreline, so swimmers are advised to be extremely careful when entering the water.
Windansea Beach and its rocky cliffs is also a great spot for whale-watching during their migration. If heading down to the beach via these cliffs, keep in mind that paths are steep, be careful!
DEL MAR CITY BEACHDel Mar City Beach is an ideal beach for families with children. The North part of the beach is dog-friendly and stretches from the 15th Street to the Rivermouth.
There are two parks on the 15th Street, Powerhouse Park and Seagrove Park. Both are perfect sites for picnics, weddings, and other social gatherings.
At the south side of Del Mar City Beach, expect to find a more rustic vibe with cliffs and tidal pools. There are several treacherous trails going down the cliffs to access the beach.