All San Diego City Beaches Are Closed

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I can not believe that I am writing these words, but all San Diego city beaches are closed to the public as a precaution to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Can you believe what you are reading? I keep thinking that I am going to wake up and this is all a bad dream.

Here is a timeline of events that have been occurring in San Diego County, starting on March 15 to “flatten-the curve,” to discourage large gatherings and to maintain social distancing.

San Diego Beach Closures –Timeline of Events

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  • Sunday, March 15- all restaurants and bars are to be closed until April 28.
  • Tuesday, March 17- the State of California closes all state campgrounds and beach parking lots, but beaches, trails, and non-campground areas are still open.
  • Thursday, March 19- Governor Gavin Newsom declares a ‘shelter-in-place’ order for the entire state of California.
  • Friday, March 20- the cities of San Diego, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Del Mar close all parks, beach parking lots, and boat launch ramps. Cabrillo National Monument was closed but stated that it would open back up on April 10. All outdoor areas and trails are still open. (Update- Everything closed until further notice.)
  • Monday, March 23- due to lack of social distancing and gathering of large groups at several beaches in San Diego on the previous weekend, the mayor of San Diego Kevin Faulconer calls for the closing of all San Diego City-owned lakes, beaches, boardwalks, parks, and trails. The cities of Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Del Mar, follow San Diego and do the same.
  • Tuesday, March 24, the Port of San Diego officially closes all parks, trails, parking lots, and boat launch ramps of San Diego Bay. Imperial Beach officially closes all if its beaches.

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King Tide at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

My husband and I had tickets for the ‘King’ of all concerts- Tool at  Viejas Arena SDSU  on Sunday, Jan 12. It was a Christmas present from my sister-in-law (thank you, Tess!), so we decided to make a day out of it. My husband even made the situation sweeter by getting a hotel room. I usually work on the weekends, so you can probably imagine how excited I was to take a day off! So, my main objective was to make this one of the best days ever in San Diego  ( my best days are always at the beach!). I knew that the King Tide was due in for that weekend, so I thought what better place to check out the tide pools than over at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park-Garbage Beach.

What is a King Tide?

point loma tide chart jan 11 to 13 King Tide
Point Loma Tide Chart

After a full and new moon, a spring tide occurs, due to the gravitational pull,  of the moon and sun. The result produces a very high tide and, in turn, a very low tide. So, in essence, a Spring Tide is when there is the most significant distance between the high tide and the low tide. The best time to go to the tide pools during extremely low tide is during winter because, In the summer months, all the shallow tides only happen at night.

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Summer 2019-San Diego Surf Camps For Kids

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As we inch closer to the summer of 2019, many parents are looking for a summer surf camp for their kids. Well, I have done a bit of research for you by preparing a list of all of the San Diego surf camps offered in San Diego County.

I will first state general information regarding what age groups are covered, rates, student to instructor ratios, as well as any other additional information that will help you find just the right summer San Diego surf camp for your child. Please always refer to each business website for more in-depth information.

Let’s now have a look at what I found. I will first start in North County San Diego and finish down at Imperial Beach, which is right next to the USA/Mexico border.

San Diego County Map San Diego Surf Camps

North County San Diego Surf Camps-So Much Diversity!

North County San Diego consists of San Onofre, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Del Mar. Let’s have a look at what is offered.

Endless Summer Surf Camp-San Onofre State Beach

Trail Four Lifeguard Tower San Onofre State Beach
Trail Four Lifeguard Tower

The very first summer San Diego surf camp that I will be starting with is unique. You see, Endless Summer Surf Camp not only has a 5-day long day surf camp, but it also offers the option of staying and camping overnight.

Overnight students will camp out in tents up above Trails Beach at the San Onofre Bluff Campground which is located on the southern border of San Onofre State Beach off of Old Pacific Highway.

Six trails connect the coast to the San Onofre Bluff Campground, and Endless Summer Surf Camp is located right next to the beginning of Trail 4.

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Best Surfing Beaches in San Diego

Surfing Lowers Best Surfing Beaches in San Diego

San Diego has a long history of surf culture. Several of San Diego’s beaches are infamous because of this culture (Old Man’s, Windansea, Tourmaline Surfing Park). Today I would like to list some of the best surfing beaches in San Diego. It is important to note that I will be covering the entire San Diego County, starting North.

Swami Stooge best surfing beaches in San Diego
The ‘Cardiff Kook’ is placed right before downtown Encinitas

To add a bit of semblance to this list, I will be adding a linked google map to each site. I will also be specifying the wave type and direction, which swell/ wind combination works best, the reliability of the location as well as any additional information that I find interesting or have written about in a prior post.

Swamis surfing sign best surfing beaches in San Diego
This sign is located right near Swami’s, in Encinitas

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Black’s Beach The Naked Truth

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I remember when I was working at a coffee shop in San Diego’s Hotel Circle while in college, the number one question that the tourists would ask was, “Where is La Jolla,” followed by, “How did you get to Black’s Beach?”

Ok, so why so many inquiries?

Well,  the answer is that Black’s Beach is one of the largest public nude beaches in the United States. Just thinking about seeing naked people made me uncomfortable when I was young, so going there at that time was out of the question.

Fast forward twenty-five years later and I end up taking my two teenage daughters there!

Did I also mention that the surf is phenomenal?

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Exploring Trestles Beach Trail

Surfer trestles beach trail san onofre state beach

Trestles Beach is a collection of surf breaks located at the northern border of San Onofre State Beach. Saying that this beach is world famous is an understatement! In fact, the Hurley Pro is held here!

I went over this area a bit in a previous post on San Onofre State Beach, but today I would like to concentrate on the Beach Trail leading to Trestles Beach.

The Beach Trail going east also becomes the Panhe Nature trail, which I have also written about if you are interested.

Recently, I have been teaching myself about all of the Southern California native plant species, so today I would like to point out a few to you if you do not mind. It helps me!

Once we arrive at Trestles, I will also be showcasing the San Mateo Creek/ Lagoon which ends at the beach as well as checking out the surfers and the dunes.

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Touring 10 Beaches-North County San Diego

North County San Diego

Living in Southern California, I have photographed many of the beaches of  North County San Diego through the years. But I have not gotten even close to shooting every one of them!

So, it has been my mission this year to shoot every beach on the 70 miles of  San Diego coast.

 Let’s get going!

 Beaches of North County San Diego

On Jan 11, 2018, my daughter and I took a quick ride to North County San Diego to photograph a few of the beaches.

Before leaving, I mapped out the ten shores that we would be conquering.  Our primary objective was to start at Wisconsin Street Beach in Oceanside followed by the beaches of Carlsbad and finally ending at Grandview Beach in Encinitas.

Oceanside Carlsbad Google Map North County San Diego
11.4 miles of coast covered

All in all, we covered 11.4 miles of San Diego’s 70 miles of coastline.

If there is one thing that I have learned on the adventure, it is that all of these beaches listed below are best to visit on a mid to low tide day.

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The Beaches of San Diego County-Updated 2020

Stonesteps Beach Beaches of San Diego County

Here I would like to set up a comprehensive list of the beaches of San Diego County, beginning with the most northern shore and making my way down the coast until the most southern beach sharing its border with Mexico.

For all those that live in San Diego, we are so incredibly fortunate to live in this gorgeous city. I mean, with an average daytime temperature of 69.8` F, what is not to love?

San Diego County has over 70 miles of unique coastline to appreciate and explore!

Experience San Diego Like a Local!

Having been fortunate enough to live in this area for over 30 years, I have explored almost every single mile, that is, except on the military beaches (San Diego has three of them. But I did get a few pictures from the outside looking in, and for that I am grateful.

About two years ago, I made a pact with myself to document as many of the beaches of San Diego County as I could.  To make things as easy as possible, I will be listing each beach and including the following criteria-

  • Map
  • Activities Available
  • Restrooms
  • Parking
  • Points of Interest
  • My Rating (1-5 with five being the highest)
  • Additional Information

(As you can see, restroom availability is a critical metric!)

I have written previously on many of these locations so  I will also be linking each relevant post under Additional Information.

(Please have a look and share it with those that you love.)

Whether you go to the beach for the sun, water, or walk on the sand, the beaches of San Diego County have something for everyone.

Let’s have a look!

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Swami’s State Beach-Hidden Paradise

Sunset at Swami's State Beach

Swami's State Beach Sunset

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.

Would you like to come and join me for a tour?

Let’s go!

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Getting to Know San Onofre State Beach

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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!

San Onofre State Beach

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.

 

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