San Diego is well-known for its many beaches, each one with its own personality. Depending on what you want to do, find the beach right for you. Here are our suggestions:
Imperial Beach: The Southern-most beach near the border, IB is quiet and most famous for its annual Sandcastle Competition. A chance to walk on the wooden pier makes the trip worthwhile.
Ocean Beach: A favorite among the hippie and Harley crowd, OB has easy-going surf, fishing off the long pier, and plenty of dog-friendly spots. The unofficial motto of OB is: “Keep Ocean Beach Weird” Hodad’s welcome!
Coronado: A wide, golden sand beach great for family fun and slow strolls by the Hotel Del Coronado. Voted “America’s Best Beach” in 2012.
Pacific Beach: Another popular tourist beach for the college-age crowd. Garnet Avenue comes alive at night with bars and clubs while Law Street is a local spot for surfing and chilling with friends during the day.
La Jolla: The La Jolla Cove provides a perfect chance for amateur snorkeling and La Jolla Shores remains a terrific destination for swimming, kayaking, and other activities. Meet a seal up close! Definitely the beach you are most likely to spot a Lamborghini.
Torrey Pines State Park: Away from the crowds, you can experience nature by itself at Torrey Pines. Try hiking a trail or searching the beach for shells.
Mission Beach: San Diego icon complete with roller coaster and boardwalk. A favorite among teenagers, MB is a great locale for people-watching, sunbathing and playing volleyball. The boardwalk links to Mission Bay and is popular among rollerbladers, skaters, joggers and others.
Solana Beach: A short train ride away, SB gives a glimpse at a cozy surf town with simple spots and steady surf.
In addition to these, you may get curious and want to find smaller, lesser known beaches such as Garbage Beach, Windansea, Sunset Cliffs or Del Mar.