I have been coming to the beaches of Encinitas for over thirty years, and boy do I have enormous amounts of pictures to prove it! If I had to pick my favorite stretch of beaches on the 70 miles of coast in San Diego, it would have to be, the beaches of Encinitas.
At the beach, life is different Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun. Anonymous
Discovering San Diego Beaches
Sometime back, I remember reading that the beaches of San Diego are considered to be some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. So it was only logical that when I moved down here from Los Angeles to go to college, it was my mission to see if this theory was correct. Are the beaches of San Diego such a big deal?
Though I had been to a San Diego only once as a child, the one thing I remember is Mission Beach. That was as far as my association with San Diego beaches went, flat and sandy. Well, when I finally went out to explore the San Diego coastline, I was not let down, not by a long shot!
It is that time of year again! California’s official state marine mammal, the California Gray whale, is starting its way down South! Generally speaking, this is the best time for San Diego whale watching.
San Diego Whale Watching
Whales pass through San Diego year round but prefer to stay more than five miles offshore. Gray whales, on the other hand, tend to keep close to the shore when traveling South; as a result, this is a great time to see them from onshore.
Let us now take a look at a few fascinating facts about the Gray whale; also, I have also included a summary of some other possible whales you are most likely to encounter while on a San Diego whale watching tour
As I have said many, many times, San Diego has some of the best beaches in the country. Most are well known and are almost always busy, but there are a few that not many know about. Today I would like to concentrate on one of my personal favorites, Swami’s State Beach.
This hidden beach oasis is situated toward the southern end of Encinitas, California which is about 25 miles north of Downtown San Diego.
SeaWorld, one of San Diego’s premier adventure parks, is situated on 21 acres in Mission Bay Park and is located just 5 miles north of Downtown San Diego. This marine zoological park first opened its gates in 1964.
It wasn’t until ten years later, as a child, I had the pleasure to walked through those gates for the very first time. I do not remember much, except for one thing: getting soaking wet from the Shamu show and wondering why in the world the water was so cold.
In college, I volunteered at San Diego State University, to help a research biologist input data from his Elephant seal study at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute(HSWRI). I loved every time I walked through those doors. I felt like I arrived, even if it was only volunteering.
SeaWorld- Over the Past Thirty Years
My husband and I have lived in and around San Diego County for over 30 years, and we have enjoyed being SeaWorld annual pass members for at least 10 of those years. I love that my children not only had a blast on all the activities and rides, but they were also experiencing and learning many things regarding the marine ecosystem as a whole.
I would like to share with you a few photos I have compiled over the years.
Every year, Coronado Beach makes the Top 10 beaches in the US. This beach is one of my children’s favorite as well. Coronado Island in San Diego, CA can be seen across San Diego Bay from Downtown San Diego.
In particular, we enjoy the vast sandy beaches and adore going into the Hotel del Coronado; located less than a mile from our starting point.
Would you like to take a tour of Coronado Island in San Diego CA? Well, you have come to the right place. Come and join me on an epic adventure, going back in time and staying in the present at the same time!
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is over 18 acres of cliffs adjacent to the Western coast of Point Loma beginning at Ladera Street.
There is a sandy trail that runs parallel to Sunset Cliffs Boulevard that makes for a gorgeous walk. Whenever we have company visiting from out of town and want to show off our coastline, this is the where we go.
The Beauty and Wonder of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
Above is a short video which showcases the beauty of the cliffs next to the water.
Oceanside Beach, CA is 30 min north of Downtown San Diego in North County San Diego. Did you know that the city of Oceanside is best known for being the home of the Marine Military Base Camp Pendleton?
Join me for a mini-tour of Oceanside Pier a day after a winter storm!
San Onofre State Beach is over 3000-acres of sandy and rocky beaches, weathered bluffs, and coastal wetlands located on the northernmost border of San Diego County, and 3 miles south of the city of San Clemente in Orange County.
My family and I love to explore this area!
Every year over 2.5 million people frequent San Onofre State Beach making it one of the top five most visited state parks in California.
Come and join me for a tour!
Fun Fact- “Onofre” in Spanish means defender of peace.