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!


Table of Contents

San Onofre State Beach

Rocky San Onofre Beaches of San Diego County

I will be starting the list at the most northern edge, where San Diego County meets with Orange County at San Onofre State Beach. Here is where some of the best surf breaks in all of San Diego can be found.

Because of this, Orange County (San Clemente) always wants to claim this area as its own, but cartographers know better.

Here is a breakdown of all of the beaches located within San Onofre State Beach.

  • Trestles
    • Uppers
    • Lowers
    • Middles
  • Church
  • San Onofre Surfing Beach
    • The Point
    • Old Man’s
    • Dogpatch
  • Trails

Let’s now dig a little deeper and showcase each beach!


Trestles

surfing trestles beaches of San Diego County

button map Trestles San Onofre State Beach

OK, so the most northern section of San Onofre State Beach is called Trestles and is separated into three different sections, each with its surf break. Going from North to South, you have Uppers, Lowers, and Middles.

The map that I have provided for you is located in the very northern section of San Onofre State Beach. Trestles can also be reached by walking from San Onofre Surf Beach (see down below)

Activities- 

  • surfing
  • hiking via Trestles Beach Trail and on miles of secluded beach
  • bird watching
  • beachcombing

Restroom- porta-potties

Points of Interest –

  • world-renowned surf break, so it is always fun watching the surfers
  • San Mateo River empties onto the beach and is a great place for bird watching
  • Trestles is also a fantastic beach to find driftwood, rocks, and shells
  • native coastal strand vegetation on the dunes
  • railroad tracks and coastal bluff next to Uppers
  • there is ancient vegetation to appreciate on the Trestles Beach Trail
  • extremely secluded beach during the week
  • great white sharks have been seen here

Rating- ♥♥♥♥♥

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SurfingTrestles

surfing Trestles sign beaches of san diego county


San Onofre Surfing Beach

San Onofre Surfing Beach rocky beach surfer walking to water

button map San Onofre Surfing Beach

Activities-

  • surfing, boogie boarding
  • swimming
  • paddle boarding
  • hiking
  • beachcombing
  • tide-pooling
  • surf-fishing
  • volleyball
  • Dogs allowed at Dog Patch

Points of Interest-

  • Old Man’s garden
  • a de-commissioned Nuclear Powerplant
  • sandstone bluffs
  • stoney shoreline

Restrooms- porta-potties

Rating- ♥♥♥♥♥

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The Three Sections of San Onofre Surfing Beach

Rocky San Onofre Beaches of San Diego County

The Point is a popular fishing site and is located at the beginning of the parking lot-

Old Mans Pathway Garden San Onofre Surfing Beach

Old Man’s Beach is right in the middle of the parking lot and has the most wonderful garden area, which includes a shower!

Dogpatch Beach Beaches of San Diego County

Dogpatch Beach is located at the south end of the parking lot and is a great place to come with your leashed dog. The ocean conditions over here are perfect for paddleboarding and learning how to surf.


Bluffs Beach– (San Onofre Bluffs Campground)

bluff trail 6 san onofre campground

button map Trails San Onofre Campground

Activities-

  • over three miles of shoreline to hike
  • Six trails that connect the campground to the beach below
  • surfing
  • beachcombing
  • native plants in sand and on bluffs

Points of Interest-

  • a very primitive campground with only cold showers and chemical toilets
  • found just north of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
  • great photographic opportunities
  • great white sharks have been seen here

Restrooms- porta-potties

Rating- ♥♥♥♥♥

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Del Mar Beach on Camp Pendleton

Del Mar Beach Camp Pendleton Beach chairs umbrella

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Located in the southwestern section of Camp Pendleton,  Del Mar Beach is a beach resort open to active and retired military offering both an RV park as well as beach bungalows.

Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, boogie boarding
  • beachcombing
  • surf fishing
  • water sports in the military harbor

Points of Interest-

  • private military harbor
  • water sports in the harbor
  • Children’s Beach at the harbor
  • jetty
  • clean restrooms
  • fire pits ( for registered guests)
  • volleyball

Restrooms- Yes

Parking- on Base

Rating- ♥♥♥

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Oceanside Beaches

Oceanside Pier South Oceanside Beaches

Oceanside’s beaches are pretty basic in terms of aesthetics, as there are no bluffs or cliffs to explore. Over half of the Oceanside beaches are not accessible on a very high tide.

South of the Harbor, sand has been disappearing for years. Therefore, I will be only listing a few activities on the less than accessible beaches down below.

But you can not forget about San Luis Rey River, which is found next to Oceanside Harbor.  Next to the river is the San Luis Rey River Trail, which stretches 9 miles inland.

Special Note- Dogs and not allowed on any of the beaches in Oceanside!


Oceanside Harbor Beach

Oceanside Harbor Beach beaches of san diego county

button map Oceanside Harbor Beach

Activities-

  • surfing, boogie boarding, swimming
  • surf and jetty fishing
  • birdwatching
  • volleyball
  • walking on jetties
  • watching boats come into the harbor
  • Oceanside Harbor Village
  • fishing

Points of Interest-

  • harbor access
  • RV camping northern section
  • Oceanside Boat Launch
  • Oceanside Small Craft Harbor Fishing Pier

Restroom- yes

Parking- paid

Rating- ♥♥♥♥

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Breakwater Way Beach

Oceanside Breakwater Way Beach waves coming in

button map Breakwater Beach

Activities-

  • surfing
  • walking on North Strand boardwalk to Wisconsin Street Beach
  • swimming
  • beachcombing
  • the beach connects to the San Luis Rey River Trail

Points of Interest- 

  • nice amount of sand in the summer
  • the shoreline in front of San Luis Rey River Terminus is not accessible in the winter as it flows into the ocean
    • here is a great place to go bird watching, especially in the winter

Restrooms-  yes

Parking- There is a city parking lot located off North Pacific Street

Ratings- ♥♥♥

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Oceanside Pier View North Beach

Pier view north beach Oceanside pier

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Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, boogie boarding
  • people watching
  • walking the shoreline

Points of Interest-

  • Oceanside Pier
  • Oceanside Strand
  • beach rentals

Restrooms- yes

Parking-  city parking lot near Oceanside Pier

Ratings- ♥♥


Oceanside Pier View South Beach 

Pier View south beach Oceanside pier

button map pier view south beach

Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, boogie boarding
  • people watching
  • walking

 Points of Interest-

  • Oceanside Pier/ Oceanside Pier Amphitheater
  • Oceanside Strand
  • children’s playground
  • Main Lifeguard Station

Restrooms- yes

Parking – city parking lot, metered parking

Ratings

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Tyson Street Beach

Tyson Street Beach Beaches of San DIego County

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Tyson Street Beach is a continuation of Oceanside Pier View South Beach as they are found fairly close together.

Points of Interest-

  • Tyson Street Park which has a grassy area which is perfect for picnics
  • children’s playground
  • staircase going down to the beach
  • Aqua Cafe

Wisconsin Street Beach

Wisconsin St Beach Beaches of San Diego County

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Here is where the Oceanside Stand begins (it ends at Breakwater Way Beach).

There is a tiny parking lot located here with about 15 spots. In all honesty, the only good time to visit this beach is when the tide is low. During high tide, Wisconsin Street beach is not accessible.

Ratings-♥♥

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Oceanside Blvd Beach

Oceanside Blvd Beach Lifeguard number nine ramp beach

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Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, boogie boarding
  • walking on a low tide

Points of Interest-

  • beach ramp
  • of all of the South Oceanside beaches, this beach has the most sand, but it is still all wet during high tide

Restrooms- no

Parking – residential parking

Ratings- ♥♥

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Buccaneer Beach

Buccaneer Beach sandy shore lifeguard station rocks

button map Buccaneer Beach Oceanside

At Buccaneer Beach, the sand is limited, like other southern Oceanside Beaches. What makes this beach special is that there is a cafe, free parking, and Buccaneer Park is across the street.

Another unique feature is Loma Alta Creek, which in the wintertime, flows onto this beach. Located next to Loma Alta Creek is Oceanside RV park, whose patrons easily fill up Buccaneer Beach in the summertime.

Activities-

  • boogie boarding, swimming
  • surfing outside of checker flags
  • picnic
  • walking
  • birdwatching

Points of Interest-

  • Buccaneer Park and Cafe
  • Loma Alta Creek
  • Paradise by the Sea RV Park

Restrooms- yes

Parking- yes, and it is free!

Ratings-♥♥♥

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South Oceanside Beach

South Oceanside Beach rock wall sandy shore waves

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What I love most about this beach is that it is never crowded, at least during the week.

Activities-

  • surfing is popular here
  • swimming
  • walking

 Points of Interest-

  • large wooden staircase
  • last Oceanside public beach access point
  • Saint Malo Beach is less than a ten-minute walk from here

Restrooms- no

Parking- residential

Ratings- ♥♥♥

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Saint Malo Beach

Saint Malo Beach Oceanside

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As stated up above, Saint Malo Beach is a private gated beach community that is located on the southern border of the city of Oceanside. The only way to visit this beach is by walking south from South Oceanside Beach.

Another unique feature found on this beach is the Buena Vista Lagoon weir. For more information, click on the links below.

Ratings- ♥♥♥

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Carlsbad Beaches

terramar beach three birds shoreline
Terramar Beach

South of the Buena Vista Lagoon, we come upon the beaches of Carlsbad. Here is where the seaside cliffs start to appear again. Over half of the beaches here are State Park beaches.  Carlsbad also has two coastal lagoons, Agua Hedionda, and Batiquitos. Each lagoon has a spectacular Nature Center to visit.

Just like Oceanside, the city of Carlsbad also does not allow dogs on any of its beaches.


Carlsbad City Beach

Carlsbad City Beach stairway down beach

button map Carlsbad City Beach

Activities-

  • swimming, boogie boarding
  • no surfing allowed from May- November
  • hiking
  • beachcombing

Points of Interest-

  • a rather large sandy beach compared to Oceanside
  • short walk to Saint Malo Beach and Buena Vista Lagoon
  • beach rentals

Restrooms- no

Parking- residential

Ratings-♥♥♥

Additional Information–>


Robert Frazee State Beach

Robert Frazee State Beach three volleyball courts

button map Robert Frazee State beach carlsbad

Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, boogie-boarding
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • picnic on grass

 Points of Interest-

  • beach ramp
  • grassy area
  • bluff walkway
  • volleyball courts
  • food-stuffs nearby

Restrooms- yes

Parking- yes

Ratings- ♥♥♥

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Tamarack State Beach

Tamarack State Beach Beaches of San Diego County

button map Tamarack Beach Carlsbad

Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, boogie boarding
  • hiking shoreline
  • walking Hubb’s Trail over at Agua Hedionda Lagoon which is across the street
  • fishing on jetties, surf-fishing

 Points of Interest-

  • Agua Hedionda Lagoon inlet
  • a great place to see dolphins swim by
  • a nice amount of sandy beach

Restrooms- yes

Parking- yes

Rating-♥♥♥♥

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Warm Water Jetty Beach

Warm Water Jetty Beach Carlsbad

button map Warm Water Jetty Beach

Activities-

  • popular surf spot
  • swimming, boogie boarding
  • walking on beach and bluffs

Points of Interest-

  • across the street from Encina Power Station and Agua Hedionda Lagoon
  • short walk to Terramar Beach tide pools
  • native plants on the bluffs

Restrooms- no

Parking- off-street/ residential

Ratings-♥♥♥

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Terramar Beach

Terramar Beach Stairs Beaches of San Diego County

button map Terramar Beach Carlsbad

Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, boogie boarding (no lifeguard)
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • tide-pooling

 Points of Interest-

  • tide pools are located in the northern section of the beach
  • geological formation in the bluffs

Restrooms- no

Parking- residential

Rating- ♥♥♥♥

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North Ponto Beach

North Ponto Beach Beaches of San Diego County

button map North Ponto Beach Carlsbad

Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, boogie boarding
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • walking the bluffs

Points of Interest-

  • native plants
  • steep bluffs
  • campground to the south
  • benches on the bluffs which are great for whale watching

Restrooms- yes

Parking – pay parking

Ratings- ♥♥♥

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South Carlsbad State Beach

South Carlsbad Beach San Diego Beaches

button map South Carlsbad State Beach

Activities-

  • home to South Carlsbad State Beach Campground
  • walking
  • surfing, swimming, boogie boarding

 Points of Interest-

  • bluffs
  • Batiquitos Lagoon to the south
  • North Ponto beach to the north

Restrooms- yes, at the campground

Parking- parking lot/ off-street parking

Rating- ♥♥♥♥

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South Ponto Beach

South Ponto Beach bluff view rocky sandy shore ocean

button map south ponto beach carlsbad

Activities

  • surfing, swimming, boogie boarding
  • kite flying
  • walking
  • volleyball

 Points of Interest-

  • Batiqutios Lagoon across the street
  • dune native plants
  • bluff overlook which is the future site of the Encinitas Beach Hotel

Restrooms- yes

Parking- paid lot/ free on-street parking

Rating- ♥♥♥♥

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Encinitas Beaches

meditation gardens encinitas beaches
Self-Realization Fellowship Garden

Encinitas is one of my most favorite beach towns in all of San Diego. My husband and I plan on moving here when we retire.

Wish us luck! You can find me here every Summer! I can not tell you how many times I have walked all of the beaches of Encinitas.

Encinitas is also home to two coastal lagoons as well, with Batiquitos Lagoon to the north and San Elijo Lagoon to the south.


Grandview Beach

Grandview Beach Beaches of San Diego County

button map Grandview beach Encinitas

Activities-

  • surfing, boogie boarding
  • walking
  • beachcombing

 Points of Interest-

  • residential beach
  • very popular surf break
  • there was a fatal bluff collapse in the Summer of 2019 north of the staircase
  • great white sharks have been seen here

Restrooms- no

Parking- a tiny residential parking lot

Ratings- ♥♥♥

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Beacon’s Beach

Beacons Beach Beaches of San Diego County

button map Beacons beach Encinitas

Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, boogie boarding
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • paddleboarding
  • snorkeling

 Points of Interest-

  • Beacon’s switchback trail
  • fantastic view up top which is great for whale watching

Restrooms- no

Parking- small bluff parking lot/ residential parking

Ratings-♥♥♥♥

Additional Information–>


Stone Steps Beach

Stonesteps Beach wet sandy shore twenty brown pelicans sky

button map Stone Steps Beach Encinitas

Stone Steps is a staircase located just north (about five minutes away by walking) of Moonlight Beach, therefore anything that you can do over at Moonlight; you can do over here, just with a whole lot fewer people.

Right offshore of the staircase is a very popular surf break that locals wish to keep a secret, so please keep this to yourself.


Moonlight State Beach

Moonlight Beach Overlook View

button map Moonlight Beach encinitas

Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, boogie bodyboarding
  • surf fishing
  • volleyball
  • fire-pits
  • picnic tables
  • children’s playground

 Points of Interest-

  • a large free parking lot
  • beach rental stand
  • Moonlight Beach concessions stand
  • beach mat for wheelchairs
  • Summer concert series

Restrooms- yes

Parking- yes

Rating- ♥♥♥♥

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D-Street Beach

D Street Beach Access Beaches of San Diego

button map D street beach encinitas

D Street Beach is located directly south of Moonlight Beach, so all activities and Points of Interest are identical. It should also be noted that there is a shower on the wooden staircase.


Boneyard Beach

Boneyard Beach Beaches of San Diego County

button map Boneyards encinitas

Boneyards is a stretch of beach between D Street and Swamis State Beach.  Due to its total seclusion, do not be surprised if you see others sans bathing suits.

Activities-

  • popular surf break
  • swimming, boogie boarding
  • surf fishing
  • beachcombing
  • birdwatching- shorebirds love to hang out over here

Points of Interest-

  • bluff formations
  • native/non-native plants

Ratings-♥♥♥♥

Additional Information-


Swami’s State Beach

Swamis State Beach stairwell palm trees sandy shore ocean

button map Swamis State Beach Encinitas

Activities-

  • intermediate to advanced surfing
  • swimming and boogie boarding south
  • snorkeling and paddleboarding south
  • walking
  • beachcombing

Points of Interest-

  • Swami’s Seaside Park is great for picnics
  • Self Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens is located right up above the beach
  • tidepools
  • bluffs with native and nonnative vegetation
  • look for dolphins passing by mid-afternoon

Restrooms- yes

Parking – small narrow parking lot/ residential & off-street parking

Ratings-♥♥♥♥♥

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San Elijo State Beach

San Elijo State Beach Encinitas

button map San Elijo State beach encinitas

Located directly south of Swamis State Beach is San Elijo State Beach, and campers especially use it found up above at the San Elijo State Beach Campground. There is a narrow strip of beach that connects the two beaches, but during high tide, you will find it inaccessible. So, keep this in mind if you decide to go for a long walk.

Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, boogie boarding
  • beachcombing
  • walking
  • snorkeling, scuba diving
  • paddleboarding

Points of Interest-

  • San Elijo Lagoon inlet
  • tidepools
  • there is a concession stand up top at the campground
  • dog-friendly beach (click on information down below)

Restrooms- yes up the stairs in the campground

Parking- off-street/ residential if you are not camping

Ratings- ♥♥♥

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North Cardiff State Beach 

North Cardiff State Beach red umbrella sandy shoe people water

button map Cardiff State Beach North Beach

Activities-

  • top-rated surfing site
  • swimming, boogie boarding
  • beachcombing
  • snorkeling
  • paddleboarding
  • surf fishing

Points of Interest-

  • major surf competitions are held here
  • San Elijo Lagoon
  • two major restaurants with seating on the beach
  • large sandy beach

Restrooms- yes

Parking- paid parking lot

Ratings-♥♥♥♥

Additional Information-

 


Solana Beach Beaches

solana beach beaches of San Diego County

Solana Beach is located just south of Encinitas and north of Del Mar.  Dogs are allowed on a leash on all beaches except south of Tide Park, Fletcher Cove, and North Seascape Surf Beach.


South Cardiff State Beach- Seaside Beach

Cardiff State Beach Seaside Beach beaches of San Diego County

button map Seaside State Beach

Activities-

  • dog-friendly beach
  • surfing, bodyboarding, swimming
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • tide pools

Points of Interest-

  • dunes
  • bluffs
  • native/ non native plants

Restrooms- yes

Parking – a considerable pay parking lot

Ratings- ♥♥♥♥

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Tide Park Beach Access

Tide Park Beach beaches of San Diego County

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Here we have a lovely staircase within a residential neighborhood that takes you down to a semi-isolated and quiet sandy shore beach. All of the reviews that I have read state that hardly anyone comes here. So if you are looking for a little seclusion, this beach may be for you.

Home to ‘table-top reef,’ which is an excellent spot for scuba and snorkeling.

Dog’s are allowed on a leash north of this access point, but not south.

Please keep in mind that there is no restroom here, and parking may be a bit hard to find.


Fletcher Cove Beach

Fletcher Cove Beach Solana Beach

button map Fletcher Cove Beach Solana Beach

Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, bodyboarding
  • walking
  • beachcombing

 Points of Interest-

  • Fletcher Cove Beach Park
    • picnic
    • basketball
    • shuffleboard
    • playground
  • observation deck
  • ramp to the beach
  • native/ non-native plants on bluffs
  • dogs are not allowed
  • inaccessible at high tide
  • also referred to as “Pillbox” after a WWll gunnery installation that used to be set up here

Restrooms-yes

Parking- small parking lot, residential/ on-street parking

Ratings-♥♥♥


North Seascape Surf Beach

Seascape Sur Beach Beaches of San Diego County
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A semi-private beach, especially for the private residential community that lives within Seascape Sur Condominiums, is also referred to as “Cherry Cove.”

It is an extensive sandy beach next to towering cliffs,  an excellent place for swimming, bodyboarding, surfing, scuba diving, and snorkeling.

Restrooms- no

Parking – residential/ on street


Del Mar Shores Beach

Del Mar Shores Beach Solana Beach

button map Del Mar Shores beach Solana beach

Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, bodyboarding
  • scuba, snorkeling
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • surf fishing
  • picnic

 Points of Interest-

  • beach access for Del Mar Shores Terrace condominiums complexes
  • dog-friendly south of the staircase
  • large sandy beach

Restrooms- no

Parking – residential/ street parking plus three small parking lots

Ratings- ♥♥♥

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 Dog BeachDel Mar North Beach

Del Mar Dog Beach Beaches of San Diego County

button map Del Mar Dog Beach

Activities-

  • leash-free dog beach (see info below for more)
  • swimming, bodyboarding, surfing
  • beachcombing

 Points of Interest-

  • end of the Coast to Crest Trail
  • San Dieguito Lagoon inlet
  • North Bluff Preserve (see info below)
  • garden at entrance
  • across the street from Del Mar Racetrack

Restrooms- yes

Parking – limited street parking

Ratings-♥♥♥

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Del Mar City Beach

Del Mar City Beach beaches of San Diego County

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Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, bodyboarding
  • walking
  • dog-friendly

 Points of Interest-

  • Powerhouse Park
  • Seagrove Park
  • restaurants next to the beach
  • grassy area
  • railroad tracks

Restrooms- yes

Parking –yes, residential parking

Ratings-♥♥

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South Beach of Del Mar-Beach Access

South Del Mar Beach Access

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This coastal access point takes you to a bluff trail parallel to the railroad tracks and the ocean.

There are a couple of trails to choose from. One is up top while the other is down below closer to the ocean and the railroad tracks. Going north, you will end up at Seagrove Park, while southbound connects you to Torrey Pines State Beach.


San Diego City Beaches

Sea lions la jolla beaches of san diego county

La Jolla hands down, have some of the best beaches in San Diego County. Every single one is a sight to behold. To make things a bit easier, I will be listing all of the additional information here, unless the content refers directly to the specific beach. Take a look and tell me what you think.

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Torrey Pines State Beach-North Beach

Torrey Pines State Beach North shoreline

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Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, bodyboarding
  • walking
  • surf fishing
  • hiking South Del Mar

 Points of Interest-

  • inaccessible during high tide
  • Los Penasquitos Lagoon
  • Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve up on the hills south

Restrooms- yes

Parking – North Parking Lot/ on-street parking

Ratings-♥♥♥

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Torrey Pines State BeachSouth Beach

Torrey Pines State Beach Pano bluffs lifeguard tower sand

button map torrey pines state beach south

Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, bodyboarding
  • hiking
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing- (one of the best places in all of San Diego)

 Points of Interest-

  • bluffs
  • Peregrine falcon nest up in the bluffs
  • Los Penasquitos nature trail found across the street from the south parking lot
  • Torrey Pine Trees
  • Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Visitor Center (up top on the hill)

Restrooms- yes

Parking – pay south parking lot/ on-street parking

Rating-♥♥♥♥♥

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Flat Rock Beach at Torrey Pines

Flat Rock Beach

button map flat rock torrey pines state beach south parking lot

Flat Rock Beach is a natural marker at Torrey Pines State Beach. Going up and around the bluff was always one of my highlights when visiting this southern section.

But, on August 31, 2019, a portion of the bluff collapsed here, so going around this point is only possible when the tide is very low. Do not attempt to go over barricades or walk close to the bluff as the bluffs are still unstable.

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Black’s Beach

Blacks Beach Beaches of San Diego County
Gliderport Trail

button map Blacks Beach La Jolla

Activities-

  • nude beach
  • hiking/ exploring down bluffs
  • surfing, bodyboarding- intermediate to advanced
  • swimming is dangerous here
  • beachcombing
  • surf fishing

 Points of Interest-

  • Torrey Pines Gliderport is above the beach
    • many paragliders and hang gliders in the air
    • Cliffhangers Cafe
  • Gliderport Trail is the best option of going down to the beach, but it is still dangerous, so be cautious
  • huge sandy beach

Restrooms- no, but there is up at Torrey Pines Gliderport

Parking- yes, at Torrey Pines Gliderport

Ratings- ♥♥♥♥♥

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South Blacks Beach

South Blacks Beach Torrey Pines State Beach

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South Black’s Beach is the section of the beach that is closest to UCSD. I was so surprised by just how big this section of the beach is. Located right above South Black’s Beach is a Hidden Gem, Scripps Coastal Reserve.

Restrooms- no

Parking- yes

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Scripps Beach 

Scripps Beach beaches of San Diego County

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Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, bodyboarding
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • birdwatching

 Points of Interest-

  • Dike Rock tide pools
  • Scripps Coastal Reserve
  • Scripps Institute of Oceanography Library overlooks the beach
  • Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier
  • Birch Aquarium is located up above Scripps Beach

Restrooms- no

Parking – at La Jolla Shores

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La Jolla Shores Beach

La Jolla Shores Beach sandy shore pier background

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Activities-

  • swimming, surfing, body boarding
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling, scuba diving
  • para-sailing
  • walking
  • beachcombing

 Points of Interest-

  • La Jolla Shores Kellogg Park
    • picnic tables
    • children’s playground
  • boardwalk beside the beach
  • the unusual trees
  • Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier

Restrooms- yes

Parking – free parking lot/ residential

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La Jolla Caves Beach

la jolla caves beach pano san diego

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You are only able to access this secluded beach on a very low tide or by kayak. The address that I have linked to the map is found directly over the beach on the bluffs.

La Jolla Coast Walk trail provides a spectacular view from a distance, but not directly over Caves Beach.

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La Jolla Cove Beach

La Jolla Cove beach beaches of San Diego County

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Activities-

  • Here is THE PLACE to go scuba diving or snorkeling in all of San Diego
  • swimming is also very popular, and some even swim to Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier from here which is 3 miles away
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching on the cliffs

 Points of Interest-

  • La Jolla Cove is  the Southern boundary of the La Jolla Ecological Reserve/ Underwater Park
  • just south of The Point which is a favorite basking area for the California sea lion
  • crystal clear waters
  • there is a small cave located directly left of the stairway that you can go into if the tide permits it

Restrooms- yes

Parking – on street, but limited

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Boomer Beach

Boomer-Beach-San-Diego-County-Beaches

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Boomer Beach is found on the western edge of the Ellen Browning Scripps Park in downtown La Jolla, just south of the La Jolla Cove. No type of boards are allowed at Boomer Beach, but body surfing is permitted and is very popular here.

A word of caution, as the water conditions are hazardous at this spot, and even walking on this beach at times is not recommended. 

Activities-

  • swimming
  • walking
  • beachcombing

 Points of Interest-

  • birdwatching on the bluffs

Restrooms- over at The Cove or further South at The Children’s Pool

Parking- on street

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La Jolla Shell Beach

Shell Beach La Jolla Beaches of San Diego County

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Shell Beach is the northern section of La Jolla’s Children’s Pool beach. There is a long staircase that takes you down to the beach, where you can look for shells.

Activities-

  • walking
  • beachcombing

 Points of Interest-

  • just north of Children’s Pool
  • gorgeous views
  • Ellen Browning Scripps Park
  • Green Hut to sit under

Restrooms-There is a restroom over at The Cove or a La Jolla Children’s Pool.

Parking – on street

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 Children’s Pool Beach- La Jolla

La Jolla Childrens Pool harbor seals on shore

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Activities-

  • looking at the harbor seals
  • walking out on the observation deck/ sea wall

 Points of Interest-

  • La Jolla Children’s Pool seawall observation deck
  • harbor seals

Restrooms- yes

Parking – on street

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South Casa Beach

South Casa beach beaches of San Diego County

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South Casa Beach is directly south of the Children’s Pool and shares the same lifeguard station. A great time to visit over here is during low tide. Harbor seals love to bask on the rocks back here.

Activities-

  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • sunning
  • beachcombing

Wipeout Beach

Wipeout beach 2018 beaches of san diego county

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Activities-

  • scuba diving/ snorkeling
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • tide pooling during low tide

 Points of Interest-

  • across the street from The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
  • great area to find parking when La Jolla is crowded
  • stong currents

Restrooms- over at The Children’s Pool

Parking – on street

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Hospital Beach 

hospital beach low tide pools

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Activities-

  • tide pools
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • picnic
  • scuba diving/ snorkeling

Points of Interest-

  • trendy professional photography spot
  • a grassy area on the bluff overlooking the beach
  • there is a nice amount of sand here when the tide is low, but wet sand on high tide

Restrooms- no

Parking- on street

Ratings- ♥♥♥

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Whispering Sands Beach

Whispering Sands Beach Beaches of San Diego County

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Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, bodyboarding
  • beachcombing
  • scuba diving/ snorkeling

Points of Interest-

  • a minimal amount of sand on this beach during a high tide
  • prominent tidal shelf beach which is unique with many nooks and crannies to explore
  • Horseshoe Reef is offshore

Restrooms- no

Parking- on street/ residential

Ratings- ♥♥♥♥

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Marine Street Beach

Marine Street Beach La Jolla

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Marine Street Beach has the most sand than any other La Jolla city beaches, that is except La Jolla Shores Beach.  If you are staying in Downtown La Jolla, Marine Street Beach is the best beach to go if you are interested in laying out and enjoying the sun.  Parking is tough to find, so go early.

Activities-

  • swimming, surfing, bodyboarding
  • fishing
  • walking
  • beachcombing

 Points of Interest-

  • there is a strong beach break here that is very popular with bodyboarders, nicknamed  The Whomp
  • two oversized beach chairs located at the entrance is a great photographic opportunity

Restrooms- no

Parking – residential only

Ratings- ♥♥♥♥♥

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Windansea Beach

Windansea Beach Beaches of San Diego County

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Activities-

  • advanced surfing, body boarding
  • walking
  • beachcombing

 Points of Interest-

  • underwater reefs close to shore
  • sandstone rocks on the beach
  • strong shore break
  • stong ocean currents here
  • the historic ‘Surf Shack’
  • this beach was the inspiration for all of the ‘beach party’ movies of the ’60s

Restrooms- no

Parking – residential

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La Jolla Strand Beach

La Jolla Strand Beach beaches of San Diego County

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Activities-

  • surfing, bodyboarding
  • scuba diving/ snorkeling
  • walking
  • tide pools

 Points of Interest-

  • a narrow beach which is wet during high tide
  • the beach has many sandstone ledges which have sand in between so you can isolate yourself from the wind
  • not much sand on the beach in winter
  • several benches above the beach

Restrooms- porta-potty

Parking- residential

Ratings- ♥♥♥♥

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Camino De La Costa Beach Access

Camino de la Costa Beach beaches of San Diego County

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Camino de la Costa beach access stairway is located in a residential neighborhood. Right above the stairway, there are four parking spots. This beach at low tide is a great spot to look around at the tide pools.

All of the beach here is covered in rocks, but north of the stairway, there is a tiny sandy beach.

The views here are epic! And that includes the multi-million dollar homes that overlook the beach upon the bluffs!


Bird Rock Beach

Bird Rock Beach beaches of San Diego County

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Bird Rock Beach is a notorious spot to visit when you only want the best tide pools in San Diego. Another unique feature found here is a gigantic rock just offshore, which is almost always covered with shorebirds, (hence the name Bird Rock).

There are two different surf breaks located here, North Bird Rock and South Bird Rock.  There is no restroom or parking lot.

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Calumet Park Beach

Calumet Park Beach beaches of San Diego County

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Activities-

  • surfing, body boarding
  • picnic
  • walking the bluffs

 Points of Interest-

  • a steep dirt trail going down to the beach
  • grassy park on the bluff above the beach
  • a stone covered beach that sounds incredible when the wave crash
  • amazing views

Restrooms- no

Parking – on street/ residential

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Linda Way Beach Access

Linda Way Beach Access beaches of San Diego County

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Linda Way beach access is found in a residential neighborhood and has some of the best views of the popular offshore surf spot Pacific Beach Point. 

 When the tide is right, here are also some of the best tide pools in San Diego. In fact, on a very low tide, you can walk from here to Tourmaline Surf Park.

Surfing is extremely popular here, but it should be noted that you need to paddle out very far to reach the surf breaks.

Although this beach is made up of small to medium-sized rocks to the south, there is a very narrow sandy beach.

Seeing that this staircase is in a residential neighborhood, parking is limited, and there are no restrooms.


Tourmaline Surfing Park Beach

Tourmaline Surfing Park La Jolla

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Activities-

  • surfing, bodyboarding, swimming
  • walking
  • watching surfers
  • beachcombing

 Points of Interest-

  • rich surf history
  • Tourmaline Canyon
  • there is a strong sense of community here

Restrooms- yes

Parking – free parking lot

Ratings- ♥♥♥♥

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North Pacific Beach

North Pacific Beach Beaches of San Diego County

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Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, body boarding
  • picnic
  • walking
  • beachcombing

Points of Interest-

  • Palisades Park
  • when the tide is low, you can walk over to the Linda Way beach access point to see many tidal pools
  • walk to Crystal Pier

Restrooms- porta-potties

Parking – residential

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Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach beaches of San Diego County

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Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, body boarding
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • surf-fishing/ pier fishing
  • bar hopping

Points of Interest-

  • on the boardwalk, there are several bars and restaurants
  • Crystal Pier
  • Mission Bay is across the street

Restrooms- yes

Parking- limited on street

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Mission Beach

Mission Beach beaches of San Diego County

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Mission Beach is one of the most popular beaches in San Diego. The Boardwalk, which runs parallel to the coast, connects Mission Beach to Pacific Beach and is over 3 miles long. It is one of the best, and easiest walks on the coast of San Diego.

Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, bodyboarding
  • walking, biking, skating, skateboarding
  • people watching
  • beachcombing
  • running to the pier and back
  • picnic
  • surf-fishing

Points of Interest-

  • Belmont Park- a beachside amusement park with food & bars
  • Mission Bay is across the street
  • west-facing beach
  • there are many restaurants and bars on Mission Blvd

Restrooms- yes

Parking – several large parking lots

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South Mission Beach

South Mission Beach Beaches of San Diego County

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Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, bodyboarding
  • walking
  • fishing in the surf or on the jetty
  • biking, skating, skateboarding
  • picnic tables
  • basketball courts

 Points of Interest-

  • South Mission Beach Jetty
  • Mission Bay entrance channel
  • San Diego River
  • beginning of the Mission Beach/ Pacific Beach Boardwalk
  • much less crowded over here compared to Mission Beach

Restrooms-yes

Parking- yes

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Ocean Beach Dog Beach

Ocean Beach Dog Beach Ocean Beach

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Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, bodyboarding
  • walking the dunes
  • walking/ biking the San Diego River bikeway
  • birdwatching
  • beachcombing

Points of Interest-

  • dunes
  • San Diego River Mouth Estuary/ Living Museum- native plant garden
  • Robb Field
  • 24/7 leash-free dog beach

Restrooms-over at Ocean Beach City Beach

Parking- yes

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Ocean Beach City Beach

Ocean Beach City Beach Ocean Beach

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Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, bodyboarding
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • tide pools south of the Ocean Beach Pier

Points of Interest-

  • Ocean Beach Pier
  • bars, restaurants, shops on Newport Ave
  • great white sharks have been seen by the pier

Restrooms- yes

Parking- yes

Ratings- ♥♥♥

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Santa Cruz Ave Beach

Santa Cruz Ave Beach Beaches of San Diego County

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Santa Cruz Ave Beach is a local favorite. The beach is located within two deep crevices of the sandstone cliffs, which have filled up with sand.  The water conditions here are not ideal for any water activity due to the undertow created by the two huge sandstone rocks. In all honesty, seeing that this beach is so small, if you are not a local, you may get a few awkward stares.

On a special note, there is a walkway above this beach, which takes you north to the Ocean Beach Tide Pools or south to several other residential beach access points. On-street parking is hard to find, and there are no restrooms.


Bermuda Beach

Bermuda Beach Ocean Beach

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Bermuda Beach, a very popular local hangout, has been closed since early 2016 when the stairwell was damaged after a winter storm. It has been estimated that construction will not begin until the fall of 2020. Fingers crossed.


No Surf Beach

No Surf Beach Point Loma

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All beaches listed below are located in Point Loma and are all apart of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Linear Trail. To keep things simple, I will only be listing Additional Information here.

Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, body  boarding
  • hiking
  • beachcombing

Points of Interest-

  • several steep paths lead down to the beach here, but the one most south is the safest
  •  there is a surf break offshore

Restrooms- no

Parking- yes, there are a couple of small parking lots to choose from as well as on-street/residential parking

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Garbage Beach

Garbage Beach Point Loma bluffs rocky shore

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Activities-

  • surfing
  • swimming is dangerous here
  • hiking
  • beachcombing

Points of Interest-

  • one of the only stairways down to the beach
  • bluffs
  • native plants

Restrooms- no

Parking- off-street/ residential

Ratings- ♥♥♥

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New Break Beach

New Break Beach beaches of San Diego County

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New Break Beach is an isolated beach that can only be reached by parking over at Point Loma Nazarene College. There are many steep paths down to the beach, but all are very dangerous, so beware.  No restrooms and parking might be a pain.


Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument rocky intertidal low tide

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Cabrillo National Monument, that is part of the National Park System is not a traditional sunning beach but it is a fabulous place to hike and check out the best tide pools in San Diego.

Points of Interest-

  • tide pools
  • native plants
  • whale watching
  • just north of the San Diego Bay entrance
  • Old  Point Loma Lighthouse
  • Visitor Center
  • Cabrillo National Monument Foundation Bookstore
  • Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary is located right before the entrance and has the highest biodiversity of birds in all of San Diego

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Breakers Beach at Naval Air Station North Island

Breakers Beach beaches of San Diego County

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Private Military Beach on Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island.

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Coronado Dog Run Beach

Coronado Dog Run Beach Boundary sand shore ocean

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Activities-

  • leash-free dog beach
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • watch boats come into San Diego Bay

 Points of Interest-

  • water fountain for dogs and humans
  • gold flecks in the sand
  • a prime spot to sit on the sand at night and watch the planes land

Restrooms- yes

Parking – on street

Ratings- ♥♥♥

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Coronado Beach

Coronado Beach Beaches of San Diego County

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Activities-

  • surfing, swimming, bodyboarding
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • visit Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

 Points of Interest-

  • a paved path going toward the Hotel del Coronado.
  • Coronado dunes
  • look for SS Monte Carlo close to  shore if the water is shallow enough
  • The Coronado Islands in Baja Mexico (looking SW)

Restrooms- yes

Parking – paid parking/ on street

Ratings- ♥♥♥♥

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Coronado Shores Beach

Coronado Shores Beach Beaches of San Diego County

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Coronado Shores Beach is the beach right in front of the Coronado Shores Condominiums,  just south of the Hotel del Coronado hotel. Everything the I have written up above is relevant for over here as well.

There is no restroom.


Gator Beach at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado

Gator Beach at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado San Diego

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Gator Beach is a private military beach that is only open to military personnel and their guests. It is located with the Coronado Naval Amphibious Base.


Silver Strand State Beach

Silver Strand Beach Beaches of San Diego County

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Activities-

  • surfing, bodyboarding, swimming
  • camping
  • bonfires
  • beachcombing
  • walking
  • volleyball
  • biking
  • surf-fishing

 Points of Interest-

  • Silver Strand Bike Path
  • San Diego Bay across the street
  • private military beaches both north and south

Restrooms- yes

Parking- yes

Ratings- ♥♥♥

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Imperial Beach City Beach

Imperial City Beach Beaches of San County

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Activities-

  • surfing, body boarding
  • surf-fishing/ pier fishing
  • beachcombing
  • walking

 Points of Interest-

  • Imperial Beach Pier
  • Portwood Pier Plaza
  • grass area
  • wheelchair accessible beach
  • kid’s play area
  • basketball courts
  • picnic tables
  • the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve Visitor Center is less than a mile away

Restrooms- yes

Parking – yes

Ratings- ♥♥♥

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South Imperial Beach

South Imperial Beach Beaches of San Diego County

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Activities-

  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • birdwatching

 Points of Interest-

  • all water sports are not recommended due to possible sewage contamination from Mexico
  • dogs are allowed here with a leash
  • narrower beach compared to Imperial Beach City Beach and more secluded

Restrooms- no

Parking- on street

Ratings- ♥♥

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Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge

Tijuana Slough Beaches of San Diego County

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Activities-

  • beachcombing
  • walking
  • birdwatching
  • no water activities due to possible sewage contamination

 Points of Interest-

  • dogs allowed on a leash here
  • wetlands
  • Tijuana River mouth
  • Tijuana Estuary
  • a nice view of the Coronado Islands off of Baja California, Mexico

Restrooms- no

Parking – on street

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Border Field State Park Beach 

border field state park west view tijuana estuary

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Activities-

  • hiking
  • beachcombing
  • birdwatching
  • wildlife watching
  • horseback riding
  • picnic tables
  • trails
  • wetlands
  • BBQ grills
  • bonfires

Points of Interest-

  • US/Mexico border wall
  • high levels of bacteria in the water due to raw sewage from Mexico
  • International Friendship Park
  •  very old native/ non-native plants

Restrooms- yes

Parking – available on the weekends, but during the week you must walk 1.5 miles to the beach

Ratings- ♥♥♥♥

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I hope that you found this list helpful and that just maybe it has motivated you to come to San Diego and experience the beauty and wonder for yourself!

Please feel free to leave any comments or suggestions below.

 

 

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28 Replies to “The Beaches of San Diego County-Updated 2020”

  1. This is a great site filled with awesome information.
    A complete list of beaches of San Diego County is appreciated by this California woman! Thank you for putting in the effort 🙂

  2. I came to San Diego about a decade ago for a conference; I was there for five days. We went to the beach twice; we stayed in a hotel that had or waterfront property. It was so relaxing and enjoyable; it helped to see meant my love beach. I thought that is where I would end up living but life changes things for you. Now in the twilight years, I believe I’ll end up there. Thank you for sharing your love and passion with us.

    1. Thank you so much Sylvia, it is wonderful to meet someone who loves the beach as much as me ?. I believe there is something magical about the sights,sounds and smells of the Ocean! Thanks for commenting

  3. I have never been to San Diego beaches but, I have always heard great things about San Diego, California itself.

    I never knew that there were so many beaches to explore there. From your images that you posted. It looks nice.

    I am shocked to find out that the average temperature is 69.8. And, you are right who wouldn’t love that temperature. I know I sure would. In Texas, we never see that kind of weather until the Winter and sometimes during the fall. So, yes it would be nice. Thank you for sharing the San Diego area with us all.

    1. Hi Lakisha. Yes, we are very spoiled in Southern California. There are 70 miles of coastline in San Diego, and I want to photograph and document all 70! As you probably saw I still have a few to go. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  4. Colleen, thank you for sharing these beautiful photos of the different beaches in San Diego.

    It reminds me of my home where I was born On the beautiful island of Zanzibar. We have a diversity of beaches mostly sandy ones, but they vary from area to area.

    I find the biggest problem that we as a global community are currently facing right now is the pollution of the oceans which badly affects marine life.

    The amount of plastic floating in the oceans has reached pandemic levels worldwide.

    How do you guys deal with the issue in your state?

    It worries me a lot when I think of the damage we are doing and what we will be leaving our next generation. It is scary stuff. Some nations or communities try to tackle the problem to some degree. However, I don’t think is anywhere near enough.

    I saw a documentary once on the BBC television how plastic floats from one part of the world to the other. Birds, whales, sharks and other marine life swallow the plastic, and as a result, some die, unfortunately.

    We need a collective voice to solve this problem. It is everywhere.

    Continue with the good work you are doing. I would also kindly ask you to educate your visitors on pollution, so people are being made aware of its severity and how they could contribute in tacking the issue in any small or big way individually or collectively. By being more responsible and how they could dispose of plastic material, so it does not end up in the sea.

    1. Hi Rabia! I couldn’t agree with you more! Ever since I was a child, the pollution problem has bothered me. I have taught my kids, that every time we go to the beach, and go for a walk we pick up trash. I have also included in my resource section all the available organized beach clean-up days and such. Here in San Diego, people are getting involved more and cleaning up after themselves, but apparently, it is still a problem. Thank you for the suggestion as I have many pictures of trash on the beaches that I could use. Thank you for visiting the site!

  5. Hello Colleen,
    I have just been going through your posts with all the San Diego pictures of the beaches and marine life. They are great, and they bring back a lot of memories. You see, my brother in law lives in San Diego and we have visited a great number of times. Whenever we go, we always bring a little of NY with us, because that is where he was from. All the best in your endeavors. Heard its hot right now, wish I could be there.
    Bill

    1. Hi Bill! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! Do you ever check out the coast when visiting your brother? Well, it sure hasn’t been hot here the last week, in fact, we have a chance of snow tomorrow (I live 20 miles inland)! Can you believe it? I am so happy that you enjoyed the photos, I can not seem to stop taking them!

  6. Hi Colleen!

    What a great site. Lovely presentations. I also love the beach. We have great beaches as well in my country, and beautiful coast. I grew up by the sea and I know what beaches and sea can mean to a person.

    Great topic, and it is great you like nature. The humans should take care much more about it. Nature is giving us life and we should treat it as a friend, it is our “home place” to live.

    I am sure your site will contribute to it.
    Also, great promotion of San Diego and beaches!

    Well done!

    1. Thank you, Igor! I appreciate your comment so much!I have been working very hard trying to get it all together. Can you believe how many beaches San Diego has? What country are you from? Thanks again for visiting!

  7. Hi Colleen
    Great site and what led me to leave a comment is that I went to college in San Diego. Point Loma Nazarene College which is now a University from what I have heard. I actually went back to visit not long ago. I really miss the beauty of the West Coast.
    Thanks for taking me back if only in pictures

    1. Hi Alison! Wow, how lucky that you went to Point Loma Nazarene! Did you live in the dorms? I can not believe how close the dorms are to the beach! So did you recognize New Break Beach? The only way to get to it is from a path on campus. I hope to get down there one day. Thank you for commenting 🙂

  8. Thanks for the site with all these beaches! Good to have one place with them all available and with their locations! I need one for my dogs!

    1. Hi Donna! Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my site. You have to come and visit La Jolla sometime in the future as the Harbor Seals, and California sea lions are always hanging out over there 🙂

  9. Wow, I wish I live here too! Thanks for making a post about this, it makes planning a trip so much easier (or even just deciding which beach to go to)! I rarely go to the beach because there’s not many where I grew up, so even though I may never visit most of these beaches, it’s nice to know about them ^^

    1. Thank you so much for commenting Ayn! It does a soul good to spend some time at the coast! I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the photos. I hope you can visit them all one day 🙂

  10. Oh my! What beautiful beaches. I suppose beach are all beautiful and I’m just glad for the opportunity to see so many on the one page. I literally teared up merely glancing at these beaches as it feels like they are calling me. I love nature and fear I’m spending my whole live tethered to my work desk. Thanks for the reminder of the beauty out there.

    1. Hi Tina! So you teared up? I think we are soul mates 😉 Get out there girl and enjoy some nature soon. I hear you though; I seem to be tethered to my work as well. Thank you so much for commenting.

  11. I love the beach! I honestly did not know there were actually so many beaches in San Diego County. Which ones stand out to you as the least crowded, yet not too remote? We are heading there for a competition next month, so I know I am going to want to hit a few!

    1. Hi Leahrae! Can you believe how many there are? Hmm, good question. I would say that it depends. If you are staying near downtown, Coronado Island is a terrific experience, and you have the San Diego Bay as well as Imperial Beach that are close by to explore. Mission Beach and Pacific Beach are crazy busy but worth it if you are staying near there.

      Torrey Pines State Beach is my personal favorite, but it is jam-packed on the weekends. San Onofre State Beach up in North County is also a personal favorite, but it is somewhat remote but well worth it. I hope that you have a marvelous time!

  12. Wow, that is an incredible amount of beaches. I love the ocean and personally if I could, I would love to travel and have a photograph of myself at every beach if possible.
    Great post, thank you for sharing. You made me want to take a trip to our beaches here on the South Coast of South Africa.

    1. I am so happy that I inspired you! I would love if you uploaded a picture of one of your beaches of South Africa in the comment section! Please? I would love to see what they look like compared to San Diego. Have you ever been on a Great white shark adventure? Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it!

  13. I was reading this with delight, I use to travel a lot and I really want to go to the states and check out San Diego after reading this.

    In my opinion, there is not content enough out there about beaches, here in Sweden when the summer comes it is almost impossible to go on the internet to find good information on where to go, so I think this is great information and maybe I should write a post like this for Gothenburg area in Sweden 🙂

    I hope this post will help a lot of people when finding the perfect spot

    1. Hi Andreas! Thank you for taking the time to comment. I appreciate very much that you enjoyed the content. Yes, you should review all the beaches in Gothenburg, Sweden, and please send me a link when you are done, as I would LOVE to read it!

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