Best San Diego Birding Hotspots

Loma Alta Creek San Diego Birding

Here I  present to you a comprehensive list of the best San Diego birding hotspots. I will be including all of San Diego County starting first to the north and making my way south. Each site will consist of a link to an address; as well as, habitat type, amenities,  tour information (if available,) and finally any notable birds of interest.

Did you know that there are many free San Diego birding tours offered all over San Diego County? I will also be including any insider information that I turn up in my research; such as prime locations within each site.

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The Mystery of Saint Malo Beach

Saint Malo Beach

Have you ever walked down the southern Oceanside beaches? Did you know that at the very end, right near the border of Carlsbad there is a private beach named Saint Malo Beach?

In fact, the community of Saint Malo owns the part of the Buena Vista Lagoon closest to the Pacific Ocean.

Not much is known of this beach, and because of this, I was extremely intrigued to learn more. I would like to mention right up front, that there is hardly any information about this area on the internet.

I spent countless hours trying to find something, anything!

Well,  I found just enough so here I am to take you on a mini-tour of this infamous beach.

Come on!

Let’s have a look!

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Exploring North Pacific Beach

North Pacific Beach sandy beach Crystal Pier

One day I decided to head down to the coast to do some more research on my website. So,  I had my itinerary all ready, with over 12 beaches to go check out, starting with North Pacific Beach.

I was fortunate that it was such a lovely day. It was so warm that I didn’t even need a jacket.  Where else can you experience mid 70’s in the winter but Southern California!

 My “Beaches of San Diego County” was a big help. Here, I  have linked all the addresses of each beach to Google Maps.

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Torrey Pines State Beach

Torrey Pines State Beach Panoramic Bluffs

Torrey Pines State Beach is located right between La Jolla to the south and Del Mar to the north.  I have been visiting this beach for over 30 years and never tire of the sights.

While living in San Diego, this was our number one beach to come and visit.

I discovered Torrey Pines State Beach when I was working as a Fisheries Technician. This beach is a prime spot for surf fishing. I can not think of a better place to have to work on!

I love it here so much!

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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

Stonesteps Beach Encinitas
Stonesteps Beach Beaches of San Diego County
Stonestep’s Beach

Here I would like to set up a comprehensive list of all possible 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, you are incredibly fortunate to live in this gorgeous city. With an average temp of 69.8, what is not to love.

With over 70 miles of coastline, there are endless amounts of exploring to do. Whether you go to the beach for the sun or the water or the sand, the beaches of San Diego County have something for everyone.

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For the Love of San Diego Beaches

San Diego Beaches

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

little girl on sand
I have always loved the beach!

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!

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Top 5 Spots to View a San Diego Sunset

Mission Bay San Diego Sunset
Mission Bay, San Diego

If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God– G.K Chesterton

Encountering a San Diego sunset on the coast is something you are not likely to ever forget. With San Diego having over 70 miles of coast,  where are the best places to experience a San Diego sunset?

Few things touch my soul more than a sunset. There is something magical that happens when the sun rays hit upon the ocean water. It is as if the entire surroundings are shining from within.

It is my pleasure to share with you, my top 5 spots where I think that you can see, that exceptional San Diego sunset in all its glory and more!

Under each listing, I have included one fun fact; or in other words, a secret.

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Getting to Know San Onofre State Beach

san onofre state beach

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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Adventures of a Fisheries Technician-70 Miles of Coast

Fisheries Technician

I wanted to add a few more facts, concerning my time as a San Diego Fisheries Technician, which allowed me time to explore the coast and get paid to do it.

I Love the Ocean!

As I have gone over a little bit of this before on my For the Love of San Diego Beaches, I wanted to add a bit more information.

After graduating from High School, I transferred my life down south to go to college. One of the first places I visited was the beautiful beaches of San Diego!

It was love at first sight!

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