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Guide to San Diego Beaches

A Way of Life and a Source of Pride and Joy

If San Diego is known for one thing, it would be for our gorgeous beaches. With 70 miles of pristine coastline, year-around sunshine and mild temperatures, you can enjoy the surf and sand almost any day of the year. For visitors and locals alike, the beach is a veritable wonderland and the place to spend entire days with family and friends. 

From expansive sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, reefs, tide pools and everything in between, the beaches in San Diego are as varied as the California beach towns that were built around them. Discover beaches perfect for families and dogs, beaches coveted by the world’s top surfers, or to enjoy a fire, play volleyball, spot sea creatures or simply relax and people watch. One thing’s for sure, on any given day at any beach in San Diego, you’ll find a front row seat to a magnificent display of the western sky as the sun descents into the Pacific.

So grab your beach towels, slather on the sunscreen, and get out to explore some of the finest beaches in the world.

So Much To Do at the Beaches of San Diego

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San Onofre
Region: North County Coastal

San Onofre is situated in north county San Diego & boasts some of the best surfing San Diego has to offer.

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La Jolla Beaches – La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Cove and Beyond!
Region: La Jolla

Known as “The Jewel” of San Diego, La Jolla features luxury homes, fine dining and upscale shopping that rivals Rodeo Drive. But the real jewels in La Jolla are the beaches and reefs, which are freely available for visitors and locals alike.

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Leucadia Beaches
Region: North County Coastal

Leucadia beaches are comprised of two beach parks Leucadia State Beach and Encinitas County Beach, and more importantly, three popular surf spots Grandview, Beacon's and Stone Steps.

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Torrey Pines State Beach
Region: La Jolla

Located between Carmel Valley Road and the Glider Port at Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, this popular beach has bathrooms, showers, lifeguards and is a safe spot for kids to play by the lagoon.

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Cardiff-by-the-Sea Beaches
Region: North County Coastal

Welcome to Cardiff-by-the-Sea, home of the Cardiff Kook sculpture, miles of pristine, wide open beaches and a devout local surfing community that find the stoke in every day.

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Oceanside Beaches
Region: North County Coastal

With easy access to the beaches, fewer parking hassles, boardwalks and a pier, Oceanside offers the quintessential Southern California beach experience.

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Mission Beach
Region: Mission Bay and Beaches

Centrally located in San Diego, Mission Beach is the closest thing in San Diego to classic East Coast beaches like Atlantic City and Coney Island.

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Imperial Beach
Region: South Bay

Imperial Beach, home to the Sandcastle Competition, is an incorporated city where surfing, bodyboarding and swimming are popular throughout the summer.

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Point Loma Beaches
Region: Point Loma, Harbor Island & Shelter Island

There are, in fact, no real beaches on Point Loma, but it’s one of the best places in San Diego to meditate on waves crashing on the cliffs and explore tidepools in the rocky reefs full of marine life

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Encinitas Beaches
Region: North County Coastal

Find information about the beaches of Encinitas including Moonlight Beach, Swami’s & Boneyards.

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Carlsbad Beaches
Region: North County Coastal

Carlsbad's beaches remain one of San Diego's best kept secrets, which is just fine with the locals.

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Coronado’s Perfect Beaches
Region: Coronado

Voted as one of America’s finest beaches by The Travel Channel, Coronado’s beaches glisten year around with the Mica mineral sand caressed by gentle waves.

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Del Mar Beaches
Region: North County Coastal

Find information & directions to San Diego’s beaches in the northern coastal town of Del Mar.

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Solana Beach
Region: North County Coastal

With high cliffs lined right to the water’s edge, the beaches of Solana Beach may be difficult to access, however the reward is an almost secluded beach you can claim as your own.

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Mission Bay
Region: Mission Bay and Beaches

Home to a network of waterways, inlets and islets, Mission Bay Park covers 4200 acres of land & water.

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