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Guide to San Diego Beaches

Beaches: San Diego’s Signature Attraction

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of warm beach sand between your toes. It’s a sensation that visitors and locals cherish along San Diego’s 70 miles of glorious beaches. Find your very own ocean paradise as you bask in the warmth of the Southern California sun, soak-in the fresh sea air, and relax to the sights and sounds of waves crashing along the shore. Just another day in San Diego…

From expansive sandy beaches, secluded alcoves, rocky cliffs, wave-shaping reefs, living tide pools and everything in between, the beaches in San Diego are as varied as the towns that surround them. Discover beaches perfect for families and dogs, surf spots coveted by the world’s top surfers and beaches for sports—in and out of the water. Enjoy a bonfire with family and friends, spot sea creatures from the shore or in coastal waters, or simply relax and watch people pass by. San Diego beaches offer endless options for an unforgettable beach vacation.

Choosing a Beach

San Diego’s beaches vary as you move up and down the coastline. It’s best to consider the types of activities and overall beach experience you’re looking for before setting out.

  • Family Friendly beaches span most of the coastline, with plenty of room for sand castle building, tide pool exploration and safe swimming.
  • Surfing hotspots abound, with locations for novices and experts alike.
  • Water Sports like standup paddle boarding, windsurfing and sailing are options at many beaches and San Diego Bay, some offering rentals.
  • Hiking and a dip in the ocean are signatures of several beaches, especially Torrey Pines.
  • Overnight camping is offered at some beaches, typically requiring reservations several months in advance.

Browse the beach listings below to help you plan your visit to San Diego.

So Much To Do at the Beaches of San Diego

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