San Diego's South Bay is a major seaport bustling with shipbuilders, naval traffic and international commerce. But out on the narrow seven mile spit of sand that protects San Diego Bay from the sea, you'll get the sensation of being far removed from civilization as you comb the endless, deserted beaches for seashells. Visitors to the Silver Strand can enjoy swimming, surfing, boating, water-skiing, volleyball, camping, picnicking and anglers can fish for perch, corbina, grunion and yellow-fin croaker. It may not be the best place in San Diego to swim, surf or sunbathe, but it is a place where you can do it all.
Silver Strand State Beach offers both day-use and overnight RV camping, picnic areas, bathroom and shower facilities and fantastic shell collecting. The spot is named for the silvery oyster shells that cover the beach and dunes here and you can also find clams buried in the sand by the water. A lot of the folks who camp here are repeat customers, visitors who've fallen in love with The Strand and return for a visit year after year.
Coronado Cays Park is just down the road from the State Beach, on the ocean side opposite the gated residential community. Here you'll find more wide open beaches, without the sea of motorhomes and the drone of generators. The Cays are a great spot for a family outing and picnic in the park.
The Silver Strand Beach Café is open for the busy summer season, Memorial Day thru Labor Day, on weekends and offers ice cream sundaes, sandwiches, and barbeque. Some beach amenities such as boogie boards are available for rent and sunscreen, sunglasses, ice, firewood, and hats are for sale.
There's also a resort nearby where you can hire a room or have a meal, but nothing much in the way of stores.