Gallery of San Diego Beach Pictures

My husband and kids are always making fun of me for always taking San Diego beach pictures. I can not help it! I see something, and I need to take a picture of it, it is that simple.

This philosophy has gotten me into a bit of trouble, but not anymore. You see, I have over 12 years of digital photos on three external hard drives as well as a few hundred on an I-pad. What to do with close to 100,000 pictures? Well, I have recently spent almost 4 hours every night going over EVERY picture to find the perfect ones to share with the world.

I hope you enjoy!


#Please click on any photo to see a larger version. Also, you may hover over each photo to see the scientific name of each species listed.

I have also included several links that will give you more information in regards to where each photo was taken.

Native Plants

California Poppies Aqua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center
California Poppy-Our State Flower, taken at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center
coyote brush tree agua hedionda lagoon native garden
Coyote bush
Toyon tree agua hedionda lagoon native garden
Toyon is also known as the “Christmas berry tree”
Shaws Agave San Elijo Lagoon
Shaw’s Agave- San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center
Bush Sunflower San Elijo Lagoon
Bush Sunflower at the San Elijo Lagoon
Lady Fingers La Jolla Scripps Coastal Reserve
Lady Fingers at the Scripps Coastal Reserve
Salt Grass Ocean Beach Dog Beach
Saltgrass-Trestles Beach
Saltgrass bluff boneyard beach encinitas
Saltgrass – Encinitas Bluffs
Beach Evening Primrose South Ponto Beach
Beach evening primrose at South Ponto Beach
California Buckwheat san diego beach pictures
California buckwheat on the Panhe Nature Trail
California buckwheat san diego beach pictures
California buckwheat
Lemonade Berry Bush panhe nature trail
Lemonade berry bush on the Panhe Nature Trail
lemonade berry tree san diego beach pictures
Lemonade berry tree at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center
Deergrass Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center
Torrey Pine Tree san diego beach pictures
Torrey Pine Tree at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

The Torrey pine tree is the rarest pine tree in the United States.

Laural sumac san diego beach pictures
Laural sumac
dwarf coffeeberry agua hedionda lagoon native garden
Dwarf coffeeberry
Deerweed California Broom panhe nature trail
Deerweed-California broom on Panhe Nature Trail
Deerweed Agua Hedionda Lagoon
Deerweed with flowers at Agua Hedionda Lagoon Hubbs Trail
Castor Bean Plant san diego beach pictures
Castor bean plant on the Trestles Beach Trail
Bladderpod plant san diego beach pictures
Bladderpod at Warm Water Jetty Beach, Carlsbad
Black Sage aqua hedionda lagoon discovery center
Black sage at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center
White Sage san diego beach pictures
White sage
California sagebush agua hedionda lagoon discovery center
California sagebush at the Buena Vista Lagoon
Cleveland sage san diego beach pictures
Cleveland sage
Cleveland sage san diego beach pictures
Cleveland sage at Oceanside Harbor
Goldenbush Batiquitos Lagoon Trail Carlsbad
Coastal goldenbush on the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center Trail
coast goldenbush san diego beach pictures
Coastal goldenbush
Prickly Pear Cactus Batiquitos Lagoon
Prickly pear cactus on the Batiquitos Lagoon Trail
Honeysuckle La Jolla San Diego Beach Pictures
San Diego Honeysuckle at La Jolla Natural Park
Tree Tobacco plant panhe nature trail
Tree tobacco plant
Cattails san mateo lagoon san onofre state beach
Bulrush (Cattail) during the summer at Trestles Beach next to the San Mateo River.
Spiny rush Buena Vista Lagoon trail
Spiny rush at the Buena Vista Lagoon.
california monkey flower
Sticky monkey-flower
Chalk dudleya plant south ponto beach
Chalk dudleya -South Ponto Beach
Yerba mansa Famosa Slough Ocean Beach
Yerba mansa at the Famosa Slough in Ocean Beach
Alkali heath salt marsh plant
Alkali heath


Gooseneck Barnacles San Diego Beach Pictures
Gooseneck Barnacles on the Scripps Pier at La Jolla Shores Beach
Barnacles Mussels san diego beach pictures
Gooseneck Barnacles and California mussels
California Mussels san diego beach pictures
California Mussels at Swami’s State Beach
La Jolla Shores tidepools sea anemone
Sea Anemones at La Jolla Shores Tide Pools
Sand Dollar Coronado Island San Diego Beach Pictures
Pacific sand dollar- Coronado City Beach
CA sea urchins san diego sea world
Pacific purple sea urchin at SeaWorld San Diego
California black sea hare Cabrillo National Monument
California black sea hare at Cabrillo National Monument tide pools.


Snowy Egret walking Oceanside Pier
Snowy Egret- Oceanside Pier
Royal Terns Swamis State Beach
Royal Terns- Swami’s State Beach
Beach Raven San Diego Beach Pictures
Common Raven-San Onofre State Beach
ravens sandy beach bluff water dripping down
Two ravens finding some fresh water to drink falling off the bluffs
Great Tailed Grackle San Diego Beach pictures
Great-tailed Grackle- San Onofre State Beach
Great Egret
Great egret on a bluff in Encinitas
Great egret san diego beach pictures
Do you see the Great egret?-Famosa Slough, Ocean Beach
Heermans Gull Seaport Village San Diego Beach pictures
Heermans Gull at Seaport Village -Downtown San Diego
Heermans gull san diego beach pictures
Heermans gull
Ocean Beach City Beach Western Gull
Western Gull- Ocean Beach Pier

A great way to tell the difference between a Western gull and a California gull is to look at their legs. The Western gull’s legs are pink while the California gull’s legs are yellow.

Seagull san diego beach pictures
California gull over Moonlight Beach
California Gulls rocky shore waves background
One brown pelican and many California gulls at Trestles Beach
Seal Rock La Jolla many birds
Double-crested Cormorants, Brown Pelicans, and Harbor seals off La Jolla
Brown Pelican Oceanside Pier San Diego Beach Pictures
Brown pelican on Ocean Beach Pier

This Brown pelican up above loves to hang out at the same spot on the Ocean Beach pier, day after day!

Brown Pelicans San Diego Harbor
Brown pelicans at Oceanside Harbor

Brown pelicans love to hang out on the docks waiting for the fishing boats to come in.

Willet shorebird tidal pool Trestles Beach
Willet at San Onofre State Beach
least sandpipers san diego beach pictures
Least sandpipers watching the winter surf at Swami’s State Beach
Whimbrel walking on beach bluffs waves
A Whimbrel at Boneyard Beach, Encinitas
Whimbrels san diego beach pictures
Many Whimbrels at Moonlight Beach, Encinitas


Baby harbor seals La Jolla Childrens Pool
Harbor seals at La Jolla Children’s Pool

One of the most exciting places that I like to take visitors from out of town is definitely La Jolla! We are never disappointed when we get a chance to see these majestic creatures up close.

Harbor seals childrens pool san diego beach pictures
Children’s Pool in La Jolla– Harbor seals
Behind Childrens pool la jolla san diego beach pictures
Behind the Children’s Pool, La Jolla
Seal Rock San Diego Beach Pictures
California sea lions on Seal Rock- La Jolla
California sea lion san diego beach pictures
Do you notice the tag right above it right flipper?  Stonesteps Beach, Encinitas
Oceanside Harbor CA sea lions dock sailboat
California sea lions- Oceanside Harbor
stellar sea lion san diego sea world
Stellar sea lion at SeaWorld San Diego


green sea turtle san diego beach pictures
Pacific green turtle- SeaWorld San Diego
sea turtle san diego beach pictures
Living Coast Discovery Center- Pacific green turtle
Green sea turtle seaworld san diego
Pacific green sea turtle
Bat Ray Living Coast Discovery Center
Bat ray- Living Coast Discovery Center located in the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
shovelnose guitarfish oceanside pier california
Shovelnose guitarfish on Oceanside Pier




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