I would like to have all of my San Diego County beach videos in one place on this page. I take pride in that here in San Diego; we have some of the gorgeous beaches around!
With San Diego County having over 70 miles of coast, there is something for everyone! From the wild, untouched beaches of San Onofre down to the most significant National Estuarine Research Center right on the Mexican Border, the beaches of San Diego County are waiting for you!
Have a look for yourself!
I have underlined and linked all appropriate material that I have written about for each site. Please feel free to explore and look around at all of the information!
Videos- Beaches of San Diego County
San Onofre State Beach is on the northern border of San Diego County. I highly recommend visiting this beach, as it is so primitive. As you can see, I have two videos of San Onofre State Beach (I love this place!) I took the first in winter and the second in summer. Have fun and compare the seasonal shorelines! Please see the link above for more information.
The Trail to Trestles Beach is located on the NW corner of San Onofre State Beach. This beach is known worldwide due to the famous surf breaks offshore. Click on the link for more information!
Old Man’s Surfing Beach
Here is one of my all-time favorite spots in San Diego! I adore the makeshift garden that the surfers have created! I also love how rustic and ‘natural’ this beach is. To learn more, please click on the link above.
My family has always loved Oceanside Harbor- North County, San Diego’s only harbor. Whenever we have a beach day, we will come here to have our favorite fish and chips and clam chowder in all of San Diego at Harbor Fish and Chips! Harborside Village is a collection of shops and restaurants located on the south side of the harbor. On the west side of the harbor is Oceanside Harbor Beach and the location for the public boat launch.
Saint Malo Beach is found in southern Oceanside, just at the border with Carlsbad, and is known for its rich history and architecture, which has little to no information on the internet, which I found intriguing. Click on the above link for more details!
The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation runs a Discovery Center at the southeast portion of the lagoon. Here you will find copious amounts of information regarding the lagoon as well as its flora and fauna.
Click on the link above for more in-depth information.
Hubbs Trail over at the NW portion of the Aqua Hedionda Lagoon offers a .5 mile hiking trail to stroll around the lagoon. Fishing is also popular at this lagoon, as well as paddleboarding.
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Warm Water Jetty and Terramar Beach
Warm Water Jetty beach is found just west of the Encina Power Plant and the Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Terramar Beach is just a bit south of here and is an excellent spot to check out the tidepools. Come and explore these beaches on a very low tide!
South Ponto Beach
South Ponto Beach is found on the western border of the Batiquitos Lagoon in Carlsbad and is also on the edge of Carlsbad and Encinitas. Here you will find protected dunes as well as a fantastic bluff overlook!
If I had to pick my favorite spot on the 70 miles of San Diego coast, the beaches of Encinitas would win hands down. I can not tell you how many times in the last 30 years that I have walked this stretch of beach. There is something to be said about uncrowded beaches with towering sandstone cliffs that make you feel small. Click on the link above for more information!
Moonlight State Beach
Moonlight State Beach has always been a family favorite. The cove-like setting and soft sandy beach provide hours and hours of summer fun. What I enjoy the most about this beach is that you are right in the middle of Encinitas. Walking north, I went to check out the Stonesteps Beach staircase and headed a bit south to climb the D Street Beach staircase as well. Both provide excellent photo opportunities! Let’s have a look!
Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage and Meditation Gardens
Located right above Swami’s State Beach, this beautiful garden is open to the public, and I highly recommend visiting. Most of the park was planned and planted by Swami Paramahansa Yogananda in the early 1920s.
Here is another of my favorite spots in San Diego. The way that the beach is set up looks somewhat like a cove and provides superb acoustics! The sandstone bluffs are covered in vegetation which is excellent habitat for birds. So even though the street is up above, all you can hear is the sound of crashing waves and the sweet sound of birds! It is a hidden paradise here! For more information, click on the link above!
Here we explore the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center located just east of Cardiff State Beach and right on the southern border of Encinitas in North County San Diego. This Nature Center offers a plethora of information, from environmental to the historical significance of the area.
Solana Beach Beaches
Here we will be exploring the coast of Solana Beach. We will start the journey at South Cardiff State Beach followed by, Tide Park Beach, Fletcher Cove Beach, Seascape Sur Beach, and Del Mar Shores Beach.
Del Mar Beaches
Come and join me as I travel the coast of Del Mar, visiting every beach. We start at North Del Mar Dog Beach, then Seagrove Park and Powerhouse Park, Del Mar City Beach, and finish at the South Beach of Del Mar Beach Access.
Torrey Pines State Beach is found between Del Mar and the northern border of San Diego in the community of La Jolla. This beach has always been a personal favorite since I moved down here over thirty years ago. Here you have a fantastic surf-fishing beach, and the view from up above is out of this world. Please click on the above link for more information!
This reserve is located on the top of the bluffs above Torrey Pines State Beach and includes the Los Penasquitos Lagoon. I would rate this park the number one spot to go for a coastal hike! Home to the rarest pine tree in the nation- The Torrey Pine. Please click on the link above for more information!
Black’s Beach is on the southern end of Torrey Pines State Beach. This beach is one of the most extensive public nude beaches in the United States. The beach is sectioned off, with the north beach is swimsuit-free, while the southern end is a must! Click on the link above for more information!
Scripps Coastal Reserve is an ecological reserve just south of Black’s Beach on the bluffs overlooking Scripps Beach and La Jolla Shores Beach, a self-guided biodiversity trail. For more information, please click on the link above.
The La Jolla Coast Walk Trail’s starting point is located next to The Cave Store and Goldfish Point, which is in the northern section of Downtown La Jolla. The Trail was created in 1932 and was given historical significance in 1990. Discover the sheltered Cave’s Beach and experience views that are out of this world!
San Diego City Beaches
North Pacific Beach is just north of the Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach. Here and the locations just north, including the Tourmaline Surfing Park, are great places to surf. Click on the link above for more information!
Ocean Beach-Dog Beach
Dog Beach, which is found in Ocean Beach, is San Diego County’s only 24-hour leash-free dog park! Join me for a mini-tour of the backside of Dog Beach, where you may see and experience the wonder of the dunes.
The Famosa Slough is a 37-acre urban wetland habitat in Ocean Beach. In 2010 this area was classified as State Marine Reserve (SMR).
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is just south of Ocean Beach in Point Loma. The park is broken into two sections: the Linear Section, which is right along the cliffs, as well as the hillside section, found at the most southern end. Come and have a look at this spectacular place! Click on the above link for more information.
San Diego Bay
Coronado Island is just across the San Diego Bay from Downtown San Diego. On the west side of the island stands the iconic Hotel del Coronado which was built in 1888. I always love coming here, primarily because of the dunes! There are not many other places in San Diego that have so much sand on the beach. Also, it is essential to mention that Coronado Beach always makes the top ten beaches in the US. Click on the link above for more information!
Pepper Park Pier
Pepper Park Pier is located in Chula Vista, next to the Sweetwater River Channel and the San Diego shipyard. It is essential to mention that due to the proximity of the river channel, it is not recommended to fish here after a rainstorm. This is because the water’s salinity will drop considerably, and the fish will move to saltier water.
Bayside Pier is located right outside Chula Vista Harbor. One side of the pier faces the harbor, with the other side faces San Diego Bay. The outside of the dock has better luck than the inside. Here you will find the bare minimum when it comes t fishing because there are no sinks.
Imperial Beach is the most southwesterly city in San Diego County and the United States! Located just two miles from the US/Mexico border, the town has a ‘beachy-vibe, with both a hip and nostalgic feel at the same time. Surf culture is evident everywhere you look, right down to surfboard benches at the beach! Imperial Beach pier offers fabulous fishing as well as a view of the Coronado Islands in Mexico.
One thing to note is that after a big storm, Imperial Beach has some of the dirtiest water in the nation. This is because of Mexico’s raw sewage entering the ocean from the south. It is a beautiful beach, but I would be hesitant to enter the water.
Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve
Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
Here is a mini-tour of the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center. I highly recommend visiting here first before venturing out in the park. You will find a great deal of valuable information that you can take with you to understand what you are seeing.